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Old 18th January 2018, 18:33   #301
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Long due update from my side. The Altis was serviced last March at 68,500kms. Service bill was 16K (9K for brake pads, 7K service). It wasn't being used a lot since I have an Ecosport which is my daily drive. The odo reading was at 72,700kms which meant the car had only done 4000kms since last service in 10 months.

I had a trip to Mumbai planned 1st week of January and I decided instead of taking the Ecosport, to take the Corolla. Literally the first long highway drive in the 8+ years I have had it. The only other trip was a trip to Chennai when the car was new.

However before going on the trip, there were a few minor issues that had cropped up.

1. The front suspension had started rattling again over sharp edged bumps. The car didn't feel as composed as well.
2. Clutch shudder in the morning on cold start was more. Would disappear after driving for a few mins.

The suspension noise cropping again in 4000kms meant there was something else that needed to be reduced. I was pretty sure in 8 years there would be some rubber bushes that were worn out. I took the car to my usual place Ravindu Toyota Avalahalli. Manjunath is my go to guy there. He's the service manager and knows the car inside out. I had informed him about the Mumbai trip so he said he will open up the entire suspension and check all 4 shocks. Went for a long test drive with Manjunath as well as a senior mechanic there Panduranga who realized that the noise was very difficult to produce but it was there and me being so particular would not accept that sound even intermittent.

Final diagnosis of the suspension issue after opening all 4 sides was that the rear shocks were pretty much shot. After full compression the right side wasn't expanding back up again. The left side was slower to respond. Front shocks were fine in comparison. I suspected front lower arm bushes, tie rod ends as the cause for the noise. However I was informed that the front lower arm is literally built to last the life of the car bushes included and its rare for them to go bad. The tie rod ends were fine too. However the stabilizer bar bushes on both sides were slightly worn.

The clutch was still good but being used in traffic was worse for wear. Manjunath suggested to continue using it since performance was good and gear shifts were smooth. For the cold shudder he advised to drain the old clutch fluid and fill new.

List of work done on the car (labour prices):
1. Front stabilizer bushes changed (both sides) - Rs. 1,425
2. Rear shock absorbers changed (both sides) - Rs. 1,115
3. Clutch fluid change and bleeding - Rs. 225
4. Wheel alignment - Rs. 672
5. 80K kms service - Rs. 2,159
Total labour : Rs. 5,596


Parts changed with prices:
1. Brake / Clutch fluid - Rs. 374
2. Rear shock Absorber (2) - Rs. 7,713
3. Front stabilizer bushes (2) - Rs. 1,041
4. Rubber beading bonnet - Rs. 680
5. Fuel filter - Rs. 3,351
6. Oil filter - Rs. 705
7. Spark plugs (4) - Rs. 1,223
8. Gasket / clips / misc - Rs. 137
Total Parts : Rs. 15,224

Apart from the above I decided to try Liqui Moly Synthetic engine oil 5w30 Molygen as well as the famed oil additive LiquiMoly Ceratec. The oil was Rs. 3,300, Ceratec was 2,300 and Flush was Rs.400. This was more out of curiosity than need.

Grand total was 15,224 (Parts) + 5,596 (labour) + 6,000 (oil + additive) = Rs. 26,820

Considering that this is a car in it's 9th year and the amount of work done as well as the very expensive oil change, I am quite satisfied with the bill. This also means the car doesn't need any more work done for pretty much the next 2 years.

Now coming to how the car feels after the service:

- The suspension problems have been completely fixed. There's not a single sound from all 4 sides over any type of road. Mind you the car has done 2,500kms from Bangalore to Mumbai and back with stops in Kolhapur, Pune and driving around Mumbai's horrible surfaced roads and there is absolutely no issues.

- The clutch fluid change and bleeding resulted in a lighter clutch feel and removed the shudder to a huge extent. The shudder at cold is now only on a few occasions.

- The biggest and noticeable change is the new Synthetic Liquimoly oil and the Ceratec effect. The engine sound and vibrations have dropped down by a massive amount. You can barely hear the car at idle! Earlier at 120 Km/hr the engine would feel strained and buzzy. This buzziness and strain has vanished. It just feels so much more relaxed and free revving.

