It all started with my maruthi 800 where i started drivinng and learning and making mistakes. It was 2003 5 speed model. I bought it in 2009 when it has 50,000. I have done nearly 70,000. The car served well. but i started having a lot of problems. rusting, suspension, gear box problems. The last road trip on the car ended in the middle of a road when one of the leaf springs gave up. so I sold the car for 40,000. But this is the car i which i have learnt and made mistakes.
My search started for a hatch with 5.50 lakhs budget. after input from TAI
members and after reading so many reviews finally narrowed down on
1. indica ev2 ls
2. wagon r vxi abs
3. ford figo disel.
4. siwft lxi.
5. honda brio exclusive edition
first we planned for diesel car and obviously indica ev2 ls was the choice of the family. I test drove honda brio after suggestion form our members manish09. i was blown away the engine quietness and response. although it had a smaller boot and ride quality isn't great. i wanted the brio for the engine smoothness. after checking for discounts, brio exclusive edition was offered at 550,000.
THE DECISION CHANGE:
I was on the way to book brio i was on my office cab(my friend). he suggested getting a big diesel vehicle. his suggestion was bolero, Scorpio crde for my budget. later he told me about a safari ex. test drove the vechicle and also checked with the document. this was a premium car in terms of space, comfort and suspension. every one was happy but i was worried about the niggles.
then i asked myself when i will be able to safari. not atleast for the next 5 years. so then the price would go up and so let me try this safari. i prayed to god, gone ahead and got the car. the deal was finalized for 3.90 lakhs. i gave the papers for ownership and insurance transfer with the help of a driving school.hope i will receive it coming Monday.
it's 2008 November month vehicle. color is pearl white. accessories: alloy wheels expect for spare wheel, Pionner dvd player, head rest lcds and reverse cam( a sad thing happened to the cam) will share it later.
postives: good in fact best ride quality, no need to worry about scratching belly on speed breakers, commanding road presences, at last respect from cops, excellent space and comfort, middle row can set fat people comfortably, leg room and head room.
negatives: gear shift seems to be like a truck. i have shifted to 3rd instead of 1st while moving from standstill. this was done nearly 12 times. clutch not friendly for city driving. legs pain, lot of blind spots needed to be careful, the u turn process is the most difficult.
kms drive: 600 kms in 5 days. got the car on December 2 Monday.
I got a fuel efficiency of nearly 16 on highway trip to villupuram with 6 people and air con was at speed 1. speed was between 80 to 90.
planning a trip to ooty by this month end.