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Old 19th December 2015, 07:11   #181
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Just checked the posts, okay the top Asta(o) has manual day/night mirror without auto dimming.
What I meant to say that top variant of Elite i20 looses the auto dimming IRVM which the Baleno gets from Zeta and Alpha variants. (pic attached from Baleno Official Review)
You can take it either ways to be honest . It's just the top end Asta(O) which does not get the auto-dimming IVRM.The Sports and Asta variants still get IVRM.

Besides the reason price difference is mentioned in the disadvantages section is because the i20 feels a lot more premium and more importantly better built than the Baleno . My brother and I picked the i20 diesel over the Baleno for this major reason. At 35k more you get a much more premium,better built hatchback with an engine that feels a lot better.

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I have booked Baleno and its expected to come next year. Pushing Nexa dealer to give me delivery this year so that i can escape price increase.

At the same time i had also booked Figo earlier so need to cancel one of these booking.

Right now super confused which one to cancel and which one to go ahead. In case of Baleno i have choose Zeta 1.2 Petrol which cost around 7.2 OTR in delhi and for Figo i will be taking 1.5 TDCi which again will cost same OTR after some discounts so budget is not a deciding factor. Both car has ABS and Airbags so that is also same.

If safety is one of the top priority concern than which one is better built? Figo or Baleno or there is not much difference.
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I have booked Baleno and its expected to come next year. Pushing Nexa dealer to give me delivery this year so that i can escape price increase.
If you ask me I'll ask you to go for the figo.Its better built, the engine is a gem,has a decent feature set and is a little pocket rocket. It's one of the more easiest cars to drive as well. There is no lag and once u put the foot down,the car surges ahead like a rocket. The car is immensely fun to drive. However if space is a major concern for you, you can opt for the baleno.

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If safety is one of the top priority concern than which one is better built? Figo or Baleno or there is not much difference.
I have test driven both the cars recently and found Figo Diesel Titanium is a better alternative.
It has the minimum safety features and over all, is better built and the 1.5 L engine--very good indeed. Baleno Diesel doesn't come near it. More, Ford has started over the counter sale of accessories and the company claims that their maintenance cost is quite near that of Maruti and Hyundai. As far as Baleno is concerned, I found the car sturdy but my mind could never reconcile with the fact that it is 100 kg lighter than Swift. Except the company claimed "premium" tag, I found nothing premium with the car. Go for Figo Diesel Titanium.
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Hi All,

My RM has told me that I will get the delivery this year itself (around 27). What's your suggestion? Should I wait for 4-5 more days and get the delivery next year? Does it make any difference? I am asking this because the prices are expected to be increased by UP TO 20k.

Does anyone know EXACTLY how much would be the hike? I intend to keep the car for at least till 4 years. Please suggest ASAP

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Old 20th December 2015, 15:29   #186
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To all BHPians, who have booked the Baleno in Ray Blue color (like me) , an update.
Just visited Nexa showroom here and the Sales Executive showed me the test drive Ray Blue that had been damaged by a customer. But the worrying part was that the Maruti workshop could not match the colour and it looks like a separate patch.
He says that the workshop will have problems because it is a complex colour. Then stood and compared the two colours in similar light, took advise from family and then told him to change my booking to Granite Gray which was initially my second preference.
Although he said that he has a premium silver which can be delivered in 2-3 days if I want, but personally do not want that colour. So will be getting the car in January when the next allotment comes.
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Old 20th December 2015, 15:48   #187
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I wanted to book a white baleno, ended confirming ray blue color. Luckily vehicle alloted in the first lot, though faced some struggles with NEXA dealer on delivery, at last the car was delivered last friday. Looks stunning in this blue
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Old 20th December 2015, 18:44   #188
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Wanted to share some pics of the Nexa Seat covers as shared by the RM who is handling accessories:
1. This seat cover set costing is 8.5k odd (artificial leather).

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2. Another variant in artificial leather costing 9.5k (has slight work in velvet in this option)
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3. This is the premium artificial leather costing 13k
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Please note that as per my discussion with this Nexa guy (this is for mumbai city), there is very limited stock of each of these. In different cities there might be some other patterns/ designs available and these are not the only variants available.
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I understand majority are going in for Ray Blue color, however I just wanted to get a more specific idea and views as to which is the best color in Baleno according to the following criteria--

1)Pure Looks?
2)Long term maintenance and practicality?
3)Resale Value?
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I am having issue with the climate control system of my Baleno zeta. The heater doesn't seem to be working. I tried setting temperature to the highest in both manual and auto mode but still it's just throwing our cold air. I remember it was working a few days back when I had tested it for a few seconds. Recently my car's left corner had bumped into another car when parking. It was very light and no damage was done except 1 small dent. Do you thing it has something to do with the heater/blower issue?
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I am having issue with the climate control system of my Baleno zeta. The heater doesn't seem to be working. I tried setting temperature to the highest in both manual and auto mode but still it's just throwing our cold air. I remember it was working a few days back when I had tested it for a few seconds. Recently my car's left corner had bumped into another car when parking. It was very light and no damage was done except 1 small dent. Do you thing it has something to do with the heater/blower issue?
The bump certainly is not the issue, get your thermo stat checked. Usually they get broken very easily when there are fluctuations in temp. Do post the reason for issue and how did RM co ordinate, if at all..
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The bump certainly is not the issue, get your thermo stat checked. Usually they get broken very easily when there are fluctuations in temp. Do post the reason for issue and how did RM co ordinate, if at all..
I was talking to my RM a few days back and he told me that I don't need to contact him or anyone in the dealership for repairing, insurance claim or other issues. I can contact the nearest service station directly. By coincidence my nearest service station (Vasant Kunj) belongs to the same dealership. I talked to them today and they asked me to bring the vehicle anytime and they will resolve the issue. I am thinking of visiting them tomorrow. Will update how things go.
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I am having issue with the climate control system of my Baleno zeta. The heater doesn't seem to be working. I tried setting temperature to the highest in both manual and auto mode but still it's just throwing our cold air. I remember it was working a few days back when I had tested it for a few seconds.
Did you test this right after starting the car after the car was parked overnight or for a longer duration? Asking because the heater core which provides the draft of hot air, takes the heat from the coolant and the coolant takes a while to get heated up. Wait for a while for the needle of the coolant temperature gauge to move and test it.
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Hi All,

My RM has told me that I will get the delivery this year itself (around 27). What's your suggestion? Should I wait for 4-5 more days and get the delivery next year? Does it make any difference? I am asking this because the prices are expected to be increased by UP TO 20k.

Does anyone know EXACTLY how much would be the hike? I intend to keep the car for at least till 4 years. Please suggest ASAP

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Pay the complete invoice of the car now and then have them register it next year (Jan 1st), that should solve your dilemma.
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Did you test this right after starting the car after the car was parked overnight or for a longer duration? Asking because the heater core which provides the draft of hot air, takes the heat from the coolant and the coolant takes a while to get heated up. Wait for a while for the needle of the coolant temperature gauge to move and test it.
Yes the car was parked for a few hours in night. I was sitting in the car waiting for someone and it was really cold so I turned the blower on to make the cabin warm and I let it run for more than 5 minutes but the air was still cold. Can it take more than 5 minutes to heat up?
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