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Old 29th July 2017, 12:46   #61
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Default Re: 18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen

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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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Shashi
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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Old 21st September 2017, 00:24   #62
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Default Re: 18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen

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.


18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen-img_20170920_231329.jpg


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!


18 years and 177,000 kilometers with my Maruti Zen-img_20170920_231855.jpg

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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

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


After

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

Marks left over by the previous Exide battery are permanent

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


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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