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Old 18th March 2007, 12:50   #1
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hi guys
i own ford 1.6 zxi .
i am looking forward to buy a used vehicle with budget 5.25 -5.75 lakhs.(MODELS BETWEEN 2005/2006)
Have test driven honda city /aveo /fiesta.
my running is not more than 900 km/month.
my criteria for buying the vehicle is
1-safety
2-handling
3-equipment
4-looks
5-resale value
6-mileage.
hope to get my confusion cleared on this forum.
thanks a ton in advance.
n.b- my personal fav is fiesta but don't like the looks.
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Old 18th March 2007, 15:08   #2
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How about an Old Honda City (2003-04 model ) It will easily come under your budget and what you save can be put into nice mods. The car has good looks, good milage , good handling, good resale and good milage.

If you dont worry about the resale that much but want a sturdy car go for a FIAT petra (Brand New). It should be be close to your budget... This is my personal choice.

If you are looking for a diesel car you can try accent diesel. Not sure what other members react to this car, but I have heard its not a bad choice.
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Old 18th March 2007, 20:29   #3
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My personal suggestion is if you can live with Petra's interior size its a great car nothing an beat it If you it yourself. Resale value is onething which Fiat cars don't have, Search for used Petra you can buy 2 Petras for 6 lacs

Another car is Used Baleno because new baleno round the corner present Baleno's resale value might go down and already it has bad resale value so
baleno is good car as well to buy it as used one.

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Old 18th March 2007, 23:14   #4
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After an IKON 1.6, only a Fiesta or a OHC Vtec can really be satisfying to drive. Obviously you dont like the fiesta, why not the verna ?
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After an IKON 1.6, only a Fiesta or a OHC Vtec can really be satisfying to drive. Obviously you dont like the fiesta, why not the verna ?
A used verna. Have people already started selling them off . If you are talking about a new one then I think it overshoots his budget by a Lac at least.
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Hi,

I guess you should go for a Lancer 2001-2003 depending on the conditions, as you will be going in for a second lancer resale still should not be a concern, looks are awesome and spares are also affordable, milege pretty decent and handling is awesome.

My best bet is a Lancer.
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if you can adjust a hatch, then Swift ZXI will be a good bet. its fully loaded. You
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I'm not sure if a 1.6 100+ps Fiesta or Aveo will come in that price, since most of those would have been sold to the first owner in 2006. You might need to up your budget a bit. I would go for the Aveo if you can find one. It is much better appointed inside (where you will be most of the time) than the Fiesta or the 70ps HC
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hi tej, i assume you have numbered your criteria according to your priority/weightage for each.
1-safety; 2-handling; 3-equipment; 4-looks; 5-resale value and 6-mileage.

If most preference is for safety i feel you should look for a FIAT Petra or an Adventure. Which i think you can even get a new one at your budget (even a little less). The Safety features in the FIAT will not be matched by ny other vehicle. But the negetives would be the resale and the mileage (average 10-12Km/l). Moreover after a 1.6 FOrd i dont think you would appreciate anything less than a 1.6 engine. Moreover with only 900km/month i dont think it would be worth investing in a diesel engine.

Before that why are you looking for a second hand vehicle with 5.75L budget. Do you want a luxury vehicle? i mean the higher segment ones?
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even i recommend you lancer with your budget you can get 2003-2005 as you are in pune let me tell you a friend of mine ought a lancer 2004 6 mount ago very good condition by 4.5 lac so go for lancer it is what you are looking for
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A used verna. Have people already started selling them off . If you are talking about a new one then I think it overshoots his budget by a Lac at least.
Yep, sorry for that, must have dozed off. I can only think of a 2003 OHC Vtec.
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if you need a sedan, then look for a 2005 Optra 1.6 LS, or a 2004 Corrolla. You'l get the big car feel plus good ride.
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guyz
thanks for prompt response.lokks like old 2005 honda city is the best bet but is too under powered.
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Hmm.. maybe an Elantra GT or a Lancer Invex? The way those babies depreciate, it may even be possible...
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Infact the best bet for that kind of a budget and given your priorities is a 2001-02 Old Honda Accord. Great build, it has that big car feel, good handling and ride, quite a good looker but expect a mileage of not more than 7-8 kmpl. And on top of all this, it being a honda, resale value isn't bad.

you can get plenty of those within your budget here in MUmbai.

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