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Old 29th July 2017, 12:46   #61
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Happened with me too when I tried to repair the speedo myself. I didn't take it to the speedo repair guy as I was wary of getting dust and scratches on the speedo since no one would handle the speedo as carefully as the owner himself.

One tip: Even if the speedo guy fixes it, don't just leave the place immediately. Do a couple of 0-100 and 100-0 relaxed runs and see if the needle settles at its usual place. The hairspring below the needle is a funny thing.

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IIRC, this problem was there on the day it was fixed also. He did play around quite a bit to set it right! We did a couple of 0-60 and 60-0 runs and noticed that the speedometer was a little slow to get back to the zero position. The repair guy assured me it would get better and eventually it did! But now, looks like I need to visit him once more . Won't get this fixed now but will get it fixed later when something else in the speedometer stops working because these old parts from what I have experienced, are very brittle and tend to break easily if not handled with kid gloves. But, to the repair guys credit unlike the others I have seen, he did handle all the parts with a lot of care and cleaned the speedometer very well.

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This box of happiness arrived today .

18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen-img_20170920_162242.jpg

What did it contain?
Parts which I had lost all hopes on finding.

How did it happen?
All thanks to Bhpian Leoshashi.

Here are the parts which I got today.

1. Seat rails - I searched all over Bangalore and Mysore but was just not able to procure them. Leoshashi also tried his best to get the parts to Bangalore but the seat rails were no more manufactured by Maruti and hence were not available. However, his MASS/MGP store did have them in stock and he shipped them across to Bangalore. The seat rails are after all a part which rarely fails. So naturally, demand too is very low for them and Maruti discontinued it.


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2. Zen-VX and Maruti Suzuki stickers - I was 100% sure after the boot door repair that there was no way I could get these stickers and the originality was gone forever. I was in fact sure that Maruti wouldn't even have made these available as spares . After all most would prefer the flashier chrome badges. But, Leoshashi gave me a pleasant surprise! He had found these and bought them exclusively for my Zen. Thanks a lot buddy! Will try and get multiple copies of these made before I use them on Zen. My elder kid has not stopped grinning ever since he saw them!


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A big shoutout to Bhpian Leoshashi for all the help. Thanks a lot buddy!


The bonnet had become a mess and the colour had completely changed. Soap water had no effect. So, went ahead and applied 3M Finish Compound and here are the results.

Before

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After

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Marks left over by the previous Exide battery are permanent

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Also applied 3M Premium Liquid Wax to the entire body.


An oil change is due in the next 800 kilometres. Will most probably continue with Shell Helix HX-7 10W40 as I am happy with the performance of the engine with this oil and I have around 2L of this oil in my garage.

Current odometer reading.
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It was my pleasure to source these for your car.

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Will try and get multiple copies of these made before I use them on Zen.
IMHO, no need to get the copies made. The decals prepared in aftermarket won't be perfect in terms of quality/finish. My MASS still has hundreds of these decals, and I'll send you some more if you wish. The MGP ones are super cheap too.

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On this day of 23rd September in 1998, among the many Zens' produced on this day, one particular milky white Zen rolled off Maruti's assembly line and this Zen happened to be mine. Today, Zen turned 19 years old! How time flies! Happy birthday Zen .

This year Zen gets a break for 2 days i.e. today and tomorrow. Gave Zen a thorough wash yesterday but couldn't do much other than that as I was just back from a highway drive and had to hit the highway again today morning.
Was only able to wish her and park her in the garage today morning.

A pic of the 19 year old in the garage

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On this day of 23rd September in 1998, among the many Zens' produced on this day, one particular milky white Zen rolled off Maruti's assembly line and this Zen happened to be mine. Today, Zen turned 19 years old! How time flies!
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Hi Swamyzen,
I too have recently acquired a milky White Zen from a relative, since I could not bear letting it go out of the family.

It is a December 1999 Model, just over an year younger than yours!

I would really appreciate your assistance in maintaining it.

Which engine oil has suited the car best? The HX-7 seems to be hard to source in Chennai. My car has done 99700Km, and I wanted something that would keep the engine in good shape. Any recommendations?

Also, what should be done to the distributor, leads and sparkplugs? Ever needed to get them overhauled?

Thanks.

