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Old 22nd June 2017, 19:07   #286
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Did you opt for the Iridium plugs or the standard ones?
I was not asked; Will call them up and check.

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Why aren't you buying these common accessories in India? Believe me, there's not much of cost advantage.
I read in this thread that the bulbs are 13000 for a piece? Is there a alternative in the third party market here in India?

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Range depends on the mileage (which in turn depends on a variety of factors including your driving style, urban/highway traffic conditions, road speed, AC on/off, etc.) and the amount of fuel in the tank. So there's no hard and fast rule. A full tank (approx 55L) should give you a range of about 700-800 kms. However, it is not advisable to let the tank very run low on fuel (less than 20%) as it may damage the fuel pump which is an expensive part to replace. So assume you have only a range afforded by about 44-45 L. At a highway mileage of 14 kmpl you have a range of approx. 630-650 km.

With highway driving I get between 14.5-14.7 kmpl driving at speeds of 110-120 kmph with AC on. If you control road speed to between 80-90 kmph you will achieve much better mileage.
My question was more like; when you go to a fuel station and say "Full Tank till Auto Cutoff". After that when you sit on the car in the dashboard what does the Range shows in the dashboard?

For me it shows as 400/450. The ARAI mileage as per Carwale is 9.8 kmpl

When yellow light indicator comes on and I go for a refuel; around 40 liters is what it takes till auto cut off for the fuel dispenser.

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I was not asked; Will call them up and check.
Check the bill/invoice. It'll be mentioned there.

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I read in this thread that the bulbs are 13000 for a piece? Is there a alternative in the third party market here in India?
Buy one only when you need it. If possible from the US as they're cheaper there. They are pretty long lasting. Here's the Amazon India link. They'll import it from the US for you for about Rs 5K each.

http://www.amazon.in/Philips-Standar...ds=philips+D4R

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My question was more like; when you go to a fuel station and say "Full Tank till Auto Cutoff". After that when you sit on the car in the dashboard what does the Range shows in the dashboard?

For me it shows as 400/450. When yellow light indicator comes on and I go for a refuel; around 40 liters is what it takes till auto cut off for the fuel dispenser.
Carewale are probably mentioning mileage in city. I get about 10-11 kmpl. Your mileage improves considerably on the highway.

I would recommend you refuel when the fuel level indicator shows about 1/4th tank. Don't wait till the yellow lamp comes on. That is an indicator of only about 8 litres i.e. about 15% in the tank.
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Excellent Ownership review. I am actually looking for a beater car that will be used for office runs(<=10 kms a day). I'm confused between the 2007-08 Corolla and the 2008-09 Altis. Which would be a better option? I'm getting a few 2008 Altis around 3L but I'm worried about the maintenance costs of it as compared to the old Corolla (especially the brake pads). So if you can advice on which model should I pick(Corolla vs Altis), that would be really helpful
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Excellent Ownership review. I am actually looking for a beater car that will be used for office runs(<=10 kms a day). I'm confused between the 2007-08 Corolla and the 2008-09 Altis. Which would be a better option? I'm getting a few 2008 Altis around 3L but I'm worried about the maintenance costs of it as compared to the old Corolla (especially the brake pads). So if you can advice on which model should I pick(Corolla vs Altis), that would be really helpful
Go for the Altis Nimit. 2008-2009. It's far superior in terms of features, better looking, easier to get parts vs the really old Corolla and the suspension is better.

If you get a GL it's fully loaded with leather seats, electric adjust drivers seat, HID xenons and a ton of other stuff. It gives most cars today a run for it's money in terms of features.
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Hi Vid6639,

I own a 2010 Altis (Petrol) and just got my 70K service done. The car has about 62,500 kms on the ODO.

I had complained about loud thuds while going over bumpy surfaces and the steering sometimes made noises when turned either side.

The SA advised changing the steering gear assembly and all four shock absorbers. Apart from this, the normal services charges + items were included in the bill. The final total came to around 86,100ish, including tax. I know Toyota parts are on the expensive side, but does this sound reasonable?

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Hi Vid6639,

I own a 2010 Altis (Petrol) and just got my 70K service done. The car has about 62,500 kms on the ODO.

I had complained about loud thuds while going over bumpy surfaces and the steering sometimes made noises when turned either side.

The SA advised changing the steering gear assembly and all four shock absorbers. Apart from this, the normal services charges + items were included in the bill. The final total came to around 86,100ish, including tax. I know Toyota parts are on the expensive side, but does this sound reasonable?

