Datsun Redi Go Ownership Experience after 1700 KM in 2020

Last March 18th 2020, I purchased Datsun Redi Go 1 Litre S variant, with Manual transmission

I have already driven Alto, K10, and Swift.  My opinion is mostly in comparison with these cars.

Back seat of the car is similar to Alto.  Two passengers can sit comfortably.  Three passengers can sit little stressfully

Front seat is more comfortable than Alto, K10, and Swift.  In Alto, I feel like going down and sit.  But in Datsun Redi Go, front seat is taller.  I can sit comfortably in a taller stance.

I get mileage around 19 km/ltr.  I drive within 2000 RPM.  In fifth gear with AC on, car can cruise in 70km/hr at 2000 rpm comfortably.  I believe as long as I maintain the speeds below 2000 rpm, I will get good mileage.

Due to lockdown, I did not have the chance to drive long distance, say 400 to 500 km stretch.

I feel, fuel tank capacity should be equal to Alto.  I often refill due to smaller fuel tank.

Datsun Redi Go 1 liter S variant has gear shift indicator – Downshift or upshift –this was very useful to me during initial days with the car.

Car has speed alert.  If you drive beyond 80 km/hr, you will be alerted.  I like this speed alert since I like to drive below or around 80 km/hr speed in highways.

As far as the engine, It is above Alto but below K10.  Refinement and peppiness of K10 is missing in Datsun Redi Go.  But it is better than Alto in Power and refinement.

In Redi Go, you will not get the feel of Alto.  Driving feel of Redi Go is different.

Buying Datsun Redi Go in 2020

Can I buy Datsun Redi Go in 2020?  The car never sells in numbers.  In roads, I hardly see this car.  More Nano runs than Datsun Redi Go. I am afraid anytime this model might be discontinued, due to poor sales.  How would be service and support if production stopped for this model?

But, march month offers enticed me.  I saw Nissan advertisement in Internet/Google for Datsun cars.  Upto 85000 rupees cash benefits and 6.99 rate of interest for loans.  I am attracted by the cash benefits and rate of interest for loan.

I submitted the enquiry form in Datsun website.  Later sales rep from Datsun called me and speak with me for 10 minutes.  He concluded that nearest dealer to my residence, will call me and provide more details.

If car’s final onroad price after discounts come to 3.5 lakhs then I will think of purchasing this car.  Will Nissan continue this car for another 5 to 10 years?  Will Nissan be in business in India for next 5 to 10 years?  We all know Chevrolet story. 

I can not predict now, I should not be surprised even if this model car discontinued post march when BS4 vehicles can not be sold any more in India.  Right now, the offer is for BS4 vehicle.

There was a great bike called GS150R from Suzuki motor.  It was not adorned by Indians. The bike sold in few numbers.  Suzuki discontinued this bike.  My friend owns this bike even today. He rides it for commuting.  For maintaining the bike, he struggle to source spare parts.  Authorized service centers of Suzuki abandoned this bike.  My friend has to depend on roadside mechanic or private workshop to repair it.

There are cars, which still running even after their manufacturer stopped production. Old alto, Maruthi Ritz, Chevrolet vehicles.  Discontinued cars still run on roads and their owners find clever mechanic to maintain, repair it. Chevrolet still support the service and maintenance of their vehicles.

I am taking a risk if I am buying Datsun Redi Go in 2020.  The car may be discontinued any time due to lackluster sales.

I have a tight budget, so, I have to take risk.  I will be safe if Nissan continued the sales and support of Datsun Redigo for minimum 5 years from now.  My car loan EMI will be completed by the time.

Let me hope for the best.  Assume, sales, service, support, spares will be available for 5 to 10 years for Datsun Redi Go car.  Even production stopped, let me hope Nissan may continue the service support like Chevrolet.

Buying a Car

I am planning to by a car for a while.  Today I visited three show rooms – maruthi, renault, nexa.  Cars enquired are swift, expresso, kwid, triber, baleno.  On road price will come from 5 to 7 lakhs.  I have to pay down payment and remaining will be paid in EMI for several years.

My car usuage is simple.  Daily commute to office, monthly once or twice city outting with my family – total four members.  Yearly once or twice travelling to native place – to Trichy from Chennai, That’s it.

Challenges in having big car is parking, driving in city traffic, highway cruising will be a bliss.

Challenges in having a small car is congested and cramped travel when driving with five passengers – three in back seat. Riding in hills too is challenge.  Highway cruising will be boring, we have to maintain 60 to 80 km/hr speed.  Parking and driving in city will be blissful.

I have a craze for Tata Nano.  Many times, I felt I missed purchasing tata nano.  The thought of buying second hand used tata nano car instead of buying new premium hatch bag car, haunting me often.

I could usily buy a old nano within one lakh rupees and without committing big long EMIs.  But reliability of used car is a question – especially Nano, which is discontinued.

I postponding buying a car.  It is a decision paralysis now.  I do not have eperience and knowledge to take a decision in buying a car.  I am not ready to go for big EMIs now.  I have a craze for Nano.

Commuting by bike gives pain to my hip and back.  Switching to four wheeler for office commuting is a must now.

So, Let me take the risk of buying old nano.  Low risk, low gain, low loss too.  It is like a upront decision.

If my experiment with used nano goes well, after six month or one year, I could buy a new nano by exchanging the old car.  If the experiment does not go well, sell it.  Either case loss will be less.

We do not know, what is right decision.  State of decision will change from time to time.  Sometime our decision looks good and other time it looks bad and vice versa.

So, I will follow my will, buy a old nano within my budget, no need to avail loan. Due to my simple usecase with car, I don’t want spend too much and commit EMIs for years.

Spare parts availability is another challenge for tata nano.  Because of this spare parts fear I missed Suzuki GS150R bike, but it is still running on roads.

Even If I get finance for my second hand Nano, then I could keep my lumpsum money with me.  EMI will be around 3000 rupees and tenure would be 3 years.  I could keep my one lakh with me for safer side.

I am stuck by decision paralysis many times.  Henceforth, I have to follow my will or fear to move on from decision paralysis.

I followed my fear in buying a used car, and I did not buy used Tata Nano.