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Old 13th November 2013, 15:08   #556
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This is the most uneventful vehicle I have owned.
Last month I gave the GV for service and I didn't have any problem to report.
Last week I test drove a 2011 GV (unregistered) and with about 3000 on the odo. Have to say that it's a lovely vehicle to drive. What really adds to the value is the fact that unlike my Safari or Jeep, a Suzuki will almost always, not give you niggles. The engine is so much fun to push hard, especially for a SUV.

How is the ride for a 4-5 people on bad roads with a full-load of luggage?

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The ride is slightly on the firm side, but it won't jolt you or toss you like a rag doll even without load. With full load, it can only get better. The 2011 GV is lot more powerful than mine, it would be 2.4L engine.
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While, I was shooting out of Bombay my brother took the GV for a drive to Pune last month. On his way back, he says the car started making a strange knocking noise from the engine and he got the car towed home.
Today, I took the car to Vitesse and the mechanic told me that I'm in for big trouble as the noise would mean opening up the engine and fixing the broken component and my expenses could range from 120 going up. There is no oil leak but a strange knocking. And the car was in pristine condition when I left.
Does any one know of any good GV mechanic in Bombay who can fix engines (I'd like to get a second opinion)? I've heard of a guy in Jogeshwari but somehow can't seem to find his number. Any thoughts, leads would be appreciated.
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While, I was shooting out of Bombay my brother took the GV for a drive to Pune last month. On his way back, he says the car started making a strange knocking noise from the engine and he got the car towed home.
Today, I took the car to Vitesse and the mechanic told me that I'm in for big trouble as the noise would mean opening up the engine and fixing the broken component and my expenses could range from 120 going up. There is no oil leak but a strange knocking. And the car was in pristine condition when I left.
Does any one know of any good GV mechanic in Bombay who can fix engines (I'd like to get a second opinion)? I've heard of a guy in Jogeshwari but somehow can't seem to find his number. Any thoughts, leads would be appreciated.
Well I know a guy in Pune and he did my Grand Vitara. The engine has come out very nice but it is giving me less kmpl when compared to earlier engine. However I found his work neat and he is honest. The engine now feels better than earlier. If its ok for you I can give his details.

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Need more description of the "NOISE" before any suggestions could be given.

In case of knocking noise first culprit is adulterated fuel.

Does the engine start stop normally despite the noise? What is ODO reading? It could be something innocuous as belt pulley bearing or shard of timing belt thumping before it breaks or water pump bearing. Or ......

Give some more inputs.
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Hi Guys,
My Grand Vitara engine when revved hard till redline when the car is stationary or when moving in lower gears automatically starts fluctuating and vibrates violently and the rev counter also fluctuates. Can you please tell me if it is normal for a 2.0 L Grand Vitara engine or if there is any issue there. As I have observed any petrol engine when revved hard till the redline stays constant at the redline but that's not the case with my Grand Vitara.
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Vitara 2L engine doesn't like to be revved hard. I don't like the sound it makes when it exceeds 4000rpm, it gets painful at 5000rpm. Therefore, I have never redlined my GV. In fact I rarely ever cross 3000rpm, because the FE starts falling drastically after that.
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Hi Guys,
My Grand Vitara engine when revved hard till redline when the car is stationary or when moving in lower gears automatically starts fluctuating and vibrates violently and the rev counter also fluctuates. Can you please tell me if it is normal for a 2.0 L Grand Vitara engine or if there is any issue there. As I have observed any petrol engine when revved hard till the redline stays constant at the redline but that's not the case with my Grand Vitara.
It could be the rev limiter cutting in?
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Need more description of the "NOISE" before any suggestions could be given.

In case of knocking noise first culprit is adulterated fuel.

Does the engine start stop normally despite the noise? What is ODO reading? It could be something innocuous as belt pulley bearing or shard of timing belt thumping before it breaks or water pump bearing. Or ......

Give some more inputs.
51000 on the odo. Engine starts and stops normally despite the noise. The noise is coming from the engine and it's a constant knocking (like a vikram). Have given it to a mechanic who works on some rally GV's. Will find out more from him tomorrow.
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Recently installed an OEM fit navigation system bought from maymyindia. Functions like mobile pairing for communications & music, ipod interface and two USB connection. Runs on Win CE. Gives a feel good factor in cabin.
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Nice!! I considered this a while back, but couldn't get much input on whether this was a quality system and how it would work, so I decided to wait. So I hope to hear about your experience with the system. Also can't decide between keeping the vehicle as original as possible and the convenience of a new system like this. No problems with the steering mounted controls for music, I hope? And did you fit a rear camera also?

