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Old 23rd April 2006, 17:09   #1
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Any users of Esteem Diesel here? I have one and wanted to share ownership experience ..

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I have also wondered how the Esteem was in its diesel version. But did not know anyone that had one. From the lack of even a single reply to this thread, looks like it was no big favourite.

w_12, how was/is your experience with the Esteem D ?
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i guess there is nothing much to write about. i drove it once & felt like i was lugging a 4 tonner, specially after driving a petrol one. but i heard the FE is good. the ikon 1.8D simply overwhelmed this one.
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i guess there is nothing much to write about. i drove it once & felt like i was lugging a 4 tonner, specially after driving a petrol one. but i heard the FE is good. the ikon 1.8D simply overwhelmed this one.
I would agree with you here. Recently rode in a well maintained 75k done Diesel Esteem taxi and found the NVH to be pretty ok. Asked the driver & he said the biggest gripe was that it's underpowered for city driving & is a pain to drive. Highways the situation is OK though.
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What engine was used by Maruti in Esteem D, was it the same one that was available on Zen D?
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What engine was used by Maruti in Esteem D, was it the same one that was available on Zen D?
Yes it was the same Peugeot unit.
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Man..I had driven one of the first lots of Zen D and that too without power steering. The front end was very heavy and the engine felt underpowered even for the light zen. However, had fantastic mid range torque & FE.
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Yes, it was the Peugeot 1500cc TUD5 diesel engine. It developed 57 bhp.
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its always better on the zen. The heavier esteem feels more sluggish.
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I Still have the Diesel Esteem and like it a lot..( Pearl Silver - latest body version)

It is not as peppy as the MPFI petrol..and makes its torque at higer rpms..so one has to get used to it.Once you know the engine , driving is easy.

The engine is free revving and is not heavy to drive at all because of power steering..

Above all a milage of 16-17 in the city and 21+ on highways.. Cheaper to run than my Bullet 500

Have done numerous longdrives all over south India and it is reliable with a capital R..
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we have an esteem diesel and i can say that it is one of the worst car and engine combination ever.

PROS

We bought the car in may 2003. No major problems whatsoever extremely reliable and awesome mileage.
Car has done over 1.5lakh.

CONS
extremely sluggish from day one.
It was a car one could buy only if he/she was not driving it
Need to plan a lot before overtaking on the highways..

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From what little I know about the Esteem D, its lacks low end torque but is a free revving engine that's almost revs like a petrol....sort of like an Indica non-turbo.

Its just that people expect more from an Esteem and Peugeot.
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It is more like a Maruthi 1000. very sluggish. since it carries the esteem badge, people start expecting more from it & feel disappointed. this is where maruthi lost sales opportunities to hyundai & ford. if they had given the esteem D a decent engine, it would have certainly sold more.
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I Still have the Diesel Esteem and like it a lot..( Pearl Silver - latest body version)

It is not as peppy as the MPFI petrol..and makes its torque at higer rpms..so one has to get used to it.Once you know the engine , driving is easy.

The engine is free revving and is not heavy to drive at all because of power steering..

Above all a milage of 16-17 in the city and 21+ on highways.. Cheaper to run than my Bullet 500

Have done numerous longdrives all over south India and it is reliable with a capital R..

Me too have 2003 Esteem diesel (D) Silky silver, done @ 79K. This is very reliable car and gives unbelievable FE. Don't expect more on power, but still it has got enough power to take full load with AC and will offer you great FE. It is a work horse, very high FE, very low maintenance. I as well have a Bullet Machismo and Thunderbird, and running cost of these two is more or less equal to Esteem.

Engine Performance : Sluggish in the City, but good or in fact best on Highway.
Cost of ownership : Very low Maintenance
FE : lowest @ 18 and highest @ 24.5

Share your experience......

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