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Old 19th June 2008, 16:13   #1
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I want to buy a used diesel car. My budget is 3.0 lakhs. I have shortlisted Lancer GLXD/SLXD, Palio 1.9 D and Ikon 1.8D as my options. Can anybody give me some suggestion on each of the option (pros and cons). My preferences on this purchase is Low cost of ownership, good quality (both build and ride) and a decent resale value. I am open to your views on the following points.
1. Is this a good idea (buying a used diesel car)
2. If the answer is yes for the above question what care should be taken while buying one.

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You can safely remove Ikon 1.8D from the list. It is known to be a problematic one (however, you will get one for much lesser than 3L).
Of the other two, palio 1.9 is my pick (unless you need that boot). Accent CRDi is a better one however you may not get a good one for 3 lakhs. Not sure why Indigo is not in your list? Indigo should retain better resale value than Palio

>>1. Is this a good idea (buying a used diesel car)

Not really, unless you know that the car odo reading is correct, and that the owner has taken good care of the car.

>>2. If the answer is yes for the above question what care should be taken while buying one.

Need to take it to a mechanic. Need to check the health of the engine as well as the injectors. I am told that fuel injectors are very expensive. Would be advisable to check the car early in the morning (for cold starts).
Dieselheads, please advise!
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Welcome to the forum. Please go through these articles

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/buying...-used-car.html (ARTICLE: Buying a New Car vs Used Car)


http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/buying...car-india.html (ARTICLE: How to buy a *USED* Car in India)

Apart from these, there are a lot of threads running on each of the cars that you mentioned above. Please search and you will find a lot of info.

On a personal note, please avoid a Ford 1.8D since it will be fairly expensive to maintain.
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IMHO, stay away from the Ikon 1.8. I have suffered a lot with that car.
See if you can find a really old Elantra.
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how about an indica? In fact, if you stretch your budget a bit , you can buy one new. Thats what I ended up doing. started with a 3L budget , but ended up buying a new indica ( and a turbo at that ). I think I made the right decision
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Hi Jeep,
Thanks for your valuable inputs.
My dad already has an Indica and I feet the quality of TATA cars is poor. I think except FE and Low maintenance cost we can't expect anything from Indica.

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Not sure why Indigo is not in your list? Indigo should retain better resale value than Palio
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the lancer diesel, though slow, is quite reliable.
of course, you will have to get it checked out by a mechanic who's knowlegable and trustworthy.

are you sure you dont want a new indica?

please stay away from the ikon.
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Try for a Swift Diesel too. it will be good if you can get a good one
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Go for an Accent CRDi - At that price you can find one with luck.

Other cars are a No No !!
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Try for a Swift Diesel too. it will be good if you can get a good one
Swift Diesel is not available at 3L. The owners are not willing to part their ways with DDiS. For Swift coming into 2nd hand market will take some more time and that to for 3L is impossible unless the owner wishes to sell it.
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ForeRunner, which is your dad's indica's Vintage? They hugely improved compared to the earlier models
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Hey ForeRunner! Welcome to Team-Bhp...

First, tell us, why you are thinking of buying a used car... Is it the sound of the diesel or the sound of the money that you'd save by driving a diesel?

IMHO Since there is a premium on Swift Diesel Hatchback, it would be difficult to find a used one for even 4L

Accent CRDi is your best bet, followed by Indica. Other cars like Lancer, Ikon etc., maybe too expensive to maintain with parts that are hard to find too!
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I'd suggest:

1. Palio D : Simply construction and incredibly robust.

2. Indigo : Either a used example, or you can stretch for a new Indigo CS.
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Of the three, Lancer would be the best. Pick up is slow but engine is very trouble-free and reliable. Most silent among diesels and fastest cold starts. In fact it starts better than even a petrol car. I have seen one here which has logged nearly 5 lakh KMs and still no work on engine is done, apart from the standard Mitsubishi 1 lakh km service where they change timing belt, pulleys etc. But finding a good used diesel car is a tough task.
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Lancer - If you spot a used Lancer it ll have lot of km s done. Not easy
to spot less km done lancer.

Palio D- Wins hands down for build quality but loses when it comes to resale.

Ikon D- Just forget this car . It ll be quite expensive to maintain.


Instead

2nd hand Accent CRDI -
Not sure you will get a well maintained Crdi @ 3l.
But this should be the best buy IMO.
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