Originally Posted by Sathya_Rajiv
The reason why I have decided to discard the Indica is that the A/C and suspensions require a major overhaul and may cost upwards 20 k which I'm not willing to spend on such a old car.
My requirements are weekend trips with an average cursing speed of 80-90 kmph and a mileage of >18 kmpl, mostly with me and wife in the car. I'm assuming 800 can do this without any fuss.
As 800s are taken away from showrooms long back, I would be grateful if one of owners in the middle of Tamilnadu (I'm currently in Pudukottai) is willing to offer me ride in their 800 to help me in getting rid of dilemma.
This is an interesting discussion because very few people have to buy 2 cars in a span of 1 year
If you think that the Indica can be restored by spending another 20-30 k, is there any specific reason why you're apprehensive about that? I am saying this because the space, stability and economy (both running and maintenance costs) of the Indica are quite low and a good car can run more than 100,000 kilometres without an engine overhaul easily. The Indica can easily last you for the next 2 years, and then you could sell it for about 30-40 k (scrap value is about the same). You get a car that is much safer than the 800, does not feel cramped and comes with a lower running cost.
The 800 is a great car to drive today if you're alone- I considered buying one before getting my Nano. However, with 2 / 3 people inside, it does feel cramped and hence I went for the nano. If you have issues with the social acceptability of the Nano, you could ignore the product.
Coming to the option of the esteem, it is indeed a good car. My grandmother uses a 2002 Esteem (MPFI) that has run for about 56k kilometres. Clutch has been overhauled once, suspension bushes were changed last month. Other than that it is a good and comfortable car, and even if you find a 2002 version that is well maintained, go for it. However, be warned that the FE goes for a toss if you use AC in stop and go city traffic. I get around 11 kmpl in the city and running costs really pinch if you're driving daily. On the highway I get around 15-16 kmpl with 50 % AC.
But again, hunting for a car is a time consuming process and the outcome also depends on your luck, no matter how meticulous you are about maintenance and service records of the car. Hence, I'd really suggest that unless the expenses are prohibitive, do get the Indica repaired. There's very little that can surpass an Indica in terms of comfort, safety and fuel economy at a price <1.5 lakh.
Hope this helps.