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Old 14th May 2010, 18:35   #121
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mine are OHC,Palio GTX and surely one and only W-124 E250D! My dream car

Hope FIAT will do well in India so that atleast i can buy a Punto or Linea some day!
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Old 23rd May 2010, 17:05   #122
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Saw a mint condition Palio GTX - in red, today.
Boy - very very few cars manage to look as brutally handsome as does the Palio.
Those Alloys, the sport trim, the stance, and of course, the fabulous 1.6 Litre powerplant.
This sure is one car I missed out on owning !
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Old 23rd May 2010, 17:39   #123
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Hi all, I just loved the Honda City Vtec, 2002 and '03 model which we call it here as OHC. I was crazy on that car but couldn't afford it at that time. So went in for a Maruti Zen.

Now when I want to buy it, ready even for a second hand car, i am not able to find an OHC that is well maintained in chennai. So, now had to settle with a Ford fiesta.

But even this car is good to drive..
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Old 23rd May 2010, 18:22   #124
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As first buy, I always dreamt of buying Lancer. However when it came to crunch time I struggled long between then 'facelifted' NEW Esteem and Palio. In fact, booked the esteem and waited for over a month, sheer apathy of Sai Service and Maruti moved me to Palio again .

The Hazel Grey Palio is serving me like a dream for 6 years now. The decision which I still happy about.
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I had a Palio-D sometime ago. Wanted to buy Punto or Linea - put off by the dealer apathy, poor quality of recent builds(with TATA), low power & rear seat comfort.
I also had a NHC, wanted to go for ANHC, put off by the poor ground clearance (not again!). Finally bought a Corolla Altis and happy
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Opel Vectra- Great car. Superb styling, awesome ride & huge list of features. By the time we could afford one, GM stopped its production!
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Old 23rd May 2010, 23:45   #127
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Suzuki Zen // mis-calculation about finance resulted in us getting another M800.
Suzuki Gypsy // love it since the eighties, but dont know if I really need it.
Suzuki WagonR // almost bought it, before the Baleno blew me away.
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Old 24th May 2010, 00:14   #128
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The old zen and the Ikon 1.6. Both cars were out of production when I could afford to buy one.
Settled for the Ikon 1.3 flair
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In 2003 - Palio GTX: Was looking for a replacement for my 6 month old used 800 ! Wanted a the Palio badly. But did not have T-BHP for guidance in those days. A lot of negativity about Fiat A/S/S, FE etc, and I went with the advise of apparently 'more knowledgeable' people and bought a used Indica petrol ! Must say, for all it's faults, the car was reliable for the 3 years I had it.

In 2006 - Lancer. Well I would have ideally wanted a SFXi. But that was out of production. The standard Lancer available at that time did not appeal to me and the Baleno seemed to be a better overall package.

In 2010 - Cedia. Seemed to be a pretty VFM package, but the Civic won overall, keeping my requirements in mind.
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Old 24th May 2010, 00:52   #130
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All of these in 2010 when we were looking at a 2nd hand car.

Skoda Laura - Well, everyone knows the reason

Skoda Superb - Same as above

Hyundai Tuscon - Personal problems to the seller

Toyota Innova - Because it was a petrol

Ford Endavour - Bad ride quality

Finally settled with a Toyota Corolla
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The only car that i regret not owning is the Skoda vRS. When i wanted it badly, it was way beyond budget of buying and more importantly maintaining it.

Now when i have the budget to buy it ( pre-owned) and also maintain it.

Head is prevailing over the heart.
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Old 31st May 2010, 17:41   #132
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Opel Vectra- Great car. Superb styling, awesome ride & huge list of features. By the time we could afford one, GM stopped its production!
I agree with you. There is only one vectra owned by someone in coimbatore, I was really flattered by its looks. This is one great car which Indian roads really missed.
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Old 1st May 2011, 23:54   #133
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There are a lot of cars under this category, for me.

- Mahindra Commander (real Jeep looks + AC + comfy for family).
- Ford Ikon (perfect fun sedan IMHO)
- Ford Fusion (Figo with good ground clearance and seat height)
- Old WagonR (the first full boxy shape - I love it!)
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Old 5th May 2011, 17:14   #134
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Too many to list, but few which I can mention here :

1. A 1970 Fiat which was once owned by my dad and was sold to a neighbour. It was up for sale @ INR 5000 in 2003. I wanted it back purely for sentimental reasons. It had too many happy memories associated with it. However, I have no more parking space, so let that pass.

2. A beautiful pre-owned Mercedes E220 in 2009. My mechanic advised against it on account of poor engine health, having run only 7000 Kms. The car had been parked in the porch for most of its life.

3. More recently, the Mahindra Thar which I had been following for quite sometime. Practically speaking, without an AC and closed cabin, would not have been possible for me to use it in the extremes of Delhi weather.
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Old 5th May 2011, 17:23   #135
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Well, one car I regret not being able to buy is the OHC VTec. I hopelessly crazy about it when it was launched and I am surprised to still find myself lusting after it with the same intensity, after all these years.

Also if you notice, most OHCs from its period are holding up remarkably well, compared to its peers like the Astra, or even Ikons from that era. You can still spot them in good numbers.
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