In 2016 I purchased an used 2013 model (Maruti Suzuki Eeco 5 seater with AC). Though I was planning to purchase a brand new car but I found a steal deal and purchased an eeco that was seldomly and rarely used, odometer had 3600kms all in showroom condition with all its seats having the packaging left I paid Inr 245000 which was value for money.
Ride quality is quite good in regards to seating position being high making the driver feel assertive of the road view. The handling is even effortless, precise the only glitch is the rack and pinion steering which becomes like biceps curls in bumper to bumper traffic.
Over appearance resembles old school gmc savanna mpv but in eeco's design it is low on steroids and bulk. The vehicle dimension feel proportional and adequate. Its height gives an advantage for a formidably aggressive stance. Side by side comparison exhibits eeco taller than the mahindra scorpio.
My initial experience at 3600kms has been phenomenal in terms of crisp and accurate surge of power with little throttle input just exactly how a new vehicle performs. Till date I drove roughly 14000km and overall acceleration, torque curve and momentum on this vehicle is present as and when you need it. On 1st gear the speed should be 20kmph, 2nd gear 40kmph, 3rd gear 65kmph , 4th gear 80-95kmph and 5th gear above 120kmph. Top speed within safety parameters is 145kmph. My trips with friends and family where everyone is stout and bulky the car never disappointed me in performance or exhilarating speed whenever the highways permitted only at times bad and uneven Road conditions pulverised the car's engine due to mid torque range still for a petrol engine it did overcome it thanks to the smart gear ratio, at 120 - 130 kmph car remains stable beyond 140kmph the hard suspension setup doesn't give you confidence to propel the car further. Im happy and delighted to own this car due to various pragmatic reasons number one will be the cars cost, complete commuters vehicle, fuel economy may not be the best but for the utility factor the car passes fuel economy of 12kmpl in city bumper to bumper sluggish traffic and on highways it clocks 16kmpl both with the air conditioner running. In terms of servicing I did the periodic engine oil change at 7000kms using 5w-40 semi synthetic oil and the full servicing of coolant change, brake oil, gear oil change and differential oil at 10k kms along with the car complete greasing and oiling work with inspection. Thanks to my friends garage.
Mechanic labour charge ranges between rs 300 to 650 depending upon the servicing type. I reckon every penny is well spent.
Compact body and handling in a mpv vehicle.
Powerful and reliable Japanese engine.
Economical and thrifty maintenance.
Huge boot space.
An Indian family car.
Hard and bumpy suspension which knocks goings on huge potholes.
Lacks power steering.
Torque band range.