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Old 24th August 2010, 21:49   #16
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Thanks every one for reply's, Before buying when i searhed Team-bhp day and night, Optra reviews never turned up in numbers, its countable, Certainly i read about Rudra's optra review. Please let me know about major spares costs and any major serviceing that needs to be done @ 35K. I read some where that timing belt needs to be taken care, but not sure.
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Octavia, was more lower than Optra, i think the maintainence of Octavia will be relatively higher than Optra.

Frankly speaking, i drove the 1.8 in city roads, i dont think i can differentiate that much on 1.6 vs 1.8, may be on highway it zooms more.

The Optra's from 2003 to 2004 comes with the Alfa romeo grill, but i also read that suspension was harder in initial models, i also felt it harder in 1.8, then there were changes made, also VGIS introduced, i still dont know if mine is the VGIS tuned model or not.

1.8 LT model is amazing value for its price
1. Electronic sunroof
2. Electronic Rear view mirrors
3. 5 CD blaupunkt unit with Steering mounted controls.
4. Airbag
Hey thanks for the inputs.
So in normal course of driving there is hardly any difference in 1.8 vs the 1.6
Yours is a 1.6 - I believe it must come with VGIS
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Congrats Krish on your Optra aquisition, as a proud Optra 1.6 owner myself, let me tell you, it is a wonderful car to own, I have hardly spent any substantial amount on it's maintenance, in fact I have spent much less per service than an Accent I owned.

My car has just completed 60k kms and I have given it for the scheduled service, according to the service centre guys, this is one of the "expensive" services as they need to change the timing belts and a few other belts.

No need for any belt changes till 60k kms.
Have a happy ownership experience.
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Congrats Krish on your Optra aquisition, as a proud Optra 1.6 owner myself, let me tell you, it is a wonderful car to own, I have hardly spent any substantial amount on it's maintenance, in fact I have spent much less per service than an Accent I owned.

My car has just completed 60k kms and I have given it for the scheduled service, according to the service centre guys, this is one of the "expensive" services as they need to change the timing belts and a few other belts.

No need for any belt changes till 60k kms.
Have a happy ownership experience.
Thanks for the assurance. This saturday i will be installing the ICE for it, i want to go for a Double DIN, but probably fixing the existing Pioneer 7750 for now. i have opened a theread in ICE section, but poor reponse.
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Thanks to super-fast depreciation, the Optra makes for a fantastic pre-owned buy. I've also seen 2 - 3 year old examples going for very little money in Mumbai. The car is reliable, spacious, comfortable and has A+ cruising ability.

She will serve you well for a long time to come. Congrats on the car and drive safe.
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Hi All,
Just now returned from service station, was there the full day. Used Engine flush and ran the engine for 30 mins to take out the old oil. Also changed the oil filer.

Optra 1.6
Oil Changed @ Kms: 33K
Oil: Mobil 1 fully synthetic 5W -50
Capacity 3.75 lit

i bought 4 litres, but the person put the full four litres, he said that the level showed max only after emptying the whole 4 litres.

1. WIll it create any problems if 200ml more is poured?
2. Service advisor said, no need to change this oil till 20K, but he said you can do it after running 15k, but definetly no need to change @ 10k, What do you suggest?

The car definetly feels more smoother, but it may psychological also, i am going for a trip to coorg next week, so will update on the smoothness and drive.

Cost: 4 litres Mobil 1 5w - 50 Rs 4400
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Old 31st January 2011, 16:45   #22
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Hi...got myself a preworshiped one too. 2007 model (28,000 km) for 4 lakhs. Amazing car...glad I got it instead of the Corolla. By the way, is the VGIS one? I don't see the VGIS badge.
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Nice deal. I love the Optra but these day I don't see it much around. Is't a maintenance free car?

I think one of our fellow bhpian had a black Optra and it looks great!!

Happy motoring!!
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Hello,

Lovely car. I too am the owner of a 2004 Chey Optra 1.8 LS & the car has been fantastic. It makes one feel rich & has the best exhaust note ever when revved, accompanied by the overall refinement. Please check out my thread as well.

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Wanted to share the review for long, its around 3 weeks i got my preowned Chevy Optra.

Reason for change: i was having Hyundai Accent, had to spend about 30 to 50 k on it, so decided to sell it, i also needed a change. My other car is Hyundai Getz.

i was having budget of 3 to 4 lakhs. i had no idea of buying a new small car for 4 to 5 lakhs, i already have one, except for 1 small car named The Polo, its built was better than many big car, it was good. So started focusing on preowned segment.

Cars Driven:
1. Swift 2009 model 10k kms: The rattle snake was good to drive, but i was missing something.