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Hi Swamyzen,
I too have recently acquired a milky White Zen from a relative, since I could not bear letting it go out of the family.

It is a December 1999 Model, just over an year younger than yours!

I would really appreciate your assistance in maintaining it.
Hi Aditya,

Wow! That's a very nicely maintained Zen . Congrats! Nice to see a well maintained cousin of my Zen!

Would love to help you in maintaining your Zen.

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Which engine oil has suited the car best? The HX-7 seems to be hard to source in Chennai. My car has done 99700Km, and I wanted something that would keep the engine in good shape. Any recommendations?
I have used 10W40 grade for all oil changes in my Zen except one oil change where my MASS used 5W30. I would recommend you to use 10W40 only for your Zen considering you stay at Chennai and 5W30 may prove to be ineffective at those temperatures.
For my Zen I have used Castrol Magnatec and Shell Helix HX-7 for oil changes. Majority of the kilometres have been clocked using Castrol Magnatec whereas I have used HX-7 for the last 4 oil changes. Between the two there is very little difference. Nearing the 5K kilometres mark, the engine sounded a little smoother when Magnatec was used compared to HX-7 where you will clearly get to know the engine needs an oil change. Other than that at very high revs the engine is slightly smoother with Magnatec. Otherwise, for day to day driving both oils are equally good. Also, for the first two oil changes with HX-7 I was not completely satisfied with the performance but things are much better after the 3rd change. Shell HX-7 should be easily available at a Shell petrol bunk.
So for oil changes, I would recommend either Shell Helix HX-7 or Castrol Magnatec in 10W40 grade.


For keeping your Zen's engine in the best shape please get the oil changed religiously at 5K km's or lesser because Zen's G10B engine is notorious for having sludging issues if oil changes are not regular. Coming to fuel, please DO NOT fill in any of the premium fuels. I have ended up replacing my Zen's fuel pump because I used Bharat Petroleum's Speed fuel exactly once and that too only 6-7 litres of it. When I used Indian oils xtra premium, I noticed a lot of engine knocking. So, please use only good quality normal unleaded fuel.

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Also, what should be done to the distributor, leads and sparkplugs? Ever needed to get them overhauled?
Spark plugs, I get them changed once in every 20K km's. I would recommend you stay away from Mico Champion spark plugs. The last time I used them, I was not fully satisfied with my engines pick up. The leads have been changed once at 1 lakh kilometres and the distributor tuning is left to my SA Mr.Divakaran when the car goes for service.


Also, please make sure there's absolutely no rusting near the aprons. Zen's are again notorious for having rusting issues here.



Small update on my Zen.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a 200 km's highway trip with Zen to Gubbi. For this trip I used the A/C for 100% of the time and got an efficiency of 15 kmpl. A/C and my driving style contributed in a slightly low efficiency but to the A/C's credit, it did work very good. A problem I noted was when the A/C was switched on the engines idling decreased instead of increasing and needed accelerator input to idle smoothly. I think its something to do with carb settings but I don't want to touch the carb for now as pick up and efficiency is good.


Got an oil change done yesterday at Shell. Changes were instant this time . Engine sounds very smooth after the oil change and at idling it is Zero Engine Noise for sure! 3l of HX-7 10W40 costed around ₹1400 and a MGP oil filter was used which costed ₹77. I also had a can of HX-7 (used for top up when oil had leaked) which contained about 1l of oil which was used.

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Will try and get multiple copies of these made before I use them on Zen.
For you. These stickers should be the last thing on your mind now.

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Congrats on the brilliant review & you seem to remember every small detail right from the showroom visit. May your ZEN continue to serve you for many more years. I might also add that she doesn't look like a 19 year old car, many rare things like the greenwheels sticker, original grill are still in place.

In 2015, I was on the lookout for a cheap car for my college runs. The car I finally ended up with is a 01 ZEN Vxi & I have posted few things about her in different threads. But this 01 ZEN Vxi was not the first used car I bought, initially a 98 MH410 (the pre facelift-one) M White ZEN came home in December 2015.

She was bought for Rs. 50000, initially both the seller & myself though she was a 98 ZEN lx (had chrome emblems at the back from the mpfi models). Later I came to the conclusion that she was not a lx variant but the pre facelift zen (which had MH410 sticker on the back) due to the fact that she had the non molded roof liner & there was no A-pillar plastic trim. Anyways I sold the 98 ZEN within 1 month, she had severe rusting on the under body, the clutch was very hard, non functional AC, suspension was weak & the brakes were like the non booster assisted M800 ones.

