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Old 9th June 2010, 13:34   #1
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Thumbs up Optra 1.8 105000 kms and still going strong

I own this silver coloured beauty from 2005. I had got this from a very big businessman who had driven it for only 6000 odd kms between 2003 and 2005. Though there were mixed reactions about the car's worthiness, i'd definetly vouch for its reliability and no nonsense attitude throughout the 5 year period she's with me and trust me, no plans of giving her away too.
I used to service her regularly every 10000 kms and i tried almost most of all gm service centres across tamilnadu, but found the coimbatore a.s.s to be the best of the lot. My average 10k service bill used to be less than 2000 but my fuel used to be almost the same to send my car there and get it back, but believe me guys, once its serviced, i've never face a problem for the next 10k kms, until once in its 89k run i had a major break down which i would let you know in the next post.
The average fuel efficiency in highways is 11kmpl and in city 7.8kmpl .
am also planning to give her a facelift and even today, my dad prefers to travel in this optra, being a rear seat driver, on highways than any other one.
shoot out the questions all who want to know how i loved her every km and how she behaved to all the pampering i gave
As of now, i've changed three sets of tyres and the last ones seem good to last for another 15k kms....
see all soon with some pictures of my beauty
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Old 9th June 2010, 16:25   #2
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I agree totally.
We have the Optra too but the younger brother 1.6 and have it for 6 years now. Apart from the normal service ours too has never given us any issues.
touchwood

I recently got the discs and brake pads changed (1st time for the discs and 2nd for the brakes)
Love the vehicle so much that can't even think of selling it now.
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I'll tell you Optra's rear seat is termed as a sofa-set. It's for sure a poor man's merc. I had the beauty with me and drove around 1.25 Lakh Kms, without any major issue. Still the current is too happy to have it and loving it at fullest.
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Coming back to the break down it had, it had been given to the a.s.s for the 60k service and they advised me to change the timing belt on the next service ie 70 k service and as luck would have it, i was staying in chennai that time and had given my car for the 70k service to sundaram motors and listed out the things to be changed incl the timing belt.
They wanted a days time for all those and i had to go to colombo for a small meet and flew back straight to my hometown.
My driver in the meantime had taken delivery of the car and had paid the bill amount and had taken delivery. the only mistake i did was to have checked the bill whether they had changed everything but my badluck i was so involved in my new venture that i completely missed it.
80k service too was done in sundaram motors chennai itself and during delivery i had an argument with the way the vehicle was delivered dirty with certain faults unattended too.
89k on the odo, had planned a visit to lord murugan temple in palani, 160kms from my city, with my wife and son. The night before, after a long boring day, took out the car to fill it up along with my tank a bit and about a kilometer away the engine suddenly died and didnt start except than cranking.
i had called my local friend cum mechanic who is a specialist in maruti vehicles to inspect it. he did turn up and boom, in just 2 minutes he pulled out the torn timing belt and started scolding me for being so careless.
The actual problem was, the timing belt had never been changed and it conked off.
Called up the local chevy dealer who wanted 4k for the belt and 3.5k for the towing charges from the spot to his workshop which is about 12kms away! got wild and told him that id take care of it, the coimbatore guys were ready to help and send a team to sort it out but the cost involved seemed to be much more and finally i convinced my friend to do the work and voila he accepted on two conditions, one the spares should be provided by me and two i should not pester him to repair it within a short span.
First the timing belt was changed and then it was found out the some valve stems too was bent in the process and so changed the whole valve stems, head gasket , all necessary things and the car was ready in 4 days flat..
wow it was as great as ever and the total cost worked around 17k including labour.
the car ran too good and it was checked in a bosch service centre and then in coimbatore a.s.s and both of them confirmed that the job had been well done.
Another 3k kms gone, a sudden stupid thing happened making my car be in the garage for almost a week in combatore!
that would be posted next
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i totally agree with you both harjeev and ashthedivx. Its a wonderful car wrongly marketed i suppose and its really worth owning it
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now coming back to my stupidity which made my beauty lie in the hands of the mechanics for almost a week- i had been to Coimbatore and was returning to a club in avinashi road when i decided to fill her up cos i had plans to go to palakkad the next morning and since my friends where already waiting for me in the club, i knew it had a to be a very long night. stop!!! on entering a big fuel station just before the hope's college, i asked the attendant to fill her up and started to hunt for a missing paper inside the car and the car was idling with air con on, the guy told me its around 30 liters of petrol and around 1150rs which i was shocked and when i turned and saw, i was ALARMED to see that he had filled diesel instead of petrol. at once i switched off the engine, started blasting the fuel pump guy and they apologized and asked me to cooperate with them a bit by being quiet for sometime while they contacted their owner and sorted out things. The owner who seemed to be a nice guy, asked them to call a mechanic and clean the fuel tank and refill it and asked me to pay only for the 30 ltrs of petrol and nothing else and so by 10.30 in the night, my car was ready refilled and i thanked my lucky stars that nothing bad had really happened.
But really, the worst part was yet to hit me again which i shall post in my next one-
till then keep guessing
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Early next morning as planned i went off to palakkad and returned back in the evening and the car seemed to be running fine till that moment. I went to the club, again, since we didnt have a chance for the gettogether as planned the earlier day and started havinga merry time.
The next morning, i pack my things, my wife and kid joins me for the journey back home, i get into the car and start it....wait, try to start it but it refuses to start... i get worried and ask my wife and kid to relax in the room and call for the gm's roadside help to come to the club which they do in a remarkable 45 minutes.
Those guys try doing everything they can but fail to sort it out and then they declared that my car should be towed to the a.s.s to dioganise whats the actual problem. with a heavy heart seeing my beauty being hauled away, i went away. All this happened around 8.am.
Later around 1.pm i got a call from the service advisor that the FUEL PUMP had conked off maybe due to the filling up of diesel the day earlier and the worst thing was they didnt have any stock of it and would take a minimum of 3 days for it to reach them.
Moreover they said that they found a new problem in which the wiring had been gnawed merrily by a rat or a team of them and they need to send the ecm to be reconfigured to chennai where they had the latest software and which was supposed to be good.
My bad, i thought to myself and gave clearance for them to do the work, call my friend and take his car to proceed with the journey to my home city.
The best part of the gm a.s.s in combatore is that they kept me in the loop about the developments almost everyday and as usual i was very pleased with them and after a week, they call me and said the beauty is ready to serve me better than it served.
I asked another friend who was supposed to be in my city the day next if he can bring my car and on return take the other car which he readily agreed and whoa...when it came, it was driving as a new one from the block
From then on, till date, my beauty has not given me any kinda trouble and TOUCH WOOD, i hope that remains the same cos am not even planning to sell it
shall post some more pictures of my beauty in the next post. till then ciao
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Old 25th February 2011, 17:06   #8
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The average fuel efficiency in highways is 11kmpl and in city 7.8kmpl .
I am in the market for a used car and I have come across a 1.8 LT Optra.
Does this have ABS? I believe it was optional in 2006. How do I verify this?

