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Fun-to-drive cars for under Rs 3 lakh!

Fun-to-drive cars for under Rs 3 lakh!

Fun-to-drive cars fo..

  • 15 Apr 2016, 11182 Views

NikilSJ

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Member: 02 Nov, 2015

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  • 15 Apr 2016, 3:46 pm ( 1 Photo )
If you are an enthusiast looking to buy a fun-to-drive car that costs less than your neighbours brand new hatchback, then look no further. Here’s a list of fun if not fast cars you can buy under Rs 3 lakh.
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What to look for while buying a used car
While buying a used car, always do a thorough inspection to find out if there are any signs of major problems that should tell you to avoid buying it. An inspection should also give you a fair idea of minor issues that needs to be taken care of. Sometimes, these issues can even be used while negotiating the final price of the car
Major problems include:
  • Damage due to rust
  • Potential engine and transmission problems
  • Previous accidents
  • Wether the car was damaged by natural calamities like a flood
  • Signs of abuse or neglect by previous owner
Minor issues include:
  • Worn out tyres
  • Minor suspension and brake problems
  • Minor flaws like dents and scratches
Here's a list of some of the cars
  • Maruti Suzuki Zen
  • Maruti Suzuki Baleno
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Skoda Octavia vRS
  • Honda City VTEC Type Z
  • Ford Fiesta 1.6 / S

NikilSJ

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Member: 02 Nov, 2015

Total Posts: 2354

  • 15 Apr 2016, 4:25 pm ( 2 Photos )
Maruti Suzuki Zen

What you’ll like
  • Peppy 1-litre engine
  • Good handling characteristics along with compact dimensions make it fun within city limits
  • Hard wearing plastics inside
  • Powerful AC unit
  • Slick gearbox, but throws are a bit long (Just the way I like it )
  • Comfortable rear seats
  • Large window area, good visibility
  • Maruti’s reliability and after-sales service
What you won’t like
  • Large turning radius, can be painful while parking
  • City driving hampered by lack of low-end torque
  • No safety whatsoever
  • Ride height too low for our road conditions
  • Needs better brakes and stock tyres doesn’t inspire confidence
  • Can be thirsty if you are not careful with your right foot
  • Cramped interiors and limited boot capacity
  • Some spares hard to find
First introduced in 1993, the Zen gained a cult following thanks to its jellybean design and the rev-happy 1-litre engine. The peppy 1-litre SOHC unit was capable of producing 60bhp of max power at 6,000rpm (whew!) and 78Nm of peak torque. The Zen received features like body coloured bumpers in 1997. This was followed by a limited run of the two-door version which was meant for exports called Carbon and Steel. These models are extremely rare and difficult to find in the used car market. Expect prices of these limited edition cars to shoot through the roof in the coming months.
In 2003, the Zen received a facelift which, to my eyes, resembled the Volkswagen Golf Mk4. This model was very popular and had a long waiting period too. MotuSid aka Hot Hatcher owns one and revs the nuts off it and swears by its reliability and performance. This model was discontinued in 2006.

Fun fact: Apparently ‘ZEN’ is an acronym for Zero Engine Noise.
Prices - Rs 50,000 - Rs 2 lakh
Availability - Good. The Zen was very popular when it was launched and car buyers lapped it up thanks to its much more premium positioning when compared to other Maruti hatchbacks
Used car links - Link 1, Link 2

NikilSJ

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Member: 02 Nov, 2015

Total Posts: 2354

  • 15 Apr 2016, 4:33 pm ( 2 Photos )
Maruti Suzuki Baleno

What you’ll like
  • If you are into modifying your car, this makes a good project car
  • Rev happy engine with peppy performance
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Maruti’s after sales service combined with Japanese reliability
  • Decent fuel efficiency too
What you won’t like
  • Plain jane design and dumpy rear
  • Interiors are from a different period of time
  • Spares are a bit expensive when compared to other Maruti cars
  • Does not feel special enough, until you modify it that is
Launched in 1999, the older Baleno sedan came with a 1.6-litre petrol unit that put out 94bhp of power and a healthy 130Nm of peak torque. The Baleno had a well balanced chassis and the was one of the best handling cars in India. No wonder that it gained popularity among rally drivers in the country. The older Baleno is still widely used in the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) and is still capable of getting on the podium.

image courtesy: speedsprint.in

If you are considering picking one up, go for a later model (2004-2006) as this had updated interiors and better alloy wheels. A used Baleno can now be found anywhere between Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. However, do check the car for wear and tear and any signs of rust. The Baleno is fairly inexpensive to maintain and genuine parts can be bought off a Maruti service centre till 2016. There are a number of aftermarket parts available for tuning and modifications as well.
Prices - Rs 1.75 - Rs 3.00 lakh
Availability - Good in metros, decent in Tier II cities
Used car links - Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

MotuSid

Hot Hatcher

Member: 02 Nov, 2015

Total Posts: 319

  • 15 Apr 2016, 5:33 pm ( 8 Photos )
"Originally posted by NikilSJ"
MotuSid aka Hot Hatcher owns one and revs the nuts off it and swears by its reliability and performance. This model was discontinued in 2006.
Yeah! Woohoo!
Photo dump time, Mods - do feel free to remove if this is distracting.
Meet the "Devil's Ride"
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Desire vs Reality - not necessarily a bad thing
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It loves long drives
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I have occasionally cheated on it
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It hopes to make many more
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We have had our good times - and few bad ones - one thing I know, you'll be my first true love.
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Niki Lauda

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Member: 08 Jan, 2016

Total Posts: 65

  • 15 Apr 2016, 5:42 pm
Woah, MotuSid that fourth picture is a beautiful piece of tarmac. Where was it shot? And does your girlfriend have a name

JOY MRC

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Total Posts: 606

  • 16 Apr 2016, 11:53 am
MotuSid Seeing your Zen pics bring back old memories.wish if i hadn't sold my 5 speed Lots of great memories in ma Joymobile. Enjoy your ride

Niki Lauda

First Gear

Member: 08 Jan, 2016

Total Posts: 65

  • 18 Apr 2016, 11:42 am
Hahahaha. JOY MRC do you have any pictures of your 'Joymobile'? Would like to see them.

NikilSJ

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Member: 02 Nov, 2015

Total Posts: 2354

  • 18 Apr 2016, 11:46 am ( 3 Photos )
Mitsubishi Lancer
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What you’ll like
  • Mivec engine series is very mod-friendly
  • Excellent after-market support
  • Handling and ride was a class apart when launched
  • Good looks. It is one of the best looking C-segment sedans even today
  • Has drivers seat height adjustment and tilt steering (a big deal back in the late 90s!)
What you won’t like
  • Engine not as peppy as Honda’s VTECs
  • Localisation of parts led to bad parts quality and fit and finish
  • Some spares are still quite expensive
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If you’re an 80s or 90s kid and a big rally fan, you’d remember Tommi Makinen blazing the stages with his brilliant Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. India first got the 1995-2000 version of the Lancer and was available with a 1.5-litre petrol, a 2.0-litre diesel and 1.8-litre petrol with an auto ‘box as well. Enthusiasts started picking up these cars since the day it was launched and modded them to look like the Evolution cars. The low slung design gave the car a very sporty look and some editions even came with a good looking spoiler as standard. The Lancer is known to be a reliable machine, especially the petrol. But sourcing parts now may be a little difficult.
Prices: Rs 80,000 - Rs 2 lakh
Availability: Quite hard to find one in stock condition. Also, 1.5 petrol are rarer than the the 1.8 diesel.
Used car links: Link 1, Link 2

NikilSJ

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  • 18 Apr 2016, 11:49 am ( 2 Photos )
Mitsubishi Cedia
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What you’ll like
  • Refined 2.0-litre petrol engine has good power and drivability
  • Ride and handling a class apart
  • Crisp steering and slick gearshifts
  • Interior quite spacious
  • Japanese reliability
What you won’t like
  • Could have done with more power (but nothing to worry about as after-market parts are readily available)
  • India-spec car had a softer suspension
  • Lousy after-sales service from Hindustan Motors
  • Waiting periods for some spare parts are quite annoying
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The 2000-era Lancer was launched in India in 2006 and branded as the Cedia to set it apart from the Lancer that sold till June 2012. The Cedia had came with a brilliant 2.0-litre petrol motor and had a well sorted ride and handling package. This car, like the Lancer before it, was mod-friendly as well. The Cedia didn’t set the sales chart on fire like Mitsubishi expected it to thanks to the styling which was considered too safe after the stunning Lancer. Still, it’s quite easy to find one in mint condition and it isn’t difficult to find spares as well.
Prices: Rs 2 lakh - Rs 3.5 lakh
Availability: Easy to find in metros and tier II cities
Used car links: Link 1, Link 2

JOY MRC

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  • 18 Apr 2016, 4:42 pm ( 1 Photo )
"Originally posted by Niki Lauda"
Hahahaha. JOY MRC do you have any pictures of your 'Joymobile'? Would like to see them.
here you go Niki Lauda
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To find out more - http://www.zigwheels.com/forum/posts...mier-rio-crdi4

MotuSid

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Member: 02 Nov, 2015

Total Posts: 319

  • 21 Apr 2016, 7:25 pm ( 2 Photos )
"Originally posted by Niki Lauda"
Woah, MotuSid that fourth picture is a beautiful piece of tarmac. Where was it shot? And does your girlfriend have a name

1) This road is somewhere along the route below - was on a roadtrip with Stig-Wannabe , Shebin and one more friend. Yes, the car was planted everywhere.
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2) My girlfriend is known as the Devil's Ride - because :
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This is what you would have faced if I ever overtook you. I miss that toy/thing - it was as old as the car, disintegrated over the years. If any one of you knows where I can get one - let me know.

JOY MRC

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Total Posts: 606

  • 21 Apr 2016, 9:39 pm
MotuSid If you have to have it,here are the links i found on the net.but its a bit expensive for a soft toy
http://www.dhgate.com/product/dorimy...arl|1415728263
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Dorim...f-21ef8b2fbea9

Vivek_Venugopal

First Gear

Member: 28 Nov, 2017

Total Posts: 1

  • 28 Nov 2017, 4:30 pm
NikilSJ
Image courtesy should be me. That's my car and Speedsprint.in nicked my image.

Malik_Shehzad

First Gear

Member: 19 Jan, 2018

Total Posts: 1

  • 19 Jan 2018, 12:35 am
MotuSid
Very well, and indeed a nice post. Thanks for such a wonderful blog.
Keep it up. God bless you.!
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