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Old 27th January 2010, 10:27   #16
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1. By my wife to commute to office. (includes 10 kms on highway)
wasn't that what the vista TDi was supposed to be for ?
Or is she tired of all the turbo lag in the city

Either way, my vote for the spark. Have driven one extensively, but mileage is sensitive to your right foot. The owner used to get around 17. When i drove it, i got ~12 !
Getting used to the controls will take a week or so, but should be fine.

I'm more concerned about the recent price hike
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-20-000-a.html (GM reduces discount on Chevy Spark by 20,000)
and the possible loss in resale/ increase in service costs after 3 years, once the comprehensive maintence package ends.

The maintainence package is really free. everything, including stuff you break(got a broken irvm changed for free) , and wear and tear is included.
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Old 27th January 2010, 11:30   #17
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SPARK in all agreement.

The car is superior to ALTO in all respects.
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Old 27th January 2010, 11:30   #18
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Spark is vastly superior to the Alto except for FE and resale.
Bingo! I extensively tested both before settling for the Alto. Though I would not have used the word "vastly", I could feel the superior build quality of the Spark.

What tilted the balance were the above two factors, and my personal bias for a Jap car over a Korean one. I also disliked the idea of having only two authorized workshops even in a place like Chennai.
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Old 28th January 2010, 02:44   #19
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Recently got a preowned Spark for my Dad and the first thing that struck me was that how superior it is to an Alto. It is no less than a wagonR or Santro.

I feel Spark is one of the most undervalued car, its actually much better than its reputation (Is GM to be blamed for this?).
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Old 28th January 2010, 03:26   #20
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Spark anyday. Drove both N number of times from the last 3 years and now if I have a choice between them, I would be more than happy to choose spark.
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Old 28th January 2010, 09:41   #21
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SPARK in all agreement.

The car is superior to ALTO in all respects.
It has to be! After all, it belongs one segment above the Alto - in the Santro / Wagon R league. If one is ready to overlook the FE + resale + A.S.S. angle, it is the perfect car.
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Old 28th January 2010, 09:55   #22
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Spark would be my choice and its quite roomy inside. Drives great and comes with goodies on service.
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Both cars are good. but space is better in spark.

Space:- Spark
Look:- Spark
Driving comfort :- Spark
Value for Money:- Spark
A*S*S:- here i will pick Alto first then spark.
But now a days GM is not far behind then Maruti. They are impresivly improve their A*S*S.

Best of luck .
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My vote goes to SPARK. I am using it for the last 6 months on a daily basis and extremely happy with it.
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My vote goes to SPARK. I am using it for the last 6 months on a daily basis and extremely happy with it.
My vote goes to the ALTO, because of the better driveability and also Maruti's FANTASTIC service back up. Chevrolet sucks for the availability of some spares, and God forbid if you ever meet with a accident then you are dead.
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My vote goes to the ALTO, because of the better driveability and also Maruti's FANTASTIC service back up. Chevrolet sucks for the availability of some spares, and God forbid if you ever meet with a accident then you are dead.
I hope you are speaking only figuratively wrt availability of spares!

There was one more reason for my hesitation; I still remember what happened to the Opel owners.
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Go for Sparky, I have a 3 week old sparky and I am loving it.
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Adding to the chevy vote, I would also like to add here that chevy has a very satisfied customer base in Pune with regard to After sales and support.
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I guess with the lower discounts now offered ,the Spark no longer has that unchallenged walk over against the Alto. But it surely is a better car than an Alto and trust me, GM service is pretty good and not as bad as some here are making it out to be. FE is one thing where I am sure Alto is better than the Spark, but I am getting 13-14 in Pune city and about 17-18 on the Mumbai expressway with my Spark which is pretty OK for me. The Spark scores over the Alto pretty comprehensively in everything else.
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Both Spark and Alto are good, you cannot go wrong with any of them.
But a lil more budget and you can have a Chevy Beat which can be a great buy! Do consider it.
Goodluck!
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