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Old 21st October 2016, 14:19   #511
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Unusual taxi driver:

It’s a commonly known fact that most of the taxi/cab drivers are very particular about the maintenance cost and hence they ignore scheduled services and also push the life of certain auto parts till death.

But, yesterday I came across an OLA driver who drives a Indica and sounded more like an auto enthusiast than a taxi driver. The information that he shared with me regarding maintenance of his car was really surprising, especially coming from a cab driver.

Current ODO of his Tata Indica(2008 model) is at 481762 Kms and I am sure no one will be able to guess this number right without seeing the ODO. The car was so well maintained with very minimum rattles considering that it’s close to 5L Kms mark. Especially those belt noises which we normally hear from Indicas were missing. The engine sound was very smooth as well. He claimed that, there has been no engine work till date.

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Here are some of the information that he shared regarding his maintenance activity,

Tyres:
  • Tyre replacement is done every 60-70K Kms based on the condition.
  • He prefers Bridgestone always, and doesn't consider cheaper tyres.
  • Tyres are replaced as a set of 4 only.
  • He doesn't go by the tread left in the tyres, if it gets hard for his standard then replacements are done.
  • And he said, harder tyre affects the life of Shock Absorber and Suspension as well. So he prefers a early replacement.
Servicing:
  • All filters and engine oil changed every 6-7K Kms.
  • For engine oil, he always prefers Castrol Oil.
  • Yearly checkups/servicing done at TASS (Concorde) without fail
  • Minor servicing done at a known workshop. That too only one specific guy works on his car.
Part Replacements:
  • He always sticks to good brand, no matter what the cost is.
  • He doesn't prefer duplicate/low-cost parts or parts from used market.
  • He is on the 3rd clutch assembly now. All replaced at TASS.(Replacements were at around 2L Kms, 3.5L Kms)
  • He also mentioned about the suspension, shock absorbers replacements but I don’t remember those numbers.
His Route preference:
  • 90% of the drive is on the city roads
  • He tries to avoid traffic-heavy route as he feels it affects the clutch and gives lot of stress to engine. So, he doesn't accept trips during peak hours or takes a longer route.
  • Same with bad roads as well, he prefers taking good roads.
Above all, he doesn't allow anyone else to take his car. Till date it’s only him in the driver seat except the test drives taken by the workshop guys. He gets a FE of around 14-15 on city roads and 20 on the highways. Highest being 22-23 Kmpl.

At the end of this shot trip, I wanted to take pic of his car but missed it due to a incoming call.

His driving was good too! Overall it was a nice experience and rarely we come across such drivers.

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Unusual taxi driver:

Itís a commonly known fact that most of the taxi/cab drivers are very particular about the maintenance cost and hence they ignore scheduled services and also push the life of certain auto parts till death.

But, yesterday I came across an OLA driver who drives a Indica and sounded more like an auto enthusiast than a taxi driver. The information that he shared with me regarding maintenance of his car was really surprising, especially coming from a cab driver.

Current ODO of his Tata Indica(2008 model) is at 481762 Kms ... ... ...
A whole string of smilies is not enough for this guy, that mileage, and his car care. Two doesn't come near. So I won't put any.

But wow... nearly half a million Kms, as a cab! And the car is in good condition.

I seem to remember hearing that German cab drivers do this sort of mileage and more, but there are obvious differences, just one of them being the word Mercedes!
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Tata Indica(2008 model) is at 481762 Kms and I am sure no one will be able to guess this number right without seeing the ODO. He claimed that, there has been no engine work till date.
That's an impressive number on a ODO for any car. I see that Check Engine light is on ! Wondering what it could be ? O2 Sensor, Spark Plugs.
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Oh man. That's incredible mileage for any car in India, especially a Tata one. Hats off to the cabbie for maintaining his car really well.


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I see that Check Engine light is on !
An old joke:

In Tata Cars, you should worry if the check engine light doesn't appear.
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What a brilliant story! A well maintained Indica cab with that big a mileage is mighty impressive.

Good day for Tata over here today. The preview of Hexa left a smile and this one tops it now.

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Wondering what it could be ? O2 Sensor, Spark Plugs.
Cannot be spark plugs for sure. I just cannot imagine 5L KM worth of petrol cost for a cab in our country.

Could be some sensor.
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Current ODO of his Tata Indica(2008 model) is at 481762 Kms and I am sure no one will be able to guess this number right without seeing the ODO. The car was so well maintained with very minimum rattles considering that itís close to 5L Kms mark. Especially those belt noises which we normally hear from Indicas were missing. The engine sound was very smooth as well. He claimed that, there has been no engine work till date.
Tyres:
  • Tyre replacement is done every 60-70K Kms based on the condition.
  • He prefers Bridgestone always, and doesn't consider cheaper tyres.
  • Tyres are replaced as a set of 4 only.
  • He doesn't go by the tread left in the tyres, if it gets hard for his standard then replacements are done.
  • And he said, harder tyre affects the life of Shock Absorber and Suspension as well. So he prefers a early replacement.
Servicing:
  • All filters and engine oil changed every 6-7K Kms.
  • For engine oil, he always prefers Castrol Oil.
  • Yearly checkups/servicing done at TASS (Concorde) without fail
  • Minor servicing done at a known workshop. That too only one specific guy works on his car.
Part Replacements:
  • He always sticks to good brand, no matter what the cost is.
I consider myself a super heavy user but the maximum I have used a single car is 324000 km this is about 50% more. This was a 2005 Indica which had done well over a lakh km till 2008 when I got myself an Innova and handed the car over to my staff. From then on till 2012 the car had a single driver, I agree with the maintenance this guy has done, we used to used Elf semi synthetic 15W-40 instead of the recommended 20W-40, fully synthetic oils were not common then, and I was apprehensive of a change later on. needed a fuel pump service when odo was close to 2 lakh km. There was visible smoke, and engine needed slightly longer starting crank. The authorised service station had recommended a engine overhaul, just looking at the odo, so I had taken back the car and gone to my local mechanic who had said we should first check the fuel pump, and engine later.

One thing I am sure is that it is only Tata and Toyota vehicles along with the original Maruti 800 that retain the structural integrity of the body, the esteem I had before the Indica had sagged in only 2,40,000 km, with doors not matching the lock on other end, and that too only due to hammering from the bad roads.

Pune based KK travels who operates Pune to Mumbai airport has a huge fleet of Tata Aria, Innova and Xylo, they follow a 3 year 4 lakh km replacement policy, saying they will get decent resale value only when the buyer gets atleast a lakh and half km of trouble free service.

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