Souped up car Vs Higher end model

Umer Zaman asked a very good question on this thread recently, and i think it would be a wonderful topic to discuss further. In his words

i have noticed ppl spend alot of money on such things as bumpers, mufflers, turbo kits, deck, tyres/rims… on the other hand they can add the same amount to the price of car and get a better category

Would you like to drive a vitz all sooped up or u’de rather prefer a corolla/civic or watever car in that range ??

11 Comments so far

  1. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    now that we are discussing cars here..
    another thing that bothers me is.. how can one spend 1.2 million on a Honda Civic/Toyota Corolla when you can get a very reasonable Mercedes / BMW / Crown / Cedric or any other better class car..

    I totally accept the fact that driving a brand new vehicle is hassle/trouble/maintainence free but isnt it worth it to drive a better car ?

    Again its just my opinion.. wat do you think ?

  2. Zag (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    First of all, i don’t think adding extended bumpers and side skirts on a Rs500,000 Vitz will cost you an additional Rs450,000, which you’ll need to upgrade to the lowest corolla or civic.

    Secondly, the reason the locally manufactured cars are popular are the easily available parts……

    oh, and if someonez gonna buy a 1.2 million merc or bmw, good luck, cuz he/shez gonna spend half of their life in a mechanic shop repairing it….

  3. turab (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    you save so much money having a second hand car, here in north america esp. unless u get company allowance , brand new car doesn’t make sense.!

  4. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    Ofcouse those things wont cost that much on any car, but if you add up all the stuff.. specially how popular the Rims have become in recent past.. i think a normal guy who has some passion towards car ends up spending a 100k easily if he adds rims and a reasonable music system.

    Another thing that came in my mind was the Car Leasing that has added so many cars to our roads lately, they also have policies about date/model of car.. i think thats also one reason for the local cars to sell more

    About the repair/maintanence part, there isnt much in any car.. if you really know wat ur doing. Even if its an old car and you spend money on it wisely and get things done the way they should be theres usually no repair that often..

    About the prices, im not an expert but 1997 – 98 BMW 3 series is for less then a million, if ur lucky you can definately find one with low mileage. These cars start to perform best after 100K and they usually last more then a regular midsize car. I myself drive a W126 500SEL and after the first time brakes routers/ABS replacement i havent taken it to workshop other then oil change

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    its preferences. a new car is a new car is a new car for many.
    only the ones very passionate about models, like some people who want specific shapes of a Merc, or a BMW or the ever ppopular Toyota Corolla Indus shape would go for a second hand.

    people who want a car for that purpose alone, and who hardly give much importance to appearance will prob settle for a new car

    its about preferences. add ons are just.. shashkas for many.

  6. UnholySaint (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 6:46 pm

    There is a saying here which goes something like this –
    “Nomatter which way you stir a stick in sh!t, it remains a sh!t”
    That is what I feel about souping up low end cars. You just cant make a camel fly.
    I hate it when ppl mod their mid-range cars. If you are getting a muscle machine, like M3 or S4 then its worth spending money on it to feel the adrenal rush at take offs. IMHO.

  7. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 12:42 am

    Umer Zaman,

    I think you are confused about the currency. When someone mentioned Million, they meant a 1 million rupees, thats 10 lakh in Pak rupees. there is no way u r going to find a good bmw with low miles in karachi.
    brand new Corolla costs around 1 million rupees which is around $17000 which is what a corrolla costs in USA.

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 1:44 am

    umer: one thing at a time buddy. Click on Suggest a Story, and send in your ideas. I’d love to put them up.

    zag: hit the nail right on the head! “easily available parts” the reason suzuki and corolla are so popular. Although, the popularity of Vitz is a mystry since its parts are still not available :S

    turab: i’d like to add another thing.. a new car here demands the same maintenance as a second-hand car (experience talking here)

    anathema: shahskas! now thats a term which truly describes ‘souping up’ :D

    faisal: one thing i’d like to add.. a corolla costs here for 10 to 12 lacs because of the God-unholy taxes on it and its parts. Otherwise, the actual value of the car is not more than 7 to 8 lacs.

  9. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    ammm i was talking about Rupees myself
    pick up yesterdays advertiser and you’ll find plenty of BMWs for sale
    take my word for it, you get a good one late 90’s for under 1 million rupees (10 lac)
    and ofcourse im talking abour 3 series here

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    thanks for the one-up umer.. ill go thru the classified section.. this sounds like a good opportunity :-D

  11. abdul-rehman (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 1:42 am

    no comments please only searching job about cars companies more fast i need job

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