Go Back   Team-BHP > Around the Corner > Shifting gears

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 30th October 2009, 23:35   #1
Senior - BHPian
SuperSelect's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mumbai.
Posts: 1,806
Thanked: 224 Times
Default Cars you missed out on owning, and why...

As newer models hit the streets, older ones are forgotten. Very often we look back with a pang of regret, at yet another 'discontinued' model and marvel at it's positive attributes.

The reasons for not having owned a certain car at a certain time can be many - some have a tight budget at that point, some see a more practical option, or it can simply be that we were too young then !
How often have I looked at an old Honda City, and wished I'd owned it at some point !

This thread is for all those "missed out" cars, and the reasons we missed out on them. Here's my list:

1) Suzuki Baleno - loved its understated looks and sterling combination of ride and driveability - It was wayyy beyond my budget in it's heyday
2) Hindustan Contessa - The first Indian "Limo" - I was too young to own a car then !!
3) Maruti Zen - Loved this pocket rocket. When I started out, it was too expensive. And when I could finally afford it, there were better and more practical options .
SuperSelect is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th October 2009, 23:54   #2
Senior - BHPian
McLaren Rulez's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Mysore
Posts: 2,422
Thanked: 591 Times

I know exactly what you mean. I'd add the Palio 1.6. What a great car in its day, but now, its not a sensible buy anymore.
McLaren Rulez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th October 2009, 23:56   #3
Senior - BHPian
navpreet318's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Dehradun
Posts: 1,743
Thanked: 894 Times

1.Baleno-Beautiful handling.strong engine.an allrounder.-Out of budget at that time.
2.Honda City Type 2 Vtec-stonker of a performance car at its time-out of budget
3.Ford mondeo petrol-Stonker.just stonker of a car.performance handling.everything was this car.had it baan available now i would have bought it with my eyes closed.-out of budget.
4.Skoda Octavia vRS-TURBO.that too factory one.Huge mod potential.-production stopped when i went to buy it.called up skoda sales manager at aurangabad too.and asked him i'll pay extra for it.still he declined.last new piece was scooped up by abhinav gupta from our forum just days before i was in a position to buy it.

But then there are more things to come and everything happens for a good cause.

I know for a fact that If i had bought any of those cars out there i wouldn't have 2 of my most loved possessions right now my civic and my 12r.
navpreet318 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 30th October 2009, 23:59   #4
anandkumargb's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 180
Thanked: 65 Times
Default Scorpio

Well, in my case the car is still in production.

I always wanted to own a Scorpio. When I bought my DDIS last year, I was seriously considering Scorpio, but then dropped out bcos of Price and poor plastics and overall quality. For me ride quality and suspension is of utmost importance, realised this after I bought Swift. Stiff ride and pathetic suspension.

The new Muscular Mhawk Scorpio is a VFM!

Last edited by anandkumargb : 31st October 2009 at 00:00.
anandkumargb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 00:11   #5
Team-BHP Support
Vid6639's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 14,797
Thanked: 21,083 Times

Only 1 car which I wanted but the production was stopped.

It's the Maruti Alto VXi 1.1L with the WagonR engine. Man what a car and what a hoot to drive.
Vid6639 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 00:17   #6
KishoreC's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 170
Thanked: 4 Times

From my childhood days I dream of owning a Safari 4X4. Still can't afford it.
KishoreC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 06:32   #7
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 37
Thanked: 2 Times

It has to be the GTX. Had to settle in for the cheaper 1.2 NV
TracerBullet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 06:53   #8
Senior - BHPian
Gansan's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 3,443
Thanked: 914 Times

For me it is the Alto VXi, the TATA Sierra and the Peugeot model from PAL.
Gansan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 07:23   #9
Senior - BHPian
anujmishra's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,275
Thanked: 345 Times

Since childhood I am dreaming following vehicles.

1. Open Jeep: Like Rajesh Khanna driving in "Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu". I am really fascinated about this jeep with open/down windshield. Driving on hills. I can afford it now but due to problems like parking space, logistics, time etc, it seems not possible for me right now. If somebody give me job at my hometown next day I will buy this Jeep and Live my Dream.

2. Safari (Now added 4X4). When I was in school every time I use to see Safari I was mesmerized by its presence. Still I am. I dream about Safari and I am inching towards to own my dream. But when?


3. First generation Hero Honda CD 100. WOW "what a bike?" This only came from mouth when I used to see Red Color Hero Honda CD 100 during 80s. It was real change from Rajdoot, Yezdi, Bajaj Scooters. Although I am owning HH Passion but that charm is not there.

Last edited by anujmishra : 31st October 2009 at 07:25.
anujmishra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 13:15   #10
Senior - BHPian
kaushik_s's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,066
Thanked: 156 Times

When the Opel Astra was launched I was smashed with it's looks. But totally unaffordable for me. And when it was affordable much better options exists and that car ceased to exist.
After joining TBHP, I wanted to own a old vtec. Had searched for it almost two months but somehow couldn't find any that time. So went for my other love, Baleno.
kaushik_s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 14:02   #11
evo's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Kolkata/Shillong
Posts: 755
Thanked: 23 Times

From ages ago:

1. 309 GLD
2. Maruti Esteem
3. Fiat Palio
evo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 14:35   #12
dre@ms's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: MADRAS
Posts: 611
Thanked: 187 Times

All time favorite. Contessa classic. What a car at those days. It looks like a chariot.
dre@ms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 14:52   #13
Senior - BHPian
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 1,431
Thanked: 1,046 Times

Here goes, in no particular order.

Palio 1.6 GTX: Was outdated by the time I bought my first car (Swift).

ANHC / Cedia: Jumped segments when I purchased my second car (Civic) but I would have loved to own this.

Ford Mondeo: Way out of budget when it existed. Would have loved to consider it currently. It sold in such few numbers that I'm hesitant to purchase even a 2nd hand one.

Ambassador (with the 1.8 Isuzu engine): Our family's first car in my memory was the original M. 800 Jap model. Too young to have ever really experienced driving an Amby since it was never a serious purchase option in the last 15 odd years.
Axe77 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 16:10   #14
car_crazy1400's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: DL/UP16/PB10
Posts: 551
Thanked: 204 Times

1. Ford Mondeo: Just didn't buy it due to all the reports about its problematic fuel pump & very poor resale value .

2. Suzuki grand Vitara v6: Didn't have the budget for it at that time neither had the pockets to afford its 6.5 kmpl in Delhi traffic.

3. Fiat Palio 1.6: I still rue the day I went to the Fiat showroom in 2002 & bought myself a 1.2 elx palio, even though I did have the budget for the 1.6.

I still want / looking for a well kept pre owned Vitara or a Honda accord (Type - 1 in India).
car_crazy1400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2009, 16:32   #15
pranava999's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 842
Thanked: 19 Times

Palio Stile Sport 1.6. Had booked it but Manipal motors just kept postponing and then finally said they could not honour the booking as they were shutting operations. That kind of killed the desire.
pranava999 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Birthday, Beachwalk, Dance Fest...and a nearly missed Train! (Odisha) RevvMusic Travelogues 35 16th January 2014 13:08
Michael Jackson ( 1958 - 2009 ) You shall be Missed !! RIP vkochar Shifting gears 101 24th June 2011 07:16
How I missed out on a Classic. suren181 Vintage Cars & Classics in India 62 28th August 2008 18:18
For those of you who missed the Shanghai Grand Prix turbo_v12 Int'l Motorsport 3 15th May 2006 18:17
i guess i've missed out on a lot...... amit_13 Introduce yourself 2 28th November 2005 02:24

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 00:58.

Copyright 2000 - 2018, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks