Monday, May 17, 2010

CNG in Honda City - Pickup and Performance Troubles

My hubby has got CNG in Honda City just a month back and he is really fed up as it gives a lot of troubles and he has decided to remove it now!

If your hubby is having problems with CNG, then the problems can be reduced pickup and performance and sometimes the car might not accelerate properly, so I recommend you to read this first to improve pickup and performance of your car on CNG.

Also an important thing about Pick up on CNG:

Pick up on CNG without AC is equal to pick up on petrol with AC so if you want fuel efficiency and you are a long distance rider like doing 1000 km per month in Delhi/NCR than keep on with CNG but if you run your car short distances like up to 500 km, do not go for that as it will decrease the resale value after running for five yearsAlso do not buy the Chinese kits. Get a govt approved CNG kit from an authorized dealer.

Which car to buy? WagonR, Santro, Chevy Beat, Ritz, or New Alto

Hello, it seems like you are a lot into cars...I want to buy Wagon R or Santro Xing for me...What is your take? Which one is better? Can you weigh the pros and cons? and what's your choice between Santro Xing and Wagon R? I am more interested in my car than hubby's! Hehehe

Get Wagon R for more boot space and Santro for a smoother drive but if you wanna buy a new car, why don't you go for Chevy Beat.

This new baby from Chevrolet is the heart of small car buyers these days. Plus you will get the Euro IV (new k-series engine) according to the latest emission norms for cars in India.

You can try Maruti Ritz. This car has also got good ratings from auto market and car bloggers community. You can also read my extended comparison of Ritz and Swift here: Which Car to Buy - Maruti Ritz ZXI or New Swift ZXI BSIV

yeah...but most probably i will buy a second hand only because you know the parking problem in Delhi and my budget is 2 to 2.5 lacs INR

Why you go for an old WagonR or Santro then? Why not buy a new car at that price, its Alto.

Here are some reasons to Buy New Maruti Alto 2010 with K-Series Engine

Plus point is that you are getting a new car and you know new is new and old is old. Second hand cars have little validity. Buy a new car and live tension free for at least 5 good years. Second hand cars can cause you problems anywhere on the road and you being a girl should not prefer it. Here are the price details for new alto 2010 latest edition: Variant Metallic Non-Metallic

MARUTI ALTO LX BS IV 263362.94 260196.81
MARUTI ALTO LXI BS IV 280871.07 277704.94
MARUTI ALTO STD BS IV 231989.50 228823.37

plus Ritu here is the link to alto's website: Maruti Alto Official Site

If you are spending money, don't throw it, spend it wisely. Your hubby will be very happy with your decision. Nitin, me, and one of my colleague in office all are having Alto's, they are giving 21 km/hr on highways and 15 km/hr in Delhi traffic with AC on petrol, no CNG kits.

Thanks I know you are right. Even my hubby says to go for Alto, but the problem is that I do not like Alto, you know how silly girls are! I need either Santro or Wagon.  hahaha.

Hahahaha. I got you. Take Wagon R then. At least it's broader than Santro. Girls are girls..

Maruti Eeco Review for Prospective Buyers

Maruti Eeco is a cheap car for a big family. One of my friend got a chance to test ride Maruti Eeco a few months back. The car feels very good, though not as classy as earlier Versa, which I have driven earlier.

The main differences between the earlier versa and present Eeco are that its engine has been changed to a new 1200 cc one as against the earlier 1300 cc engine which is available in Gypsy King, Maruti Swift, and Maruti Esteem. The engine remains under the seat and is not under the bonnet as wrongly reported on many websites.

The roof of Eeco has also been lowered from extra high roof of Maruti Versa and this has actually given a good stance to this new car, rather than the top-heavy truck like stance of previous Maruti Versa. The dashboard is somewhat okay and looks like that of Maruti Alto's, though it is not well finished, probably as a result of Maruti cutting corners. The front seats are sufficiently bolstered for this class of car and have an integrated seat-cum headrest as in Hyundai i10. However, the middle 2 seats as well as rear seats are of very poor quality and a total letdown and feel like that of Delhi Corporation buses of old times. Seat back's height is also very low and can lead to a severe whiplash injury in case of a rear impact to this vehicle.

Moreover, this car does not even have the option of a power steering in any of the models. This may not matter with a light load, but with a full load on hilly roads, it will really tax a person's biceps and cause early exhaustion. It also does not have any music system or power windows either.

The front of Maruti Eeco is apparently increased in length marginally compared to that of Maruti Versa. The front looks tidy and the innards under the bonnet are well placed. The boot space is huge in the 5-seater Eeco and the rear portion has some space even in seven seater for some luggage. The engine is a bit raspy and not as smooth as the earlier engines that we are used to from Maruti brand in India. I suspect it is due to the requirement for higher compression ratio and emission standards. The A/C is sufficiently cooling during evening; however, I suspect it will be unable to cool the large cabin in hot summer days, especially with this big boot space. Moreover, the 7 seater Eeco does not even come with an air-conditioning option.

Least but not last, the driver's seat and position is totally royal and it towers over other small cars and feels similar to driving an Innova or Scorpio no less, except for the weedy and small steering wheel. The turning radius of Maruti Eeco is very small and I was only able to make a U-turn within half the road. If you have an open mind, this vehicle is enjoyable to drive.

All in all, Maruti Eeco car is economical and is a real bargain for the price Maruti is offering. It seems to be a waste of money to go for a small car like Maruti alto or Maruti Wagon R or Ritz for about 3.1 -4 lakhs when you are getting a big jeep-like car for just 10% more amount. Maruti Eeco 5 Str With A/C and Heater comes at 304213.17 INR in Delhi whether metallic or non-metallic. Maruti Eeco is good for middle class people having a big family.

Happy Economical Driving

Also read: Reasons to Buy New Maruti Alto 2010 with K-Series Engine: