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The buying of my Wagon R was a sort of a sudden decision. In the month of Oct 2011, Durga Puja was approaching.
Being a Bong, this was a month and a festival we look forward to.
But my then steed, Ford Ikon Flair had other plans in store.

A botched up suspension set up and a completely worn out set of practically new tyres set me back by Rs. 25,000/- and tainted my priorities of life in my wife's perspective into jeaopardy.
That woes didnt end there. Even after money flowed like water, the Ikon ended up with a botched up steering wheel panel and other miscellaneous expenses resulting in us seriously looking for a replacement.
The petrol prices had just started the long march towards the north.
Diesel was an option but then the news of diesel prices being de-regulated was in full swing.
So, for a sales professional who spends more time with his car rather than with his wife, CNG was the best option.
We were almost sold out to the Hyundai Santro but then the dealer-Mithila Hyundai played dirty at the last moment.
Inspite of giving the advance Rs. 20K booking amount, we decided against it and the company promptly returned the money.

In comes the Wagon R.

- Company fitted kit so warranty issues does not arise.
- Well known service centres
- A vehicle so common in India that any FNG can take care of the basics.
- Most importantly, a tailor made scheme that made the buying process a breeze in exchange of our Ikon.

So, the decision was made and the booking confirmed.

All loan related documents were completed and the formalities done.

The vehicle was booked.
Delivery Schedule- 3rd March 2012.
Colour- Sterling Grey
Variant- LXi CNG(Green)

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Some Snaps just after the delivery:

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The below 100 kms and the smell of a new car are fantastic and cannot be replicated:

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Just after a smooth and a happy delivery, the car was taken to Siddhivinayak Temple for the Puja.
A very happy occassion which was made even happier with the peaceful and serene darshan along with the tika on the car keys.

Now, to come to the crux of the long term review:

The long cherished 50,000 kms mark in a reasonable quick time line(within 2 years)

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The speedo is basic and I really missed the RPM meter though I like the Rising sun effect!!

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Did enquire about retro fitting the Ritz RPM set but then tehe technicians said that the ECM may be affected and if we draw the power either from the EPS, it might pose some risks. Had to let it go.

Another view of the rising sun Speedo at Night:

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Some Long Distance Trips and the Associated Kms travelled


Distance.pdf

Some scenic snap shots en route to the various destinations:

Danahu(One of our favourite week end getaways

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Kihim:

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Mileage

One of the key aspects of my travelling is to keep the running expenses low.

Wagon R has been frugal and has consistently delivered on this front.

Worst Efficiency:

19.2 kms/kg(within Mumbai bumper to bumper traffic and long signals)

Best Efficiency:


(Pls. dont laugh at this)-33.66 kms/kg (Mumbai-Vapi-Mumbai trip). 400 kms trip in 11.88 kgs

The green Bars are the gas level indication:

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If the pressure is at 200 psi +, would easily get a tankful running range of 210 kms+ before the vehicle shifts to petrol automatically.

As a practice, I ensure that I manually change it to petrol if I am out of gas.


Investments Done:


To spend almost 5 hours with the car every day, day after day, it was imperative to invest in some music for the soul.

1) The most important investment is in the Pioneer X 559UI.

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- No bluetooth as I always wear a Jabra Headset and am comfortable with that.
- Customisable colour schemes(2,10,000 options of clours available). I have co-ordinated it with the amber orange dash colour so that it looks like a complete unit and is distracting at night.
- CD/MP3/USB/Aux/ Tuner support

The unit is co-ordinated with 04 6 inch JBL speakers mounted on the doors.
Sound clarity is good and the set up has in built sub woofers and tweeters.
Heavy bass is acceptable though not booming.
I did consider a two way JBL amplifier but decided against it as the sound within the hatch was sufficient at current levels.

The colour co-ordinated set up with the dash console:

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A glimpse of the Set up:

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The rising sun speedo view at night:

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2) Autocop Terminator Remote Locking System.

- It has a three way protection- Car Engine Bay, Stereo and Dicky.
- Four buttons- Unlock/Lock/Customisation/Find
- Two remotes-One a basic black one, the other a push to Open metallic remote.
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Proud to be a Bhpian:

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Another Sticker with me lurking behind

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The Tyres:

The Wagon R is running on the stock Apollo 145/80 R 13 tyres.

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Will change the tyres in the next couple of months as there is still reasonable tread left in the current ones.

