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Hi Team, I m planning to purchase Esteem 2003, which has the Following details. No. of Owners (Including Current): 2 Pwr str, Pwr windws, A/C. Please advise me Pros and Cons of vehicle like Maintenance, mileage etc. my budget is 1 to 1.2 Lac. What could be the best price?
By Talha 02 February 2010
Expert`s comment:

Maruti Esteem of 2003 can be bought for around 1.4 lac, with negotiations it canbe bought for 1.2 lac. The advantage of Estreem is spacious interiors, good legroom,ease of maintenance and good mileage of around 15KMPL. Overal worth going for it if available in the budget range mentioned.

Answer by Shiva Shankar 02 February 2010

Esteem 2003 should be for around 1.2 if it is an LXi.. If VXI tah should be arounf 1.4. Lacs.. It is spacious.. Lowest maintainance as its a Maruti product.. Very powerful.. And good mileage.. Overall great package..


Answer by Nitin 02 February 2010

Hi Team,
I want to sell my Esteem VXi, which has the following details:
Year: 2003 / No. of Owners: 1
Colour: Metallic Silver/ Running condition: Excellent
Features: PWR STR/PWR Wndows/AC
Mileage: 15 KMPL & Documents: Up-to-Date
Petrol Only / Kms Driven: Approx 70K
Pioneer Music system /Mainly Driven in: City
Services done regularly as per the maintenance chart.
Please advise me what price can I expect?

Answer by Talha 02 February 2010

U cant get a 2003 esteem with 1.2 lac rupees. Now i hav my 6th Esteem with me. its a wonderful car. Good mielage, Low maintenance cost... etc. Its better 4 u to go wit a VXi model. Esteem perform well in LPG too.

But nowadays, esteem shape is little bit outdated. if u increase the budget to 1.5-1.75 lac, u can go 4 an Accent or Lancer 2000-2003 model.

Answer by Santhanu 02 February 2010

The Esteem has been a good car. Regardless of the year of manufacture, do not buy any that has clocked more than 40K-45KKms. With the AC on in city traffic, mileage will be about 11-12 kmpl, not more.(Could be less depending on the condition. On the hands of a good driver, on highways 14 -16 kmpl is possible but who drives an Esteem at a speed of 45-50 kms/hour on highways? If you are anything over 5'6", getting in and out of the driver's seat can be a real pain in the neck.With a kerb weight of around 875 kgs the ESTEEM body is too fragile & flimsy but then that is why it has an extremely good power to weight ratio which makes the car quite quick & zippy. While buying please do have a look at the undercarriage, thoroughly and look for rusting there as well as places such as the doors or panels.Scratch a tiny area,if you find a thick coat of paint and putty, the car has been repainted a number of times and may possibly be hiding rusted areas inside.Check the tyres & battery condition. Finally, in case you do buy replace all oil & lubricants & the spark plugs immediately and set the GAPS correctly. Check the Central locking & each of the the power windows as well as the windshield. The original windshield has green tinge on the top area to cut out sun glare.A 2003 vintage Esteem vxi with good tyres, Engine , battery, alloy wheels and interior with up to date regisration & Insurance with less than 40K on the odo wont be anything less than 1.5 lacs . If someone sells at a lesser price, there is justified reason for suspicion unless you know the owner & the car and has observed it in use.Good luck

Answer by Aloke Chatterjee 02 February 2010
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