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Old 19th June 2005, 10:42   #1
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which would be the best car/ suv in the 5L range to travel the length & the breadth of the country?? the route would also include the north-east & hostile terrain there
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Well sanket i doubt any 1st hand SUV will be available at Rs. 5 Lacs..

But at 5lacs you can get a swift and its said to have a rally based suspension good enough to cover the lenght and breath of this country..
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thank you montoya:-) any other options besides the swift??
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thank you montoya:-) any other options besides the swift??
If you extend the budget by about 40% you should get a Scorpio. Else it will have to be the Bolero, which is really cramped on the inside and rather crude.

You can also look at the Sumo or a 2nd hand Qualis, both of which are much more spacious than the Mahindras. The 'Turbo' Sumo is very spacious, reasonably comfortable and has adequate power for most situations. Plus, you will be inconspicuous in a Sumo - that might be pretty useful when you go to certain parts of the country.
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sanket steeroid is rightly saying.. you should look at only a SUV with your requirements. As you know there is no small car except the palio which car really take the torture. Infact OD wrote in 1 of its long term review of the Palio that they were driving the Palio on Pune roads and the road was so pathetic that the palio was taking it all in her stride and fianally she was left with some little damage. Wheras if it was any other car it would go in permanent retirement..
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sanket steeroid is rightly saying.. you should look at only a SUV with your requirements. As you know there is no small car except the palio which car really take the torture. Infact OD wrote in 1 of its long term review of the Palio that they were driving the Palio on Pune roads and the road was so pathetic that the palio was taking it all in her stride and fianally she was left with some little damage. Wheras if it was any other car it would go in permanent retirement..
Please stick to the point - he wants a vehicle that he can travel the length and breadth of the country in. He will need service points and spares available at all places - if he were considering a car at all it would have to be the Indigo or a good 2nd hand Contessa. However, considering the varied terrain he would need more ground clearance than what is available in a regular car.

The Swift recommendation earlier was quite hasty - nobody has tested it long term over different terrain yet it wouldnt be something I would recommend just yet. The journey proposed is a seriously challenging assignment for anyone or any vehicle and I would therefore prefer to go in for serviceability and versatility over any other attribute - this is not a home-office-home trip.
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But steeriod at that price only car which will be able to sustain all thrown at it will be the Palio and as far as the Swift goes nobody has tested it long term but it is said to have a rally based suspension. No SUV will be available at that price which is the best option. IMHO if looks second hand then he should pick the Scorpio or even the Sumo. But since he going for a SUV then he should go for a Scorpio incase he requires a 4 by 4 on the move. Though best option would be a Safari since its going real cheap around 3.5Lacs and is good enough to take all thrown at it. Infact two persons have covered the lenght and breadth of the country in a Safari in 19 days. Most people going on long trips use Safari.
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thanks for the suggestions montoya & steeroid.... now i have some serious thinking to do. raise my budget or buy a pre owned suv??? hummmm..... scorpio & safari,, which would be better in terms of relaibility & easy service??
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why dont you look at the new tempo trax.they have FWD as well as AC,PS and all the goodies.
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the tempo trax... but are they comfortable on the roads??? i just spoke to one of my friends posted in the north east.. he says 4x4 is a must over there..do we have any bhpians who have travelled that part of the country??
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the tempo trax... but are they comfortable on the roads??? i just spoke to one of my friends posted in the north east.. he says 4x4 is a must over there..do we have any bhpians who have travelled that part of the country??
There was the very capable Tempo Trax Judo 4X4 with the Turbocharged OM616 engine. Not very high on creature comforts, but powerful and capable. Wonder if they still sell it.
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why dont you look at the new tempo trax.they have FWD as well as AC,PS and all the goodies.
was about to suggest the trax when satya posted this ! trax is a really good vehicle if you want to travel the country north -south - east - west.

tough - rugged - and spares available easily !

if not the trax - the sumo !
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Yup, trax is a good bet. Infact, i did a 100km travel in a Trax Gama.. It doesn't have all the creature comfort, very basic interiors. The ride was a bit bumpy, but then, the road wasn't that great either. The seats were quite comfy. The engine is pretty good...never felt the lack of torque. Its a bit more spacious than the Sumo.. the middle row could take in 4 adults quite comfortably. Overall, for tough rugged use, its a really good machine. If not that, then the Sumo will do nicely.
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You may also check out the Bolero Invader/camper...the twin cab pick up will seat 4-5 and it has 4WD capabilties ... mahindra is rugged ,its a diesel running will be cheap ...o am not sure of the A/C and PS etc ; not much of a comfort car as a Scorpio but if you want a new car with in that price this will certainly suit the profile of your heavy duty requirements...
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tata has launched the new tata mobile the telco line with the safari engine & 4x4 will be test driving it on wednesday
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