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Old 24th June 2010, 13:52   #16
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Great Review there !!

Your baleno looks spotlessly clean. Did you get it re-painted or was it totally accident free ?
I have a Black Baleno (i call it BlackHawk) and it is gifted with scratches all over and loose bumpers with lots of gaps (thanks to hyderabad), and now i am getting it together bit by bit. The Hawk has become mechanically fit and fine now and body will be taken care in december.

It is really an awesome car to drive. I always have this doubt, do you get the heat near the foot well ? The foot well of my baleno heats up pretty much that i can feel it even in a 30km drive. I was assuming that the ECU being placed in the front dash (under ACC) could be the reason for heat generation. But is that common for all balenos or mine is an exception ? Any idea why it can happen?
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Welcome to the wonderful experience of Baleno ownership

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Well, I was hoping to get more too. This was tested on a recent Kochi-Bangalore drive. A/c was on all the time. Speed on 4 laned roads ranged 100-150. No stepping on the A pedal though. May be a/c plays a major role.
My FE figures match yours. And for me A/C does seem to drop the FE and the power response quite a bit. In my city runs the FE drops by 2kpml .. between zero to 100% AC usage.

The highway runs have also always hovered around 12.5 t0 13.5 with 100% AC. Maybe what makes a difference is not so much the steady 120-130 speeds but how quickly you get to those speeds, revving through the gears . My car is shod with 195 Eagle F1s, which may increase relative rolling resistance too, compared to 165 wheels or less stickier rubber.


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It is really an awesome car to drive. I always have this doubt, do you get the heat near the foot well ? The foot well of my baleno heats up pretty much that i can feel it even in a 30km drive. I was assuming that the ECU being placed in the front dash (under ACC) could be the reason for heat generation. But is that common for all balenos or mine is an exception ? Any idea why it can happen?
Does not happen in my car (4.5yrs 67K kms). Check the footwell portion of the firewall. There could be a grommet that has popped out or has a leak allowing the heat from the engine to come in.

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Old 28th June 2010, 11:41   #18
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Your baleno looks spotlessly clean. Did you get it re-painted or was it totally accident free ?
Thank you. It has its own share of scratches, though I avoid adding new ones. And no, I didn't do any repainting.

Btw, the car is waxed almost every month.

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My FE figures match yours. And for me A/C does seem to drop the FE and the power response quite a bit. In my city runs the FE drops by 2kpml .. between zero to 100% AC usage..
That is a useful information. I am practicing "Zen and the art of city driving". I am consistently getting ~13 Kpl in the city.

I have tried "Zen and the art of highway driving". Made me realize I do not have complete control over my own mind
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@whiteknight-you got a sweet deal there buddy.and it is pretty neat.
though what I really liked are the rims,such a neat design,suits the car very well.can you please post some more details of the same.
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Old 30th June 2010, 12:44   #20
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though what I really liked are the rims,such a neat design,suits the car very well.can you please post some more details of the same.
Alloys are EVO. I guess it is a Thaiwanees import which is flocking the market these days. I got it for 15.5k for 5. Finishing is very good.

As a side note, same alloys were quoted at 17.5k by a fellow TBhpian, who is in the business.

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Old 19th August 2010, 22:51   #21
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Time for updates.

55k service done. Total cost 2100 Rs, including engine flush.

Also did a whell balancing and rotation. Cost=696 Rs.

Finally, managed to get hold of "real" Venadium nuts after chasing my tire dealer for months. Allen key doesn't match my Wheel spanner size. So I have now two allen keys, one with the "real" Venadium nuts and the other that came with duplicate venadium nuts which I had for a year.

Tested both keys as I did the nut change myself. Made myself a spectacle for my apartment folks, as I flip-flopped wheels and did the "Jayan" (old mallu actor) thing by flexing my muscles. It is another matter that I took two more days to recover.
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as I flip-flopped wheels and did the "Jayan" (old mallu actor) thing by flexing my muscles. It is another matter that I took two more days to recover.
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sorry couldn't control myself.
On the car,the one thing i loved is the way the engine doesn't loose steam when the AC kicks in.The other day when i took my cousins baleno for a service,i noticed even the silencer was made in Japan,no wonder the parts so are expensive.
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Old 11th September 2010, 19:13   #23
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Thanks rakesh_r.

