Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene

View Poll Results: Padmini VS Amby VS NE118 VS Armada - I have gone crazy!!!
Premier Padmini 20 27.78%
Hindustan Ambassador 24 33.33%
Premier NE 118 17 23.61%
Mahindra Armada 11 15.28%
Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11th December 2009, 11:04   #31
mrwalker's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pune
Posts: 175
Thanked: Once

Can I say 'None of the above' and go back 2 decades for a Contessa Classic?
mrwalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 11:06   #32
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: NOIDA
Posts: 201
Thanked: 30 Times

I like to go with Amby
anupam00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 11:07   #33
driving_smartly's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 479
Thanked: 218 Times

For me its 118 Ne. Still have it, learnt driving on it spacious seats at rear end and good visibility at front
driving_smartly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 11:17   #34
Lucas_2007's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: GUWAHATI
Posts: 67
Thanked: 12 Times

I'll go for 118NE first then Padmini. NE because better brakes,silky smooth engine and gearbox much better than todays OMNI and 800. Space is adequate for 5 people and luggage.
Padmini has it's own charm, steering response is better than amby, car is parkable almost anywhere, good for narrow lanes where NE and Amby stops. Lesser maintenance cost compared to NE and Amby.
Amby is a no no because of its huge size and "invisible back" from driving seat. Steering position is not comfortable. However the car wins in space.
I don't think Armada is comparable with the above three. It really needs much more attention than the above three. You can still drive a 30 years old Padmini but after 30 years an Armada??
Lucas_2007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 11:36   #35
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Aurangabad (maharashtra)
Posts: 80
Thanked: 7 Times

I'll go for Padmini, cause its Fiat.
that time the only option for enthu's like us, so beautiful.
the free flow exhaust note of its can still be remembered.
Wow !!!!!
ganesh_evo75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 11:48   #36
Senior - BHPian
MileCruncher's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 4,018
Thanked: 379 Times

I would choose the Armada. Reason being brought up on MM540DP, Aramada would have been a step up in luxury, what with awesome A/C, power steering and rugged suspension to combat the indian roads.
MileCruncher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 12:42   #37
Senior - BHPian
Ramsagar's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Bangalore-Nellore
Posts: 1,359
Thanked: 63 Times

Padmini looks cute for me. Love the front & rear profile. But hate the dash.
Ramsagar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 12:50   #38
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Delhi
Posts: 67
Thanked: 16 Times

I vote for Premier Padmini, bought a new one in 1995 and kept it till 2005, till its engine gave away and drove it around 125K I guess. We had owned many amby before this one but this was special as I learnt driving on this was cuter than Amby. I remember in rally before esteem hit the scene modified fiats were doing the round. Basically had a quickness in it.

We had bought a floor gear one, which dealer said was from 118 NE, don't know if that was true but it was a great to drive. thing that I din like were, leaking roof, rusty floor. All said and done simply loved it and was difficult to part away with this one.
SaneOp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 15:09   #39
Senior - BHPian
aaggoswami's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Vadodara
Posts: 4,727
Thanked: 1,659 Times

Voted for 118NE.
The ride quality was really good, rear seat space was also above average. The gearbox was from Nissan ( dont remember model number ) and was direct shift gearbox. The only others car avaiable with direct shift gearbox was Gypsy ( and another car name of which I dont remember ). G1HC was the car that took the crown of best gearbox from this car.

Earlier I loved other cars, but afterwards I read a lot about this car and remembered that ride was best here of all the three cars mentioned here. My father's friend had one and recently was scrapped for less that Rs. 10K. It was fully rusted.
aaggoswami is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 15:21   #40
Senior - BHPian
himanshugoswami's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: !!!!
Posts: 2,025
Thanked: 1,086 Times

118 NE for me....a decade and a half back, this car was seen as an exec car, amazing gearbox and pretty peppy (relatively speaking) performance. Of course, never take it to a car wash as you may not return with the car in one piece - notorious rusting problem
himanshugoswami is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th December 2009, 15:28   #41
Autonorm's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chandigarh
Posts: 76
Thanked: 3 Times

118 NE for me. We owned this car for a good 15 years before selling it recentely for a new car. I grew up with this car, learnt driving in this car. The car was super comfortable and had a really slick gearbox. Had loads of space and me being 6' 1" now can still sit with my legs fully stretched (of course I have to push the seat all the way back). Not many of the cars can match the space it provided.

Fortunately enough we never had any problems with rusting till the car was with us. Ok the paint job was not the greatest but okish for that time.
Autonorm is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mahindra Armada - 2WD to 4WD conversion possible? powertrain 4x4 Technical 48 15th October 2013 20:10
A Modified Amby or the New LE Amby ??? esteem_lover Modifications & Accessories 25 25th February 2011 12:14
Armada Grand 4wd or Bolero 4wd? VEA 4x4 Vehicles 38 25th July 2010 01:50
Armada Grand 4WD Modifications 4x4addict 4x4 Technical 17 15th April 2009 12:31
Where to look for old Padmini/Fiat/Amby/Jeep CL - petrol or Disel mohandas Sedans 0 15th March 2008 10:04

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 03:14.

Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks