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Old 26th January 2009, 19:56   #16
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At 1k+ per month, I am sure you are looking for a diesel.

Any reason for not considering a Turbo Indica? With all those taxis around, spares are assured to be cheap for next decade and half. Ugh. You are concerned about image, right? (Hence no santro for you). So why not a Getz Crdi (if available)?
+1 for the turbo indica. you should be able to get one second hand for <3L. As i own one. i can attest that it drives and feels worse than a lot of MUV's I've driven, but is pretty rugged ( 14" wheels and the suspension travel is incredible- I've never hit a pothole and had the suspension thud)
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1. Good looking car
- subjective. i find them quite good looking, much better than the santro, but then again, you have to put up with the taxi image in most people's eyes
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2: Decently powerful (remember I have owned an S10, so I dont want one in that league unless the price is juicy)
its faster than a lot of petrol cars in that price range , and still is the most enjoyable diesel south of 5L
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3. Can be a petrol or a diesel (but not many miles on the odo)
can be tough with indicas. most owners buy them because they need to run them, a lot. but the average turbo indica usually has less miles on the clock than their NA siblings
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4. Should be fairly easy to maintain (I dont want no headaches)
Apart from the less than stellar TATA ***, its quite reliable. Ask GTO about his indigo!
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5. Primarily going to be a point A to point B car with the occasional highway run.
Car is FAAAAboulous on highways. not so much fun in stop and go traffic
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Old 26th January 2009, 20:21   #17
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Sensible choice Redliner!

Bolero has been my first big car, have done some 15Ks on my new SLE so far and it has been a pretty enjoyable experience.

Boleros seem to have steep prices in the used car market; I did check out the market in Chennai before going for new. My first test drive was in a 3 yr old one without AC and PS; with some 40K on the clock which eventually got sold for 4 L. IMO you have to be lucky to net a neat one for under 3L.
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Old 26th January 2009, 21:34   #18
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Hmmm, i saw another sle today with 15k on the odo going for 5.3. Okay, there are alloys, tyres, and a music system. Still the price difference is too much. Why does the bolero have such good resale values? Or has the experience owning and reselling a fiat blinded me?
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Old 26th January 2009, 22:05   #19
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Why does the bolero have such good resale values?
That question does not really need an answer!
You already know why.
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Old 27th January 2009, 10:46   #20
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Yeah, *now* I get it But do you think the DI Turbo bolero's will be phased out completely to make way for the CRDI?
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Old 27th January 2009, 11:21   #21
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a low mileage Bolero. Whoever buys one does so for long highway miles (mostly). Plus, Boleros enjoy excellent resale.
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But do you think the DI Turbo bolero's will be phased out completely to make way for the CRDI?
Very unlikely, to put it mildly!
M&M is well aware that the entire country is not 'wired up' for CRDe yet!
And that rural population will not switch to CRDe for the next many years.
Example: Scorpio M2DI specially introduced after M&M being well into the age of CRDe.
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Default Used DX Scorpio OR New Bolero SLE!

Now that you brought scorpio into the picture, I just found a 32k run Black 2005 Scorpio DX Crde for sale at a quoted price of 6L. I am sure I can negotiate that for about 5.5-5.6 or thereabouts.

Now, should I buy a used Scorpio DX Trim or should I just go in for a new Bolero SLE? Remember, a new bolero SLE should fetch me better prices (and is about 30k more than the used Scorpio) if I do intend to resell in the market. God knows what a third owner will be willing to plonk for a Scorpio of 2005 vintage 2 years from now.

Nay sayers? Aye sayers?

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Nay sayers? Aye sayers?
New is new. And remember the Scorpio costs more than double to maintain!
So, if pep is not terribly important, go for the Bolero.
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Anup, you should be a psychologist! Or are you really one?
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Anup, you should be a psychologist! Or are you really one?
Red, it's finally the heart that decides! And in this case it'll be your heart.
I'm only saying what comes to mind. The heart ... he's different!
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Have a Bolero for the past 5 years. 1.2 lakh kilometers. Runs without a whimper.

Service costs rose from 1.2k when i first bought her in 2004 to 3.5 k at the last one. Changed tyres at 60K and now needs another set.

Many find it crude and utilitarian, i find it perfect.

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Just food for thought. Try an Indigo Marina. Nice ride over broken roads, ok agreed you cant park over footpaths higher than your ankles but then you gotto look at the practical sides too. I am sure your girlfriends would love the ample space available with the rear bench folded and stacked.
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Default Best M&M dealer in Bangalore

Can someone please tell me the *best* M&M dealer in Bangalore to pick up a bolero from? I dont want to get stuck with a dealer who acts indifferently to my car. I have been looking for reviews of India Garage, Vijay Auto sales, and Sireesh, but apart from a few knick knacks nothing seems to show up.

Anybody?

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Just food for thought. Try an Indigo Marina. I am sure your girlfriends would love the ample space available with the rear bench folded and stacked.
Uggh! Never buy anything based on what your girl friend(s) wants. They dump you and you are stuck with something that was meant for them!

Yeah, I always follow this analogy. And they dumped me inspite of that!

However...your sentence has another meaning with that rear bench folded up and stacked thing...hmmm...bit risky to try those things these days with all the sena's and culture police up in arms...
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