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Old 4th November 2009, 18:19   #1
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Default Preventing a left Knee replacement - Under 12 lacs!!

Hi Guys.

No.. this is not a medical query..

I have had it with traffic in Bombay and cant be bothered with using the clutch anymore during peak hours..And NO..I'm not making it look like its too much effort..Try driving from Ballard Estate to Chembur and / or Andheri everyday during peak hours and you'll know what I mean.. My left knee has already started hurting because of this..and hence the title

I am considering the AHNC Automatic..

Please advise if it is a good buy for the price or suggest similar options under 12 lacs..

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Old 4th November 2009, 22:40   #2
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Prasad - Get an Auto box pronto, if possible go for the Civic. Surprisingly there were tons of Civics Auto and Manual in the 2nd hand market, just after the banks collapsed last year, (many execs had to give up cars apparently).
I am considering a used Corolla. Superb build and Reliable.
For the kind of running you have the Verna Diesel Automatic comes to mind. Like the title of your thread, all the best in your prevention is better than cure ford endeavour..... hey infact if you can streach your budget.
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Corolla automatic if you can stretch your budget slightly. Even used will be a great choice.
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ANHC AT is a very good choice. You can consider used Civic AT also, but I feel within the city, ANHC with it's relatively compact dimensions and higher seating positon may be better option.
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Also do a TD of Altis AT, if it fits in your budget. I am sure you will find it more comfortable and better car.
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ANHC AT is a good choice BUT if you can extend your budget to like 14 Lacs or so do TD the Corrolla Altis. It's a fantastic roomy sedan.

Civic AT is too low and a bit sporty I would say. Though the Paddle Shift's are quite nice.
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Hi guys,
I counted till 50 gear changes today in 1.4 kms...Radio was dull as ever!! (With normal shifts around 2500 rpm) Total distance one way is about 21 kms - So you can imagine the no of gear changes one has to cope with in bumper to bumper traffic.
Thank you for your suggestions. But 12 lacs is the max i can shell out (Including upgrading the tyre / alloys and ICE)

I was considering the Corolla AT but it is well over 15 lacs on-road and so is the Civic AT.. (Although, i'm not a big fan of the Civic AT)

I'm really not looking at second hand cars due to obvious issues like maintenance, warranty and so on...Most importantly, car finance is a pain on second hand cars as I want to get on a 3 year car loan.

Although the VERNA diesel is something that I never thought of..will check it out this weekend.

Are there any issues with the ANHC Auto that owners have faced? like -

Maintenance
Mileage
After sales service

Thank you once again

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Maintenance -
No issues. Have not heard too many complaints from CVT owners either. Hondas are supposed to be reliable.

Mileage -
Should be best amongst the lot. Better than Civic, Corolla and even the new SX4.

After sales service - not the best, but surely 'managable'.

It is not VFM, but it is very Good.
If you want the best new AT you can have within 12 L, City AT it has to be.

Unless you are clocking a whole lot of daily distance, chances are you wont be as happy with the Verna AT. Snob value and looks aside, it doesnt drive as well as the City.

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My two cents:
21km 1 way warrants a diesel. More so, because of the dismal average you'll get in start stop traffic. This is where diesel will be the best option. Ever since i bought the i10 AT, i've never been happier. Though, without a doubt, the Honda is better in most aspects, do consider following points:

1. Diesel

2. City AT is only available in the 'V' Variant which is 11.17L OTR whereas the Hyundai Verna CRDi AT is 10.03L OTR without discount. If you press on the dealer you will get a good deal.

3. May not matter that much but i have driven the City AT and it has the common ground clearance/softer suspension problem inherent in Honda's.

4. A.S.S. would be comparably cheaper with the Hyundai.

5. But conversely, longevity is the best virtue in a Honda, it will age very well, undisputed.

My conclusion is this, if you keep the car for 5-7 years get the diesel, if you keep your car for years, till it , get the Honda.
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So you can imagine the no of gear changes one has to cope with in bumper to bumper traffic.

Are there any issues with the ANHC Auto that owners have faced? like -

Maintenance
Mileage
After sales service
Actually I found out that gear changing when you are on the move is not an issue but it is the constant clutching/de-clutching you need to do in the crawling traffic which the AT will solve.
-I have not faced any AT speciic maintenance with my ANHC so far
-I am getting around 9 kmpl in the Bangalore with AC on
-A.S.S. is reasonable.
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why not the i20 1.4 A/T?
You would get sedan class comfort + safety in a hatch.
Give it a thought and a test drive (although I do not know if they give test drives in 1.4 auto model).
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^^ because he has a budget of 12 L (not 8.5).
The City surely would be more powerful, spaceous and comfortable than the i20.
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^^ because he has a budget of 12 L (not 8.5).
The City surely would be more powerful, spaceous and comfortable than the i20.
If my vision is still correct - the thread title spells 'under 12 lacs'.
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^^
If you are looking at it that way, why not the i10 AT ?
Also 'under 12 lacs', right ? Actually he can get 2 of those !

When someone has a target budget in mind, means, he is looking for something near that range and would like the best thing money can buy with that budget.
People were suggesting Civics and Corollas here. Hope you get the drift.

At 8.5 L, SX4 AT is far far better - 1.6 engine along with the Maruti backup.
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If you are looking at it that way, why not the i10 AT ?
Also 'under 12 lacs', right ? Actually he can get 2 of those !

When someone has a target budget in mind, means, he is looking for something near that range and would like the best thing money can buy with that budget.
People were suggesting Civics and Corollas here. Hope you get the drift.

At 8.5 L, SX4 AT is far far better - 1.6 engine along with the Maruti backup.
Both the civic and corolla are well over 12 lakh OTR.
I just asked him to spare a thought about the i20 - thats it!
And i10s are for people lower in the financial ladder!
I guess we have not had a full fledged comparison on i20 vs sx4 (they are different segmets anyway), so 'far far better' - well lets leave it to the reviewers.
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