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  1. Pls suggest new tyres for my Esteem

    I have a 5 year old Esteem running on stock JK Ultima tyres. Planning to change all 4 tyres next week. Considering that i live in Mumbai and travel mostly within the city which has bad roads, which tyres would you recommend from the following range. 1) MICHELIN XM1 Plus 2) BRIDGESTONE B250 3) APOLLO ACELERE
  2. My troubled Scorpio booking

    @librankur.....if u r not in a hurry to buy an SUV then i suggest u wait for the Renualt Duster that will be launched in June.... I dont think it will have an Automatic option but from whatever information i could gather, i am sure it will simply dust off the Scorpio... Even i love the Scorpio..... but its tab expensive @ INR 10Lacs+ .....i mean its rugged and safe and has a good engine.....but the interiors r a big let down...bad plastics all over...and its literally jumps on bad roads.
  3. AC on/off query

    Hi sham.....even i have a confusion about your query.... I had this habit of keeping the reducing the temp levels and the fan speed once the cabin has cooled....but someone told me that it is better to switch off the AC once the cabin has cooled and switch it one again when cabin turns warmer. I did it several times but got a feeling that it may damage the compressor.... i hope someone can throw light on this ........
  4. HM VEER- New Load carrier launched

    I wonder what the guys at HM are up to. I mean converting an iconic car like Amby into a pick-up truck seems so insane. They literally killed the Ambassador with this move. I dont think people will prefer buying Ambassadors as family cars no on. The pick-up truck looks like some old Ambassador that was modified into a pick-up truck by some road side garage.
  5. New Bolero launched

    In my opinion the First Generation Bolero was a stunner. It looked bold and macho. It had that JEEP image. Mahindra has completely messed up the front facia of the Bolero and now it looks so ugly. The new changes in the engine, upholstery and safety standards are a welcome change but coming to the newly designed headlights, front grille and bumper, i would say that Mahindra designers have spoilt the show. The sales of Bolero have been increasing because a lot of tourist cab operators in smaller towns and villages prefer to own the XL version of the Bolero. I wish Mahindra comes out with the original design of the Bolero soon.
  6. Indian Harley...ROYAL ENFIELD back with a bang!!!

    Is there any technical difference between the Electra 350 and the the Classic 350? I visited the RE company showroom in Bandra (mumbai). Checked out the Std, Electra and Classic. Visibly, the Classics look better finished with an excellent paint job whereas the Std, Electra and Thunderbird dont seem to have a good paint job. I inquired with the showroom staff and they told me that the Classics are manufactured with proper detailing since they are also meant for export where as the Electra and standard are meant for the local market only. Could there be any truth in this statement ?
  7. Autovista - MASS screws up my car

    I had recently given my Esteem to AUTOVISTA for denting and painting. AUTOVISTA is a Maruti authorised Dealer & Workshop having its showroom at Bandra West & Workshop at CST Road, Kalina, Santacruz West. Today when i went to pick up my car i realised that the repainting of the right side rear door & rear ****y panel is pathetic. The pearl silver paint is glossy but when viewed side ways, it has a lot of waves. Seems as if it was painted by a local garage. Secondly, i realised that the entire car's surface had become very rough. When i complained to the service advisor, he started giving me vague answers. I then demanded to meet his senior who agreed that the roughness wan nothing else but the paint of some other car that must have been painted in close vicinity. The supervisor has now told me that he will get the entire car polished and deliver the car tomorrow. Today i have a doubt whether my car was really repainted at the Dust free paint booth of Autovista or did they give my car for painting at some local garage at a cheaper cost. Can anyone tell me if i have any means of redressal at this stage? The total bill for repainting is approx.9500/-. Thread moved: ACI-Support.BornFree2011-05-05 18:24:53
  8. 24kmpl Indica CR4 soon