On my recent trip to home we did a DIY on the fog lamps with LEDs. We opened the existing (crappy) lamp, removed the bulb and put a clamp on to which the LED clusters were screwed.
The result
"Lady Lightning"- My trusted Japanese companion, the Baleno-cimg4228.jpg
On the road
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Closer
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Btw, the light is not as bright as it appears in the pictures. Obviously the light doesn't get focused as reflectors are not coming into play.

My intention is to use it as daytime running light, as they are hard to ignore once they appear on rear-view mirrors. I have tried it with good success, as it reduces the need for honking.

I've also see the LED strips, which could be stickered to imitate Audi. I thought they are too over the top for me
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Finally, managed to get hold of "real" Venadium nuts after chasing my tire dealer for months.
Where did you get these and at what cost?
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@Rudra, from Tyre Empire at Whitefield @ 1500 Rs. Size for Baleno is 1.25 (Diameter in cm?), which somehow was difficult to source. Thanks to the dealer who kept the promise and called me once they had it.
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Default Mid year appraisal time

It was time for Lady lightning to undergo Mid-year appraisal. This time the appraisal has been tough for the lady as there has been so many "new entrants" competing for a spot in my garage and mind.

First, update on "real" venadium lug nuts. They have started showing signs of rust. It is not as quick as what happend to my previous set, still these are not rust proof for sure. So much for the real stuff

City mileage continues to be in the range of 12.7 to 13.4 Kpl with < 30% of a/c usage

Performance is as it used to be. I did not notice much difference in engine noise after the engine flush. Typicall tappet noise remains once the car is put on city duties. Take it out for high-rev routine, it comes back as butter smooth. I might think about mods only after I have a second car, or I am bored to death.

I am watching the bearings as there seem to be some noise from the tyres, or am I just thinking too much?

Overall, Lady lightning continues to do its duties as expected with typical Japanese efficiency

Reward? She gets Autoform seat covers in Almond color"Lady Lightning"- My trusted Japanese companion, the Baleno-autoform-compressed.jpg
PS: Almond color is not what you see in the photograph, I don't know how and why

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PS: Almond color is not what you see in the photograph, I don't know how and why
Mr. White Knight, maybe its the White Balance setting on your camera which makes the Almond seat covers look un-almondy .

However, since I only recognise black, blue, yellow, green, orange, blue, black, green and probably a few more colors like black, blue, yellow, green ... I'm just going to pretend I know what color an Almond actually is. Of course, its a shade of brown but thats where I reach my limitations in the department of color shades.

Congratutions on the seat covers ... may they always cushion your behind
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Mr. White Knight, maybe its the White Balance setting on your camera which makes the Almond seat covers look un-almondy
Ruf, you should be contributing more to the Travelogue section

Btw, Lady Lightning gets a stable mate. Guess what? it is the beauty !!!

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Well, a few events did occur in the last few months

1) My "imported" Venadium nit got skipped up on the bolt and refused to come off. Eventually we had to drill both out. Talk about quality

2) Both lower arms and tie rod ends got replaced at 61000 Kms. this was a bit controversial as my "off-shore" experts (read cousin who runs garage) did not agree on changing those in a hurry, where as my local team wanted the change.

Eventually I went ahead with the change as both lower arms were available off the shelf, which is rare.

Lowers arms cost= ~7200 each
Tie rod ends =~3000 for 2

However I am not fully convinced about the damage to Lower arm ball joint. I have the replaced parts with me now.

Question to experts- How do I check the Ball joint for damage?

3) My trusted and well built Pio 5750 got replaced with JBL 555. Not that I fell in love with 555, which looks fairly average. The decision was made as Pioneer sets were looking worse in terms of build quality. In fact, noting looked as good as the 6 year old 5750, in terms of build quality. I shall update the pics later.

Happy motoring
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