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Old 27th January 2010, 12:03   #1
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Almost everyday while driving on our roads, we do see cars which are stranded and 'broken down'. I want to see if we can group our observations together to arrive at frequently seen cars which often 'break down' on the roads- for all valid reasons!!

I recollect the last 3 cars seen in couple of days which were stranded on the roads and also had led to considerable traffic pile up behind:

1. Indica-private owned, seems to be some issue in the engine compartment area(bonnet was up with fumes)
2. Tavera- Taxi, had a broken down front suspension
3. Fiat-Premier Padmini, seems to be some issue with the gear engagement as the car was running but would not move forward.

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maximum broken down cars I ve seen over the last few years in and around Bangalore have been Tata Indica Taxis and BPO Sumos - I guess it is because generically, these taxi drivers/ fleet owners tend to over-use all their cars and not service them or take appropriate preventive maintenance measures.
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Old 27th January 2010, 12:55   #3
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I have the same observations as Shankar above.
I dont read too much into it, since its a fact that these vehicles are highly abused, and pampered the least in terms of maintenance. Finally, they give up sometime.

Its a different story that we dont find Qualises broken down by the roadside.
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Old 27th January 2010, 13:02   #4
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I have the same observations as Shankar above.
I dont read too much into it, since its a fact that these vehicles are highly abused, and pampered the least in terms of maintenance. Finally, they give up sometime.

Its a different story that we dont find Qualises broken down by the roadside.
Just saw a Verna broken down on Hyd-Bglr highway (it was not a puncture)

Apart from that, it is generally the taxis with balding tires & with dents all over
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+1 to that. Indicas and Sumos top the list of bd cars on Blore roads. Indicas, for some strange reason breakdown more when it rains.
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I may beg to differ, In Delhi most of the cars which are broken are Old Maruti 800
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i would add to the chorus of indicas being the most broken down- but given the fact that most of these are taxis, i guess bad maintenance would also be a contributing factor
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Apart from the usual Taxis, I had seen two swifts stranded wit what looked like broken front suspension over the last one week
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In Bangalore on Inner ring road I see all sorts of vehicle so can't generalize. Incidentally I do not remember seeing a broken down vehicle on any other road for past many months

In last few days I Saw a Toyota Corolla with open bonnet and owner making calls on his cell a Ford Icon with owner waiting. A Skoda ( dont remember the model ) being towed away.

Edit : Ohh yah once it was my own old Maruti 800 ( about 2 years back) when Exide battery gave away

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tata indica DLE
maruti omni
tata sumo old
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Indicas - they block the road & cause traffic

Not seen the old amby's breaking down...
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On monday 25.01.2010, saw a Hyundai Accent broken down in the middle of the road and causing a huge traffic jam. This was on the road connecting Ashoka pillar to Hosur road.
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The answer to this depends on the sales of the car too. How often do you see a broken down S-Class? Oh wait a minute! How often do you spot an S-Class in the first place? Trying to get a conclusive answer on reliability using empirical observations is unlikely to work. And all this is without the rather important knowledge of how the owner maintained the car.
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Tata Indica-The call centre yath is one of the most break down prone cars.
Premier Padmini Taxis-Spurious spare part usage and no maintenance.
I have also seen a good no. of Tata Sumos lying dead on the road.
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Mostly Tata Indicabs (taxis).

On one particular occasion I saw a Yellow Fiat Palio S10 broken down on the AIIMS flyover.
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