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Old 22nd October 2007, 16:09   #1
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Cool A Dog compatible car!

Hi Car gurus,

I need a piece of advice from all u guys. I am planning to buy a second car. I have a 2 year old Baleno and have no regrets with the car..its simply great. I need to buy another car as it is getting difficult for me and my husband to share a car as our work timings are different.

We have nearly shortlisted the Skoda Octavia. I am in love with the car..and the best thing i liked about the octavia is that its rear seats are completely foldable and my St.Bernard and happily hop in with a lot of room for him to enjoy a drive...i have also heard that the car gives a good mileage 19-20 in city conditions...

My husband is also suggesting that we evaluate Scorpio, Optra and Innova...but i am somehow keen on a Skoda..

so here are my top requirements-
1. Fuel efficient car - i don;t mind a diesel car...i drive about 40-50 kms everyday.
2. My dog should fit into a car.
3. Not much of maintenance
4. Self driving comfort

So which is the one for me?
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Old 22nd October 2007, 16:36   #2
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st. Bernard! I suggest Innova. A Skoda will be a tight fit for your dog.
Its more of a Van, but apart from the Scorpio or Safari its the only one which is high roofed.
You want low maintenance and peace of mind, and Innova is among the best for those criteria.
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I'm not sure if the seats will survive in a skoda....! Rightly said Innova/Scorpio or Safari will fit in perfectly- You do ofcourse need tough seat covers.

You may also like to look at Indigo Marina TD, Good car,spacious and efficient.

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HI !! St. Bernard in a Skoda sounds Bad - The space will be too tight for the dog. I would suggest a Innova - A good reliable car.

Skoda - he would mess up your roof if he decides to sit !!
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Old 22nd October 2007, 16:55   #5
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I would also suggest you to check out the Innova, The most car like VAN? UV in right now.
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Tuesday I solved world peace. Wednesday I solved world hunger. But this one is giving me fits. Mahindra Bolero. Big rear area and who cares if the mutt off-loads his lunch inside...it's a Bolero.
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i have also heard that the car gives a good mileage 19-20 in city conditions...
All things which you hear may not be correct always, I doubt a milage of 19-20 from Skoda even if it is deisel. Another disadvantage is that its high on maintenance.
Go through this thread and you will understand.
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...ustomer-2.html

Innova looks a better option.

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Old 22nd October 2007, 17:07   #8
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Default Skoda Ocatavia Combi?

I like people who love their dogs!

Why dont you try the Skoda Octavia Combi? A skoda estate - that's got acres of room in the back for the dog even if he's a St Bernard.

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Innova or get the new Safari !

Else, wait for the Chevy Captiva.
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I second what superavi suggested. Simply beacuse you would have space for 5 adults, couple of picnic baskets and personal space for your dog at the rear. The Indigo Marina is similar but smaller package in many ways. Other options are Innova/Scorpio/Safari.

Best thing would be to test drive each one and decide. Dont forget to take your st bernard along! That might scare the dealer into giving you a hefty discount.
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@angelo: ocatavia will be bad idea for a st.bernard..innova..umm..ok but then maintenace cost of a toyota is high..

IMHO scorpio or safari is the right choice..the model with 2 rear folding seats will fit your st.bernard just fine..dont know about safari's details though..but i own a scorpio and guess what..my GREAT DANE has no trouble enjoying a ride in it..maintenance cost is low compared with safari or innova.. mileage: you can expect 12 to 13 kms per litre iout of the Crde version( mine is a direct injection 2003 model and still returns 10 to 11 kmpl)..
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Maintenance cost of Toyota is high!!??
It will definitely be less than that of a Skoda mate!
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yeah, definitely less than skoda..but i said the innova maintenance cost would be high when compared with that of the safari or scorpio

and one more thing.. a st.bernard will definitely be a tight squeeze in a skoda octavia.

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yeah, definitely less than skoda..but i said the innova maintenance cost would be high when compared with that of the safari or scorpio

and one more thing.. a st.bernard will definitely be a tight squeeze in a skoda octavia.
I really doubt that. Toyotas are more reliable, and you are much less likely needing unscheduled spares than you are with Safari or Scorpio.
If the Innova was a high maintenance vehicle, it would not be such a hit among taxi operators.
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definitely the innova. it even has ac vents at the rear for your st bernard.
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