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Old 30th December 2014, 13:57   #256
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Purple Cheetah is celebrating its first birthday today. I wish Purple Cheetah many more happy returns of the day. Purple Cheetah has already done 20,120 km in 18 states and UT.

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Happy Birthday to your purple cheetah and wish you happy miles crunching with your pet sir Any plans to make the birthday a grand celebration??
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Any plans to make the birthday a grand celebration??
Thanks for the wishes, fusionbang. Today, Purple Cheetah enjoys warmth in its den due to inclement weather at Chennai. I do have plans to take Purple Cheetah for a long ride, perhaps to the west coast, in the near future.
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Purple Cheetah is celebrating its first birthday today. I wish Purple Cheetah many more happy returns of the day. Purple Cheetah has already done 20,120 km in 18 states and UT.
Congratulations on the milestone and wish you many more happy miles
I too will be driving to Valparai and then on to Chalakkudy and Kozhikkode in January.
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Sir, congratulations and happy birthday to your purple Cheetah. In a span of one year the Cheetah has been to 2/3 of India. Great going sir. Wish you many more successful and safe trips with your Cheetah.
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Purple Cheetah is celebrating its first birthday today. I wish Purple Cheetah many more happy returns of the day. Purple Cheetah has already done 20,120 km in 18 states and UT.

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Wishing many many happy returns of the day to your pet purple cheetah and congratulations on completing one eventful year. Here's wising you many more such years and many thousand miles if troublefree ownership.
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Purple Cheetah is celebrating its first birthday today. I wish Purple Cheetah many more happy returns of the day. Purple Cheetah has already done 20,120 km in 18 states and UT.

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Ravi, I've been an avid fan of your travelogue and of course Purple Cheetah. The way that you have been sharing your moments with us makes me experience the whole journey right from inside of Purple Cheetah. May Purple Cheetah and you both enjoy thousands of miles together and you keep sharing with us such amazing experiences of yours. Enjoy the Birthday bash!
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Default Third Free Service @ 20 k km

Today, Purple Cheetah underwent the third free servicing at 20,131 km, costing ₹ 6,603 at India Garage, Chennai. I took appointment last week itself and reported at India Garage at 8:45 am today. However, Purple Cheetah was handed over back to me at 6:30 pm only. M/s Senthil Kumar, WM and David, RM took extra care of Purple Cheetah during servicing. I am thankful to them notwithstanding the delay. Engine oil, gear box oil, oil/fuel/HVAC filters were replaced. I paid the bill by cash - as India Garage charges 2% extra for card payment - afterwhich, my fat wallet became slim and cute like a Bollywood actress.

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Thank you for the kind wishes, A350XWB.

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Wish you many more successful and safe trips with your Cheetah
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Wishing many many happy returns of the day to your pet purple cheetah and congratulations on completing one eventful year.
Thanks for the greetings and wishes, AutoIndian.

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Enjoy the Birthday bash!
Thank you very much for the delicious birthday cake, abhi_d.
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What do "Consumable charges" under the Labour heading mean?
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What do "Consumable charges" under the Labour heading mean?
As the name suggests, it is for the consumables used for servicing. India Garage charged me ₹ 500 + tax for the first free service and ₹ 350 + tax for the second and third free services. Even FIAT A S S charged ₹ 120 + tax in July 2013 for my erstwhile Linea and Royal Enfield A S S billed me ₹ 112 + tax in Jan 2014 for my Thunderbird 500. It has become a common thing now, I think. All said and done, it is economical to maintain XUV 500. I spent ₹ 7 k + for 3 free services and 20 k km+ until June 2011 for my erstwhile petrol Linea. Compared to that, spending ₹ 11 k after 3.5 years for a bigger and more powerful diesel vehicle definitely proves less maintenance cost for XUV 500.

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Smile Chennai-Bangalore Drive - Non-Stop, As Usual!

Purple Cheetah brought us safely and comfortably to our Bangalore Basaveswara Nagar home at 3:45 am today. We left Chennai Royapettah home last night at 10:30 pm. I enjoyed my brisk driving on the beautiful 6-lane NH 46 between Ranipet and Krishnagiri. I didn't give a hoot about fuel efficiency.

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Awesome thread there J Ravi.

Too bad that I had missed it for so long.
The DIY you did to remove reflections is quite neat and novice.
I also intend to incorporate that on my ride.

I should compliment the dedication and intricate details with which you maintain your thread. Not to mention the excel sheet.
Quite impressed!

I wish I could also maintain an excel sheet like that.
Seems I do not have that much of discipline
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Spent a coupla hours today for removing stones from the tyre treads, checking tyre pressure, checking battery's health and washing Purple Cheetah.

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Awesome thread there J Ravi.
Thanks for the compliments, dhanushmenon.
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Dear Ravi,

Can you please let me know the device you have used to check the battery voltage? Where can I buy one?
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Can you please let me know the device you have used to check the battery voltage? Where can I buy one?
Dealextreme. Here is the link. The product will be delivered by ordinary post in 20 days. It's a Chinese product, but serving alright since August 2013.
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Car-keeping continued today. There were some scratches on the bumper. After treating them with the Du Pont scratch repair stick presented by my daughter, the bumper looks better now.

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