But on the positive side the engine & gearbox were in perfect condition. As you said the Carb model had a very weak low end (the mpfi one has noticeably better low end torque) but higher up the revs she used to fly, in the mid range & high end performance I couldn't make out the missing horses in the Carb model w.r.t the mpfi engine. The other thing which I noticed was that the Carb engine would be very sluggish in a cold morning start, the engine would start in one crank but the car would be reluctant to move in low RPMs till the engine is warmed. Not that I am new to Carburetor engine, we have a 99 Omni at home & the Omni too hesitates in a cold morning start but not like the Zen carb. I guess there was some problem with this particular ZEN.

Here are some photos I have of her

18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen-zen-front.jpg

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After selling her in January 2016, I bought the 01 ZEN VXi in February 2016. She is nearing the 110k km mark on the odometer. Any particular things I should look out for during the next service? Just after I bought her I replaced all the fluids, filters, spark plugs & then in the 100k km servicing I changed the timing belt, AC belt & alternator belt. What AC gas are you running on your ZEN? Yours is a 98 model, so most likely it came with R12 gas (which is banned & not available) from factory. My 01 Zen too has R12 gas, I would have preferred to get the AC serviced but how to go about filling the R134 gas has left me a bit confused.

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Even though I no longer own a Zen I cant help chiming in. First thank you for sharing your long and successful association with this car.

Many comment on Maruti's weak built, thin skin, basic interiors and other alleged shortfalls. But their cars just go on and on and on with very little trouble really even on our broken roads. I have often wondered (I am not an engineer) as to what is it that Maruti does in its design and manufacturing that bigger and ostensibly higher marquees like MB or BMW can't emulate. We had a Zen in the family from 2002 to 2014. I had bought it for my father who passed away a decade back. In 2015 I gave it to our old trusted driver who commutes from 35 kms away. He does this 70 kms round trip in this 15-16 year old car where at least half the distance is full of badly broken village roads. And the car just keeps rolling on. A few years from now when I replace our Honda Jazz I would seriously consider a plug-in hybrid if and when Maruti brings out one.
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Suzuki's are all about cheap and fun to drive,you will also find it to be hot favorite to be modded in many international forums,the amount of stuff they have done including matching bottom end of one to top end of another etc etc is just mesmerizing.
I too am a big fan of Suzuki's and more so cause they are very very reliable and last a long time with just time to time oil replacement and some basic tuneup.One of my zen has crossed over 2lakhs kms and still going strong.All i do is replace fluids time to time and alignment every 5k kilometers.
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2. Zen-VX and Maruti Suzuki stickers - I was 100% sure after the boot door repair that there was no way I could get these stickers and the originality was gone forever. I was in fact sure that Maruti wouldn't even have made these available as spares . After all most would prefer the flashier chrome badges. But, Leoshashi gave me a pleasant surprise! He had found these and bought them exclusively for my Zen. Thanks a lot buddy! Will try and get multiple copies of these made before I use them on Zen. My elder kid has not stopped grinning ever since he saw them!
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For you. These stickers should be the last thing on your mind now.
For you, again.

I guess you shouldn't worry about hatch stickers anymore.

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For you, again.

I guess you shouldn't worry about hatch stickers anymore.

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For you. These stickers should be the last thing on your mind now.

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Thanks a lot for all the help with these stickers . Really means a lot to me and Zen! All worries of the stickers have gone right out of the window! Will apply them on the rear boot door, after getting body work done in a couple of months.

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Congrats on the brilliant review & you seem to remember every small detail right from the showroom visit. May your ZEN continue to serve you for many more years. I might also add that she doesn't look like a 19 year old car, many rare things like the greenwheels sticker, original grill are still in place.
Thanks a lot for the compliments and wishes, chiranjitp! Have tried to keep Zen as original as possible. After the boot door was repainted, I was disappointed that the Maruti Suzuki sticker and Zen-VX sticker would no longer remain and a part of the originality was gone forever. But, thanks to D-Bhpian Leoshashi, this worry has gone right out of the window! Currently, the bumpers are begging for a repaint and when I get them done in a couple of months, I plan to get the boot door repainted once more as the paint quality is rather appalling and then stick the original stickers. Only reason I am delaying the bumper repainting is, few bikers in Bangalore have this obsession that they must leave behind their mark on the bumpers. One guy on a Royal Enfield decided to leave a dent behind too!

