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Old 23rd September 2009, 18:53   #46
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It started off this way:

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In the beginning of September, the clutch acted up again.

This time the repair was entrusted to a private garage with a clear understanding that only whatever needed to be changed would be changed and not the usual clutch pressure plate + clutch disc + clutch release bearing. This may not have been possible in the TASC and hence the private garage.

Eventually the clutch fork was found with a crack and hence only that was changed. The small garage had its own method to do the process and so the labour was more and they wasted some gear oil.

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The engine mount was cracked (don't know since when) and so that also was changed.

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The top one is the new improved fork with no weldings. The old one has a crack at the weld

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The crack!

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The new and the old cracked engine mount

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If they had taken the pains to drain the gearbox, this could have been saved. 1.5 litre was used to top up.

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The left front seat belt was not working especially the reeling in part. The TASC suggested a change and since the part was not readily available the change was deferred. We dismantled and the spring was broken. This garage repaired it.

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With this my maintenance expense stands at Rs 34421.59, Re 0.55 per km.

By the way. the pressure plate, clutch disc and bearing are all fine.
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Hi,

Just a small update with images:

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When my wife suggested an Indigo it was on my decision that we got our Marina.

To me, the Marina has the best shape in the Indica family.
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Marina in its element:

My Tata Indigo Marina - its life so far!-image_628.jpg

The downsized 165/80R14 tyres will the wheel well and I like the way it looks a lot better than with the OEM tyres.
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But I am not satisfied with the JK tyres. the sides are completely worn and are due for a change.

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The concrete cubes going for compression test for strength:
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Hi Rajesh Sir, You said you are going in for new tyres. Let me know which brand are you going in for.
I saw a few Chinese ones and they offer excellent VFM, of course with shortened life. Whats the KMS your tyres have completed till now?
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The location suggests a high rise building Is it for what I am guessing?

I have been to Focuz Alapuzha once and was extremely happy with their service ( though it was for an oil change).

My uncle has a SX and I used to love it untill I drove it once. Maybe it was badly maintained and hence a bit noisy inside. Drive it right and it zoomed with 3 people at rear.

The fork that was broken was the OE one? Looks likes it was made locally !
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You said you are going in for new tyres. Let me know which brand are you going in for.
I am again putting the same JK Toronado 165/80R14 tyres again. In fact, it is with me since two months now.

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The fork that was broken was the OE one? Looks likes it was made locally !
That was OEM!

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I have been to Focuz Alapuzha once and was extremely happy with their service ( though it was for an oil change).
They are quite good. I have more good feelings than bad regarding them. They have serviced my 4 Tata vehicles almost 100%!

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My uncle has a SX and I used to love it untill I drove it once. Maybe it was badly maintained and hence a bit noisy inside. Drive it right and it zoomed with 3 people at rear.
Our roads are inclined to produce some noises from the vehicle and the TDi engine is not very silent either! But it works!

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The location suggests a high rise building Is it for what I am guessing?
Not much of a high rise, but it would be multistoried and yes, your guess would be right.

Alleppey Seematti was the first one and 2010 would be our centenary year. It would be appropriate for the first shop to have its own premises!
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Please be gentle on me.

Front right:
My Tata Indigo Marina - its life so far!-image_713.jpg

Front left:
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Rear right:
My Tata Indigo Marina - its life so far!-image_715.jpg

Rear left:
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the famous 'bulge' which Apollo insisted that it was purely 'my' creation!
My Tata Indigo Marina - its life so far!-image_717.jpg

The front ones are over extended and due for change and they are going to be replaced by the same brand and size.

The front ones are just 30000kms old. My suspension maintenance is suspect!
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Hi,

At 64762kms on 07/01/2010 my front tyres were replaced by the same JK Toronado 165/80R14 tyres.

By then, the front right tyre was:
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The new front right:
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The new front left:
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I do see many Swifts running with the same OEM tyres. These tyres are supposed to deteriorate fast as per the alignment guys.

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Hi,

My Marina is having fun lugging things around.

