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Old 3rd October 2011, 13:16   #1
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Vanakkam/Namaste/Hi to all.
Excited on my acceptance to this car world.
About Myself >>

Personal -
I am from Chennai - Married - One daughter - Stay with my parents.

Official -
Chennai - Tech Lead - Testing - Digital Television/Settop Box Industry

Automotive/Drive history -
BIKES Owned :
a. Enfield Silver Plus
My Father who initially started with a cycle and then got a
Enfield-Silver Plus in 1986. The vehicle was with us until 2000 and my
dad had covered 1.5Lac Km in that. Learnt the art of driving from him
and he has been my inspiration and teacher since then.
b. Dad Moved on to Splendor in 1998 and i had my share of driving
where we again had covered 1lac+ in that.
Mods Done - Changed to the locally famous Fury hand-bars and dual
indicator switch.
c. Royal Enfield Thunderbird
Purchased on - 2005 and had my share of highway
experiences -
Chennai - Bangalore ; Bangalore - Hogenakkal, Sivanasamudram,
shravanabellagola etc... No Mods done.
CARS OWNED :
More of a maruti Family.
My Dad's first car was in 2001 - A modest Maruti 800 5 speed dark
green with his share of drive of around 90000 km and my share of
about 60k altogether with 1,52000 which we had given it of (sad
parting) three weeks back on exchage for a new AltoK-10. No Mods
done.
Rides - Chennai - Bangalore (more than 15 times) ; Chennai - Ooty ;
Almost entire Tanilnadu trip once.
Decarbonised at 1Lac Km ; Tyres changed at 80k KM.
Got hold of an Alto in 2007 which we have with us still and it has ticked
1Lac kms (Again )... No Mods. Planning to keep it until 1.50 Lac Km.
Notable Highway Rides -Chennai - Bangalore (20-25 times) ; Chennai -
Agamalai ; Chennai - Coorg (Partly on Alto and partly on my uncle's Estilo)
Changed the suspension at 1Lac Km ; Tyres at 65k KM.
AND NOW GOT ALTO K10 - Delivered Last week. Had hiccups on just 15 km drive from the dealer after delivery. Actually writing this up as i am waiting on the car being looked by the Service centre. Shall Have a write up soon on it.
Looking forward to learn from this group.
Happy Motoring and thanks for accepting me as part of this group.
Rgds
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Brainy Lad - Many congratulations for joning TBHP. I'm sure you'll enjoy your moments here. I'm equally sure that you'll get your Alto K10 in good shape back. Drive safely!!
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Welcome to tbhp, man !!!

Since you called during the weekend to say you got approved, I was waiting for your Intro thread. We have a vibrant Chennai crowd that gets together once in a while at the beach. There was a time when we used to plan and do Pondy/Yercaud/Mahabs drives, but interest seems to have waned for long tours.
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You don't drive anything less than a lakh, do you?
Thats quite a consistent driving history!

Congrats and Welcome.
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^^^
Indeed, except the Bullet, all their vehicles have done a lakh. If I were him, I would have opted for a diesel long ago. But he chose to again go in for a petrol-K10 last week.
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Vanakkam/Namaste/Hi to all.
Excited on my acceptance to this car world.
Rgds
Welcome to the team Friend. Nice to know you from your crisp intro. Looking forward to many more interactions with you on the forum.
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AND NOW GOT ALTO K10 - Delivered Last week. Had hiccups on just 15 km drive from the dealer after delivery.
Hi!

What kind of issues are you having on the Alto?

With a Maruti though, you know you're dealing with a firm for which customer satisfaction is a priority so they just might have a mechanic come over to visit you instead of having to take your Alto to the workshop.
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^^^ Basically a/c does not cut-off (stays on) - am guessing some sensor/thermostat issue. Plus after car runs for few kms (with a/c on), there is some kind of a noise from the engine-bay - I drove the car and heard this when we stopped at the toll-booth - sounded like some kind of belt issue.
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Welcome! i just got here myself sometime ago and its a great place to be!
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THANKS TO ALL FOR THE WARM WELCOME.

supremeBaleno - thanks for the welcome . As you know i was initially looking out for the diesel cars (Contenders were swift and Beat) but due to the current budget and my sudden increase in passion for Scorpio (after the bangalore trip i had taken in it) i had to pull my rein on a modest Alto-K10 for now. Once Alto reaches 1.5lac Km and asks me for retirement then i shall switchover to my dream SUV.

Ampere - Yes, I learnt the ABCD of cars from my dad (A-Acceleration, B-Brakes, C-Clutch, D-Distance) and he never says no for a long drive inspite of his age. Maybe this kept us going. In fact he was invited during the international zen launch (the one after the bean model) here in chennai as a esteemed customer of ABT.

Raj_srini, Kiran, Puchoo - Thanks for the welcome, Yes i would do my best to contribute and also learn from this group. The issue hopefully should be resolved along with the first service which will be due this weekend once i complete a trip to Bangalore.

Kirantp - Its a nagging repetitive sound (more like a belt noise) when the car is in stationery with A/c and Fan on after a drive of about 10-15 km. the problem is that it is not consistently heard and the sound emitting seems to be from the silencer bed area.
Checked in the ABT service pits along with those guys where they had replaced the silence bed and also removed and tightened the manifold-silencer area but still the noise is heard. The current status, they are going to replace the entire silencer bed right from the manifold to the end in a week's time once they get the spare parts.
As this is an intro area, I shall be posting a different thread once i complete the long ride where i could get an idea of the performance of the cars. Shall keep you updated.
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