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Old 30th April 2008, 12:55   #181
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Frankly I don't want to buy another OE H/T tyre when I eventually want to move over to A/T tyres.
Buy the size you intend to fit later on & put the new tyre as spare.
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Buy the size you intend to fit later on & put the new tyre as spare.
A spare tyre of wrong size, if I use it in a full-time 4x4, won't it cause any problem? Hmm, the front & rear diffs are open, so constant slip will be acceptable I suppose.
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Well use it as sparingly as possible. When you have a puncture & need to change the tyre get the punctures tyre repaired asap & change back. Won't be too hard seeing how infrequently punctures occur these days.
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Good to hear that she is going well and without complaint. Plan to move to Mobil 1 in a couple of kms?
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Good to hear that she is going well and without complaint. Plan to move to Mobil 1 in a couple of kms?
The closest service center that stocks synthetic oil is probably 300-400Kms away. No, that's not an option I can consider. I don't want to stock oil at home.
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Samurai,

I read on one of threads that GV scrapped somewhere on NH17!

Now that's really sad for an SUV, isn't it?

Can you share the details?
I am a regular user of NH17 but on the Mumbai - Ratnagiri stretch.

Sorry if it's already shared and I missed - there are just too many threads on GV...
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I read on one of threads that GV scrapped somewhere on NH17!

Now that's really sad for an SUV, isn't it?
No... that's not exactly accurate. What scrapped was the newly installed custom skid plates.

This is the exact post: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/770786-post61.html

Currently we are re-designing the bracket so that we can regain the GC.

Stock GV wouldn't have scrapped, so there is nothing sad about it.

After we finish the redesign, even the skid plates shouldn't touch.
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If I upgrade to a popular size (say 235/70R16) then I have to replace all 5 tyres, can't even have a wrong size spare since it is an all-time 4x4. If I replace, there is no taker for my old tyres since nobody wants that size.
The Safari's stock size is 235/70/R16.So, there might be someone who wouldn't mind a downsize if you're not expecting much.
Also, the jeep/gypsy off-roaders might also be interested.
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SAMURAI
How would you rate an automatic GV compared to the lovely manual of your s ! Other than having a hard time off roading and slightly downside on the mileage do you see any other con s about it being and autobox .Yes and one more thing it s an AWD i never knew about it ? Just TD an autobox was nt an exclusive kind of TD just took it for a spin found it lil less responsive then my autobox civic i know this aint a comparison at all !! But still can you shed some light to it !
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The closest service center that stocks synthetic oil is probably 300-400Kms away. No, that's not an option I can consider. I don't want to stock oil at home.
Have someone ship it to you! Or buy 5 liters and stock the excess at home. With the limited number of kms you log on, your Vitara probably won't require more than one change a year.

Trust me, it is well worth the effort.
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Hi...
I drove up and down from Delhi to Chandigarh today and all the while I drove with a very light foot on the accelerator keeping speeds between 75~85 kmph. The total trip average was 13.6km/lt with full air con.
The picture show after drive of nearly 200 kms I was averaging 13.9km/lt!!


I could be that in the morning temperatures were lower so I got better FE. Return in the after noon was in 45+ heat.
Normal city gives me 9.5+ km/lt.
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Hi Sudev,

This is an amazing FE figure!

Sometimes I get a feeling that gasoline engine technology is now commoditised and iVtec, iDSI, etc provide only minor variations in efficiency. Of course my NHC gives me 14kmpl in City (compared to GV's 9.5, let's say), but then one can always argue that NHC is just 1060 KG and 77 BHP.
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A casual travelouge of GV in Greece:

Greece by Suzuki Grand Vitara

Not much techincal...just leisurely.
However, 31 mpg highway is simply amazing, isn't it? Coinsides with what Sudev has posted...

BTW, what's the update on the notchy gear-shift reported by almost everyone in the TD reports? Has it improved after so much of driving?
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Until I bought the CJ340, I was not too happy about the GV gear shift. But now, it feels like makkan, buttery smooth.

It is still notchy, but doesn't bother me anymore...
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@ Samurai:

Well looks like you are off roading fan and this car just compliments you! Since the first day you have taken it off road.

Nice to know it just goes on without much of trouble and is reliable.


@sudev:

The FE figures are great. Our Baleno when driven in city by me gives 9 kmpl and on highway with 90-100 kmph, it gives more than 16kmpl. Your figures are excellent to say the least!


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Bad wiper rubber leaves "haze" after sweeping the wind screen. Replaced once with OE but no use. Just replaced another set with non-O.E. blades.
Try Bosch Tropical Wiper blades. It was hard to source them in Vadodara, but it wont be so difficult for you.
They are good and generally have long life. Baleno wiper blades provided by Maruti were not good, so we went in for these.
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