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Old 5th October 2010, 14:02   #121
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Is this 15000km checkup part of the regular service.
What are the service intervals and oil change intervals.
If it was a paid service, then I find it odd that so early in the life a vehicle would need paid service. If it was free service, you should not have had to pay 600rs.
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hey Manuuj. I read your fortuner review today only. Have been reading since last hr. Excellent car and i must say you have some serious patience. 2005 onwards. wow. Also the dealer mess up was not a good start, but in the end you got what you liked and wanted. Congrats.

Can you please post some day light clear pics of the Music System. Hows the performance of the same?
My Phone camera is on the blink buddy..was at a friends place and he used his iphone to click these and emailed them to me, which i then posted on the forum..will try to get some clearer day time pics soon too.

I'm glad you like the thread and yes it was a long long wait but it is well worth it.

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Is this 15000km checkup part of the regular service.
What are the service intervals and oil change intervals.
If it was a paid service, then I find it odd that so early in the life a vehicle would need paid service. If it was free service, you should not have had to pay 600rs.
It was a routine checkup cariied out every 5000 kilometers in which all fluid levels are checked , air and HVAC filters cleaned, brakes and other suspension parts are checked.

This is followed by a thorough underbody , engine bay and top wash along with complete interior cleaning.

The Oil Change interval is every 10,000 kilometers.

This was a paid service as it was the 4th service on the car as it was preceded by the 1000, 5000 and 10,000 kilometer free services.

My Fortuner is 10 months old and shall complete a year on the 10th of December and i have spent under Rs. 2500/- on it so far.

I expect to have the 20,000 kms oil change service sometime in December which along with parts and labor will cost around Rs. 3500/-

Rs. 6000/- on maintaining a 20 lac vehicle for a year seems good value to me.
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@Manuuj- Are you using synthetic oil ? I switched over at 5000km service and now am nearing 10,000km service was wondering if I should get the oil change done at this next service or wait until 15,000kms ?
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Which suprises me as well. All synthetic oils have a change interval of 15k kms.
Is Toyota being cautious? In fact, even M&M quotes a change interval of 15k kms for the Scorpio even with their semi-synth Maximile oil.
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@Manuuj- Are you using synthetic oil ? I switched over at 5000km service and now am nearing 10,000km service was wondering if I should get the oil change done at this next service or wait until 15,000kms ?
Hi Sahil i have been using regular Oil in my Qualis for the last 2 lac kilometers and it performing absolutely fine. Therefore i did not feel the need to switch to synthetic oil for the Fortuner.

It was a good thing you did by changing the oil at 5000 kms as it must have flushed out all the metal shavings and debris caused by the initial running in period.

This Oil is good for 10000 kms and so you should not need to change the oil till 15,000 kilometers BUT i suggest you get it changed at 10,000 kms to be in sync with the workshop service schedule of Oil Changes at every 10,000 kms.

It will avoid any confusion at later stages.
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Is the 5000kms checkup compulsory for warranty needs. People with high running may need to head into the service center every 1.5-2 months.
I wonder why didn't Toyota stick to standard 10,000kms service intervals without this checkup business.
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Hi Manuuj, your Fortuner is one awesome looking SUV !

Just one query.

On bad roads, how does the ride comfort compare in the last row, compared to your Qualis and the M Hawk ?

Wishing you many Happy Miles
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Guys,

I am about to go for my 1000 km servicing (1st) - should I insist on oil+oil filter change?

Back from a recent trip to Bandipur. Started driving on Friday evening in pouring rain - the Fortuner performed very well on the highway on wet roads. The high beam is great, but the low beam and fog lights are pathetic - have you changed them?

Re: bad road driving - the vehicle does pitch a bit, but one can get used to it. Don't know about rear passengers though (how they will feel).

Highway cruising is excellent and relaxing. And more buses and trucks give way to me now. An interesting incident: while driving back, one stupid tempo coming towards me tried to make an U on the highway. The bus in front of me braked hard, and ended up blocking the highway diagonally. I was left with no option but to go off the highway and then rejoin it after 50 feet - at 40-50 kmph (couldn't stop, would have banged into the bus). The ground was uneven, but the Fortuner handled the situation with aplomb.

Road holding in 4H at 100 kmph on wet roads/bad rain is great, due to the full-time 4 wheel drive.

