Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > What Car? > Sedans


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 6th April 2005, 14:46   #76
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,385
Thanked: 14,314 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zaphod
Lemme put it this way - I wanted to drive fast and have access to reliable service so i got a Baleno , but If i had kids I'd get the sturdier Petra
This is what makes my decision very hard, ideally I want a Petra, safety and price says Petra, but ASS and Fiat troubles say Baleno. Not everybody can buy both like you , I already have a small car.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lamborghini
Still not decided?
Dude go for a petra. It rules. Besides you can get a hell lot of accesories for the amount you save.
It safer, faster, more comfortable, cheaper and a whole lot better.
Dude, let me test drive, may be this week or next.

Quote:
Originally Posted by RX135
Reliable service varies place to place.
You are lucky Pune has great Fiat service.

Anyway guys, I will make a decision between them only after I test drive both.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th April 2005, 15:11   #77
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: pune
Posts: 2,088
Thanked: 48 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Samurai
Anyway guys, I will make a decision between them only after I test drive both.
I strongly suggest, if possible, go for 2 test rides of both cars. One often tends to miss few things in first test drive. Also, you may want to go back and drive again after you have driven the other car.
RX135 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th April 2005, 23:38   #78
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,385
Thanked: 14,314 Times
Default

As I was seaching for crash test on Baleno and Petra (sienna), I cam across one old site which claims Baleno is one of the safest car on road. It also talks highly of Siena safety.

I couldn't find crash test data on either Palio or Petra (Siena). On Baleno I found some data from 97-98 which is not very good. Then there was one more link that classified Baleno as a average risk, again that applies to 95-2000 models.

When maruti introduced Baleno to India in 2000, did they make any upgrades to the safety features, or is this the same Baleno which did miserably in crash tests in 97-98, that's the golden question. Knowing Suzuki, such upgrades are doubtful.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th April 2005, 00:01   #79
Senior - BHPian
 
Shan2nu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Hubli - Karnata
Posts: 5,525
Thanked: 87 Times
Default

The Baleno has a safety rating of 2 stars, as per Euro NCAP. It's mentioned in the OD car index.

If they think 2 is safe, they're in for a big surprise.

Euro NCAP - Suzuki Baleno 1.6

Shan2nu

Last edited by Shan2nu : 7th April 2005 at 00:02.
Shan2nu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th April 2005, 16:23   #80
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,385
Thanked: 14,314 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shan2nu
The Baleno has a safety rating of 2 stars, as per Euro NCAP. If they think 2 is safe, they're in for a big surprise.

Euro NCAP - Suzuki Baleno 1.6
However, you should note one thing. They do mention that Baleno didn't come equipped with airbags like other standard european cars. In this case Baleno was tested against other cars that did have airbags. That may explain the poor score.

Now when you compare Baleno with other Indian cars without airbags, how are we supposed to interpret the crash test data. How do we know the crash worthiness of Baleno's competitors without airbags? Any crash test data on Petra, Icon or Lancer?
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th April 2005, 16:48   #81
Senior - BHPian
 
Shan2nu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Hubli - Karnata
Posts: 5,525
Thanked: 87 Times
Default

Quote:
I cam across one old site which claims Baleno is one of the safest car on road.
I was refering to this statement made by you. The Baleno might have been the safest car in it's class years ago but, now we have bigger, better and safer cars.

But, how did the crash test topic come on this thread anyway? LOL

Shan2nu

Last edited by Shan2nu : 12th April 2005 at 16:57.
Shan2nu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th April 2005, 17:29   #82
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,385
Thanked: 14,314 Times
Default

Note From Mods : Your post on the Baleno test drive was deleted as it wasn't topic related. Please open a new thread in the Car Review section and post the same. A copy of your post has been sent to your team-bhp PM box.

Last edited by Shan2nu : 12th April 2005 at 18:13.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th April 2005, 17:38   #83
Senior - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,954
Thanked: 1,591 Times
Default

Nice report there, Samurai.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Samurai

Cons:
The head rest for front passengers is not very good, this is big issue for my wife.
Umm... correct me if am wrong... arent those so-called "head rests" actually head restraints? mainly for the purpose of preventing a whiplash in case someone hits u from behind??

Cheers
Amitoj
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th April 2005, 17:42   #84
BHPian
 
mohit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Toronto / Kurukshetra
Posts: 641
Thanked: 120 Times
Default

Very nicely written!
Quote:
The Baleno Lxi on road in Bangalore will come to Rs. 6.5L before any mods.
Is this the pre or post discount price?
mohit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th April 2005, 17:53   #85
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,385
Thanked: 14,314 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mohit
Is this the pre or post discount price?
Including 3rd year warranty and deducting first year insurance.Currently only discount is free insurance for first year. Recently I remember reading in some thread that Maruti has instructed all their dealers not to offer any discounts not offered by the company.

Quote:
Originally Posted by amitoj
Umm... correct me if am wrong... arent those so-called "head rests" actually head restraints? mainly for the purpose of preventing a whiplash in case someone hits u from behind??
Yes, that's the one. My wife likes to rest her head on it, something I never do.

Last edited by Samurai : 12th April 2005 at 17:57.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Style, performance, Comfort: In love with My new Honda city VMT(ANHC) Maanspeedo Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 42 25th August 2011 10:28
Ride Comfort - Wheelbase and Seating Position Simhi Technical Stuff 1 28th December 2010 23:52
What affects ride comfort? Samurai Technical Stuff 39 29th September 2010 18:15
which car best on medium level bad road for ride comfort and fuel efficiency omvnbhatt Sedans 1 29th October 2006 10:07


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 16:29.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks