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Old 20th March 2007, 16:41   #1
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i'm planning to have a new car. Now i'm having an 2001 OHC and 98 Zen. i'm giong to exchange my Zen with a Diesel hatch. My mind is set to Swift VDi, and I took two TD of Swift. I really liked the drivability of this Multijet machine and I'm in love with its exterior looks(Interior very bad). BUT the thing which worried me is its braking . i did'nt feel safe while braking it. May be it is due to the thin tyres provided. Now i'm in a big confusion, to go for the one with ABS or to have one with wider tyres. My budget not enough to have both.
Now Swift Vdi on road price here 5.32 L. At present situation I can extend my budget to 5.5 L max. But Vdi ABS on road price is 5.5 L.
Another problem is the availabilty of ABS optioned Swift Diesel. Its a huge waiting period.

So i'm seeking advise of Bhpians, what to do.
*Wait for ABS option and run it on stock 165/80/14 tyres.
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*to have Vdi with nice grippy tyres on stock rims.

which one will be better?

Or Any other option other than Swift diesel. It should have all door power windows, Power steetring, and some good features.
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Old 20th March 2007, 16:49   #2
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ABS only if you are on highway most of the time.
There is no Diesel hatch that be compared with Swift. Palio is due but I am not sure you will like the interiors either.
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gautham, if you are not in a hurry for a new vehicle just hang on for a few months. You will have options like the Santro Diesel, Getz diesel, and maybe the aveo U-VA Diesel. Since your budget is 5.5 no need to consider the Fusion Diesel.

If you need the vehicle soon the only good diesel engine(initial views) optionis the Swift. With the New Tax rates i dont think the OTR prices would be within 5.5L. since the Road tax rates are now 6% of the vehicle price(if i'm right).

But First What are your priorities. Where will you be driving, as in highway/city. What is your monthly average Km, as in do you really need a Diesel?
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Yes its worth waiting for the ABS model. I am getting the NON-ABS in a week from the day i decide tp go for it, but i am still waiting till May for the ABS one.
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Go for the one with ABS......then replace stock tyres when you have enough money. In my opinion ABS is a must on every car irrespective of whether one drives on highway or not, it is an investment that would save ones life someday. I drive on highways quite frequently and felt the need for ABS on many occasions.

One may think that he/she will mostly drive in City and hence there is no need for ABS. But who knows, one of those "rare highway drives" may turn out to be a fatal one just because the car wasn't equipped with ABS.

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But First What are your priorities. Where will you be driving, as in highway/city. What is your monthly average Km, as in do you really need a Diesel?[/quote]

my monthly average does not suggest a diesel car, but i'm seriously inclined to a multijet or crdi engine(because i'm having an OHC now and i love to have both options-petrol and diesel). I'm not going to use it frequently in heavy traffic, mostly in my town varkala and some unofficial highway trips.
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Its still useless to have stock 165 size tires with ABS.
U still need185/70/R14 atleast.
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i'm trying to add some more to my budget. But is waiting a worth. any new models to come with in four months.
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which one will be better among the two configs mentioned below.(for swift)

*ABS with stock 165/80-14 tyres.
*stock rims with 195/--/14 tyres
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Since your budget is 5.5 no need to consider the Fusion Diesel.
Is fusion Diesel version is available ?
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Is fusion Diesel version is available ?
No its not .. but speculated to be launched this year ..
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ford may use thier 1.4 TDCI engine for Fusion also.
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ford may use thier 1.4 TDCI engine for Fusion also.
does'nt make sense.. what will be price difference of Fiesta 1.4 TDCI and Fusion 1.4 TDCI.
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On the Swifts, a fatter tyre is the order of the day. Although I'm not sure if you can retrofit ABS as an add-on once the car leaves MUL.
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You cant retrofit ABS atleast in India
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