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I am about to go for my 1000 km servicing (1st) - should I insist on oil+oil filter change?
You should get it changed. While you may not notice any real improvement in smoothness it will be very beneficial for the engine in the long run. Congratulations on the new Fortuner. Wish you a million miles of happy motoring. Drive Safe.

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Hi Manuuj, your Fortuner is one awesome looking SUV !

On bad roads, how does the ride comfort compare in the last row, compared to your Qualis and the M Hawk ?

Wishing you many Happy Miles
Thanks for your wishes Mooza! Glad you liked my Fortuner. Most people found it a bit OTT

The ride quality is far far ahead of both the Leaf Sprung Qualis and the Bouncy M-Hawk. My Father was once in the last row for over 200 kms and had no complaints about leg room nor did he feel that he was being thrown around..infact he slept rather peacefully.

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Is the 5000kms checkup compulsory for warranty needs. People with high running may need to head into the service center every 1.5-2 months.
I wonder why didn't Toyota stick to standard 10,000kms service intervals without this checkup business.
I am not sure if the 5000 kms checkup affects service but it really is no bother as it takes all of 60-90 minutes from the time you enter the workshop to the time you leave after clearing your bill (with prior appointment over the phone)

This 'mini service' helps in keeping the vehicle clean and fresh and all fluids like windscreen wash, brake and battery etc topped up

It will also help to catch any faults that may develop early before they become serious issues and probably save some cash in the long run.

It is quite reassuring actually.
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Hi Manuj,
Do you also feel that the low beam and the fog lights are very bad? What is the wattage of the bulbs used there?
One more question. Have seen any wear and tear, especially of the driver's seat leather/stitching etc since you happen to be amongst the oldest T-Fort owners out here?

And yes, thank you for regularly updating your thread unlike most other T-Fort owners.
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Hi Manuj,
Do you also feel that the low beam and the fog lights are very bad? What is the wattage of the bulbs used there?
One more question. Have seen any wear and tear, especially of the driver's seat leather/stitching etc since you happen to be amongst the oldest T-Fort owners out here?

And yes, thank you for regularly updating your thread unlike most other T-Fort owners.
Thank you in return for your interest and participation on this thread.

I have found the headlights to be more than adequate. Not sure what the wattage is on the bulbs but i shall check and update you.

I can say this, the visibility at night is very good while on high beam. The low beam projector type lights are a bit below par and are better when used in tandem with the fog lights which have a good spread in the immediate front and a few feet ahead of the Fortuner.

I find that i have been blinded by many Fortuners with their high beams on and so i try to drive my Fortuner on low beam and fog lights as much as possible and have had no mishaps so far.

I regularly use ArmourAll leather protector polish on the seats of my car and so they are in pretty good nick. The stitching etc are holding up pretty well and i have no complaints so far.

That being said the drivers seat is prone to maximum wear and tear in any vehicle due to obvious reasons.
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I request the Mods to change the Thread Title to "White Toyota Fortuner TRD Kit..15,000 Wonderful Kilometers"
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That is a great ownership account thread. Thanks for diligently updating it. I am getting my white Fortuner soon and the info in this thread has been really useful. BTW, has anyone changed the lowbeam projectors into HID here. I saw one last week and the light seems better spread out
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That is a great ownership account thread. Thanks for diligently updating it. I am getting my white Fortuner soon and the info in this thread has been really useful. BTW, has anyone changed the lowbeam projectors into HID here. I saw one last week and the light seems better spread out
Thanks Vinu! Glad you like the thread and congratulations on the upcoming acquisition of your white Fortuner!

I have not seen HID's on the Fortuner yet but i am wary of making any changes to the OE wiring or electricals.

Also in my experience the few cars with aftermarket HID's that i have sat in seemed to have less illumination than the halogen bulbs that the car had originally. They look good but perform poorly.

Just my opinion.
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There, got myself subscribed to this thread now Manuuj.

I have been reading your thread today, all pages in one go. Came across your post in Nilanjanray's thread.

Must congratulate on the wonderful write ups which show your passion for Cars. And many thanks for sharing your experiences of ownership, right from the brakes to the rheostat!
Your reports will surly be the benchmark for most of T-Fort users on this forum.
I for one, am eager to join the T-Fort owners' gang! Just got through the process of finalizing this beauty between the Captiva & the Endy. Had a thread discussing this.

Will sure look you up for advice and pointers once we have the car.
Happy motoring.
Cheers mate
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