Why Pakistanis Still Love Suzuki Mehran?

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The dream of an affordable car for the common person; Suzuki Mehran, has been one of the most loved and bought cars in Pakistan. There are several reasons for this. It is fuel-efficient, it is cheap and easy to maintain, spare parts can be found on any roadside auto shop, and it is relatively easy to find a good mechanic that can fix a Mehran. Mehran with no driving pleasure, no comfort, and no safety, is still one of the most loved cars in Pakistan. Proof to this is the recent hype that was created across Pakistan after the rumors of the arrival of Chinese Mehran in Pakistan.

Also read: The Reality Behind Chinese Mehran (Jiangnan TT) News in Pakistan

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Ever since it came into the market in 1989, it has had no major changes in looks or design and the only technological advancement it has made is the electronic fuel injection. In 2012 Pak Suzuki started offering Euro II compliant Mehran to meet government standards. But there have been some changes like the removal of two A/C ducts in the dashboard, newly designed headlight, and front grill design. That’s pretty much the evolution the Mehran has had in 27 years.

A Mehran costs approximately between 6-7 Lacs depending on whether it’s a VX or a VXR (non-CNG and CNG etc.). A VX is the standard Mehran without luxuries like A/C while the Mehran VXR comes with a factory fitted A/C. Its price is actually not bad for such features. A good Japanese compact car of about the same specs would cost one around 9-10 Laks. The new Euro II upgrade of Mehran comes with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection), which makes it more fuel efficient, fast and gives it a smoother feel. The EFI engine gives the car a mileage of 17km/l on highway and 13km/l in the city, which is not bad for the price. The car also has the decent top speed for easy motorway traveling, which is not bad for a car with 58 horsepower.

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Mehran is quite cheap to maintain. All its parts are cheap, easily available and easy to repair. The average cost of maintenance, which you can do after using the car for 2000km-2500km goes to about 2000 Pakistani rupees. The 3L oil can cost about 1400 rupees, oil filter costs between 150-250 rupees (depending on the quality and make of the oil filter), the air filter costs 200 rupees or there about, and that’s pretty much the cost of its average oil change and maintenance. Who wouldn’t want a car with such low maintenance cost? I think the major reason Pakistanis still love Mehran is its affordability.

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A common problem with older Mehran (before the Euro II upgrade) was the contact breaker, locally called the “point” by mechanics in Pakistan. It is ideally a good practice to get it changed after using the car for about 5000-7000km. The contact breaker is basically the part that gives current to the spark plugs; a faulty contact breaker would make the car jerk a lot and in worst cases won’t start the car at all. Another issue with it is the suspension, most Mehran owners are not satisfied with the quality of the suspension, on rough usage. The car still has leaf springs in the rear. The ride can be very bumpy in some cases.

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Personally, I think Mehran is a very good budget car. Its cost of maintenance and fuel efficiency makes it one of the most bought cars in Pakistan. It is still in the hearts of many Pakistanis as a budget dream car.

 

Samiullah Sharief

Samiullah Sharief is a car enthusiat. He is passionate about writing blogs and reviews about cars. His hobbies are driving,watching TV Shows like Top Gear, Mega Factories and he follows Popular car magazines. You can reach out to him by tweeting @sami649

  • Mehran Boy

    Mehran…. My love…. M=Mightier, E=Ease, H=Happiness, R=Rash, A=Anti-depressant, N=Nostalgic……………………………………

  • Syed Bushra

    Japanese junk.

  • Basit Riaz

    How much money have you got from Pak Suzuki to promote its third class car “Mehran” with no driving pleasure, no comfort and no safety?

  • haseeb

    Shittiest car around -_- dont know why you still promoting this piece of crap

  • Guest

    From introduction of the author, “Samiullah Sharief is a car enthusiat.” Please enlighten us what “enthusiat” means?

    The choice of words could be better. Pakistanis do not “Love” Mehran. But they “prefer” Mehran. Just because somebody prefers fever over cancer does not mean they love fever too. Just because a victim prefer death over rape does not mean they love dying.

    The article fails to live up to its name. It does not investigate the real causes of popularity of Mehran, rather in the last line it arrives at what the author “personally” thinks.

    If the author had the concept of aspirational groups, alternate and substitute products, he may know that Mehran is not the dream car of anybody. It is a compromise.

    The article shows lack of understanding about routine maintenance. Breaker point is a consumable part and has to be replaced every 10,000 km as per the owner’s manual, the replacement comes at the same time as the replacement of standard spark plugs. Recently the breaker points available in the market are of poor quality, therefore they cease proper function after 5000-7000 km only, which shows not a problem with the car but just shows the lack of availability of quality spares for Mehran.
    A common alteration is to replace the stock distributor by a “breakerless ignition”, also called “electronic distributor”. This conversion/alteration is commonly known as “CDi” in the local markets.

    When Mehran was upgraded to EFI in 2012, since then, Mehran comes factory-fitted with a CDI distributor, and has no more the need for replacement of breaker point. I agree that the writer is new, but does nobody at PW office check the articles for factual correctness? Or they set up their new recruits for public embarrassment & ridicule?

    So much for now.

  • Honestly – I enjoy reading your comments more than the article. It is so satisfying to know that someone has already said what I’ve been meaning to say.

  • “Pakistanis love Mehran.” :/
    Are you talking about the same Pakistanis who believe that NS is an angel?

    Seems like a Suzuki-paid article.

  • Sahi kaha bilkul

  • Ahmed

    Pakistanis love Mehran? Are you high on something? Mehran laina hamari awam ki majboori hai in this price range, nobody loves this. This car is a piece of junk manufactured by the company famous for it’s low quality and ancient mentality.

  • Guest again

    It is so satisfying to know that other people also have the same thoughts.

  • Guest

    People called Mehran as ‘Mehrunisa’ 😛

  • Allah Badshah

    As long as we have looters running this country, 800cc is the only hope & dream for a common citizen.

    Meanwhile world is busy driving NASA inspired vehicles, this is shameful indeed!

  • Xerox

    LOl ‘ A good Japanese compact car of about the same specs would cost one around 9-10 Laks’ what kind of specs its just a shit box on 4 wheels

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