BMWfanatic

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  1. Hi Friends I hope everything is well with all of you. My father is looking to buy an new car. A family acquaintance has an E class. Model: 2010. it is an E250 Diesel (white color). (it is the new look one, one with squared lights). I am not sure about the trim. The car has done 60,000 Kms. He wanted to sell it off for 25-26 lacs, but being a family friend he can give it to us for 23-24 lacs. So what do u suggest, pass or not to pass? The car will be self driven, me or dad. No accidental damage was visible as dad said (Good condition, not Mint of course) , I havnt checked out the car myself. So should we proceed or not with more details, I am basically worried about GERMAN Maintenance. Thanks.
  2. Guys My bother needed a car for himself, to go to office and run daily errands. His budget was upto 15 lakhs, and the car was only meant to be driven alone. i.e. very rare family travel. So he was looking for diesel options. He decided in favour of the ecosport as it looked young and fresh. He found everyhting he needed in the car and after comparing all the cars in the segment ( From POLO to Vento/Verna/Duster), it was the ecosport (Ofcourse!!) . He has booked early with delivery slated next week. Now he had a soft corner for an automatic diesel but Laura ambition DSG was out of his budget. Now These has been an interesting development. My brother got a call from Skoda Delhi today and the SA offered him a flat cash discount of 3 lacs on any laura model (2012 make). Now this puts the base diesel model( 2.0 TDi Ambition) very close to ecosport. ( about 2.8 lacs difference) and the AT Ambition aroung 4.5 lacs more We were discussing it and could not conclude what to buy. Money is not an issue and we are also few of the lucky ones to get an ecosport this early, giving it up would mean insanity to few :|) Ecosport is new whereas laura is old (soon be replaced) but from a segment above. so more comfortable and powerful. As he shall be driving alone he dosent mind any car. First it was like "Laura!! so many on road, so old.. not special but after a few minutes, it was like by the end of this year, there will be more ecosports on road, HAHA ) Its almost final to go for the new car (ES) but but just incase "should we give laura a second look" ( Incase of laura, we would look at the Automatic Ambition mostly, would cost about 4.5 lacs more, again this is just an idea as of now, lets see how it goes). Help PLEASE !!!
  3. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    what?? I am not getting this kind of discount. Can you please tell me a little more. which variant? Place? all colors or particular color? when did the dealer receive this car? Please help.
  4. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Well, Wait a little more..i shall get the delivery this week.. I settled for light brown colour..i shall attach a pic i clicked at the dealership soon.
  5. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    My PDI is due tomorrow.. we have finalised the silver colour.. (Reason is that it is available this week, other colour available is oak brown) (other colours will take about 20 days to come, Cant wait!!) so what should I check for majorly in the Pdi? I want to spend good amount of time so please suggest.
  6. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    it a June 2012 made car (MY2012).. Tyres look new and car started properly so no battery issues i guess. What else should I check.?
  7. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Hey, yes, we are looking for a lighter shade only. About buying the base model.. See, the mid model is not available at all, its probabaly discontinued.. So its either highline or trendline. Buy a bmw or Audi instead of a highline as highline price is high in the holy trio range. So basically we we are left with trendline.. My brother cannot invest much. Passat has amazing performance. I dont know.. I am convinced.. thanks
  8. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Hey, Will keep that in mind.. also, dealer is not offering any extended warranty.. only the basic 2 year warranty is on offer. Also about maintenance package, I will have to enquire.. I think it wont be very beneficial.. Can you give me a cost analysis on how it can benefit us. Cheers.
  9. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Oak brown looked exotic at first but its definitely not the best as we discovered. It looks good in dark but not in sun. For me WHite : Looks elegant Light brown: Royal but OLD man type Silver: Elegant and royal but too common.. (Same tone of silver is offered in polo and vento) Current priority: Light brown > Silver > White > Oak Brown What colour do think will look the youngest? I mean the car will be driven by a 25 year old.
  10. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thanks, will test drive the car again on a warm day and see..
  11. Fungal Film on car interiors

