Monday, July 02, 2007

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Narrowed it down.

Option 1
Pros
Cheapest.
Low fuel consumption
Discount
Quick delivery due to available stock
Cons
Gearbox known to give problems/whining sound
Insulation (sound)
No safety test records (but used in Japan too)

Option 2
Pros
Only 3k more than Option 1(5k more if discount taken into account)
Better torque
6 stars Japanese NCAP, 4 stars frontal and 5 stars side for US NHSTA.
More spacious
More solid and better build quality
Newer product - 2 years worldwide while Option 1 has been around for 5 years with facelift nearly 2 years ago
Cons
1-2 months waiting period
More expensive
Seats not that comfy

Option 3
Extras compared to Option 2: Better seats, electronic retracting mirrors, lights for visor mirror, map light, overhead storage (sunglasses size), front and rear armrest, wood trim, foldable rear seats
Pros
Better torque
6 stars Japanese NCAP, 4 stars frontal and 5 stars side for US NHSTA.
Spacious
More solid and better build quality
Cons
10k more than Option 1
5k more than Option 2
1-2 months waiting period

Any opinions welcomed.

5 Comments:

At July 02, 2007 5:46 pm, Anonymous angel said...

Pssttt... u can check out the auto forums, you know... sorry can't help as I don't drive either of the cars u mentioned ;)

 
At July 02, 2007 10:19 pm, Blogger Andrea Whatever said...

if i read you correctly, the two most important criteria that matters most to you are: safety - ie 6 stars Japanese NCAP, 4 stars frontal and 5 stars side for US NHSTA. and more safety - more solid and better build quality. So really, it's a toss-up between option 2 & 3.

the next question you have to ask yourself is: are all those little extras eg foldable backseats etc really necessary? i mean, they are nice to have but that's about it.

i think bottom-line is: which option has the better re-sale value?

hope this helps.

 
At July 03, 2007 12:27 am, Blogger Resurrected said...

angel: checked already :D Now it is justification time.

aw: resale value Option 1 is better. Safety, based on data, Option 2/3 are better.

 
At July 03, 2007 10:52 am, Blogger Stevie said...

Seats are important, to be comfortably seated is important.

Money also important. Personally I don't spend more than 10 month income on car.

And I never look at resale value. Once bought, I'll use it till it comes apart.

Betwen option 2 and 3, I'd go with 3 if the money part is okay.

 
At July 14, 2007 9:57 pm, Blogger Resurrected said...

Done. Option 3 was obvious after listing it down. Now waiting for the ride.

 

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