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Old 31st July 2007, 23:46   #1
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Question Budget 7L, help me choose a car

Hi Roadies,

Help me out to choose a car within 7L budget. I am a person who would love to take family and friends for long drive frequently. Please help me out in choosing a car that would suit the needs for such long drives, as well for city life.



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Old 1st August 2007, 01:25   #2
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Not sufficient info there mate. Please put in some more background into it.
* What kind of long drives? Smooth termac kinds, the adventurous kinds or may be a mix of both?
* What kind of FE you expect?
* Is the fuel type important?
* Do you have any leanings in terms of manufacturer, country of origin etc?
* When you say family and friend how big a party will that be?
* How long do you plan to retain the vehicle?
* Is resale value very important?

These are but some of the pointers. Feel free to add any other info that you find pertinent. More the info faster the advices will pour in and will be morfe relevant and accurate as well.
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Old 1st August 2007, 02:19   #3
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Great!
Excuse me i am just a new entry.
Well the answers to the questions are
# long smooth drives
# FE of 10 to 15kmpl
# I prefer to take a petrol vehicle
# I have a flair for FORD cars
# I would probably like to retain the vehicle for a minimum of 5yrs
# Not much bothered about the resale value
# Good after sale service from the makers

Now I beleive I haven given a good background for my needs.

ZAPPO thanks for the help......
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Hi Fuzzylogic,

Welcome to teambhp. Looking into your requirements you have two choices - Aveo 1.4 LS or Fiesta 1.4 ZXi

Aveo 1.4 LS

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Help me out to choose a car within 7L budget
- The onroad price is around 7.4L (Bangalore). Dealers are giving huge corporate discounts these days (in the range of 40-45K). This will fit within your budget. Aveo sales has picked up recently and you see more Aveos on road these days.

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long smooth drives
- Aveo gives you good city and highway drive. Not really termed as a driver's car due to the initial lazy pickup. But the performance really increases after 1500 rpm (in all gears). The gearshift ratios of Aveo is such that you can go as low as 25kmph in 5th gear without jerks. This helps in city driving due to lesser gearshifts (Also good for female drivers who are at times not so good in downshifting. No offence meant female teambhpians )

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FE of 10 to 15kmpl
- FE in city conditions are in the range of 11-12kmpl. On highway around 16-17kmpl.

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I prefer to take a petrol vehicle
- GM recomments Octane 91 petrol for Aveo.

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I have a flair for FORD cars
- You will get a Chevy badge in front and back if you go for Aveo (and not Ford)

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# I would probably like to retain the vehicle for a minimum of 5yrs
# Not much bothered about the resale value
- The resale value of Aveo is not so good. But since you are planning to use it for 5 years and resale value does not bother you, this should not be a problem

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Good after sale service from the makers
- GM has a good service backup. They give 1,00,000 kms/3 years warranty

Other pluses are:

- Best interiors in the segment. Exteriors are good too.
- AC/gearhift was really bad in Aveo before. GM has reworked this recently. AC is really good and gearshift not notchy anymore.
- Good ground clearance
- Low turning radius
- Leg space for rear passengers is as good as NHC.

You could also check out Ford 1.4ZXi (as you have a flair for Ford).

- It is an excellent car in terms of driveability. The gear shift is the best in the segment.
- FE same as Aveo.
- Resale value not so good again. But better than Aveo I feel.
- Service issues with Ford dealers is a problem.
- Also cramped backseats.

Hope this helps,
Nirmal
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# long smooth drives
# FE of 10 to 15kmpl
# I prefer to take a petrol vehicle
# I have a flair for FORD cars
# I would probably like to retain the vehicle for a minimum of 5yrs
# Not much bothered about the resale value
# Good after sale service from the makers
Take a look at Ford Fusion petrol. It fits your budget and will satisfy most of your requirements.

