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Old 8th April 2009, 15:18   #1
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I am getting a new Hyundai i20 and an 8 years old BMW 316i at the same price (outside of India). Both are petrol versions. The BMW has run 118000 Kms. It looks excellent in condition.
Which one is preferable. Personally, I have liking for BMW but it being 8 years old compared to a brand new Hyundai i20 is causing confusion.

Please advice in terms of maintenance costs, running costs, etc.

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I would go for i20 without any hesitation. The newer cars regardless of who is making are lot better these days than the cars made in the old days.
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Play safe and go buy a I20, or better still wait for a powerful engine option in I20 and buy that.
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I am getting a new Hyundai i20 and an 8 years old BMW 316i at the same price (outside of India).
Could you please clarify what exactly the situation is, so that our members can give you more relevant and accurate suggestions? Is the BMW outside India and you are planning to import it, or are you based outside the country and are faced with both these options, these are the two possibilities that crossed my mind.
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Could you please clarify what exactly the situation is, so that our members can give you more relevant and accurate suggestions? Is the BMW outside India and you are planning to import it, or are you based outside the country and are faced with both these options, these are the two possibilities that crossed my mind.
Hi Flyingspur,
To clarify: I am living in Denmark and plan to buy the car here. The BMW and i20 are both here with the dealer.
More information: My daily drive would be around 200 Kms. mostly on highway.
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Living in Denmark and still thinking about a used BMW or an i20??
And i used to complain that only Indians do not have an option of buying them a good ride since we always get stepmotherly treatment from car manufacturers

I guess you should have a bigger menu than this.Why not try something new and something good than an i20? I mean you might be having plenty to choose from in your budget range.
Did you zero down on an i20 because of any particular reason?
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1: Left hookers cannot be imported

2: An i20 CRDi when it arrives will outrun a 316i

Unless you are looking for prestige, it's a no brainer
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Unless you are looking for prestige, it's a no brainer
Add to that your service/repairing cost. Ajmat's neighbour gets fat bills periodically.
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BMWs are expensive to repair no matter where you are. I know nothing about the two specific cars, but I'm going to vote for the i20
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That 8 year old 316i has the potential to cost more than the i20 in maintenance alone, if she has a poor history. And I've always found 316's uninspiring!
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i20 without a doubt and CRDI version preferred. BMW may offer prestige feeling due to the brand, but that’s expected to vaporize as soon as you start the maintenance bit. At the same price band you may be able to garner a larger variety of vehicles if you look for options.

The choice you are currently thinking about is an odd comparison, you may want to invest more time before reaching a final conclusion specially if you have a 200Km run daily.
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I am guessing diesel is cheaper in Denmark also. considering your daily running, I would consider the 1.4 crdi 90 bhp. Since your daily running is so high, it would be better to go for a new car. I guess hyundai also provides 5 years of warranty.

These are the specs i got from the hyundai denmark page
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I am guessing diesel is cheaper in Denmark also. considering your daily running, I would consider the 1.4 crdi 90 bhp. Since your daily running is so high, it would be better to go for a new car. I guess hyundai also provides 5 years of warranty.

These are the specs i got from the hyundai denmark page
Yes, Hyundai does provide 5 years of warranty and Diesel is normally 1 DKK (1 DKK = 9 Rs approx) cheaper then petrol. The only reason I was looking at the BMW was emotional feelings

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Living in Denmark and still thinking about a used BMW or an i20??
And i used to complain that only Indians do not have an option of buying them a good ride since we always get stepmotherly treatment from car manufacturers

I guess you should have a bigger menu than this.Why not try something new and something good than an i20? I mean you might be having plenty to choose from in your budget range.
Did you zero down on an i20 because of any particular reason?
Yes, I do have more choices for new car but as said before I was looking at the used BMW for purely emotional reasons and Hyundai i20 is the best VFM among various options for new car. I have compared it with Peugeot 207, Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 (all diesel options).

Also, it is not only in India where you see step motherly treatment from car companies because you can easily see it here in DK. Most car companies here charge hefty extra money for basics like AirConditioner just to name one. And Hyundai happens to be the only one offering it in the basic cost

Aside, I am also looking at Fiat GP 1.3MJT 75BHP. Though it would cost me almost 15-20 K more then the i20 for almost similar specs. Is it worth?
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Buying car in Denmark is as expensive as it gets. The base price that is mentioned is the cheapest in Europe as you need to pay 180% tax. Yeah 180 is not a typo.

Thus I bought a bike Dkk 35000 and sold it for Dkk 25000 post 3 years and a company paid DSB train pass for All Zoner card.

200 kms everyday travel? Are you planning to commute Fyn to Copenhagen? or in Jutland?

Remember Diesel is expensive than Petrol and note that there are so many laws of land thus even Danes themselves do not buy a car. I hope you have permanently shifted else its a very expensive proposition. I used to get my German car and drive for a few days and go back.

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Dear Sn1p3r, this thread is as old as April 2009. I am sure he would have taken a decision ages ago on what to buy.

Mods, please close this thread, as it has been bumped up
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