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Old 6th September 2010, 18:21   #1
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need advice whether it makes sense buying 10yr old prado white and automatic done about 65000kms in good condition vs buying a new scorpio automatic .Both cost appox 12 lacs in mumbai and automatic is what i am keen in.
budget is apox 12-13 lacs hence other new suvs are out of bounds
plz advice
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Old 6th September 2010, 18:39   #2
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Doc, IMO go for Scorpio for peace of mind. It would be difficult in terms of service and spares availability for a 10yrs old Prado. Otherwise 10Yrs prado is way ahead of Current Gen Scorpio.
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Why do you want to buy a 10 year old Prado? I am sure it will be tough maintaining one. In your budget, you might get even a good second-hand Captiva if you wait for a few months. Since you haven't mentioned your daily running, I can even suggest you a CR-V A/T.
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I think buying a new Scorpio with an Auto box makes more sense. Again, the Scorpio will be much cheaper to maintain in the long run as opposed to the 10 yr old Prado.

My vote for the Scorpio
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Toyota is Toyota, our 22 year old Hilux runs better than my 1.5 year old Mahindra Camper. The only difference is Mahindra has better DI engine, whereas hilux has NA old engine overhauled several times. In every other department Toyota wins. I drove a 1998 Prado a month back, and I was surprised how good it was. It was Manual transmission. I have never driven an automatic.

My 2 cents would be for Prado.
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docmale,

Please give a bit more details so that we can give you a more informed advice.
- what is your daily running distance? petrol prado vs diesel scorpio
- do you want snob value?
- are you willing to spend for maintenance? both time and money?
- what kind of roads will you be traveling on? highway or broken roads?

Since i have driven both (the prado extensively), i will give you my comments:
If your running is high, go for the scorpio. The prado gives a horrible FE.
If you are looking at snob value, the prado is the way to go.
Prado maintenance is high and there are a few private mechanics who understand all the electronics. Bigger issue may be the wait for parts. Parts as such are available all around the world and if you have contacts to ship them, then availability is not a problem.
Prado handles like a dream. It is very much car like. As for the scorpio, less said the better in comparison. However, if you will be traveling through bad road consistently, go for the scorpio since the Prado suspension will give up pretty soon.
Resale value of the scorpio will be more also.
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How about a pre-owned Captiva or GV ? They're not too old so they won't give you trouble too soon, definitely a safer bet than a ten year old Import. While I agree that Toyota is Toyota (first hand experience!) I have reason to believe that in India, Imports may not always be cared for the way they should be, and the driving conditions here do take their toll on cars. If new is a priority, I'd probably suggest the Scorp too.
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There is no AT option in the GV. Also, it's underpowered and the FE is poor.

When i was searching for a used car a few months ago, i did not see any Captiva in that price range of 12L.

BTW, did the Pajero ever come in AT in India? If yes, a used one could be a better option IMO.
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There is no AT option in the GV. Also, it's underpowered and the FE is poor.
There certainly WAS an A/T option in the GV when it had the 2.0 petrol engine. I dont know if it is still available with the 2.4 now.
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A very interesting discussion. In fact, I had the very same thoughts in mind I would pass by the famed imported car garage/showroom/petrol bunk opposite to Cubbon Park at Bangalore near the Corporation Circle.

I would see gleaming used Prados and Pajeros and LCs and wanted to inquire about them many times before I purchased Hariya. But then, the expensive upkeep, imported spares and low FE always put me off.

Today I have reasons to believe my decision.
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Toyota body-on-frames usually outlast their owners; that's how tough they are built. However, there is a difference between continuing to use a car that you've owned for 10 years, and buying someone else's 10 year old car. It's a grey market import, would have been serviced at unreliable after-markets and no one can guarantee against abuse / odometer tampering etc. I wouldn't recommend the Prado to you.

The Scorpio AT is a safe bet. But why don't you consider the following pre-owned options:

Ford Endeavour - ATs available
Honda CRV - Plenty in your budget. However, no diesel
Previous gen Nissan X-Trail

All of them are excellent SUVs. With some footwork & effort, you'll easily find 3 - 4 year old examples in your budget.
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There is no AT option in the GV. Also, it's underpowered and the FE is poor.

When i was searching for a used car a few months ago, i did not see any Captiva in that price range of 12L.

BTW, did the Pajero ever come in AT in India? If yes, a used one could be a better option IMO.
From the Site Prices

GRAND VITARA MT 1694382.82
GRAND VITARA AT 1826660.07

Grand Vitara is also smaller than the other SUV.

Pajero never came with Auto in India. The Outlander does.
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From the Site Prices

GRAND VITARA MT 1694382.82
GRAND VITARA AT 1826660.07

Grand Vitara is also smaller than the other SUV.

Pajero never came with Auto in India. The Outlander does.
I was referring to the first GV, the one with V6. I assume that was a MT.
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I was referring to the first GV, the one with V6. I assume that was a MT.
Nope the older bigger V6 came with AT only.
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Nope the older bigger V6 came with AT only.
Ok. I stand corrected.
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