    When I first read the tiltle, i thought someone has made a movie on car interiors, Anyway, Also you some disinfectant for sure.. fungal contact (Even after wipe) can cause skin infections.. Such cars are also not suitable for small kids. So Disinfect before you uses it.
  12. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thanks everyone.. This time its final. Passat it is. Thanks for all the feed back. MUCH APPRECIATED. Car comes home next week. Actually it is already ready for delivery.. we chose a date for next week. Color options given to us are White, Light brown, Reflex silver, Oak Brown.. We are having a hard time choosing one. any suggestions. Thanks everyone.
  13. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Hehe, I know I have built that kind of reputation. This is as far as it goes. I like passat a lot more than superb. Outright space was never our criteria. We just wanted a better car. I guess passat does that. I dont know? You tell me. So what are the problems you have heard of? Are they very frequent? Thanks
  14. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Another thing i want to share. When i wanted to book my A class, It was pitted against the passat.. I loved the passat. But wished I could have both. Now for my brother, again its the passat. SO wish has come true almost. I might have both cars of the confusion is sorted. Although they will be in two different houses so no option of choosing rides I am not complaining.
  15. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Hi friends, An important update I have successfully convinced my family for the Passat. HAHAHA Yes, after a few negotiations with the dealer, i got a price that is few lacs above the cruze A/T So, BOOKED THE PASSAT TRENDLINE, and i feel its an incredible car. specs- 170 HP diesel, 6 speed MANUAL. A joy to drive and the trendline also feels so luxurious, it misses out on a lot of gizmos but what you get a nice fuel efficient truly luxury car. So BOOKING is done. Delivery next week. Colour OAK Brown. I am so happy to report this. I just have one concern that I came across is that The A/C is not very effective and dosen't cool the cabin very well. Chances of the compressor wearing out. ?? Is like the Laura A/C in 2008 that refused to cool. During the test drive, it was cool outside so couldn't check it. If someone can help me on this, it would be great. Thanks..
  16. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    HAHA, Thanks everyone.. I like lighter shades in cars, mostly its gonna be summit white, but we might go for silver as well. (I know I know, BORING COLORS.. ) Anyway, this kept aside.. If anyone remembers my mercedes A class story, How I felt for the passat when I went to see the jetta.. same happened again with me and family, we were there for the jetta and the same passat was still parked there, in all its glory. Passat is such a lovely car. It feels so luxurious, I mean mercedes E class luxurious. My brother also liked it. anyway I am trying to convince him for this. for this very reason he has stopped talking to me, he says if he listens to me, he shall go bankrupt. anyway, ITS THE CRUZE THAT IS FINAL.. the Dealer is an acquaintance so we have asked him that whatever cruze color is delivered to him in a lighter shade, we shall pick it up.. SO its CRUZE LTZ A/T I CHOSE TO CRUZE
  17. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thanks everyone.. We will book the car this week. I shall update this post with more details soon.
  18. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    also what mileage can i expect from the cruze, Jetta SA claimed 18 and Cruze SA claimed 14 KM/PL?
  19. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thanks Sstar, You are right again, Cruze felt special.. had a detailed test drive today. jetta is good but not special. anyway. Its cruze now. deciding between the manual and automatic. Is the cruze auto box good? I think cruze is the best car in the segment at the moment. what say?
  20. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thanks, More development today, Heart almost set on the cruze, we shall either buy LT MT or all the way LTZ AT. Jetta is a good car but cruze feels special. Test drove both today, I kept stalling the cruze but not jetta. apart from that, cruze as a wonderful seating position. and all the features. The SA told me that an avg. service would cost 7-8 k on cruze.. ( i did not buy it. Do you?) Apart from that all good. So is cruze automatic any good?
  21. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    What is the three year chevy promise? Is it extended warranted so something like BMW BSI?
  22. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thanks guys, Now I am so sorry for the trouble, and thanks for being with me. I need some more help. (One last time I promise ) So, since toady morning it has all been about laura, cruze, jetta. Suddenly we are looking for cars in this segment. Now that laura is ruled out. We have been visiting showrooms all day. (good day it was) We are left with Jetta and Cruze. Cruze LT variant is 14 Ex Show and discount is about 1 lacs (Net 12.9 Lacs) and MY12 Jetta Trendline is 15 Ex show with discount of 1.4 lacs. (Net about 13.5 lacs) This is the highest my brother can go. So all things said and done.. What to choose? (ES TITANIUM O VS JETTA TRENDLINE VS CRUZE LT) (Note: we cannot wait for the octavia) (Buying a car this week only) Both are about 4 lacs above ecosport but I think these 4 lacs should be worth. I know I have troubled u guys enough, this is finally the decider. What ever is concluded here will be final. So in my head: CRUZE : + : good engine, good features(almost loaded) - : Not solidly built, just 2 airbags, suspension setup not as good as jetta JETTA: +: build quality, engine, performance, relatively new - : Plain interior (no wood, no MF steering) ECOSPORT + : New, very NEW, decently loaded, SUV eh, price -: segment lower (THATS IT), ENGINE POWER SO please help me decide this final battle. My brother dosent mind spending 4 lacs more for these cars if they are worth it (i.e value for money, i.e if he get 5 lacs more of a car spending those 4 lacs) :P Thanks guys.
  23. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thanks Sstar, My A class is coming by august end. Thanks for help there. Now this is for my brother. I love researching cars so decided to help him out. As advised by u and many others, I shall pass on the Laura.. Its ecosport as of now. But we are also thinking of the cruze. or the jetta trendline.. we are somehow forcing ourselves into the segment.
  24. Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!

    Thank you for such a detailed response. I totally agree and am sold. Cruze was second on my list. I think the base cruze with decent discount which i think should be around one lakh is a good option. I have always liked cruze, reading your thoughts at this price point I think this is the best option. What say? About verna, excellent VFM obviously, but not to my liking. Did you buy the Automatic? Thanks again, much appreciated.. Laura is out of my mind.
  25. Well.. I think terrano will most def sell more than the Duster. If it covers the ground that duster loses --> Interior quality and ergonomics.. SIMPLE