I had such a pleasant drive and even my dad noticed that I was actually enjoying driving the car much more than before. The overall FE has gone up as well. On one tank of fuel I ended up getting almost 600kms range which I have never seen till now. Overall FE was close to 14kmpl though I didn't really check the FE for the whole trip. This was with 3 people and luggage for 1 week.

The Altis has suddenly got a new lease of life. Since the usage of the car is not much and being a petrol resale is poor plus you can never get such a trouble free car today, it just makes sense to keep her for the occasional use.

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My car's passenger side air bag 'igniter', obviously a Takata, was replaced under warranty. TKM did not inform me but it came up in Shodha Toyota's vehicle detail screen when the car was given for the annual service.

I assume the driver side part is ok as there was no replacement required.

@vid6639, you may want to have your '09 car checked at the dealer.
Yup the same passenger airbag inflator was changed in my car under warranty during the service as well. They had been calling to come in for this recall.

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Old 21st January 2018, 21:30   #302
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My car was treated to its biannual detailing session by the 3M blokes at the dealership. Will share some pics later
So for the 1st time I present TBHPians with a few photos of my 9 year and 3 month old Corolla Altis. She's been lovingly looked after and cared for. It's the longest I've retained any car and a big reason is the Toyota ownership experience.

Strangely, in all these years I never named my any of my cars but this time I thought it appropriate to give this old girl a name. But the name most certainly could not be one of those hyperbolic ones we read about on this forum. So TBHPians, may I introduce 'Goldie'.

The biggest compliment the car received was from the service manager who said 'Sir if you take off the registration plate the car looks as if its rolled out from the factory;

All photos taken with my IP 7+ in the dealer's parking yard.

Details of the service:

a) Engine oil - Mobil 1 5W-30 ESP Rs ~5000 purchased from Amazon India
b) Engine oil Filter change Rs 705
c) Cabin/AC Filter change - Rs 1881
d) Engine drain plug gasket - Rs 52
e) Brake system bleed/fluid replacement labour charges - Rs 662
f) Brake fluid - Rs 187
g) Windshield washer concentrate - Rs 77
h) 3M detailing - Rs 3100
i) Annual inspection labour charges - 1882

Total cost - Rs 13,546 including GST
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Things don't look all that rosy today. Got a call from Nandi regarding the complaints. They recommend the following:

1. Front brake pads are down to 3mm. Need to be changed. (Approx 10K)
2. Front caliper kit is getting stuck. Needs to be changed. (Approx 2K)
3. Throttle body will need to be removed and cleaned
4. Rear brakes are down to 7mm from 11mm new. Wear is even. Nothing needed.
5. steering damper to be chnaged.
6. Clutch bleeding done but clutch is towards the end of it's life. Recommended to change but ok for 5K kms. 17K for new clutch + new gear shift bushes.
7. brake rotors need to be skimmed.


Apart from the last item on the list, have told them to go ahead with the other changes. Bill has shot up from 4K to 21K largely due to the new front pads and calipers that are almost 14K.
Vids - Can you let me know what part number is the 'Steering Damper' and where is this located in the steering assembly ?
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The biggest compliment the car received was from the service manager who said 'Sir if you take off the registration plate the car looks as if its rolled out from the factory;
Spot on! Absolutely well maintained!
Corollas are just built to last, and this is no exception. My dad had a 1980 Corolla during my growing years, and we loved it. My first car when i moved to Australia was .... yup, you guessed right, a Corolla, although pre-owned!
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Spot on! Absolutely well maintained! Corollas are just built to last, and this is no exception. My dad had a 1980 Corolla during my growing years, and we loved it. My first car when i moved to Australia was .... yup, you guessed right, a Corolla, although pre-owned!
Thanks @benbsb29! It's an endearing car, NEVER hassles me, much like a faithful and loyal pet (I love dogs) who is always there right by your side. My Dad had a Toyota Corona Mk 2 in the '70s, from '71/'72 through to 1978.

Even today, Toyota has my back nearly a decade after I purchased the vehicle. One complaint and all hell breaks loose for the dealer. Try getting that level of service from other manufacturers in India.

The company and their product have redefined what a car ownership experience should be. And about a dozen years after owning 2 Corollas, Toyota is and will probably always be the benchmark for me. The cherry on the icing on the cake? Good vehicle resale value compared to others in its class.

I can only imagine what owning a Lexus will be like. V Narayan's Lexus ES300h thread is a must read.

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