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Old 26th April 2016, 09:58   #811
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Sorry guys for this whining.

Well, I took the car to same service station yesterday. I do not know if it is me or what is it about GV that as soon as they see the car, all advisors start scampering for cover. This is becoming an all too familiar story each time I need to take my car to for any job.

Anyway, the SA this time had no clue where to look for steering oil. When I showed him the reservoir, he looked as shocked as my 2 year old daugther would. Anyway, we discovered the oil to be lower than the minimum mark. Straight answer by SA - 'Sirr we dont have this oil in stock, order lagana padega'. I then took him to the store, where the stores manager stated that they can use the same oil as 'AT oil'. Incidentally, they do not have even that in stock and it will take 2 days to get that from headoffice. The question of them checking for leaks does not arise as they are thoroughly incompetent and now I fear for my vehicle if I leave it with them.

At this stage, I have no clue as to use the same AT oil as steering oil, while I am trying to use the car as less as possible to avoid any further damage. I am also trying to find a competent mechanic outside.
First - change your MASS. AT oil can be used for the steering pump. The AT gearbox basically uses hydraulic systems to actuate the controls. So it needs hydraulic oil. The steering pump is one big hydraulic pump powering a hydraulic assist cylinder.
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Check for leaky power steering pump and rack. The noise would have been due to low oil in reservoir and replacing basically made up the minimum volume needed. Question is why did it go low in the first place. Leaks.
I will definitely get this checked during my next visit. Thanks for the advice.

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First - change your MASS. AT oil can be used for the steering pump. The AT gearbox basically uses hydraulic systems to actuate the controls. So it needs hydraulic oil. The steering pump is one big hydraulic pump powering a hydraulic assist cylinder.
I most certainly plan to do that. Just got a call this morning that they have now received the AT oil in stock. Guess this is the last job card they are going to open for my car. Thanks for your advice.
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Hi, was wondering if you can still get a brand new grand Vitara via maruti....dealerships seems to be clueless, one executive even asking me to go in for a Ciaz instead

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Hi, was wondering if you can still get a brand new grand Vitara via maruti....dealerships seems to be clueless, one executive even asking me to go in for a Ciaz instead
. Also are spares availability going to be an issue?

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Hi, was wondering if you can still get a brand new grand Vitara via maruti....dealerships seems to be clueless, one executive even asking me to go in for a Ciaz instead
Maruti website still shows the Grand Vitara 2.4, but prices and availability are not indicated.
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Hi, was wondering if you can still get a brand new grand Vitara via maruti....dealerships seems to be clueless, one executive even asking me to go in for a Ciaz instead
If you have the budget for a new Grand Vitara you could search around for a used 2.4 model. You will not get any additional features by buying new.

During my search for a Grand Vitara I had come across quite a few 2009 2L and 2010-2011 2.4L models. All were through agents & in pristine condition. But the asking price was beyond my budget. Patience will reward you.

Spares are available, but you need to order in advance and wait. Typically 15-30 days lead time.

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Hi, was wondering if you can still get a brand new grand Vitara via maruti....dealerships seems to be clueless, one executive even asking me to go in for a Ciaz instead
Dealerships are always clueless about Grand Vitara, because most of them have never sold one. When the local dealership got the Grand Vitara to me for test drive, after the test drive the sales rep was literally pleading with me to buy the SX4. When I asked him why he is asking me to buy SX4 which is half price of GV, he looked very confused. He had no idea that somebody may actually buy GV. This is the result of the brilliant marketing strategy by Maruti for Grand Vitara in India.

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Also are spares availability going to be an issue?
Yes, it is getting longer and longer to get the parts. It used to be 7-10 days eariler, now it can take a month. But I am in a small town, could be better in cities.

I would suggest not to go for new Grand Vitara paying full price. It is almost end of life, parts situation will only get worse. They have not added any new feature since 2009.
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Thanks Rajeev, Sridhar, and Samurai. Your inputs have been really helpful . I guess I could look around for a second hand one but as you know these are really hard to come by.

I really feel nothing quite beats the GV when it comes to robustness, looks , off road prowess and compactness in this category of SUV even today.....sorry to say but the new Brezza disappoints me��
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I really feel nothing quite beats the GV when it comes to robustness, looks , off road prowess and compactness
In the last approx. 2 years that I have owned a GV , I can only agree with what you've just said.

For me , the length of the car and the huge ORVMs are a huge aid to drive in the city ; and handling is tops too.

I saw the Brezza ZDi+ last week for a friend and must say it looked like a very good package. However , for 11.8lacs OTR ,you could end up buying two pre-owned GVs
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I was vacationing at a coffee estate resort recently. I got to talk to the caretaker for long and ended up sharing some offroading stories. Once he knew Grand Vitara was a 4WD vehicle and that I knew offroading, he recommended I drive through their estate.

I accepted at first, and then became apprehensive. Offroading alone in a SUV without doing a recce first? That is almost a cardinal sin. So I walked the whole trail, got lost couple times and finally got back. I decided it was doable in GV without any risks. There were couple parts where the tyre ruts are deep, but the metal skid plates should be able to protect the underside as long as I am very slow.

So here is the video of the trail drive, watch in HD. This is 2X speed so that you are not bored.


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Good to hear Bhimsen Joshi's Ramkali well . Was it being played while driving or did you add the sound track later?
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Good to hear Bhimsen Joshi's Ramkali well . Was it being played while driving or did you add the sound track later?
Wow, didn't expect anybody to ID the raga, singer was obvious though. I have been listening to that one since 1992, part 1 of maestro's series.

The sound track was added later after removing all the inane comments we were making while driving.
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Did a tank fill up today and slightly depressed to learn that I have driven just about 200 km in the last 6 months with the vitara. Travel with work has kept me busy with other things. So finally took it for Delhi-Chandigarh drive today. Noon, 40+ degrees temp, but it still returned me close to 13kmpl. Always impressed when I drive this car, just need to drive it more than I do now. The First Grand Vitara on Team-BHP [113000 KMs & 9 Years]-imageuploadedbyteambhp1465057130.429906.jpg
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HI Samuri,
How are you? Thanks a lot for a great ownership thread.
I just wanted to ask if you got the 235mm tries on the stock rims, which are 6.5"? My GV is due for a tire change soon, and as you know 225 are not so easy to come by, and hence looking at the 235 lattitude Cross. Do let me know if the 235's were fine on your GV on stock rims.
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^^ You should be fine with 235/70R16 on stock rims.

Your odo will show approx 2% less
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BTW does anyone know folks in Suzuki or Maruti Suzuki. Have seen a couple of folks retrofitting cruise control in their cars, wonder if we can do the same for ours after importing the requisite parts. This would become a proper highway cruiser at that point.
http://www.suzuki-forums.com/3g-2006...trol-ebay.html
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