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Old 3rd September 2007, 20:03   #1
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I opened another thread over this issue in past but somehow it went dead as no body is looking or responding to that. Here are my queries
After so many days of thinking, I have finalized to plan an Esteem VXi. Now my concerns are
1) Roads are really bad here, so how is the suspension of the car. If the Esteem will be able to give me a bump free ride. I presently have a Zen LX 2003 and SX4 ZXi 2007. While the SX4 is a marvelous machine in this respect, the ride in Zen is a pain and a major reason to change it.
2) Another big issue with Zen is the cabin noise. When driving on high speeds (Say 100) the noise in cabin is too much. If Esteem is silent in those terms? Even in the city traffic, the sounds from surrounding vehicles are too much.
3) I spoke to the True Value guys here and they are offering 1.95 for my 2003 Zen LX (Autocop Central Locking, Sony Cassette Player) Is it a good deal ?
Any feedback from experts and existing Esteem owners are appreciated.
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Old 3rd September 2007, 23:36   #2
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Esteem is not a very quiet car. It has a tendency to get rattles as fast as 2500 kms. Although i havent driven my esteem in extreme conditions or very bad roads but while driving it i can feel if i do so then the noises will be from all over the place.

Try to take a TD in an esteem which is about 10K kms on odo or 1.5 years old if you can. You'll get a clear picture of it
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If u need a silent car with better ride quality than an esteem, then u should consider the Accent or Aveo.
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i have driven esteem in bad roads of bihar for 2 years, its certainly not the for bad roads.
rattles are plenty, suspension bottoms out frequently on bad roads.
the only good thing is its engine and drive train.
you are better off with accent in terms of ride quality.
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Within that price bracket and entry-level sedans, the most comfortable cars are:

1. Ford Ikon Flair : Robust suspension and very comfortable seats.

2. Tata Indigo : Ditto.
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Do note that the esteems have low ground clearance. With age the rear sags and the car will start bottoming out. If you still want to stick to the esteem get a good suspension setup. Apart from suspensions and slightly weak brakes the esteem is a drivers car - the fun is only in the drivers seat. FE and spares cost will be reasonable/economical.
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If you didn't like the zen ride, your chances are you will not like the esteem's ride too. Like GTO said go for a Ikon Flair or an Indigo if you want diesel.

The esteem though is a super fun car to drive
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Within that price bracket and entry-level sedans, the most comfortable cars are:
1. Ford Ikon Flair : Robust suspension and very comfortable seats.
Agree, but on speeds lot of noise seeps into the cabin. maheepgupta doesn't seem to like noise at all.
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Within that price bracket and entry-level sedans, the most comfortable cars are:
1. Ford Ikon Flair : Robust suspension and very comfortable seats.
Very true. However, being a Flair owner let me be honest in mentioning that noise damping when travelling on rough roads isnt exactly the best.
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Thanks for all these replies..

Alas, I reached to the decision after so many days of thinking but now seems to be all confused again..

As for noise, yes I really want the cabin to be silent.. so that is a big consideration

As for Ford Ikon, I also thought of that but I am looking for a change in next 3 years and I thought esteem will give me a better resale.. Same with Accent.. However, I will go for a testdrive today for Accent
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As for Indigo.. I already have an Indica which I will replace with this new car.. so I guess buying an Indigo will not give me the feeling of new car as the interior is almost similar and so is exterior.

Plus the Power Window switches are a pain in Tata.. why cant they put it on doors like all other companies..

BTW, Any word on Zen Prices I mentioned in first post.. was it a good deal ?

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Thanks for all these replies..

Alas, I reached to the decision after so many days of thinking but now seems to be all confused again..

As for noise, yes I really want the cabin to be silent.. so that is a big consideration

As for Ford Ikon, I also thought of that but I am looking for a change in next 3 years and I thought esteem will give me a better resale.. Same with Accent.. However, I will go for a testdrive today for Accent
Maheep, what is your budget? Esteem is good, if you want to drive fast (due to good power to weight ratio), and also is quite economical. But its really showing its age, and its cabin is not so comfortable and has high in cabin noise.
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@maheep, Esteem VXI is on its last legs. Why dont you give Accent GLE a try even if that is also a bit outdated but it is way better than the Esteem in many respects. Absolutely noiseless (cabin) ride, nice build quality and absolutely fantastic A.S.S. Only thing is it may give you a slightly lower FE when compared to VXI.
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As you already have a SX4 sedan, a Getz 1.3 or UVA would be a better replacement for Zen. Getz 1.3 has a quiet ride i suppose. may be owners can confirm.
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If backseat comfort is a priority, the Accent is not the choice to make. The seats sit real low, and also ingress and egress isnt easy.
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