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The tyres observations:

- The stock tyres of Apollo are certainly much better than the JK Vectras.
- Tyre noise was acceptable at the start. Now, with the age, tyre noise has increased.
- Grip is decent and the tyre hold on well in the corners.
- Couple of punctures and a valve changed during the course.
- Looks puny in comparision to the car height.
- The wheel caps was a freebie from the showroom and looks good.
- Ideal size would have been 155/70 R 13 and may stick to the brand-Apollo.
- Tire Pressure- 33 psi for all 04 tyres.

Some more snap shots:

The God of Small (and Big) Things--

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The Tall Boy from the Side!!

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Vehicle Observations:

1) The car is spacious and the driving feel gives you the impression that you are driving a much bigger car.
2) Ample glass every where adds to the above feeling of space.
3) The seats are supportive but underthigh support on long distances missing.
4) The CNG variant is devoid of VXi features like a auto central locking, rear power windows, rear wash and wipe, Defogger, Music System, Tacho meter, Side moulding, Electronic mirrors.

Would have really been happier if MS could atleast provide the below in the LXi variant as they do not have the provision for VXi in the Green Option:

- Tacho Meter
- All 04 power windows
- Atleast a internally adjustable OVRM.
- Rear wash and wipe
- Auto Central locking facility.

5) The service schedule report card has been acceptable:

Service Costs.pdf

Overall the service costs has been manageable.
The only thing worth mentioning was that I was initially told that the Extended warranty could be taken within 2 years at any time.

However, when I went to renew the same, was in for a rude shock as the EW is available only till 40,000 kms. I had failed to read the fine print.
Cant compain much for my mistake!!

6) Driving and More

City Dynamics:
- WR is typically a city driving car. It behaves fine as long as the speedo needle in on the left of 100 kmph.
- The puny tyres from Apollo(OEM) just do the job it is supposed to do. Transport from point A to B. Yet, the bumps on the road do seep in.
- The driving posture, because WR is a tall boy, is like driving a full grown SUV.
- The enormous glass effect certianly helps in reducing the "rush in" feeling of speed.
- The EPS is ok but I preferred the traditional hydarulic PS of the erstwhile Ford Ikon.
- The PS feed back is grossly missing and some one who loves driving will not be comfortable with WR.
- The turns are now WRs strong point. Good amount of body roll is evident.
- The height also does not do any wonders during the turn.
- The car suspension set up is towards the softer side though MS has done a good job by providing a better set up on the "Green Version" to take the additional load of the CNG tank.
- The electricals are fine and the stock headlights do a decent job.
- The engine noise is acceptable though no NVH cladding is present in the engine bay.
- The road noise is more.

Highway Dynamics

- WR is only about " Mileage, Mileage and Mileage" without the "Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment"
- The car rocks till 100 kmph. Post that, it "rocks".
- Best driven sedately till 100 kmph.
- This is not a car that sticks to the road(like my earlier Ikon). Be very careful in turns at high speed. Best avoidable to minimise any topple over situations.
-The AC does a decent job for the front row occupants. Not very effective for the rear occupants on a sunny day.
- Suspension hold well in even roads. For rough roads, isnt great.(Refer my earlier comment)
- Not a sporty car like the Swift. Speed enthusiasts will be demotivated. I was too, till the superior mileage and the ease of day to day running expenses made me smile.
- Bare bone interiors are not a great place to be in.
-Road noise at high speeds evident.

7) Over all experience:

- The car is a dream till now.
- The rattles and squeaks are sometihing that I take as part of life.
- There is some noise from the right suspension. Checked with the A.S.S and they say that the rubber cladding has hardened and there might be some play in the lower arm. I am of the opinion that the rubber change would do the trick and the lower arm is only to show the gravity of the situation.

On enquiring and probing, the A.S.S agent said that it is no problems and the driving dynamics dont change. Whenever you get the chance, you could replace the rubber.

Now, since the car is not covered under EW, I could actually go to some decent garage to get the same fixed at maybe 1/2 of the price.
- The mileage is still great.
- The tyres are due for change but with the current tread, may last for another 10K or so.
- There are some minor scratches here and there that gets masked with polish. A 3 M will make the Grey Happy!!

Over all, it has been a happy hunting ground.

The Wagon R has gone ahead and done exactly what I required at this juncture of life.
- A hassle free city oriented car with reasonable performance on the highway.
- A A.S.S averse vehicle that keeps your service bills low.
- A good mileage considering that I hit the road more frequently than I hit the bed for a good night's sleep.
- A car that keep on munching miles without any reliability issues.