FYI, Fusion TDCi is also out but OTR price may be more than 7L.
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Great!
Excuse me i am just a new entry.
Well the answers to the questions are
# long smooth drives
# FE of 10 to 15kmpl
# I prefer to take a petrol vehicle
# I have a flair for FORD cars
# I would probably like to retain the vehicle for a minimum of 5yrs
# Not much bothered about the resale value
# Good after sale service from the makers
If you have a flair for FORD cars, why not the Fiesta 1.6 (or even 1.4)? The mileage wont be too good, but both are very good drivers cars.
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Great!
Excuse me i am just a new entry.
Well the answers to the questions are
# long smooth drives
# FE of 10 to 15kmpl
# I prefer to take a petrol vehicle
# I have a flair for FORD cars
# I would probably like to retain the vehicle for a minimum of 5yrs
# Not much bothered about the resale value
# Good after sale service from the makers

Now I beleive I haven given a good background for my needs.

ZAPPO thanks for the help......

I guess the Ford Fusion 1.6 is made for people like you. Its got ample space, decent mileage that match your expectations, a really smooth transmission of power and not that good resale value and its a FORD!!!. The only two places that it looses out is service by ford (check it out at your place) and ride quality. But handling is perfect and you would really enjoy driving it. Its just within your budget too with some money left for ICE and other Accessories. I think its a perfect Match. HAve a test drive.
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Hey fuzzy,
Since you would prefer a Ford, check out the Fiesta 1.4 EXi/ZXi.
# long smooth drives - the Ford Fiesta is one of the best driver's cars out there in under 10L.
# FE of 10 to 15kmpl - The fiesta 1.4 should give an FE of 10+ depending on where you drive and how.
# I prefer to take a petrol vehicle - The 1.4 is petrol (do not get confused with the 1.4 TDCi)
# I have a flair for FORD cars - (Fiesta is a FORD)
# I would probably like to retain the vehicle for a minimum of 5yrs - The fiesta has good build quality but a few niggling problems which can be overlooked. I have been very impressed with our fiesta and we have done 25Kkm in a year and a half.
# Not much bothered about the resale value
# Good after sale service from the makers - Depending on where you are located, ford A.S.S may or may not be good. Check with a few Chennai BHPian's owning a Ford car.

If you don't mind a hatchback, check out the Fusion 1.6.
It's more fun to drive and bigger too. Average will be 10+ too if driven properly in the City.
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If you have a flair for FORD cars, why not the Fiesta 1.6 (or even 1.4)? The mileage wont be too good, but both are very good drivers cars.
Anyreason to say that the Fiesta would not return a good average?
I believe a few members here have a Ford Fiesta Petrol and are getting 11 - 12 in city traffic.
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Fuzzi,
You have many options for the dough.

Petrol:
SX4 Vxi
Ford Fiesta 1.4
Hyundai Verna Xi
Chevy Aveo - LS

Diesel:
Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi - EXI
Mahindra Renault 1.5 DLX

Wont drill your pocket if you want to go for that exxxxtra longggg drive.

Jai
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Anyreason to say that the Fiesta would not return a good average?
I believe a few members here have a Ford Fiesta Petrol and are getting 11 - 12 in city traffic.
I second crazy driver, Fiesta 1.6 is way to powerful to return a good FE at the same time. Atleast, it would be sadder than Aveo for sure.

@Fuzzylogic, i think if your a performance liking individual and like aggressive driving and enjoy a bit of speed, look no further and jump into Fiesta 1.6 bandwagon
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I believe a few members here have a Ford Fiesta Petrol and are getting 11 - 12 in city traffic.
You are right about some members getting that kind of FE with even the Fiesta1.6. But from what I understand, they usually seem to be doing long daily runs (50kms or more) and on roads (eg. expressways - Noida or Gurgaon, not sure which one) that are not the usual city roads we refer to in Che/Mum/Blore/Hyd (stop and go kind of traffic). Terming those drives as city drives would not be really correct - its more like the highway drives that we do.
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in mumbai with 100% percent ac on i usually get a fe of about 10-11 the worst i got was 8.5kms till date with my fiesta1.6
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For a person who has a flair for Ford cars - FORD FLAIR !
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Abhilash, since he has a higher budget no need to restrict him to the Ikon Flair.

@Fuzzylogic, take a look at the 1.4 Fiesta which will suit your budget.
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