Thanks!
I don't know if the amount is OK, without seeing all the items in the invoice, it cannot be commented if its reasonable or not.
As for the solution - that doesn't sound very reasonable. Sound from suspension = replace all shockers...Typical ASC arrogance. I wish I was a service adviser by profession. Its a very convenient and comfortable life. Make people spend their money simply on my own whims & take their cars on test rides. Not much effort required at work.
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I don't know if the amount is OK, without seeing all the items in the invoice, it cannot be commented if its reasonable or not.
As for the solution - that doesn't sound very reasonable. Sound from suspension = replace all shockers...Typical ASC arrogance. I wish I was a service adviser by profession. Its a very convenient and comfortable life. Make people spend their money simply on my own whims & take their cars on test rides. Not much effort required at work.
Thanks for your reply! I can totally relate to what you are saying. I have come across service advisers with such an attitude before. However, it is a bit different in this case. I apologize for not providing enough details about my experience.

The SA test-drove the car along with my driver and only then did he inform me about what all required to be changed. Based on the limited knowledge I have on cars, I suspected that the sound being heard while driving were the shock absorbers on their last legs. The steering was a little clunky at times, but I didn't know what could be causing this.

I got the car back after all the work was carried out, and I must say that it drives like brand new now! All my issues were solved in a timely manner and I was kept informed throughout the process.

Yes, the parts are on the expensive side. But if I look at this in the right context, it is the ONLY time I have had to spend such an amount on my Altis since we got it new in 2010. All that being said, it is difficult to catch if certain parts need to be replaced or still have life in them. We go by the word of the SA. It is very easy for a cunning SA to change parts that still have life and charge the customer. We are to an extent, at their mercy.

I am mentioning below, the parts that were changed and their per unit prices (tax & labour not included). I haven't mentioned a few minor items which were replaced as per the scheduled service.
  • 1 x Cylinder Kit, RR DIS - Rs. 2,413.40
  • 1 x Element Sub-Assembly AI - Rs. 797.50
  • 1 x Gear Assembly, Steering - Rs. 30,822.00
  • 2 x Insulator, RR C/Spring - Rs. 418.00
  • 2 x Insulator, Coil Spring - Rs. 641.30
  • 2 x Bumper FR Spring - Rs. 444.40
  • 2 x Bumper RR Spring - Rs. 770.00
  • 2 x Absorber Assembly Shock - Rs. 4,727.80
  • 2 x Absorber Assembly Shock - Rs. 3,314.30
  • 2 x Bush, Stabilizer - Rs. 447.70
Cheers!

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I am mentioning below, the parts that were changed and their per unit prices (tax & labour not included). I haven't mentioned a few minor items which were replaced as per the scheduled service.
  • 1 x Cylinder Kit, RR DIS - Rs. 2,413.40
  • 1 x Element Sub-Assembly AI - Rs. 797.50
  • 1 x Gear Assembly, Steering - Rs. 30,822.00
  • 2 x Insulator, RR C/Spring - Rs. 418.00
  • 2 x Insulator, Coil Spring - Rs. 641.30
  • 2 x Bumper FR Spring - Rs. 444.40
  • 2 x Bumper RR Spring - Rs. 770.00
  • 2 x Absorber Assembly Shock - Rs. 4,727.80
  • 2 x Absorber Assembly Shock - Rs. 3,314.30
  • 2 x Bush, Stabilizer - Rs. 447.70
Cheers!
Prices look to be standard. I had got a similar quote as I have the exact same problem in my Altis done 73K kms.

The steering sound isn't too bad so I am opting out of the steering gear assembly which is 30K.

I was told to except 50K without the steering. Will be getting it done soon.
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  • 1 x Cylinder Kit, RR DIS - Rs. 2,413.40
  • 1 x Element Sub-Assembly AI - Rs. 797.50
  • 1 x Gear Assembly, Steering - Rs. 30,822.00
  • 2 x Insulator, RR C/Spring - Rs. 418.00
  • 2 x Insulator, Coil Spring - Rs. 641.30
  • 2 x Bumper FR Spring - Rs. 444.40
  • 2 x Bumper RR Spring - Rs. 770.00
  • 2 x Absorber Assembly Shock - Rs. 4,727.80
  • 2 x Absorber Assembly Shock - Rs. 3,314.30
  • 2 x Bush, Stabilizer - Rs. 447.70
Cheers!
Looking at these, the labour cost is also quite high it seems. But that's now a days pretty standard.

Its Toyota, so spares will be costly. A thousand bucks for rubber shrouds for the springs is a bit high.
Generally for these sounds, the shock absorber would have to be replaced. As such, the coil springs could have been retained perhaps. But generally nobody cares. They replace it.

Overall the suspension component costs seem OK.
Its the steering gear that has taken a the bulk of your bill. If it was something livable I'd not have replaced it simply to save some Vit M.

But you are happy with the result & loving the drive - that matters the most. So leave it behind now. Happy motoring!

EDIT - Didn't see that Vid6639 had already replied to it. Kind of a redundant reply from me. Had opened your post to reply long time ago & then got tied down in work. The page refreshed after I submitted my reply!

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