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Old 13th September 2009, 22:43   #151
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100000 in 24 months. Approx 136 Km daily. Man, when was the last time, you saw you family? lol just kidding.
Easy..take my better half along with...enjoy and be together at the same time!

Right now in middle of desert around Bikaner doing recce for routes to be used for Desert Storm 2010. Will post pictures later.

Done enough dune bashing and getting bogged down - yeah even GV does that.
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Old 16th September 2009, 16:01   #152
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For some one who doubted ... see the attached.
One problem which is coming on and off is that the door switch of the tail gate is malfunctioning as the "rubber" cap on top of the switch fell off. As a result the switch does not get depressed and the warning light keeps coming on. In this condition the remote door lock also does not function. However the problem is intermittent and so waiting for next service to attend.
Not visible in this picture (as it was taken when the mile stone was crossed) is that the odometer has space for six digits - 1milion/10lac kms!! So is the GV going to last that long? Hmmmmmmm will take me twenty years of driving at current rate to find out
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Congrats Sudev ! I have not heard personal vehicles being ripped to this extent. Most of time I have seen plenty of Innova's [esp. TAXI's] doing more 1.5 Lakhs odo. But, this is something a surprise on luxury vehicles.
keep going...
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Why have a luxury vehicle if you do not put it to use?
Hey maybe that is why the "reliability" rating of high end (read priced) vehicle is high - cause they are not driven enough??
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I am sure, 1 lakh is just like peanuts for the Grand Vitara. The engine has just warmed up.
How is the Build, not bad right??
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Great build quality...hardly any rattles even after this. Except one, which was there right from day one. Still not fully traced but is somewhere at the rear but not the door.
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Last week end was a long but quick trip to area around Bikaner to find tracks for the next Desert Storm. Three days and 1600kms sort of trip. 1200kms to and from Bikaner and rest spent around the town exploring the unknown off the road country.

Originally planned the trip with two cars but the others could not join in so left home base on Saturday by 1500hrs. Drove through Gurgaon, Behror, Shahpura, turned off the NH8 and used state highway to Ringus and then on the NH11 to reach Bikaner at 2230.

Next day was full taken up exploring the country around. The research on GoogleEarth had already reveled some interesting alignments but till you do it on the ground you really do not know.

Here is a shot which I liked from my last weeks outing on the Aravallis and now this week I was heading for major off roading adventure in to the desert
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This track lead us through "monsoon" farming country. The fields here are somewhat green since they received some rain fall.
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This young fellow got carried away in to thinking that GV was also one of the milch animals that he was tending.
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Further afield the crops had failed and the farmer we met was disgusted with his luck. Gave him a lift despite ferocious looking sickle that he carried.
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Climbing dunes was fun
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But not as much as was coming down on the steeper side. Only wish there was another person to capture that on the camera.
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The tracks that ran through the fields had many "gates" to keep out wild animals (read deer, chinkara and blue bull)
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And this meant that my better half got enough exercise opening and closing those gates after us
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Having a vehicle that can be taken off road and enjoying taking it on to such territories was one of my major priorities when I purchased the GV and I am enjoying it to the fullest.

The objective of finding 50km+ sections was partially achieved and so the next Desert Storm will see most of the sections in the range of 50~100kms in length. This in contrast with 12~20kms that were run in the initial years.

Next week end is the first NCR SUV trail blazing and I hope to get more pictures from there for adding to this thread.
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thats possibly the shortset time to reach 1 lakh km by the private use vehicle on the forum !

Sudev i really envy you job , its very rarely that one get to be working withwhat you love and are passionate about ....

just finished running through all your exploits , and i must say that you have had one ball of a time .... keep rollin mate ! keep rollin
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Nice

Another example is my friends Dzire bought in Apr 08 it has almost done 92K on its Odo till now
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Another example is my friends Dzire bought in Apr 08 it has almost done 92K on its Odo till now

my god does he ride a bike for his living ?
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The problem of "door open" warning light was attended with a "jugaad" as shown in the picture below. A bit of platic tubing is added to the switch stem. By extending the switch it is getting triggered in to "off" position when the rear door is now closed.
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Basically the total door switch assembly comes covered with a rubber moulding which is missing in the rear. Possibly this was missing since last year when accident repairs were done to the tailgate.

The picture from the side door shows how it should look.
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Hey Sudev, great report and congrats on achieving the 6 figures so quickly. Looking forward to more stories. The 'Jugaad' incident demonstrates your ingenuity. Keep it up.
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Bill form the recent service of GV. The parts are very reasonably priced.

Brake Pads 3525
Oil filter 186

I know some of the other SUV's a set of OE brake pads comes for ~12K and higher.
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Which engine oil is this?
Can't read properly - 5W30? Rs. 296/liter?
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It sure does say 5W30 - This is Suzuki Motor Oil (SGP) that is supplied from the company. I have used this through out. Rather this is what MotorCraft, the MASS, have used ever since.
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