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Old 12th April 2006, 11:25   #1
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My inlaws finally decided to book the Skoda Rider 1.9 Tdi today evening. Actually they were not fully satisfied with Skoda and they require a valid reason for not buying skoda Rider. Is it worth waiting for Honda Civic?

Whats their requirement?

1. Luxury (Not bothered whether it is Deisel or Petrol. If its a deisel car, it will be considered as Bonus).
2. Chauffer driven.
3. Budget 12 lacs
4. Good After Sale Service
5. Decent mileage (hence NO to Honda Accord).

The main reason for shying away from Skoda vehicles is, because of its huge maintenance cost and its poor resale value.

Your suggestion pls.
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Old 12th April 2006, 11:32   #2
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Skoda Octivia is not the best car to be driven in.

If your in-laws can wait then whats the harm in waiting? They will get more cars to choose from.
If they can not wait for some reason then take a look at Corolla too.
Since they are not bothered about Petrol or Diesel car.
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If they can not wait for some reason then take a look at Corolla too.
Since they are not bothered about Petrol or Diesel car.
The rear seat comfort in a Corolla is one of the best. And it gives the best FE in its class.
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The main reason for shying away from Skoda vehicles is, because of its huge maintenance cost and its poor resale value.

Your suggestion pls.
Did you say Poor resale value for Skoda? try checking out the prices of a used Skoda and I think Skoda retain most of their value in the resale market partly because there are not many that are available in the market and secondly because people consider them a good deal even in the used car market.

With Regards to the Civic, it was mentioned in the CNBC Autocar show that the Rear seating of the Civic is a bit low because of the low roofline and hence might not be the best seat for being driven in. Have a look at the Corolla as rear seat comfort and fuel economy are top notch..



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Honda Accord will be a good 5lacs more than ur current budget. If u can stretch it that much, then also check out the new Camry

How about the Optra, its a pretty comfy car with TNRS and the nice leather seats.
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The question to the title of this thread cannot be answered as no one has really driven the Civic. But with the launch just around the corner, it may well be worth the wait. Reports are that the launch is in May, with deliveries starting in June.

The Octavia petrols have a bad resale value. Not the diesels which have an astoundingly good performance in the used market.

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You have only Corolla, Skoda Octavia Rider RS and TDi and Elantra.. Civic - a new car.. an entry level car in the US market, more similar bodyline to that of City..

If you are deciding on the TDi.. its a good decision according to me..Have taken long trips in 1.9 TDi.. a good car to drive and be driven around. To test and book a civic you may need to wait for 2+ months..
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resale of octis is down for sure in 2006. 2002 ambi models are available in mumbai from as low as 4.99 laks. thats way too less for a 4 yr old car bought for 12 laks +
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I would suggest u go for Octavia. u know though it is a new car in local market it has a high Brand value in international mkt. Also utlity wise it is more safe and comfortable. Think ove it. Also if u can extend ur budget go for Octavia Combi L & K. Its cool SUV spacious and very comfortable to handle.
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no official prices , no TDs = no comparison (as of now)
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Octavia = poor rear seat
Corolla = poor ride quality

why not try the Optra Elite with all the gizmos. it will fit the bill and is often iven with a 4/40 waranty. but it does have poor resale value. Still if they are going to keep the car 5+ years that should not matter.
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Yesterday evening we went to Millinieum motors,Saidapet. Every one of us fall in love with Laura, but its totally out of budget. Finally decided Rider Classic 1.9 TDi. Classic comes with alloy wheels, auto climate control, Black color etc etc.

As expected rear seat comfort is not so great. But Laura rear seat is too good. Octavia's rear seat comfort is as good as Aveo/City, not to the level of Corolla.

Regarding discounts,the dealer is not ready any form of discount. They will give only floor mats and few basic stuffs which will cost few thousand at the most.

Guys please help me in negotiating. Whats the best deal we can extract. We (inlaws) decided to book on April-14 (tamil auspicious day).

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how about the optra Lt automatic?

Nothing beats the comfort and ride quality of this car in c+ segment.

mileage is not good compared to honda's and mitsubishi's but optra is quite frugal on its own.

my recommendation goes for a optra auto

octavia is not bad though and even cedia is worth the price with the best NVH and good comfort. But optra scores over both.

If the choice is between Octavia or civic I will plainly stick to Skoda.

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GM status is really sick now. It may file bankrupt near future and only GOD can save it. My uncle being a financial conultant will not put his money on a dying company.

Lancer doesn't has the charm compared to what it had in 2000. Actually they want to buy new Camry, but out of budget. Anyway they will hold this car at the most for 4 years and then they want to buy their dream machine - Mercedes Benz E220.
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for rear seat comfort and a plush ride- go for the elantra GLS

else, you can alsolook at a used Merc E220- but maintenance will be very expensive.

another interesting alternative, but a bit off the field is the tp range Innova- u cant go wrong with this car, esp the Petrol version. worth a consideration.
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