As our long term report continues and our Datsun redi-GO continues its journeys through the perils of the urban jungle, I’ve discovered new negatives with the car’s construction quality. We do admit that, in order for Datsun to price the car as a value-for-money proposition, they had to compromise but did they go too far? Our car has mostly been subjected to the packed-in streets of Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. The problem that it brings along is people and their sheer disregard for other’s property. Many times I’ve parked the car and come back, to find people leaning on it and enjoying deep conversations with their friends. Due to the thin sheet metal that company uses in construction, more than half the time I come back to find a new dent or ding around the car. I’ve experimented and even leaning still without any heavy movements is enough to cause them. If this is already worrying me in its 6 months of usage, what would the result be a year down the line? Another new bother is a new rattle which has developed in the cabin and looking into the matter, I’ve located the dashboard as the source. While these faults do not reflect badly in its overall mechanical functioning, they would definitely be worrisome if I had to spend a substantial chunk of my money buying one brand new. Still being a delight to drive in traffic, I always suggest the redi-GO as the perfect urban crawler but maybe I should start adding a warning to go along.
I need to take my eyes off the road everytime I need to open the window while driving, thanks to the odd positioning of the switches (above). Storage space (below) near the charging port is quite useful for phones