    At 5.45 Lacs on road for the top-end model, this car is just too expensive. I had been to Fortune Motors at powai for a test drive. The sales guy told me that there is such a huge demand for this model that they couldnt even manage to have a spare car for test-drive. I burst out laughing ...... I think if the price is reduced by a lac for the top-end, then possibly it will find a lot of buyers (including me).
  9. Guys, a rogue Indica driver rammed into my my Esteem while i was refueling the car. The rear right door has been damaged considerably. My car has never been painted or touched up till now. I want to get the car repaired by Autovista or Vittesse in Mumbai. Will i be able to get the colour matched and will it have the same gloss as the original paint? Friends kindly advise me on this issue. I have taken good care of my car and now i am worried that repainting the door may affect the gloss or shade of the paint.
  10. Help required on dent repair of my Esteem

    Thanks Gizarte, Durango Dude, TSiVipul, sgiitk & rameshbabu.n. Thanks once again for your advice. The car will be sent to MASS (Autovista or Vitesse)in Mumbai. I am planning to get the entire right side re-painted if they assure me of a decent job. I am told that they spray a clear coat to ensure a good gloss. I was just a bit disoriented yesterday because my car never had to be repainted or touched up in the last 5 years and now for no fault of mine the poor car suffered a damage.
  11. Help required on dent repair of my Esteem

    @sgiitk. thanks sir, what about the paint gloss? Does it resemble the original factory paint job or will the difference show? Asking this because i have often seen cars where in the shade or the gloss is poor as compared to the original company paint.
  12. Best mineral engine oil for Maruti?

    Hello Everyone, I own a 4 year old Maruti Esteem. Currently using Castrol for the engine. Would anyone like to suggest some other engine oil brand that suits the Esteem ? Looking for mineral oil and not Synthetic. Monthly city running is about 800 kms. Car has run for about 36000 kms. Car is always driven below 2000 RPM. There are many other options like Motul / Mobil / Gulf / Servo etc. Which Engine Oil will help me get an even smoother engine performance ?CYRUS432009-08-21 19:08:51
  13. Pls suggest new tyres for my Esteem

    Thanks for ur good wishes dr_nishu, creativebala and sb-alto. @creativebala. I have not felt any significant change in the braking pattern. Will check on the highway soon. @sb-alto. I dont have alloys bro. My car is in stock condition. But i think it would have been a good to get the rim painted before fitting the new tyres.
  14. Pls suggest new tyres for my Esteem

    Guys i finally bought Michelin XM1+ for my Esteem. Purchased them from Saifee Tyres at Santacruz in Mumbai. 3550 per tyre along with alignment and balancing . . .weights extra . . . and a samsung mobile free First impression after driving on Michelin was that the tyres are super silent . . . grip seems firm . . . To all those who replied to my post . . . MANY MANY THANKS
  15. Pls suggest new tyres for my Esteem

    Thanks sb-alto & sgiitk. Will take a final decision on saturday
  16. Pls suggest new tyres for my Esteem

    @ asethi919, dr_nishu & creativebala. Thanks for ur suggestions. Yesterday night did a lot of surfing on the net and arrived at the conclusion that Michelin & Bridgestone are highly recommended by experts. asethi919 thanks for informing of the Michelin offer. Btw, some years ago people would often say that Michelin has soft rubber which cannot bear the brunt of harsh indian road conditions. Dont know how far this is correct. Will check both the tyres at a tyre shop today and revert back to you guys. Thanks once again
  17. Santro or Spark

    Maverick, i think i would opt for the Santro Xing GLS for personal use Honestly, the Spark is a good looking car, much more modern than the Santro. However, i have always thought of the Spark being girlish (Spark owners forgive me). The Spark is beautiful whereas the Santro is smart. Secondly, i the centre console is also not to my liking. I am not too sure about this but i think the Santro has a better gear shift and peppier engine. But, if i had to buy a car for my wife, then i would surely book the Spark.
  18. Fancy Registration Numbers