My Grey has been able to do all the above and more.
Hence, to conclude, a decision made from the head has infact towered over a decision I could have made from the heart!!



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Got a great discount coupon and could do the WB/ WA on a 3 D machine at a reasonable cost of Rs. 345/- owing to a 50% discount coupon i received at the office.

The shop has newly opened on LBS road near Vega Saloon.

It is near the R City Mall, Ghatkopar and the guys at the place are not very professional.

That may be beacuse of the new machine.

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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Long-Term Reviews Section. Thanks for sharing!
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The buying of my Wagon R ....

Over all, it has been a happy hunting ground.

The Wagon R has gone ahead and done exactly what I required at this juncture of life.
- A hassle free city oriented car with reasonable performance on the highway.
- A A.S.S averse vehicle that keeps your service bills low.
- A good mileage considering that I hit the road more frequently than I hit the bed for a good night's sleep.
- A car that keep on munching miles without any reliability issues.

My Grey has been able to do all the above and more.
Hence, to conclude, a decision made from the head has infact towered over a decision I could have made from the heart!!

Thanks for sharing Arnab.

I would agree with all your points. WagonR is a great car to own, when we can accept the limitations and enjoy so much it can offer.
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@Ravradha

Thanks for yor post.

It certainly is a good car albeit certain drawbacks.

However, like you correctly pointed out, if you overlook these minor aberrations, it is a great, hassle free car and the sustained sales over the last 14 years is ample proff to that.
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My Sterling Grey just completed the Devils noX5 - 66666 kms yesterday.

No new pics but some more observations:

1) Tyre set changed to Goodyear Hi Miler @ 64XXX.
The review of the tyres and related pics can be found here:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modify...ml#post3576494 (ARTICLE: Choosing The Right Set Of Tyres for your Car)

2) The Wagon R continues to be niggle free and the 70K service(which will be done in 68K or so) is approaching.

3) I am a little dissatisfied with the Sound quality and have expressed my concerns here:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/ask-gu...ml#post3598783

4) Some door rattles which can be taken care of in the workshop

5) Average remains consistent between 20 km/kg-32 km/kg (City/Highway)
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The Waggie continues to please me.

Now, @ 70,000 kms and on the brink of a 2000 kms journey starting tomorrow.

Before hitting the road, did the following as part of a check up:

1) Complete Car servicing- Full oil change, Air Filter, Fluids Top up, Wash and Polish
Done at Fortpoint Maruti, Thane
2) Wheel Alignment, Wheel Balancing and Steering Setting
Done at Premjis Tyre Plus, Thane
3) Replaced Old Wiper Blades with Bosch
Done at Premjis Tyre Plus, Thane
4) Nitrogen for 5 tyres
Even though I visited the MASS no. of times regarding a rattling noise from either the passenger door or the seatbel area, the resolution has not been satisfactory.

Can anyone suggest a simple DIY so that I could eliminate the rattle.

Possible indications:
1) Left Door panel(though have personally supervised the packing MASS did on the door)
2) Passenger seat it self
3) Passenger Seat Belt Area

Overall, Wagon R has a happy customer in me and frugality remains its highlight.

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Reigniting this thread after a long time.
My Sterling is now at 1,15,597 kms.

Yesterday, it was a major overhaul day for the car.
Many of the critical components was replaced and at the end of it all, I get a car that is almost brand new.

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The Car was still on stock Clutch and Shocks. The clutch still had some life but since I am going on a long trip in the first week of December, didnot want to take any chances.
The shockers were completely kaput and was making a racket on small undulations as well.
The work was done at Fortpoint Maruti(MASS) in Thane and though some of the jobs could have been avoided(eg. Brake Cleaning, Caliper Taping and All Door packing), still got it done here considering that I will have to shell out precious cash if I go to a FNG.

I am a regular at Fortpoint and was at the shop floor while the job was being done.
It is always a pleasure to see your car being nourished. The job was done as per expectations and whatever was worn out, replaced.
Had I gone to a FNG, I guess I could have easily saved about 10K. Yet, considering the criticality of the parts being replaced, I persisted with MASS.

I was given a free car service(oil top up, coolant top up, brake oil replacement, all electrical checked). Additionally, they also accepted an expired washing coupon and honoured it.
Overall, it was a decent experience and hope the car performs flawlessly for many
more miles.
In all these years and over a lac kilometers, this is the first major preventive maintenance cost I have incurred on the car. Regular checks and services are always at nominal costs.
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