Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > What Car? > Hatchbacks


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd November 2005, 03:38   #1
BHPian
 
sbasak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: CCU-LTN
Posts: 607
Thanked: 8 Times
Default What's the cheapest automatic?

What's the cheapest used automatic car available in the market? Is there anything available around 3 lakhs? How reliable will it be?

sbasak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 04:08   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
devarshi84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Ahmedabad - Tor
Posts: 3,996
Thanked: 118 Times
Default

hyundai santro automatic.

maruti used to offer the wagonR AX model.BUt I guess they have discontinued now.
devarshi84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 09:39   #3
BHPian
 
racing4cure's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: DXB-COK-Manipal
Posts: 184
Thanked: 4 Times
Default

satro automatic would be the best bet...also u could look into a second habd maruti zen or wagon r...?? definitely santro is the bset bet.
racing4cure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 10:43   #4
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,385
Thanked: 14,315 Times
Default

Among small cars Santro is the only automatic you should consider. Maruti automatics stink because they are 3-speed.

But I wonder whether you can get used auto Santro. I have an automatic Santro which I had put up for sale in April since I didn't have extra parking. I didn't get much real response, and I found a parking, then I pulled it off the market. It recently got upgraded to alloys and tubeless.

Well, it is a great city car. I prefer Santro over Baleno while driving the crowded/narrow city roads.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 10:56   #5
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Technocrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mid West
Posts: 14,900
Thanked: 2,492 Times
Default

One of my distant uncle(he is actually my dad's colleague) has a maruti 800 Automatic since past 5 years, he has only leg(he had to get one of his legs amputed due to cancer) & they had ordered it from MUL. Donno whether MUL still takes such orders or may be they do only for special cases like these. No idea about the price tho
Technocrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 11:05   #6
Distinguished - BHPian
 
jkdas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Thiruvananthapu
Posts: 9,661
Thanked: 1,389 Times
Default

I guess you get a santro auto. And it should be above 3lac, unless you skip ac and stuff. And it should be available at teh Hyundai dealer.
jkdas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 11:54   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: mumbai
Posts: 1,108
Thanked: 87 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Technocrat
One of my distant uncle(he is actually my dad's colleague) has a maruti 800 Automatic since past 5 years, he has only leg(he had to get one of his legs amputed due to cancer) & they had ordered it from MUL. Donno whether MUL still takes such orders or may be they do only for special cases like these. No idea about the price tho
Maruti have stooped making it.I had bought one on order in 1987. Used it for 5 years then sold it. Was a fantastic car to use in city. on the highway touched 120kmph, what more!!
If a person hunts around can still lay a hand on one of them.
scooby05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 12:48   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
Dippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai, India
Posts: 7,269
Thanked: 164 Times
Default

Hey

I used to own an automatic Maruti 800 AT before I bought my Zen but I have to say the Maruti technical guys are are not well versed with auto transmissions. They get scared as soon as you mention autobox. You have to get work done from an outside specialist.

A Santro AT or better still if you can afford it you could get a good used Honda City Automatic..extremely reliable and their transmissions are good too
Dippy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 13:02   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: bombay
Posts: 3
Thanked: Once
Default

a small car with an automatic transmission is pretty good on indian roads since it cuts petrol costs and also puts less strain on the clutch system since half of the time many people either under or over shift.....dont u think so?
2fast4yaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 14:27   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
revtech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,988
Thanked: 35 Times
Default

actually an automatic transmission will be less fuel effecient than a manual transmission. so by haveing an automatic your no way cutting fuel costs.at times in does make sence to have an automatice with the amount on traffic but then with an automatic you cant rip your car and hear her scream when the road is clear.


Rev
revtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 15:05   #11
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 275
Thanked: 63 Times
Default

I sold my OLD Honda City Automatic after 3.5 years and 48k kms for 3.75 lacs in Delhi. It was a decent car until the AC compressor conked out and Honda ripped off Rs.32000 for a replacement. After that, my personal motto is "Honda sucks".
Test drive the Santro automatic, please. I found that it would move into its top gear (dont remember whether its 3 speed or 4 speed) only at speeds above 60kms. This could result in poor fuel economy.
Bomi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 16:12   #12
BHPian
 
sbasak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: CCU-LTN
Posts: 607
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

Wow! I didn't know that Maruti 800 had an automatic version!

I've never driven an AT car myself & I always prefer MT. However, my wife finds MT extremely cumbersome so I'm thinking of moving to AT.

If I buy, I'll buy from the following - Santro, Zen, Esteem (my family doesn't like WagonR and Honda is out of my budget)

Those who use AT cars for long time in India, can you suggest how do you find them in long run?

[1] They will definitely consume more fuel than MT but how much more?

[2] After driving AT cars regularly, do you feel put off if have to drive MT cars? (a friend of mine said that after driving AT cars for several years in USA, he can't drive MT anymore!)

[3] How reliable is it? People told me that because of India's traffic & poor road, AT tends to fail and repairing is quite expensive.

Thanks for replies.
sbasak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 16:31   #13
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,385
Thanked: 14,315 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sbasak
If I buy, I'll buy from the following - Santro, Zen, Esteem
Keep away from Maruti auto anything, they are all 3-speed. Santro Zing AT is your only real choice.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sbasak
Those who use AT cars for long time in India, can you suggest how do you find them in long run?
Santro AT is my 5th automatic car, first in India since 2003. Very reliable, never had any problem.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sbasak
[1] They will definitely consume more fuel than MT but how much more?
I get 8.5 to 9 in city and 14 on highway.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sbasak
[2] After driving AT cars regularly, do you feel put off if have to drive MT cars? (a friend of mine said that after driving AT cars for several years in USA, he can't drive MT anymore!)
Driving MT is like cycling, hard to forget. My current cars are Baleno (my 3rd MT car) and Santro AT (my 5th AT car). I have been switching AT/MT quite regularly without much issues.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sbasak
[3] How reliable is it? People told me that because of India's traffic & poor road, AT tends to fail and repairing is quite expensive.
Well, people sometimes just makeup things. I have once owned a 12 year used Corolla and an used ford that had 200,000+ Kms on it. Never had any transmission related problem.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 17:00   #14
BHPian
 
sbasak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: CCU-LTN
Posts: 607
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

Just now checked Maruti's website. Seems that they no longer makes automatic Esteem! Infact, they no longer offers any automatic.

Satro Xing AT is 4-speed, so it's good
sbasak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd November 2005, 20:34   #15
BHPian
 
sbasak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: CCU-LTN
Posts: 607
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

This is a good article on automatics in India

http://www.cybersteering.com/cruise/...arma/auto.html
sbasak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cheapest complete entertainment unit - how much kalpeshc In-Car Entertainment 7 30th March 2007 15:52
Cheapest SUV-like MUV or maybe just an MUV! superman SUVs, MUVs & 4x4s 1 5th October 2006 10:01
Cheapest to maintain naveendhyani Sedans 38 25th September 2006 08:02
Cheapest car : Aveo 1.4 LS, Baleno Vxi, Honda ZX Exi Yamaha100 Sedans 149 26th May 2006 10:12
Xenon's...for NHC best and cheapest qualities? v.tec Modifications & Accessories 13 9th April 2006 22:50


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 22:30.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks