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Old 2nd June 2007, 16:36   #1
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I plan to buy a maruti 800 AC, Carburetor, 1997 model which has completed 61,000km for Rs 75,000 from maruti true value outlet and covert it into LPG. My travelling requirement is 150km / day. ie. 75km oneway through highway, to my office. Some people advise me that buying 1997, 61KKM completed M800 is not a good choice for around 3600km / month traveling and use of LPG will damage the engine especially in MPFI model. So, i'm a bit confused. please advise me on which model should i select for my requirement keeping the budget minimum, and will the use of LPG damage the engine?
I also would like to know if I rebuild the engine after 1,00,000 km, will it give again good performance for another 1 lak kms? please help..
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I plan to buy a maruti 800 AC, Carburetor, 1997 model which has completed 61,000km for Rs 75,000 from maruti true value outlet and covert it into LPG. My travelling requirement is 150km / day. ie. 75km oneway through highway, to my office. Some people advise me that buying 1997, 61KKM completed M800 is not a good choice for around 3600km / month traveling and use of LPG will damage the engine especially in MPFI model. So, i'm a bit confused. please advise me on which model should i select for my requirement keeping the budget minimum, and will the use of LPG damage the engine?
I also would like to know if I rebuild the engine after 1,00,000 km, will it give again good performance for another 1 lak kms? please help..
dont worry at all in converting to lpg. it is better and cleaner fuel than petrol. it will not damange your engine at all.but mind well wrong gas kit installation will definatley damage your engine .
so give priority for good insatallation of kit rather than barnd and price of kit. my suggestion go for tomassetto italy kit.
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LPG will NOT damage the engine & there was no mpfi marutis till 2000. so the 1997 maruti is certainly a carburettor one. 75k looks a bit steep, try to get one directly from the owner.
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The price is too steep for a '97 model carb M800 !!!

Don't worry about the damages caused by LPG etc. There are lots & lots of myths floating around. Try searching here.

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I also would like to know if I rebuild the engine after 1,00,000 km, will it give again good performance for another 1 lak kms?
There will not be any problems. After all, this is our trusted M800 !!!

The recommended LPG converters are :

Autogas Energy India - Ph : 2359244

City Gas Car Centre - 2203820

Saban Autos - 3237915
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I plan to buy a maruti 800 AC, Carburetor, 1997 model which has completed 61,000km for Rs 75,000 from maruti true value outlet and covert it into LPG. My travelling requirement is 150km / day. ie. 75km oneway through highway, to my office. Some people advise me that buying 1997, 61KKM completed M800 is not a good choice for around 3600km / month traveling and use of LPG will damage the engine especially in MPFI model. So, i'm a bit confused. please advise me on which model should i select for my requirement keeping the budget minimum, and will the use of LPG damage the engine?
I also would like to know if I rebuild the engine after 1,00,000 km, will it give again good performance for another 1 lak kms? please help..
I sold my '99 model M800 without ac, which had done 55k kms, last years and got 97k from a true value outlet in trivandrum...

So, i am not of the opinion that the price is steep, IF the car is in good condition...

Having used a Maruti 800 for 55k kms, have to say that the car is a gem... The engine was better than new around the 50k mark, and it was really sad we had to sell it... If in proper condition, the engine wont give you any trouble...

Use of LPG will NOT damage the engine AFAIK...

Since your travelling requirement is 75kms one way (highway), if budget allows, go for a 2000 model 5 speed MPFI model... Is much better for highway use... Is peppy and fuel efficient too...
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Hi vinfriend,

You might want to check this thread (ARTICLE: CNG vs LPG Comparision) out. There are some intersting discussion points on CNG and LPG installations.
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I too have a 97 model 800 and bought it for 45K.My car has done over 1,35,000 km and it is still running smooth.Don't worry about a rebuild.Try bringing down the price ,it seems to be too expensive.
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Thanks for advise. After going through all replies and articles, I have decided to go for a Maruti 800 DX AC 5 gear 2000/2/3 model which has done less than 60,000km. The reasons are:
1) MPFI model gives good mileage and is maintenance free ie. tuning etc.
2) 5 gears improves performance in highways.
3) DX model gives more BHP ie. 45 compared to STD 37. So, it will manage the small ,ie. around 10%, power loss in LPG.
4) Plan to use Longas kit.
Can you plz tell me if any of my decisions is wrong or do i need to consider anything else also?
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I have decided to go for a Maruti 800 DX AC 5 gear 2000/2/3 model which has done less than 60,000km.?
Going for 5 speed is a good idea. Difficult to find and prices are slightly higher. Not sure you have 5-speed 03 models. I thought they stopped it in 2002.

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3) DX model gives more BHP ie. 45 compared to STD 37. So, it will manage the small ,ie. around 10%, power loss in LPG.
Not true. Pwer increased when it became MPFI. Both DX and Standard MPFI models have 45 BHP
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Thanks very much for answers and help. Now, I would like to know from which year and which model Maruti introduced Distributor-Less ie. Non mechanical, ignition system in their Maruti 800 models. Is there any M800 model which is NOT MPFI but use Distributor-Less ignition? or Maruti started to use Distributor-Less ignition only with MPFI models? please help.
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Going for 5 speed is a good idea. Difficult to find and prices are slightly higher. Not sure you have 5-speed 03 models. I thought they stopped it in 2002.


Not true. Pwer increased when it became MPFI. Both DX and Standard MPFI models have 45 BHP
Well the 5 speed models came with 45BHP engine (both STD and DX) but at the same time, there was 4 speed for sale too, with 37BHP AFAIK. So go in for the 5 speed, you definitely wont regret!
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Bumping a old thread.

Does anyone know the cost to convert a carb 800 to LPG ?

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It depends on the type of kit being used etc.

However it should cost 12K to 15K approximately.

It cost me 14K for my Santro, including all RTO works.
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Bumping a old thread.

Does anyone know the cost to convert a carb 800 to LPG ?

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To the best of my knowledge, if the car is more than 15 years old, there might be some problem in RTO passing. We faced this problem in CNG installation in our M800. Installation of either CNG or LPG means the car has to be undergo RTO passing procedure again. Usually, the garage who gets this done has a "contact" in RTO which would means that no issues for you.

Ask the garage where you are getting this installed that he has to get the passing done and then return your car.

Next, get the tuning right. Wrong tuning means the car wont perform as good as it should which might even damage the engine, like knocking, misfiring and extra lean mixture. The tuning has to be optimum for both, LPG and CNG.

The option you can also consider is going to a Maruti Dealer and asking if he can install the LPG kit for you. Might cost a bit more if done, but you have higher peace of mind than getting it done from an independent garage. Do this if they are ready to offer 6 months/1 year warranty on install.

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I didnt have a good experience when I fitted an LPG kit (Lovato) to my carburettor M800. The car missed a lot, lost a good deal of power, starting after a couple of years was a dreary affair with the ignition having to be given a good 15-20 secs. The fuel efficiency was good but the car made more frequent trips to the FNG and I eventually sold it. I would prefer a factory fitted lpg car anyday.
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