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Old 22nd October 2007, 17:21   #1
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Default 2 Yr. Old Skoda Vs. New Optra Magunm

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I was almost convinced on a 2005 model skoda in Bangalore run 22,000 Kms @ 8 lakhs till i drove the OPtra Magnum:

Its a beast in terms of Power, Great Suspension, Good Ground Clearance, comfort- Goog legroom etc.

Visibility Skoda Scores over the Magnum.

Some people tell me Skoda is more stable than the Magnum.

Can someone share your thoughts on the same and what could potentially be a better decision:

2005 Skoda @ 8 Lakhs or a New Magnum @ 10.6 Lakhs.
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Old 22nd October 2007, 17:34   #2
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If you are on a budget, or if you are looking for build and FE, surely a used octy is a good bet. Make sure the car was well maintained. Also the maintenance costs may be higher. If you are looking for plush ride, POWER, then optra is the way to go.
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Magnum!!!

Autocar has rated Magnum higher than Octy diesel. Plus the GM's 3 yr Service contract is very nice
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Magnum... if you have the money or dont!!
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Old 22nd October 2007, 19:46   #5
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I would say definitely the optra magnum here. The octy being 2 years old will be out of warranty and we all know about skoda maintenance. With the magnum u wont have to spend on service for a couple of years atleast. and also its a newer car and will probably have alot better resale value.
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i'd say go for the magnum, the extra money you pay will give u peace of mind, above anything else!
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There is no contest bro. magnum..even if you are looking for a new octy the magnum is good competition. The FE is less than the Octy, but my friend manages to get over 13-15 in Mumbai while the octy gives around 14-16..the Magnum will leave any car in the dust by its amazing power delivery...really nice...u must go for it as extreme torque said "Whether you have the money or no"!!
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Magnum, look no further. Terrific car to drive and you're going to get a spanking new one from the showroom!
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Skoda does not have an issue with maintenance. Infact it is one of the most reliable cars. Dealership attitude was an issue. Now in bangalore Vinayak cars seems to be a good bet and they are very cordial. Their service records also seem to be good.

And all GM cars have low resale value. Infact the depreciation is the highest for GM cars.
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u haven't told which octavia.. rider, elgance, L&K, etc.

anyways, magnum happens to be the darling of diesel fans on this forum. it is also counter-intuitive to recommend an old model like Octavia. but do give sufficient thought to Octy also.

Octavia is
more drivable - range of speeds, road conditions and so on.
tried and tested - very successful car in several tough markets
looks good inside and outside - doesn't age that fast like other cars
got better 'image'??

the concerns are:
service & maintenance - with two dealers in B'lore things will be better
rear seat comfort - how important is this to you?
older platform - you mean proven platform? what's newer in Magnum, btw?
less powerful - less powerful than we need?

i am not recommending any particular car, but just trying to counter the bias towards magnums, cities, civics, swifts on this forum.

disclaimer: i am a skoda owner.
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Magnum if:

1. You love driving.
2. Rear seat comfort is important to you.
3. You are not looking at resale value.

Octy if:
1. Image is important to you
2. Mileage is important to you
3. Looks are important to you (IMHO Octavia is a better looker than the Mag but aesthetics are very individualistic)

Further would be great if you tell us which Octavia is this that you are getting? What version that is...
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Hey all ... There seems to be equally good reviews for both.

Octy- Rider 2005 run about 18,000 Kms Quoted at 9 lacs, i have offered 8 Vs. Magnum LS 10.6 on Road in Bangalore.

Re-sale is important to the tune of about 6 on a scale of 1-10. I'm only worried, if i buy the Magnum for 10.6 and sell in about 1.5 years it may re-sell only for 6.5.

Skoda seems good in that respect since im already buying a depreciated car. But another problem, the Octavia is going to be phased out :(

Still leaves me with confused thoughts !
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dharmu99, since you are from Bangalore, check for service support for Magnum. Garuda is closing down the GM dealership on Lalbagh road. Whether they will operate the GM dealership from their service centre on Kanakapura road or not is debatable. There is no reliable info. Info was posted in this forum that another showroom should open in Bangalore.

You also have Sundaram as a dealer but I am not sure about their service.

Check feedback about these centres and factor them into your decision.
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even i have come across same prob.. or dilemma... i am offered octavia rider 1.9 tdi (2004).. running 50,000. price offered is 7 lakh.. is it worth?
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I guess the price is decent. Haggle and get it lower but it is not all that bad. Check out the used car site at carwale.com etc to find out the comparable cost of such a vehicle in your area for same year model.
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