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Old 1st October 2014, 18:36   #331
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So replaced the fuel pump with original Suzuki one? What's the price?
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No still working with semi used OE pump
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No still working with semi used OE pump
Amazing! I always knew the GV was build well but this is amazing!
Do you get original parts from the MGP store or you do you pick up non MGP/SGP parts?
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Mostly all parts are SGP from MASS network. Most of the parts are delivered within few days now that centralized store for GV has been shifted to Bangalore.

This used pump was off chance purchase. New integrated pump + filter costs about 19k
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Might be a repeat question, but considering your usage - dont you miss a diesel SUV?

Thats some heavy usage for a petrol SUV to burn a real deep hole in the pocket!
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Miss diesel SUV? When was that option on table? Why buy a SUV if you are not going to use it. And lastly what price of enjoyment?

That said when I bought it Fortuner was six lac extra on road and Endy about four. To me this seemed VFM proposition.
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Miss diesel SUV? When was that option on table? Why buy a SUV if you are not going to use it. And lastly what price of enjoyment?

That said when I bought it Fortuner was six lac extra on road and Endy about four. To me this seemed VFM proposition.
I doubt the Tfort or Endy would be this fun to drive.
Maintaining an Endy is no joke! Ford isn't as reliable as the japs.
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That said when I bought it Fortuner was six lac extra on road and Endy about four. To me this seemed VFM proposition.
Sudev, when we both bought Grand Vitara in 2007, there were only two diesel premium SUV on the market, Tucson and the 2.5L Endeavour. The only other petrol SUV was CRV. Fortuner didn't came to India until 2009.

We really had small pickings then. People just don't realise how bad the premium SUV scene was 7 years back.
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Samurai you are right but Toyota plans were part of upcoming things. Tucson was not in consideration as it was missing low ratio. CRV and SUV are incompatible in my books.

Endy or second hand Forrester were only things I looked at apart from thinking to wait for Toyota. Safari was never in my thinking.
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...and M&M Scorpio. Wrote off the list the moment two showrooms I visited said:
a. They cannot organize demo of 4WD Scorpio
b. I will have to pay full money down to even see the vehicle as it will be only ordered then

As an aside yesterday I estimated that in running GV for the kilometers that I have I ended up paying about Rs4lacs extra assuming:
a. petrol and diesel price today
b. average of GV @9kmpl and Fortuner @10kmpl

Two words : Worth It

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...and M&M Scorpio. Wrote off the list the moment two showrooms I visited said:
a. They cannot organize demo of 4WD Scorpio
b. I will have to pay full money down to even see the vehicle as it will be only ordered then

As an aside yesterday I estimated that in running GV for the kilometers that I have I ended up paying about Rs4lacs extra assuming:
a. petrol and diesel price today
b. average of GV @9kmpl and Fortuner @10kmpl

Two words : Worth It
When deciding to buy a SUV, I had done a total cost of ownership analysis (Fortuner vs the 2.4L Vitara) with a horizon of 5 years and 7 years. After 5 years, the TCO for the diesel vehicle started looking a lot better.

You are expecting 10kmpl for the Fortuner? I won't comment on your average speed

Don't see travelogues from you nowadays...a pity
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Do not like the idea of writing travelogue later and then getting then moved from draft stage. I am more on spur of moment writer sharing as things happen.

The average is for combined city and highway cycles
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...and M&M Scorpio. Wrote off the list the moment two showrooms I visited said:
a. They cannot organize demo of 4WD Scorpio
b. I will have to pay full money down to even see the vehicle as it will be only ordered then

As an aside yesterday I estimated that in running GV for the kilometers that I have I ended up paying about Rs4lacs extra assuming:
a. petrol and diesel price today
b. average of GV @9kmpl and Fortuner @10kmpl

Two words : Worth It
If you include the depreciation hit in the GV vs Fortuner. How do the numbers stack up? And would it still be worth it? I have a feeling i know what your answer will be

Also, would the maintenance costs be same/similar between the two?
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I am hoping to build an inventory of consumables for my GV. The previous owner had serviced the car only till 30,000 kms and I did an oil change, coolant change, air filter and oil filter change when I purchased the car at 47000 odd kms.

I want to rely on OE products only by MUL, and as the parts availability always takes few days once the order is placed, I want to maintain my own inventory so that I do not need to wait in case of urgent / unplanned requirement.

I have compiled list of following parts / consumables after going through the PMS as recommended by MUL. I wish to get your valuable insights to any additions / deletions to the list and your views on this little activity of mine that has been occupying my thoughts for several days now.

Engine oil
Engine oil filter
Coolant
Brake disc
Brake pads
Brake drums
Brake shoes
Spark Plugs
Air cleaner filter element
Engine Accessory drive belt (V Rib belt)
Automatic Transmission fluid
Power Steering fluid
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Decompiling your list with comments:

Engine oil : Why stockpile? Use a good 5W-40 or 10W-50 synthetic
Engine oil filter : Have not had problem in getting this. I think it is a standard
Coolant : Why stockpile?
Brake disc : Original disc still running
Brake pads : Five or six changes of front and about half of that in rear
Brake drums : Still running original
Brake shoes : See brake pads above
Spark Plugs : Easily available. Why stockpile?
Air cleaner filter element : I think it is common with SX4
Engine Accessory drive belt (V Rib belt) : If you stick pile then you need to ensure that this does not become brittle. Store with care
Automatic Transmission fluid / Power Steering fluid : AFAIK this is common
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