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Nice!! I considered this a while back, but couldn't get much input on whether this was a quality system and how it would work, so I decided to wait. So I hope to hear about your experience with the system. Also can't decide between keeping the vehicle as original as possible and the convenience of a new system like this. No problems with the steering mounted controls for music, I hope? And did you fit a rear camera also?

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The build quality is good and does not feel like a typical flimsy Chinese manufactured product. All the functions mentioned on the box and manual works as described. In fact I was surprised to see it had a usable 128mb memory built-in so one could store a few songs in it via ipod or USB. Not much by any standards but still I saved a few of favorite songs. The bluetooth's A2DP feature is present though the audio output always seem to be on the lower side when streaming music from mobile and I always have to turn up the volume which otherwise would be louder if on Radio or Ipod.

Got two USB inputs, apparently one is also used to update the firmware (Read: Windows CE). The interesting bit about the unit is it has 2 OS's running. First is the Win CE which takes care of the navigation process and the other is some Chinese developed OS which takes care of other process's like Radio, DVD playback and Bluetooth communication etc.

The navigation is precise with voice prompts being crisp, the only fact which worries be is how to update the map data. The micro sd which stores the map data is inserted on the bottom right of the front panel.

The other BT feature is pairing with a mobile for voice communication, which is a very likable feature. The mic has been place near the driver sun visor and have had no issues while Tx & Rx. My voice is very clear and crisp the other end and on receiving end nothing like hearing people's voice with a little bass and treble added to it. Just leave the BT switched on, and it will pair automatically once the ignition is switched on.

The most irritating bit about this unit is the touch screen which is Resistive. We have been spoilt for choice by the newer Capacitive tech. and it does get a bit frustrating when the icons do not seem to work when you touch the screen. One need's to really push hard to get things working and once can imagine when you got to press a number of icons consecutively on this screen like punching in a phone number, hell will break loose. I always prefer dialing from the phone. One can also use the stylus supplied with the unit but then I find that a little cumbersome too.

And yes, the steering control is not rendered useless. It's controls everything a stock double din supports. It's a straight fit 'Plug & Play' with no alterations required.

I have not fixed a rear camera as of now, but will get it done by this weekend.
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While, I was shooting out of Bombay my brother took the GV for a drive to Pune last month. On his way back, he says the car started making a strange knocking noise from the engine and he got the car towed home.
Today, I took the car to Vitesse and the mechanic told me that I'm in for big trouble as the noise would mean opening up the engine and fixing the broken component and my expenses could range from 120 going up. There is no oil leak but a strange knocking. And the car was in pristine condition when I left.
Does any one know of any good GV mechanic in Bombay who can fix engines (I'd like to get a second opinion)? I've heard of a guy in Jogeshwari but somehow can't seem to find his number. Any thoughts, leads would be appreciated.
Doc,

Try looking up Shirish kamalapurkar who was the works manager at Sah and Sanghi. For whatever my word is worth on this forum, I will stand by his diagnostic skills. He did wonders with my Baleno which Vitesse and others had messed up.

Last I recollect he was with Naveen motors in Vashi as their works manager.

If you cannot trace him, ask for Krishna at N1enginnering in Mahim, he will be able to guide you to Shirish. If not anything, you can atleast ask him for a second opinion.

All the best.
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I kept away from this MMI device because they usually sell low quality hardware.

Meanwhile, I got a dash camera for the GV. It takes high quality 720p video and can also has G shock sensor for accidents, for preserving such video clips. The amazing thing was, it came with 32GB class 10 SD card. Shipped only from Taiwan.

Today, ajmat took the GV for a spin on Mysore road. Here is the video of the same from the dash camera.


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Recently installed an OEM fit navigation system bought from maymyindia. Functions like mobile pairing for communications & music, ipod interface and two USB connection. Runs on Win CE. Gives a feel good factor in cabin.
Can you please tell me how much did it cost you.
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