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Old 3rd January 2010, 21:41   #16
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Excellent report on the SANTRO. One of the most comprehensive ever.

I checked out the new SANTRO this weekend, the beige interiors look stunning. Its 4,15,000 OTR in Bangalore for the fully loaded vairant, and comes with only front power windows.

Boot space is amazing.

I'm wondering, if I had this car, then my Parents would find it so easy to get in and get out of it
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I own a Zing Automatic and live in an area with a lot of trees.When leaves fall on the car they tend to gather at the wiper shafts and then enter the blower and create a noise.I wonder how Hyundai left a gap between the wiper shafts and the adjoining black plastic panel??? I had to go to my Electrician and he fitted wiper rubber caps that come for the Canter and managed to close the gaps.
Also does anybody have any info whether an old model RPM meter (the type that fits to Fiats and Amby's) can be fitted to a Santro???
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car will go for its 73,800 km service this weekend at capital Noida. Yes, it has been used, used and abused a lot.

Things to get it done:
  • engine oil and filter change
  • air filter change
  • fuel filter change
  • brake line bleeding and fluid change
  • radiator flushing and coolant change
  • poor AC cooling to be sorted out
  • mileage dropped to 11-12 on highway due to spirited driving.
  • power steering fluid check
  • alignment and balancing
  • brake caliper pin greasing, pad plus shoe cleaning
expect a huge bill for this. I expect it to get a new lease of life after this.seems like I have to bargain a lot on labour.

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Hi Sid, Excellent detailed review. I also own a Santro, April 2007 XL, 34,000 KM on odo and quite satisfied with its performance.

Only thing that really troubles me in my Santro, is its AC at slow speed. It acts like a blower or only fan running while I stuck in a jam or waiting on a long traffic signal. I checked with few of my friends and they also faces the same problem.
Secondly, some time the RPM increases automatically. I noticed it happens more while I change to Neutral gear from 1st or 2nd gear and that too at low speed.

Is it normal ? Does your Santro AC also behaves like that ? Is there any way to get it rectified ?
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sidindica,

A nice review as always. Coincidentally, my Santro has covered about 64,000 kms and completed 5 years this Feb. It is due for some fairly large tinkering, a full service by HASS and a complete suspension overhaul to give it a new lease of life.

Am planning to get this work done in the next month or two and continue using the vehicle which is mechanically sound and not had any accidents in the past 5 years (touch wood)

Your LTO report is handy, thanks for posting the info.

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car got a new lease of life after 74,000 kms.

cost= Rs. 7,640 including labour, parts, tax etc.
  • new engine oil
  • new oil filter
  • new air filter
  • new fuel filter
  • new gear oil
  • new P/S oil
  • new brake oil
  • new radiator coolent
  • radiator flush
  • engine flush
  • FOC alignment, balancing and silencer anti-rust coating
  • rattles solved
  • AC cooling solved with compressor serviced
  • throttle body cleaned
  • injector cleaned
  • gear oil additive added cost 544 rupees.
  • engine oil additive added cost 485 rupees.
  • clutch and brake pedal noise eliminated FOC.
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a pic after the service and application of turtle wax, yes, its a bit dirty but its a workhorse after all.
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Hey Sid Very neat review on the Sunshine Car and I couldn't agree more on Most of your thoughts and experience. I Own a Xing my self which is a Limited Edtion, XO-XS to be precise with the Model.

Was solely my personal choice and have never regretted it a bit. Will surelly Upgrade my Drive but will never Sell my Sunshine Car !!
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Sid, I read that you have upgraded to 175/70R13 tyres (& 5.5JX13" rims). Don't your tyres foul the car body at the time of taking sharp turns at fairly good speeds as standard size is 155/70R13. Enquiring as me too want to upsize the tyres.
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Sid, I read that you have upgraded to 175/70R13 tyres (& 5.5JX13" rims). Don't your tyres foul the car body at the time of taking sharp turns at fairly good speeds as standard size is 155/70R13. Enquiring as me too want to upsize the tyres.
Holy cow, 6 months and I haven't checked that typo! Its 155/70 R13 stock size tyres, not 175/70 r13.
Thanks for pointing it out! will get that post corrected asap.
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Holy cow, 6 months and I haven't checked that typo! Its 155/70 R13 stock size tyres, not 175/70 r13.
Thanks for pointing it out! will get that post corrected asap.
To err is human....

Thank you for your reply.
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Hi Sid,

Excellent review. I totally agree that Santro is the best all rounder in an entry range, even-though there are more than a dozen hatchbacks available in the market.

I drive my father's Santro (Zip drive) from 2002 onwards. Even though I am satisfied by the performance, I was thinking of another car like GM Spark. I did a thorough research and analysis before this purchase and realized that there is no other entry level hatchbacks with this much convenience, practicality and reliability. Hence I bought a used Santro from a known source. Its an XO variant (2006 Aug) in Bright Silver which covered 40K kilometers. But the car looks absolutely neat (both interiors & exteriors). I am fully satisfied with the performance till today (Covered approx 500kms).

Especially the service details you mentioned is really helpful. I am requesting you the list of preventive maintenance recommended (if anything other than you listed).
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My car was vandalised last thursday. Today is Monday, and it is gathering dust at capital Hyundai, sector 63, Noida thanks to dillying delaying in insurance claim. Work not started yet.
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My car was vandalised last thursday. Today is Monday, and it is gathering dust at capital Hyundai, sector 63, Noida thanks to dillying delaying in insurance claim. Work not started yet.
Gosh, what happened? Hope it does not dent your wallet much.
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Gosh, what happened? Hope it does not dent your wallet much.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...ml#post1961832
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