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@Kinshuk

My Altis Automatic has crossed 6000 kms and the overall FE shown by MID is 10.6 km per Litre, with about 25-30% highway and rest in NCR use.

With an auto transmission, I think this is good FE. Members please discuss these FE figures.

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Congrats kinshuk, it's a very good car. We have done 15,000 kms in our Altis and it has been very reliable.

@ sarabjeet : Yes the 2nd service did cost me Rs. 1300 with oil change and including taxes.

@ akj : Our Altis shows an average of 12.5(A/c on always) with about 60% city use and 40% highway use.

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So what's the problem with GM to get out of cruze?

Cruze is very good car then the altis.

However congrats on your purchase.

 

What do you expect from chevrolet(GM)?

 

When buying a car,

What do you see?a good car or a superb product?

 

 

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Friends i recently noticed that after the 2nd service of 10,000km , I have noticed a Increase in FE form 7.5 to 8.00 . However am not sure if it is due to changing traffic conditions or Is there something technical done to the car during the service that has increased the FE

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A bit on my new car:

Acceleration is good, but in the 2nd gear its either vroooom or crawl (on clutch) - in between she starts screaming - she's more happy in the 4th & 5th gear. Ive driven in the city in 4th and 5th gears comfortably where I used to be in 3rd gear with the NHC, which I presume will translate into better fuel econ?? Overall acceleration is good.

There's almost no idle noise, one can hardly hear the engine running. She's nosiest in the 1st & 2nd and then its quiet.

Another thing is the alarm, if you lock your car and return with handful of shopping bags and try to open the boot first (without unlocking) she'll start screaming - unlock the car and then open the boot. (takes a bit of getting used to...I remember having a similar thing with my Honda in the UK - where I locked a friend inside and when he tried to get out, the car started screaming attracting some bobbies!!)

Ergonomics is good. Happy with the seat material & plastics. A usb port could have been useful - im using a fm transmitter with my Sony MP3 player.

Esp. like the door lamps (called puddle lamps in some cases) - helps in keeping the car & shoes clean.

Realtime Avg - is helping me improve my driving habits...I have reached a realtime average of 99kmpl!!

The sun visors - both sides have lamps for the vanity mirrors which come on automatically when the mirror shutter is operated - good not only for touching up makeup but also adjusting neck ties!

Love the auto retracting OVRMS & the indicators. Lots of storage space and hooks for jackets as well as take away food (on the front passenger's right side) which can hold upto 5kgs!

Somehow, I like driving this car even in heavy traffic. Its a better ego booster when compared to the civic, it gets you more looks on the road - from cyclists to people in cars. She's even getting some civic owners to consider a swap (i personally know 2 such gentlemen)

This is her 2nd week with me so thats what ive noticed till now.Kinshuk2009-11-13 10:44:52

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Got the first service done at 475kms

Cost: Rs1500 for Teflon treatment.

Customer care vis-a-vis Honda was better.

The drive is much smoother now and the average has increased to 10.9kmpl from 9.4kmpl.

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1st service should not make any difference in mileage as the 1st service is just a normal checkup and wash.

 

@Sgiitk -- I have seen people applying normal wax polish and call itTeflon.

 

I have heard there is some new product in the market which is applied by heating the paint surface and now people claim this is actual teflon.

Have you heard of any such product sir?

 

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Teflon is Poly tetra Fluoro ethylene. It is very soft and will not survive our road dust for long. I am a Lucknowite (or rather Lakhnawi) who defected to Kanpur some time back. I should know.

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@sgiitk: LOL, don't worry I haven't been done in by the 'Teflon gang'! What I wanted was professional wax polishing to be done after which I can carry on with waxing at home each Sunday. As you would be aware different dealerships have different names for waxing. Fortune Honda call it "UV treatment" & Sunny Toyota "Teflon Treatment".

Toyota's teflon comes in 2 varieties:

1. Rs 1500

2. Rs 4500

The difference, when inquired is in the "process"!!!

In Lucknow the space which was occupied by dust is now occupied by motorcycles!! The other day I was stuck in traffic and was thinking I would have been better off with a Mahindra Marshall!!

goenkakushal :I had heard people talk of mileage changing after first service and anyhow mine did show some improvement!! One thing's for sure, the drive does improve after the first service - noticed it with my NHC as well as the Altis.

I once saw a polishing kit in the UK - a friend's friend owned a garage - he specialised in performance cars - the kit comprised of several bars of waxes, very fine emery paper kind of papers, scrubs, a variety of chamois and a buffing machine...it would be of great help to all if anyone can give an idea as to what types of waxes are used in proper auto detailing!Kinshuk2009-12-03 11:05:23

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I would henceforth stick with a good wax (not liquid) with Carnuba in it. I normally lay it on and then polish lightly. Repeat when the surface stops 'beading'.

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Below is a list of 'beauty' products we use on all our cars

Formula1 brand

1. Wash & wax

2. carnuba wax paste

3. Tyre Gloss (black Gold)

4. Wheel Cleaner (wheel gold)

5. Protectant (Interior)

6. Colin

7. glass cloth & lint free cotton cloth (commonly known as dhoti)

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@ akj : Our Altis shows an average of 12.5(A/c on always) with about 60% city use and 40% highway use.

12.5 WITH AC on is very good milage for a car of this size. My driving is also with AC on always. Using an auto box with only 4 gears, I expected a difference of about 1.5 kmph from a manual. Endless waiting at a red light or in a traffic jam with engine and AC running reduces the FE very much.

Last week somebody broke my wind screen while we were attending a marriage function. Now my dealer has given me an estimate of 12,500 for changing the same which is a fat amount. I am not claiming insurance on this as my No Claim Bonus is higher than the claim amount. I will get it repaired on Saturday. This will be the first major expense on the car in 8 months although not due to Toyota.   smiley18.gif

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@akj53in: sorry to hear about your windscreen.

Contrary to common practice, I always take a cab or my Maruti to a wedding unless the location has secure parking or take the driver along if he's available.Kinshuk2009-12-07 12:53:32

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Thanks! yeah the central console is kind of boring when compared to the Civic.

Frankly speaking, before I had a proper look the Altis & its package, Civic was the car I was going for but Honda spoiled the party by not adding minor things of great utility/value!!

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Well first I hated altis's looks but it now starting to grow on me. But I will prefer the civic interior though. This is the only car if I bought would be in silver or the light blue colour which look fantastic.

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Well i like the looks of Altis but yes the interiors are quite boring and even quality is not that great like Civic. Civic is almost perfect car with great engine, driveability, looks, interiors, quality, comfort but its GC is too less, it lacks many Features for the price when compared and main thing is now its too common and old, it doesnt commands any respect when on road. Now thats something you will consider when you are buying a 14+lac car even if you are ready to compromise on features and GC.

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@bluesapphire

Driveability I think altis is better' date=' offcourse it does not provide sportscar like handling but still it feels much responsive[/quote'] Well driveability to me includes the handling, the power, etc of engine. And as far as engine and handling is concerned, i think Civic is better than Altis, even its ride is good but for city its not as practical as Altis only due its low stance.

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