Carma Driver

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  1. Let me share my experience with a brand new Toyota Corolla Altis (G) Automatic. On taking the car out to drive in the streets of Bangalore the joy of driving a brand new car was cut short by the sound and feel of the car's chassis scraping on a speed bump. At that time there were just 4 passengers and the trunk had two normal suitcases (standard luggage). I thought that maybe I need to drive slower and tried the next few bumps. Despite that, the car kept hitting the bumps from time to time. After returning from my journey, I went to the dealer's workshop (Ravindu Toyota, Bangalore). The personnel were extremely courteous and offered to test drive on the nearby roads to verify if the suspension was indeed faulty. Unfortunately, under able driving of the Toyota folks, the car cleared all the bumps. We tried with 4 passengers and once again it cleared the bumps. I was told that I need to avoid pressing the brake after the front wheels glide over the bump. Otherwise, the car sits down a little and touches the bump. I agreed and decided to do that going forward. Today, once again on the streets of Bangalore (different roads), with five people in the car (and no luggage), and driving as directed, the car once again scraped the muffler after crossing the bump. My concerns are below: Roads in India invariably have unscientific speed breakers (bumps). We definitely need vehicles to clear them. Using an automatic, it is almost impossible to drive without pressing the brake before or after a bump. Because the car immediately starts to accelerate. And most of the time there is some obstruction or the other in front (vehicle etc) that requires us to brake. I had never heard of Toyota Corolla having a 'ground scraping' issue - though it was more common heard for Honda Civic. Can Toyota consider adding some spacers to the suspension to let the car ride a little stiffer and prevent hitting the road?
  2. I have taken the car on the highway drive. As per the manual, the only recommendation was not to drive at extremely high speeds. So I somewhat stretched beyond 80 km/hr (especially in stretches where the official speed limit was 100 km/hr. The vehicle ran very well and for the most part the 'eco' driving indicator lit up - indicating that the engine was used at the optimum level. I varied the speed and the rpm as advised in the posts. There is one very disconcerting and painful thing I encountered. The body of Corolla Altis kept scraping and even hitting the speedbumps (with just 4 normal sized people in the car plus reasonable luggage). The dealer offered to examine it. More on another thread as this thread relates to new car driving constraints.
  3. Found some more info here on running in period (or break-in period) for new automobiles. Another source is here. While the articles are targeted at driving in western countries, I presume it would also apply for Toyotas made in India. There appears to be some consensus on varying the load on the engine all the time during the running in period. However, the speed limit seems to vary.
  4. Thank you krudes and CarCrazyASTL ! @librankur Approx 17L on-road here in BGL. Going North :-)
  5. Thank you librankur ! I plan to drive on NH-7 (which has fairly good road tarmac). I remember reading that one should vary the driving speed (at least engine RPM) during the running in period. In the yester years, auto makers used to specifically state the running-in speed limits in order to mate the moving metal parts. But now I am told that running-in period isn't a constraint for these new technology cars. By the way, this car has auto transmission.
  6. Seek advise from automobile experts. Can a brand new car (Toyota Corolla Altis) be driven on a 600 KM journey straight from the showroom? What precautions need to be taken to ensure that engine and transmission longevity be preserved? Thanks.