    Sanjay, there are many patterns of calculation which people use. Like my number is MH 02 PA 3742 Some people total up just 3742 i.e the last 4 digits Some people total up 02 along with 3742 And some people say that every alphabet can be arranged numerically, so they end up totalling along with the numerical equivalents of the alphabets too. In my case i was always fond of the number 9 in general so opted for that number. I chose to calculate it as 2+3 +7+ 4+2 = 9. Found this most practical
  19. Maruti O2 - (Eeco)

    Friends i checked the new Eeco at a showroom in Mumbai yesterday. I found it a very practical and of utilitarian value. Entry & Exit is very comfy for elderly at the rear Decent headroom and legroom at the rear. Ride quality is ok Build quality is filmsy just like the OMNI Gear shift is typical Maruti except for the smooth shift from 4th to 5th which Maruti calls 'shift assist' Storage space is phenomenal Lastly @ Rs 3.40 Lacs on-road, the 5 seater AC version is a steal. My wish-list for the Eeco. Better quality upholstery and door trims Power steering Day & night mirror and internally operated door mirrors. Broader tyres Body coloured bumpers Let me know your views on the Eeco. Do u think it is a good second car option ?
  20. My father owns a 1988 Premier Padmini in Mumbai. The?car is in excellent working condition. However, since the model is now obsolete, there are very few mechanics who have the technical knowledge to?service/repair the car. The Padmini requires regular attention in the following areas - Brakes, Engine Tuning, Body Rusting, etc Can anyone suggest a good mechanic / Garage in Mumbai who can look after the small maintenance issues of the Padmini ?CYRUS432009-09-12 10:53:40
  21. Autocar India Performance Show 2009

    @ asethi919. I do have more pics but have exhausted my limit of 200 pics on flickr. Will try to post all the pics in my Orkut account and then let you guys know. Thanks for your appreciation.
  22. Autocar India Performance Show 2009

    Thanks Anjan, the Scorpios were present at the dirt track. Many enthusiasts were seen testing the off roading capabilities of the Scorpio. The Attitude and Stinger based on the Bolero looked grand. Wished they had worked on the Scorpio in a similar fashion. Infact even the customised Xylo looked interesting. I have many more pics but both my accounts on flickr have exhausted the limit of 200 photographs so could not post more there.
  23. Autocar India Performance Show 2009

    Friends, i visited the ACI exhibition today and have posted the pics on www.flickr.com under "Autocar Performance Show 2009" and "Autocar Performance Show 2008". I have also formed a group in flickr under the heading "Autocar Performance Show". Kindly post your pictures there. Thanks
  24. Hi everyone, the front windscreen of my Esteem got damaged and i have to replace it. Vitesse (MASS) charges approx 7K but insists that the car will have to be kept overnight at the workshop as the sealant needs 24 hours to dry. 'Windshield Experts' (asahi windscreen) charge approx the same amount but claim that windscreen replacement will need only 3 hours and nothing more. I spoke to Vitesse about this but they told me that the sealants that are used by glass fitters other than MASS are not waterproof and the chemicals in the sealant will lead to corrosion of the car body. Kindly advise from where i should get the windscreen replaced ? Is there any truth in what MASS says ?
  25. Required : A good mechanic for Premier Padmini

    Hi Cyrus, this is co-incidence. I was having a look at your PP LHD which u got from Kerala and in the meanwhile received a super fast response from you. Well Cyrus i am put up at Andheri East but i don't mind travelling far if the garage/mechanic is genuine. Looking at the way you have taken care of your PPs, i think you and your father are "KINGS" in car restoration and care. Honestly, i cannot afford to spend as much as you do in restoration. My dad's car has a superb engine. Just having minor issues with radiator leakage, brake fluid leakage, rusting near the doors etc. The car was repainted about 3 years ago and i may have to re do the painting after doing some rust protection coating like Dinitrol. I have personally visited many shops for genuine PP spares but i think no one stocks them. The brake assembly was replaced 6 months ago but again facing a problem with brake fluid leaking. The problem in Mumbai is that most mechanics dont take interest in repairing a PP. I will be glad if you can help me here.