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Great Car but underpowered engine 46 38.66%
Great Engine but not a deserving car 73 61.34%
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Old 12th April 2009, 09:44   #16
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Engine it is for me. The other aggregates can be upgraded with much less effort than engine upgrades (not talking of ECU upgrades here).

@aggoswami: though its not very popular around here these days you forgot the Skoda Octy vRS!
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Old 12th April 2009, 13:43   #17
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Depends on where you drive.
In Mumbai, I drive our family's Fiesta 1.4 TDCi, beautiful car, amazing handling, and decent engine.
Out here, I drive a Mitsubishi Galant V6.
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Old 12th April 2009, 14:15   #18
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Always the engine in such a comparo. Heck, I've put my money where my mouth is : The delicious '03 OHC Vtec in my garage . 70,000 clicks yet the engine feels like a virgin!
Can I say I have the best of both worlds ?

Brilliant engine and superb interiors (discount the rear seat will you?)

But my vote goes to the car - forget the engine. If I am inside the car I need it like I want it.
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Old 12th April 2009, 14:19   #19
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...forget the engine.
Oh no! Please don't! One MUST also get from point A to point B!

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I need it like I want it.
Ahem... ummm... don't we all!

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Old 12th April 2009, 15:19   #20
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compromises do exist you know.Case In point, my indica turbo
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Old 12th April 2009, 15:27   #21
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The engine it is.
I am in absolute love with the Linea.
Took a TD recently and was utterly disappointed with the FIRE engine. I dont think I will get back to it again.
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Old 12th April 2009, 17:54   #22
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Engine for me. The good heart obviously is more valuable then external beauty:-).
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Old 12th April 2009, 18:00   #23
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Chose lesser of the two evils - "great engine but..."
i don't think its as black and white as that, but if i have to make a choice i would choose like this.
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Old 12th April 2009, 18:30   #24
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Id rather buy a great car, then mod the engine if it was underpowered
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Old 12th April 2009, 23:24   #25
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When I voted here, the "great car" was winning over the "great engine" by 2:1. Now it's the other way round. T-BHP IS about the engine! Rev on to the redline...
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Old 13th April 2009, 00:22   #26
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Voted for the great car with underpowered engine. Engine is the single most important factor in a car for me, but in this 'restricted either/or', the car is definitely a sum of many things that outweighs any single component, even the engine.

Imagine a powerful engine let down by poor transmission, gearing ratios and box, poor steering, poor braking, lack of safety features in the car and cornering capabilities, ugly looking, uncomfortable, ....
I think, the great car wins instead of a poor one with a great engine, in its extreme!

Finally, in the real world, the overall package will decide - how underpowered is the engine wrt intended use, how lacking is the car with the great engine wrt intended use.
The decision will not be binary in my view.
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Old 13th April 2009, 00:26   #27
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I voted for engine, I never like to get bored, a bad engine will just further ruin the driving experience with the Mumbai street conditions outside.

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Voted for the great car with underpowered engine. Engine is the single most important factor in a car for me, but in this 'restricted either/or', the car is definitely a sum of many things that outweighs any single component, even the engine.

Imagine a powerful engine let down by poor transmission, gearing ratios and box, poor steering, poor braking, lack of safety features in the car and cornering capabilities, ugly looking, uncomfortable, ....
I think, the great car wins instead of a poor one with a great engine, in its extreme!

Finally, in the real world, the overall package will decide - how underpowered is the engine wrt intended use, how lacking is the car with the great engine wrt intended use.
The decision will not be binary in my view.
Agreed.
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Old 13th April 2009, 09:41   #28
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Car for Me! I believe that car is much more than 'just' engine. I would want my car to meet my expectations on multiple fronts like ride quality, fuel efficiency, in-cabin space, luggage space etc. - in addition to having a good engine. Of course, having a refined, capable engine is a boon; but for me that is not everything.
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The engine is the first thing I would look at. After doing 600 kms on mad Western UP highways in the equally maddening daytime traffic and some hills, I can vouch for the engine.

But then, when I reflect, was it just the engine or was it the entire drivetrain, the ride & handling and ergonomics that kept me going for eight hours at a stretch in this manner?
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Old 13th April 2009, 10:57   #30
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For me its just the engine and the build quality.

Primarily its the ENGINE and the bonus is if can get a equally complementing hood for my engine.
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