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In 2015, I was on the lookout for a cheap car for my college runs. The car I finally ended up with is a 01 ZEN Vxi & I have posted few things about her in different threads. But this 01 ZEN Vxi was not the first used car I bought, initially a 98 MH410 (the pre facelift-one) M White ZEN came home in December 2015.

She was bought for Rs. 50000, initially both the seller & myself though she was a 98 ZEN lx (had chrome emblems at the back from the mpfi models). Later I came to the conclusion that she was not a lx variant but the pre facelift zen (which had MH410 sticker on the back) due to the fact that she had the non molded roof liner & there was no A-pillar plastic trim. Anyways I sold the 98 ZEN within 1 month, she had severe rusting on the under body, the clutch was very hard, non functional AC, suspension was weak & the brakes were like the non booster assisted M800 ones.

But on the positive side the engine & gearbox were in perfect condition. As you said the Carb model had a very weak low end (the mpfi one has noticeably better low end torque) but higher up the revs she used to fly, in the mid range & high end performance I couldn't make out the missing horses in the Carb model w.r.t the mpfi engine. The other thing which I noticed was that the Carb engine would be very sluggish in a cold morning start, the engine would start in one crank but the car would be reluctant to move in low RPMs till the engine is warmed. Not that I am new to Carburetor engine, we have a 99 Omni at home & the Omni too hesitates in a cold morning start but not like the Zen carb. I guess there was some problem with this particular ZEN.
IMHO, you took an extremely good decision in getting rid of the initial carb Zen. Finding parts for the carburettor engine are getting hard and finding a mechanic who can understand carburettor engines and tune the engine properly are even harder to find!

From what I have seen in the past 19 years with my Zen, this engine heavily depends on how the engine is warmed up on a cold start and the subsequent driving pattern. When the engine is idled for 5 minutes on a cold start, driven for a couple of kilometres, is switched off for 10 minutes and then restarted, the engine will be butter smooth. But, if you only idle it for 5 minutes, drive around for say half an hour without switching the engine off, the engine runs slightly rough. This however, is not the case with the modern engines ( again only from what I have driven).

Zen's carburetted engine is really sluggish when it is not fully warmed and at times can irritate the driver as the engine revs high in first gear and when you slot to second gear there will be a lack of pick up. I have failed to notice the same in the carburettor versions of Maruti Omni and Maruti 800.

The low end torque of the MPFi Zen is very good compared to the carburetted Zen, as I got to experience on driving Bhpian Saishivaj's Zen. Also the clutch was very light and smooth compared to the clutch in my Zen.

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After selling her in January 2016, I bought the 01 ZEN VXi in February 2016. She is nearing the 110k km mark on the odometer. Any particular things I should look out for during the next service? Just after I bought her I replaced all the fluids, filters, spark plugs & then in the 100k km servicing I changed the timing belt, AC belt & alternator belt. What AC gas are you running on your ZEN? Yours is a 98 model, so most likely it came with R12 gas (which is banned & not available) from factory. My 01 Zen too has R12 gas, I would have preferred to get the AC serviced but how to go about filling the R134 gas has left me a bit confused.
Assuming the suspension has not been touched till now, please do consider getting the bushes checked and replaced if necessary. As preventive care you might want to replace the coolant hoses.

My Zen currently runs on the stock AC system. No changes made to it whatsoever means it still runs the R12 gas. A couple of years ago I got the entire AC system overhauled at a FNG and R12 gas was used. From my understanding, R134 gas cannot be used in our cars AC system running on R12 gas. The entire AC system can be changed to run on R134 gas but is expensive and from what I have heard costs more than 10,000 rupees for the conversion.

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Even though I no longer own a Zen I cant help chiming in. First thank you for sharing your long and successful association with this car.

