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Old 10th May 2008, 23:57   #1
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Hey people, a friend of mine is in a dilemma
He wants a car between 8-11 lakh
His Needs are ( In order of priority)

Safety
Comfort
Mileage

His running is 2500 kms per month in Mumbai with very few outings.
He wants the car to be good on power as well.

Could you guys suggest some cars.
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Old 11th May 2008, 09:37   #2
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At 2500 kms per month, diesel might make sense and since it is mainly in Mumbai, my suggestion would be the Fabia (top end) which would have almost all that he needs and also be compact enough for predominant city use.
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At this price range, I definitely would suggest the Optra Magnum - whether he intends to drive or be driven, it is a great car. Ask him to take a test drive!
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My vote also goes to Optra.
Interestingly I see so many optra in Bangalore than a Aveo or UVA.
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Optra Magnum has to be the best choice. Since A** was not his priority Optra gets the upper hand. Its extremelly comfy, awesome engine and has all the goodies.
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What about the maintenance costs.
Is GM Still offering the 3 years maintenance free in mumbai?
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Why dont he look at the ultimate comfort machine the Innova. If he is ok with its looks i guess that should be the car for him.

If he is looking for a sedan. For Comfort i guess the Magnum should be the car. Else he could settle for an Octavia.

If he could live with a hatch. Ask him to look at the Fabia higher version. You get some real goodies in it. Its also one of the most comfortable hatches.

All the best and let us know.
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why don't you test drive verna diesel high end.Only problem would be airbags i guess.rest will satisfy your friends needs.A.S.S will be far better than optra.
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What about the maintenance costs.
Is GM Still offering the 3 years maintenance free in mumbai?
I have been reading lot of Ad's from GM about the 3yrs / 45000km free maintenance plans. Keep us informed. Cheers!
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I have been reading lot of Ad's from GM about the 3yrs / 45000km free maintenance plans. Keep us informed. Cheers!
The maintenance plan says that all the FREE service you have in those 3 years are completely free. You don't need to pay anything for the service + regular oil or other changes scheduled for that particular service.

So, if you are regularly servicing the vehicle, i don't see any other cost you would be in need to pay for the car.

GM ads all says this is free. but almost all dealers put a cost to this.

Either you get this free or get 13-15K discount for the car. So, I would say this comes at a cost of 15K maintenance plan for 3 years.
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For the 2500 kms running, it warrants a diesel. In the 8-11 lakh price range his options are:

1. Toyotal Innova 2.5V - should just about fit the budget, I believe
2. Verna Diesel - powerful, must opt for the one with ABS
3. Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi - not so powerful, but capable
4. Tata Safari VX - great VFM, niggling issues attributed to TATAs
5. Chevy Optra Magnum LT - stonking performer, good maintenance package, poor resale
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Go for OPTRA MAGNUM LT.
It has powerful engine,seat are comfortable.
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My Friend who will buy the car says

Safari : A Bit old even though engine new.
Innova : Old again
Verna : Doesnt feel it good. Doesnt like the suspension
Fiesta : Already Had 1

So the confusion is now between Optra Magnum and Fabia

He wants the car with ABS Airbags and lower maintenance


I have recommended him the Magnum,
What do u guys say?
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Magnum anyday... oil sump problems notwithstanding.
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Chevrolet Optra Magnum. It has got one fantastic engine, very comfortable interiros and good suspension.
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