2. Ford Fiesta1.4 petrol/TDCI: Fiesta looks ok, but i really find the suspension to be very stiff, my accent used to eliminate most of the pot holes with its soft suspension, TDCI had good pulling power but upto a cetrain point, and wife said it was noisy, bcos of diesel.

3. Hyundai verna crdi: Though out of budget test drove it, power was amazing, but tooo much that braking was useless after we jumped 2k rpm, also the low end response in city traffic was getting difficult as i am used to petrol cars, 3rd gear was unusable.

4. Chevy optra 1.8 LT (2003): Top of the line with all features, sunroof, abs, etc.. test drove couple of times, i also started a thread but unfortunatly GTO deleted it. The suspension seemed bit stiff and price was nt negotiable than 3.6 L, so moved away.

I wanted to get the best of my 3 lakhs, and i needed a car which would be certainly better than the acccent, this was very difficult as Honda's/ toyota's were too costly, lancer was old, fiesta did not feel like upgrade to accent, and civic though i liked, couldnt really spend
on that now.

Well another Sunday arrived and i began my hunt, i went to a car dealer and saw my baby standing there, i was not to keen to drive that optra as i had driven the 1.8 before. My dad insisted me to do so, when i was wondering around the Honda Accord's. Well the first impressions were
very good,even before driving. Sat inside, immediately i felt the weight of the doors, the moment i closed the door i was cut off from the outside world, the ambience was great, it felt premium all the way till the rear bumper, pressed the clutch it was soft, gear was smooth, switched on the engine and then the AC, no noise at all. Come on baby, i was almost sold to the car than the car getting sold to me.

Then the Drive:
Well to my amazement, thinking the drive would be similar to the previous optra, i was wrong, this car suspension was soft and it was eating up pot holes very well, front seat comfort was amazing, i am yet to sit at rear. The set up seemed soft but handling was lot more precise
than accent. 80 kms in city was not noticable at all, Brakes were damm good too, also took a longer drive for 30 kms, car really felt good. Pack this baby , finished the deal.

The Deal: 2005 model Optra 1.6 LS ( CB Mica)
32k driven single owner
Full insurance renewed till 1 year
4 new Bridgestone B250 Tubeless tyres
Other features are stock as with the car.
Rs 3.25 Lakhs, with all name transfers. I am not complaing as the car felt sturdy, well maintained than many cars i drove and did i say - It has no RATTLES so far.

Now i drive this car 80 kms daily to and fro, for now taking the office bus twice a week and car thrice a week.
A small review after driving 3 weeks. I cannot be happier with the purchase.

Engine and Gear box: Engine is too smooth, not very rev happy but pretty tourgey, i hardly change gears in city than i used to do in accent, pulls cleanly even on 5th gear from 35 kmph. it has so much torgue that i just dab my right foot in 5th gear to overtake and it reaches 100 in no time. i feel i need one more gear. In fact the 5th gear sometimes misleads me that i am in 2nd or 3rd.Gear is smooth, but shifting is not damm quick, i shift less in this car.

Car looks and Appearance: Car has a class, the outer/ inner view from all angles looks good to me and certainly is a classy upgrade to my accent. The Bonnet of car is so heavy that it takes 2 hands to lift with ease.

Interiors: Class again, rear legroom is great. mine does not have leather seat, but art leather. visibility at front is superb, Rear visibility is good even after having headrest, but reversing is difficult, as i have no idea where the boot ends. The power windows / switches are best to operate and great to feel. Doors are quite thick that masks out the outside noise. Even the inside carpets and insulation are thick.

The Dashboard looks great, no reflection, and also doesnt hampers vision, first thing you will notice after sitting in the front that, the car is extremely wide, also feels airy through glass area.

AC: This is the best part, it feels like a 2 ton AC blower on your face, it becomes too cold even in position 1, i really want some position < 1. My right hand freezes after 5 mins into drive, thankfully i can turn off the vents. The AC seems too powerful and sometimes get uncomfortable in front. When i drive to office, i switch it off for 3 - 5kms and then again on it. Blower noise is very less at 1,2 and 3, but air throw in pos 2 is like pos 4 on other cars.

Mileage: Well with so much features i would have been very happy if it would have given me around 7kmpl, my accent used to give me 8 - 8.5 regular city traffic with AC. To my amazement the first fill got me 9.3 kmpl full tank to tank with ac 80% city and 20% highway. i am Happy again.
Well enough off beating the bush about my car, i know there are better cars to buy. For for this sum, i feel it to be a steal.

Not so nice Things:
1. The Bonnet and the chrome grill gets soo hot, that we need a cloth to lift the bonnet, otherwise your hands may burn. This happens only when AC runs, not otherwise.

2. I still miss the lovely soft Suspension of my accent. This is bit stiffer than that.

3. Ingress/ Outgress little better than Accent, but still little hard for older people.

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