Many comment on Maruti's weak built, thin skin, basic interiors and other alleged shortfalls. But their cars just go on and on and on with very little trouble really even on our broken roads. I have often wondered (I am not an engineer) as to what is it that Maruti does in its design and manufacturing that bigger and ostensibly higher marquees like MB or BMW can't emulate. We had a Zen in the family from 2002 to 2014. I had bought it for my father who passed away a decade back. In 2015 I gave it to our old trusted driver who commutes from 35 kms away. He does this 70 kms round trip in this 15-16 year old car where at least half the distance is full of badly broken village roads. And the car just keeps rolling on. A few years from now when I replace our Honda Jazz I would seriously consider a plug-in hybrid if and when Maruti brings out one.
Thanks a lot for the compliments, Sir! Yes, Maruti does make really reliable vehicles. In my case, in the past 19 years my Zen has never had a breakdown (touchwood) and left me stranded. Also, Zen has been surprisingly rugged. IMHO, while Maruti did cut corners in interiors, paint quality, build etc. they made sure the mechanicals would be top notch and continue to soldier on despite heavy abuse.
From what I have seen, with regular maintenance they just soldier on and on.

A plug-in hybrid from Maruti would definitely be great and I wouldn't mind buying it for city commutes!

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Suzuki's are all about cheap and fun to drive,you will also find it to be hot favorite to be modded in many international forums,the amount of stuff they have done including matching bottom end of one to top end of another etc etc is just mesmerizing.
I too am a big fan of Suzuki's and more so cause they are very very reliable and last a long time with just time to time oil replacement and some basic tuneup.One of my zen has crossed over 2lakhs kms and still going strong.All i do is replace fluids time to time and alignment every 5k kilometers.
Hello Scorpian,
Nice to meet another long term Zen owner on the forum!
Yes, Suzuki's are indeed about cheap and fun to drive cars. In 2012, when I had been to Europe I was surprised to find Zen's there (called as the Alto there) still running and a couple of them even modified!
I am pretty sure if all the fluids are changed on time and the engine is taken care of, a Zen's engine can run close to 3 lakh kilometres before requiring major maintenance.

Updates on Zen:

1. Accident:

On 26th October, my wife had taken the car to run an errand. While waiting at a signal a guy on a Royal Enfield decided to squeeze in between my Zen and the auto next to my Zen to run the red signal, while maintaining a good speed. He ended up loosing balance while negotiating the gap and ended up falling on the front left fender of my Zen. Within a second, he immediately got back onto the bike and sped away after gifting a big dent on the left fender. The next day I visited Trend Automobiles and got the dent fixed by their PDR process. The job was very well done and I was out with the dent fixed within 2 hours.

The damage:

18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen-img_20171026_1626481.jpg


After PDR:


18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen-img_20180130_160306.jpg


Overall I would highly recommend Trend Automobiles for their PDR process!


I also got the seat rails fixed which I had received from D-Bhpian Leoshashi. Once again, thanks a lot to Leoshashi! They have been working great with no problems whatsoever!

2. Service: Got the bi-annual service done at Mandovi. No parts were changed, the spark plugs were cleaned and the clutch cable was adjusted.

3. Tyre puncture and wheel alignment: A screw punctured the front right tyre. Wheel alignment and balancing was also due. So, got both the jobs done at Tyre Professionals.

I was not in town when the puncture happened. So,my elder son spotted the puncture, parked Zen on a level surface and replaced the punctured tyre with the spare. This was the image I got as a "Good Morning" message.

18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen-img_20171204_071938.jpg


5. The air intake pipe had cracked and was cut due to age. There was absolutely no difference in the engine due to the pipe but went ahead and replaced it. The new replacement part is not MGP, as I was unable to source it. Took 5 minutes to replace and the replacement part cost was 70 rupees.

Old pipe

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New non-MGP pipe

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4. The odometer finally crossed the 1,80,000 mark on 4th February. Last week, Zen saw a running of about 50 kilometres a day for 3 days in heavy traffic between BTM Layout and Manyata Tech Park. Got a fuel efficiency of about 11 kmpl for the 150 odd kilometres travelled in 3 days.

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Current odometer reading


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5. Got rid of the TV on the rear view mirror today as the mirror tilted downwards due to the heavy weight of the TV after a few minutes of adjusting the mirror.

The key to happiness and wonderful memories from the last 19 years
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Ciao, till the next update!

Regards,
Swamyzen

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