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That is coins collected from Dhanalakshmi Bank branch all the way at Pamba.

I was taking the car on a mountainous route for the first time. I enjoyed the drive. The thinner front tyres have made the steering very light. No feel, but the tyres hold the line well on the dry roads that I have tried.

The gap between the 2nd and 3rd gears is a too little wide and the effect is seen on uphills. The 2nd is too low and the third is too high and frequent shifting is needed in some places.

For the first time, my RPM registered 3700+ (usually I don't / don't need to cross 3000) in second to complete an overtaking.

Some random snaps on the way back:

Pamba
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The road that leads to the Nilackal Sive temple
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Sunset
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SH11. I usually travel at night with those dipped lights using the 'flash' to check path.
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You need that much of Change?!!!


Why did you choose to have different brands in front and rear?
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trrk, sir, with that much of coinage you still traveled by night? Had any cops stopped you they might have mistaken you for a bank robber, lol.
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You need that much of Change?!!!
For record, it was change worth Rs 99000 in 5s, 2s and 1s.

This should hold us good for say about 5 or 6 months. Unfortunately, we traders don't get much favour from banks in the matter of coins. And customers just don't have interest in tendering change. They would prefer us to forego that part from the billed amount. With our style of functioning, it is our cashier's responsibility to tally the cash in accordance with that day's cash billing. Since there in 'bill less' sale, keeping the requisite 'change' is the only way to ensure that unnecessary disprepancies in cash does not happen.

With the experience of coin shortage after last Onam, we are just preparing ourselves for the sales ahead.

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Why did you choose to have different brands in front and rear?
It is not just the brand, but also size. It started out as an experiment to see whether taller tyres would ease the ride a bit (it does too) and these are 'second hand' and so saves money too! I would put the same in all the wheels, but the rear ones are not wearing out fast!

Since the 'premium' and 'not so premium' tyres anyway leave us to fend off without offering any warranty, I just felt that it is of no use to splurge on them.

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trrk, sir, with that much of coinage you still traveled by night? Had any cops stopped you they might have mistaken you for a bank robber, lol.
The bank obliged by giving us a certificate with vehicle number stating that these coin bags were delivered to us in liew of cash. Would not have taken the coins had I not got that certificate.

A lorry was being loaded with Rs 14 L worth of coins and small notes while we were there enroute to north Kerala.

Mine was way less.

The bank charges us Rs 50 per bag as commission. They won't entertain any claims of shortage. But I always return if any excess is found. Our counting is not yet over, but we have got about 15 Malaysian coins so far.

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With coins always at a premium here, we don't waste much of a chance of getting coins.

This time it was to the St Mary's church in Bharananganam associated with the Saint Alphonsa. They seem to have Rs 5 coins released in her honour to be distributed to other churchs. A contact with the local numismatic society helped in procuring the same.

St Mary's church, Bharanganam
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Saint Alphonsa
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Th coin bags distributed:
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The light blue boxes above have special releases for collectors (Rs 2500 each:

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This is a road parallel to the main road towards Ettumanoor, Could not believe that this is so close to civilisation.
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This engineering college is in this road. Nice environment to study!
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Lunch stop:
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Spotted in the church parking lot and it is privately registered:
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The right one was similar, but the tread was still on the tyre.

Just looked up and saw this while leaving for shop from home after this trip:
My Tata Indigo Marina - its life so far!-image_862.jpg

Felt car not pulling on the hilly terrain. Should check the fuel pump and calibrate it.

Couple of weeks back felt the AC not its usual self as far as cooling and blower power was concerned. The tell tale lights were all ON in the proper way. Wanted to actually check it up, when my driver operated the 'recirculation' switch. Off and ON and the AC was back to normal. The flap must have been open!
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Hi,

Going strong at 68500kms, the Marina would be the 'work'horse now with its newer cousins doing the people ferrying jobs.

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Rajesh, the Marina is definitely a good-looking vehicle. Among the Indica family, this one has the most cohesive and pleasing design.
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