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Old 21st April 2010, 15:18   #211
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@ sudev (and others also)
I am planning to purchase a 2nd hand Vitara. There are three 2007 models listed on Carwale @ 8.25 t 9.0 lacs (dealer listing). Are these OK prices. What obvious pitfalls should one check for?

If you, or anyone else, has any heads up on these, please let me know. Any help is much appreciated an thanks in advance.
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Old 21st April 2010, 20:13   #212
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Check up the service history through a MASS as they are all hooked up with Maruti servers and even if service/insurance claim was done at any MASS it would show up.
While driving the vehicle try to pull it up from low revs in second gear. The amount of judder will tell you how the owner kept his car in power band. Some judder is expected. Alternatively in second gear accelerate/de-accelerate and see if the drive train rattles. Body lines and paint discolorations.
How much on ODO?
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Default 125000kms and still going strong!

At this juncture I have decided to use my GV and participate in Rally of the Mughal Road (see my participation and preparation thread at http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ighlight=sudev (My Mughal Road Rally))

By this time the clutch pedal was being pressed almost to the floor and engaging first gear at standstill was becoming a problem sometimes. It would become hard to engage only when standstill. Opened the clutch and found that the pressure plate and disc had worn off though not fully.

Have replaced the clutch and pressure plate (cost Rs4600)

The second item of replacement was the front suspension arms as the rubber bush (this is moulded in) had torn from one side (top) in both the arms. This was replaced earlier also at ~70k

A new set of tires were put in in view of the rally and major amount of hill driving this will involve. Yokohama Geolander A/TS 235/75 R16 will now see the duty. I am told that the side wall of this is softer compared to Michellin's that I was running for last 55k. The last set still had about 10~15k life before TWI showed up.

The F.E. figures have dropped a bit and now generally I end up in range of 8.59kmpl on city driving. May be I am less judicious in pressing the accelerator. I find that by keeping the vehicle in 2200~3000rmp range - even if mean going on and on in second gear in the city - I get better FE.

Other than this the GV is a winner and still handles and feels tight and noise free.
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Nice Nice,keep adding more kms to the Odo,sudev sir,and may force be with you for the Mughal Road rally.

Clutch and Pressure plates for just 4600,now this is a really good price for a 15L+ vehicle.
My Accent's Clutch is expensive than this
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Nice Nice,keep adding more kms to the Odo,sudev sir,and may force be with you for the Mughal Road rally.
Thanks for the force! Will surely need it.

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Clutch and Pressure plates for just 4600,now this is a really good price for a 15L+ vehicle.
My Accent's Clutch is expensive than this
LOL

One of the reasons that I chose Suzuki GV when looking at long term perspective and maint. costs and service network. By and large parts costs have been very reasonable.
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One of the reasons that I chose Suzuki GV when looking at long term perspective and maint. costs and service network. By and large parts costs have been very reasonable.
For a CBU, the parts are very much reasonably priced! I read through the cost for the clutch and pressure plates once again, just to make sure my eyes werent playing tricks on me!
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@Mods: Can you please update title to "Suzuki Grand Vitara: 1,25,000kms in three years"
Done, and I am glad you decided to drop the Short term report from the title.

You had done 50K in one year, 100K in 2 years, but only 25K in the third year, you are slipping.
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1.25L Kms in 3 years :o , i really really envy you

I have been following this thread since beginning, i cannot think for any other vehicle better for the job, in this price range.
Wish you more happy kms with your GV.
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@Samurai: Yeah but then 20k odd were added on to friends Fortuner past year doing recce and stuff for desert Storm

Or perhaps old age catching up??
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ROFL!

Sudev, I was going to make the comment about old age and you beat me to it!

The price of the clutch plates is indeed a shocker! Good for you.

How about a comparison photos taken during its <5000 kms and now after >1,25,000 kms?
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You judge which is which one is December 2007 and the other January 2010

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<insert "I give up" smiley!!!>
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Brilliant stuff sir! Your car is quite a star. How're the interiors holding up after so much use? Do throw in some pics if you have the time.
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The first is from earlier this year. But the over all looks and feel are still quite nice and feel clean.

Interiors pictures - will try and comply.
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The first is from earlier this year. But the over all looks and feel are still quite nice and feel clean.
Actually I could make out, the first photo doesn't have OE tyres.
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