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Old 11th August 2017, 19:31   #1021
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On a lighter note:

The wipers were due for a change and i decided to maximise the swept area. The old ones were a 17" pair.
So, with some measurements and trials. I finally went in for a combination of 22" for the driver side and 20" for the passenger side.

Have used it for a couple of trips after the change. The wiper motor is taking the load. Also clear area on the windscreen has improved dramatically.

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The wipers were due for a change and i decided to maximise the swept area. The old ones were a 17" pair.
The regular size is 19", how did you end up with 17"?
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Old 11th August 2017, 20:16   #1023
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The regular size is 19", how did you end up with 17"?
Guess the vehicle had that size when I picked it up in 2015. My neighbourhood tinkershop, who did the painting and denting immediately after I got the GV, reported changing the blades. Guess he just did a "same to same" change.

I was too busy getting to know the vehicle to notice.
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Going to Leh? Unless you plan to off-road in Nubra sands you would not even need 4HL.

Oh you would need 4LL if you plan to take shortcuts at Gata loops or Tanglanla
Thanks, Sudevji. I think the trip will be a sufficient adventure! I don't plan to push it by taking shortcuts.
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Any leads for a decent GV 2.0? Wanting to buy one
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Old 13th August 2017, 10:50   #1026
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Going to Leh? Unless you plan to off-road in Nubra sands you would not even need 4HL.

Oh you would need 4LL if you plan to take shortcuts at Gata loops or Tanglanla
Sudevji, wondering if I need to carry extra fuel in the car for the Leh-Tandi stretch, where there are no petrol pumps. The 350-km distance seems well within the 64-litre fuel capacity of the GV, even considering the likely much higher fuel consumption on that road. Any advice? And where can I get an extra fuel tank in Delhi-Gurgaon area, if I decide to buy one? Thanks.
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The 350-km distance seems well within the 64-litre fuel capacity of the GV.

In addition to what Sudev sir might say about this, I'll add that I have not been able to fill more than 42-45L from empty to full in my 2.0GV. Part of the reason could be that I always stop at auto cut-off and the fact that most often I don't let the tank run too low. The rest goes in the reserve I guess. So practically speaking, I do my fuel calculations based on 42L (conservative estimates). But yeah 350 KM is easily doable in one tank, but I think it's better to carry extra in this case.

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I often fill 55-57 liters since I am not too far away from petrol bunks. It is possible to do 50KMs even after low fuel warning comes up.

So I regularly do 550-575kms in a single tank despite driving in ghat roads. But Himalayan roads are a different ball game I think. What kind of FE do you get there on GV?
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I just checked my fuel app. The most I've filled is 53L, which was the very first fill up after I bought the vehicle. After that 44L and 42L as second and third highest. The most I've managed in Uttarkhand's hilly areas is around 7.5 kmpl, so not dramatically different from what I usually get.
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Any leads for a decent GV 2.0? Wanting to buy one
Pls see this ad on our forum

http://classifieds.team-bhp.com/buy-...d-Vitara.html/

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I have an AT gearbox. This has 2 advantages:-
i) The torque convertor acts as a torque multiplier in addition to the step up of the low range.
ii) The engine does not stall as a suitable gear is automatically selected. My guess is that the gearbox keeps it in 1st. or 2nd. depending on the speed. But I can tell you that the torque is humungous.

4H should cover most of the situations. Go directly to 4LL in tricky patches and slow down suitably.

Service the transfer case selector mechanism, as lack of frequent usage sort of jams it in 4H position. A sticky lever action can create trouble in the field. A shot of WD40 will do the trick. Access to the mechanism i/s poor so it may be best to get it done by MASS.

Do post a travelogue. All the best.
Does the AT gear box of the GV has a manual option as well?
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Does the AT gear box of the GV has a manual option as well?
No manual mode. It is basically a veryyy old school 4 speed unit.
But it has the option of selecting 3/2/1 modes in addition to D. In each of these settings the box shifts up to the setting and not beyond. Eg. in "2" the gears will shift between 2 or 1 only.

But the AT box is a gem while off-roading. i just slot it in D and concentrate on the steering.
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Sudevji, wondering if I need to carry extra fuel in the car for the Leh-Tandi stretch, where there are no petrol pumps. The 350-km distance seems well within the 64-litre fuel capacity of the GV, even considering the likely much higher fuel consumption on that road. Any advice? And where can I get an extra fuel tank in Delhi-Gurgaon area, if I decide to buy one? Thanks.
Since many areas in that stretch are flat you will get good average if you do not do pedal to metal stuff. You may need 20litre can if you plan to do Nubra Warila Pangong in one stretch.

Max I have filled is 63.5 litre. That was done to check run to dry capacity. Had a five litre jerry can with me but the car started puttering just as a fuel pump came up. Coasted to stop.
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Any leads for a decent GV 2.0? Wanting to buy one
We have ours for sale as someone mentioned earlier....2007, 2.0 1 lac kms.
Let me know if anyone is keen,I have posted in the Classifieds section already.
NO tampering with the ODO ofcourse! And have quite a few spares as well.
We have booked another SUV, so now this can really go....

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No manual mode. It is basically a veryyy old school 4 speed unit.
But it has the option of selecting 3/2/1 modes in addition to D.
Agree with Sridhar on the virtues of this gearbox.

1.Has the D, 3, 2, L options so offers the convenience of a "manual". I have, on countless occasions, shifted to 3 or 2 to help me zoom out of obstacles.Gearbox response to shifts is instantaneous.

2.The Power mode helps in delayed shifts in D mode.So that is another convenience.

3.Drive mode 4H works fine in most situations.

This is one gem of a car and a gem^n of a gearbox.
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