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Premier 137D (model: Premier Diesel) Far better than its competitors when released

A user review on Premier Padmini. Written by louis on 21 September, 2010

This car is discontinued
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Purchased As : New
Familiarity : Have driven for a few hundred kilometres
Fuel Economy : 20 kpl
Good : Great mileage, commendable pickup, comfortable bucket seats, platform gear, ample trunk space
Bad : Oil seal problem, silencer support bracket loosens periodically, average upholstery

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Frankly, because of the avverage performance of petrol version of Premier Padmini, people seriously underestimated the diesel version, and refuses to listen to the enhancements Premier made to the diesel version in the last days! You can identify the version released in 1998 marked on its trunk as PREMIER Diesel.


Very good mileage; up to 20km/liter of diesel. Commendable pick up and torque on lower gears. Exceptional engine performance and response on BP's Hi Speed Diesel fuel. This is specified in the user manual. Comfortable bucket seats. Ample trunk space. Platform synchromesh 4 speed gears. Engine built for sustained operation. Top speed is only 100km/hr (nowadays all cars have a max-speed above 100km/hr). Premier stopped manufacturing this vehicle. Excellent handling at higher speeds. Universal joints on either ends of the shaft do not have openings to inject grease, unlike in other vehicles. But this may have a reason. Genuine spare parts (hardly available) are more durable than adjustable spares available nowadays. Body rusts along the edge if not cleaned properly.


If you have this car, attach a modern wheel cup for each tyre rim and crash guard on its front, which gives it a visual appeal.


What things have gone wrong with the car? Problem with oil seal after a long run, but tolerable. Engine is not that quiet, Sounds like a Jeep's engine ;-). Silencer-pipe's support bracket becomes loose periodically. Upholstery works are not that much great.


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Shivraj on 15 Jan, 2011 at 08:36 PM

hi louis,

i'm really happy to see ur  comments on 137D.even i'm a proud owner of padmini diesel.this engine really rocks.i have great respect towards this car.log in to www.premierpadmini.webs .com for a surprise.

Louis on 15 Oct, 2010 at 10:57 AM

This review is updated

Louis on 14 Oct, 2010 at 07:45 PM

Most of the guys think there is no use to write a review or boast on this car which was stopped by its manufacturer about 12 years ago. I just wanted those guys who own this vehicle understand its capabilities even this world seriously misinterprets and misunderstands this car.


Cool And I know well that this will not be useful to anyone even to compare its features to those cars available in market nowadays!


I hope those guys own this car will keep their vehicle in good condition and in good looks!


Louis on 22 Sep, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Dear Friends,

I have written a review on Premier Padmini and look forward to your comments on it.

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