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Old 28th March 2009, 21:44   #91
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Default Third service complete.

Hello ladies and gentles.

I'd like to report that the car has completed 6 months with us. The odo stands at nearly 5950KM.

Filled up with synthetic oil. The SA told me all Civics use synth. But it is just a money making exercise, obviously. But I'm fine with it as long as they actually filled synth. The engine has smoothed out considerably after the service. It is totally inaudible now at slow cruising speeds where before the service, there was a slight clatter. I just wish it had some more power. *sigh*

There was an annoying rattle with the steering wheel. This has been fixed to my satisfaction. Some part of the plastic cover was touching the steering column and creating the godawful racket that was driving me and my copassengers nuts. It wasn't loud, but it was consistent and piercing.

The car came with a boot lock from an Amby. They have fixed a Honda one after my complaint. It required a bit of a thump with two people helping to make it lock beforehand - now all it needs is a gentle shove. The rear number plate has started rattling again. I'll have to DIY that.

The 3M paint treatment, which was due, wasn't done due to shortage of time. I specifically told him not to do it if they didn't have time to do it properly. I just got myself a bunch of presents for the car from Meguiar's. I'll try to take a beauty shot when time permits.

I did not get the door repaint done. I'm dragging my feet about it. The badly finished fender irritates me every time I look at it, but the scratch is bearable. Bothers me that I have to spend 2500/- so they'll fix their own mistakes, supposedly for free.

Onward!
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Old 28th March 2009, 22:12   #92
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As per Autocar March issue of spare parts, the civic oil filter costs Rs.123 and the Accord costs Rs.309.

Either ACI is wrong or honda charged more or price increased in one month.
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42 litres of synthetic oil ?? Or am i missing something here.?
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4.2Lit? and just 2700 Rs ? Which brand?

And Honda rattles? Hello? Suzuki does, Tata does. Hyundai does?

OT, met Subin?
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As per Autocar March issue of spare parts, the civic oil filter costs Rs.123 and the Accord costs Rs.309.

Either ACI is wrong or honda charged more or price increased in one month.
Wouldn't be the first time ACI has been wrong. Some of the stuff in that list they published seem completely random.

The 15400-RTA-004 oil filter seems universal to quite a lot of cars. Civic, US Accord, Pilot, Acura MDX etc etc. Prices range between INR 300-315 in the International market, so I think we get a deal.

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42 litres of synthetic oil ?? Or am i missing something here.?
42 units of oil, each worth INR 50/-. I'm guessing 100mL per unit. Might be actually 50mL per unit. I don't know how many liters of oil the Civic requires.

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4.2Lit? and just 2700 Rs ? Which brand?

And Honda rattles? Hello? Suzuki does, Tata does. Hyundai does?

OT, met Subin?
Honda labelled. Supposed to be IDEMITSU OEM. I reconfirmed it is fully synthetic and not semisynth.

The rattle (technically a squeak, since it was caused by rubbing parts) has been there in some form or the other since day 1. It just got exacerbated after the 1000KM trip. Not saying Honda doesn't rattle. I was just saying it was something present and that it got fixed.

No, didn't meet him. We did talk on the phone. His delivery was at 3:30PM. Mine was at 6PM. Times just didn't add up. I asked him to come for the meet on April 3rd (5th?).

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My leasing company never takes Hondas to the authorised service centres for body work, a scary thought for me so I try to be extra careful.
Then where do they take to ?. My friend did his honda city at TVS @ Ambattur. He got it done for 5 to 6k, as compared to Capital Hondas estimate of Rs 45K.

I had a miserable experience with Capital Honda. Had a dent on the fender, and they made me replace the fender. Now I see gaps between headlight and fender, and some rattling too. I have already 'visited' them 3 times to rectify this, and going again on 2nd Apr.
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Umm, guys, how much of a difference is supposed to be felt after the first oil change? I just went for a late night drive and the car responded and hummed a tune like never before. Did they forget to put on my exhaust or something?

Even if its a placebo effect, I'm lovin' it.

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Check whether they forgot to put in the air filter. That will give a very sporty note.
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or even a busted air filter will do. I had the same experience after my last service and opened up the airbox to see a torn air filter. buggers probably thought I'd never notice it.

PS: if its more free revving, that would be expected

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Oh, thank you very much you monsters. Now I'm worried sick.

*runs off to pop his hood*
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Then where do they take to ?. My friend did his honda city at TVS @ Ambattur. He got it done for 5 to 6k, as compared to Capital Hondas estimate of Rs 45K.

I had a miserable experience with Capital Honda. Had a dent on the fender, and they made me replace the fender. Now I see gaps between headlight and fender, and some rattling too. I have already 'visited' them 3 times to rectify this, and going again on 2nd Apr.
Yes, they take it to My TVS, I think it is called Millenium Motors or something at Ekattuthangal, wonder if it is the workshop of the former Skoda dealership .

I checked out the place last month, not impressive to look at, but I heard they do a good job. I hope I dont have to visit them at all...touchwood

Apparently this the company that supplies the engine oils to Honda dealers in India (info from my SA at Sundaram Motors)

Welcome to Savita

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Has anyone heard of the Honda Vtec LEV synthetic engine oil?
I had asked Honda to change the oil to synthetic and this is what they put in. It says "Premium Engine Oil SM0W30" on the invoice. Not sure if it is the real deal or was I duped?
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Has anyone heard of the Honda Vtec LEV synthetic engine oil?
I had asked Honda to change the oil to synthetic and this is what they put in. It says "Premium Engine Oil SM0W30" on the invoice. Not sure if it is the real deal or was I duped?
http://www.honda.net.my/products/lubricants.cfm

It is a Honda branded Idemitsu product, don't know about the rating though, may be Immortalz can help out.

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Default Minor (?) accident.

Today, my car was in a minor accident. We were cruising behind a Lancer at slow speeds (30-40KMPH). It was in front of the Technopark gate. It was lunch time and there were several pedestrians waiting to cross.

Someone jumped across the path of the Lancer. He hit his brakes full on and I followed suit. I came to stop without hitting him and he managed to stop just centimeters before some techie had his legs replaced with plastic Lancer bumper.

However, a biker was tailgating me, trying to get through to the left. He didn't stop in time and ended up taking out my brake lights, a lot of bumper plastic. I saw him jump away from the bike. I stopped at the shoulder a few meters away, looked out and saw he was fine. His bike was run over by a driving school 800 and they were busy roasting that guy. It is no use stopping for an argument cuz you will end up paying for the biker's repairs from your pocket.

Anyway, went to Peninsular and the estimate came to INR 20K for :

1) New rear bumper + painting
2) denting + painting of rear quarter panel
3) New brake light

Amount after insurance will be around 6K he says. Time required for the job will be 8-10 days.
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The bumper looks like it can be repaired, unless you want to replace instead or repair.

Colour Wheels should be able to fix that bumper and make it as good as new.
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