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Old 4th November 2007, 17:16   #1
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Is there any suggestion, comment and review available for buying a used Tata Estate?

I am planning for one to use it in my office and for long distance commuting. I heard lot of goodand bad bits about this vehicle. Would really look forward to teams comments on this.
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Tata estates do not age well. Are parts still avalaible?
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Hello Team,

Is there any suggestion, comment and review available for buying a used Tata Estate?

I am planning for one to use it in my office and for long distance commuting. I heard lot of goodand bad bits about this vehicle. Would really look forward to teams comments on this.
Just would like to say: AVOID it. It is one of the primitive models from TATA and had a lot of reliability and quality issues. The seating is great, the space is great but its nice as long as you intened to park it in the garden. Plus, finding a real well maintained Estate is very difficult.
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We went through 2 Tata Estates during the late 90s. Great back seat and ride this side of a Mercedes.

It worked well for around a year and after that simply started crumbling around itself. Poor GC and poor electricals and poor fit and finish.

Good news is that lot of parts from Sumo will fit and are much more reliable. Should be able to pick one up for dirt cheap. Not a bad idea if your best friend is a mechanic.

Here is a story: An NRI uncle came visiting with family from US with ABCD kids. Borrowed our Estate to visit some temple in the interior of Tamilnadu. Car broke down in the middle of nowhere and he and family had to stay in a small village for couple days and its was raining cats and dogs before it got fixed. The rest of the family has never come back to India since then.

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I have a 97 estate.
Almost all parts are available at local shops.
The engine parts are same as Sumo dx.
The body parts are common to Sumo and new tata mobile.
The original replacements are cheap and much reliable than the originals.
The ride is best in its class.
Space is huge.
Average with AC on is 9 per litre.
And I am comparing this also with my new week old beauty CEDIA by mitsubishi.
The maintenance is much less than any 10 year old car I know with any of my friends.
Power steering, power windows, central locking, rear wiper now tubeless large wheels too. So much of space and no worry of bumper scratches. Very stable on highways. Any friendly Tata truck driver can fix it on road side within minutes.
I just love this lion. If you can spare the pickup you can pick it up.
Of course finding a well maintained one is rare.
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Buying a used Tata Estate in this day and age? Forget about it. AVOID at any cost.
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u may find a good example of a tata estate nr. cst road, kurla, in mumbai.
they bring some nice ones there but eventually they get broken up for parts.
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whymeonly : Very informative since it comes from an owner & not from any 3rd party !

But, what about in the case of accidents ? How can we fix the body/damaged parts etc ?
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An estate?? in this day?? All i ask is WHY!!!
If u really must have a tata stationwagon, go for the marina!
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The estate was a lovely vehicle in it's time. But it is a real pain to keep these days. For your long commutes, it is most unreliable. So beware.
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but is there an alternative with diesel engine?
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Yeah the Indigo Marina
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@Dhanasekaran, I will tell you.... you go in for Estate ONLY IF your budget is ~60-70K. Paying anything more is gonna be a real waste. I had one for about 1 year and it was doing well ( as a first car ) returning 10kmpl for a litre of diesel with AC ON. On highways she is definitely a treat, but you are limited to a max speed of ~125kmph. Spare parts are available ( most of the Sumo parts goes with Estate ) and maintenance is cheap. Make sure that you check some points mentioned below when you go to check a vehicle.
odo reading, tyres, battery, insurance, ENGINE & CHASIS NO:, engine smoke, if possible suspension.

Hope this was of some help !!!

Mathew.
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Its a petrol but its a baleno

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-t...beautiful.html (Baleno Altura @103000 and still beautiful)
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Would you like to drive around a car that was a first attempt at car manufacturing by a truck maker?
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