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  1. I predict this one: The civic is more reliable, cheaper to maintain and is much better than the Jetta. German cars in general are over-engineered. The Japanese are very focused and this ensures that Japanese cars are infinitely more reliable than German cars. @DD: I remembered Jeremy Clarkson saying that the sat nav in the S class always points to Warsaw and the Mini cooper's fan belt will last for a 1000 years.
  2. The a-star is a newer alto, so from what i'm assuming, hyundai will be targeting the a-star. If they manufacture a car as cheap as the maruti tinbox, it's very unlikely that it will meet the crash test requirements in developed countries. The 800 and Omni should be banned on Indian roads.
  3. Auto journos don't merely rate cars on the basis of handling/performance. BMW has better interiors, better plastics than most mercs. A BMW 5 feels way more luxurious than a Merc E-class. Also, the new C class has no electric front seats ( I think it's semi-electric) whereas the Beemer has electrically adjustable front seats. I love the i-drive and BMWs feel special. I can't comment on audi, never been in an audi. The mercedes E class feels terribly outdated as compared to it's counterparts and the Audis and beemers look way classier than the mercs. Speaking of which, I miss the good old W123,124. They were so well built and reliable. An Ambassador can be made luxurious, after all, it has more leg-room than the aforementioned cars. It's possible to change the interiors in the amby. But it's slow and it rolls like a hippo. In fact it's one of the worst cars. I hope you're getting the analogy.
  4. You need an engine overhaul approximately around the 200,000 kilometer mark for the esteem. The rattle problem is pretty easy to fix, change the door hinges! 8 door hinges should cost you around 800 rupees. The front windows rattle too, so get that checked. If the suspension is clunking, get the lower arms checked. There's no need for body work unless your car is rusting badly and you have abused it. My esteem's doing fine @ 123,000 kilometers and the only reason I've kept it is because it's extremely reliable.
  5. Thanks, I'll be buying Michelins tomorrow. Good year GT3s are the worst tires, I got those fitted because i wanted to sell my car back then, but now, i'm too attached to the car
  6. Old City VTEC or the esteem. I'll probably try getting my hands on the JDM ECU for the G13B although i'll need to modify the engine head a bit since it's a twin cam. B16A mod kits should be easily available in Thailand. I won't choose the zen, because the suspension sucks and it understeers a lot.
  7. I need new tires. Presently, im using 175/70 R13s, but they are a bit inadequate. Has anybody tried 185 / 65 R 13 on an esteem? I have seen esteems with 185/60 R13s, but the circumference of this size is substantially lower than the 175/70s.
  8. I gave it to my cousin I think I should get 70-80K for it. The interiors are still pretty good. I also have an esteem which has clocked 113,000 kms, but the esteem is way more reliable.
  9. You're correct, even the base version comes with an ABS. However, I clearly remember that when the corolla was just launched, they didn't even offer tubeless tires! They were convincing my dad to buy one, so they sent the test car to my place and the wheels locked a bit when i was testing the brakes. Back then, I asked the showroom guy whether it was equipped with ABS, he said that it came with airbags, but had no ABS. Please could you confirm this for me? This puzzles me because I've never seen a non ABS corolla except for the one I drove. But the brakes are really sensitive if you compare it to the SX4, they don't really have a progressive feel in the corolla. My uncle has the H4 variant and I've driven it frequently. FRG, please comment. As far as reliability is concerned, toyotas are extremely reliable. Have you guys noticed that the SX4 is heavier than the corolla? The SX4 doors close with that 'European thunk' and the doors on the Corolla feel relatively light. One thing missing in both: the sx4 and corolla - an independent rear suspension. The SX4 is stiffly sprung, but ride improves at high speeds. The corolla on the other hand, absorbs bumps really well at low speeds and starts jiggling at high speeds.
  10. Since you're concerned about safety, the SX4 should be safer. It has a stiffer chassis and the A-pillars are designed in such a way that the roof wont collapse / crumple in event of an offset impact.
  11. I had exactly the same problem in my zen and also the a/c belts used to wear prematurely, until i realized that the pulley was incorrectly aligned.
  12. DO NOT BUY A NON ABS COROLLA, IT SKIDS. the corolla brakes are really sensitive, depressing the brake pedal more than required causes the wheels to lock up in a non ABS corolla. The corolla is an excellent car, you won't regret for buying one. The sx4 is sluggish and the rear seat is an uncomfortable squeeze for 3, the fuel economy is poor and the interiors rattle. Hope this answers your question.
  13. I had a zen which clocked 1.6 lakh kilometers. Pretty reliable, just that the suspension sucks and the air conditioner keeps conking off.
  14. THe scorpio is extremely reliable unlike the tata safari
  15. I strongly recommend a Hyundai Sonata Embera 2.0 Diesel since you'll need a car which is safe, comfortable, cheap to maintain and also with a decent fuel efficiency. Or try the Optra magnum diesel (though i wouldn't recommend). Avoid the octavia / laura by all means, they are expensive to maintain. Hyundai provides exceptional service and spares are cheap and readily available.