Also, are you still getting an FE of <8 in city? Is this due to a heavy right foot?
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Exclamation Optra magnum woes

I had purchased a preowned magnum diesel lt which had run 53000kms. The first thing I did was to send it to the dealer and had them change all the belts including timing belt and the tensioners. To my surprise and shock, my car broke down yesterday and the reason, Timing belt CUT!. Now my car has clocked 78 odd thousand Km's and can any one of you gurus enlighten me as how to proceed with this? The car is with the authorized service centre and they need a minimum of ONE MONTH to sort out this problem it seems. As per their history sheet, for a running of 25000kms, I have spent so far 69900 rupees ie., maintainence costs between 53000 and 78000 and this apart from me changing the flywheel at the chennai mechanic which again cost me more than 25000 for that alone. Please advise me how to go forward. I had conveyed to the dealer that I can't be shelling out money from my pocket due to their product deficiency and the dealer has promised to do the best he can, but needs time.

I also own a petrol optra 1.8 and because of the rising fuel costs I had bought this diesel for day to day use and now, it seems running the petrol fuelled car is more economical!
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I had purchased a preowned magnum diesel lt which had run 53000kms. The first thing I did was to send it to the dealer and had them change all the belts including timing belt and the tensioners. To my surprise and shock, my car broke down yesterday and the reason, Timing belt CUT!.
Looks like dealer has not changed the timing belt in the first place.
Timing belt getting cut at 25k kms is highly impossible especially for optra magnum, for that matter even in remapped magnums we could easily stretch till 50k kms.
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I agree with Raj, it is highly likely that when you gave the car for service after buying at 53,000kms, the dealer didnt change the timing belt.

It's always advisable to check the car in detail when changing important components. Before giving the car for service, I tell the dealership that when service is completed i will need to see the old component and the newly installed component before I take the car out of their dealership.

This always puts a scare into them and I never was caught in a situation (till date) where they duped me on component changes.

Hope this helps
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Mods I apologize if this is not the right thread where I should be posting my query but I searched a lot and still could not find any thread related to my query.
I recently bought a per-owned 2006 Chevy Optra 1.8 LT.
For some weird reason, the recliner wheel of both the driver and passenger seat does not work.
The wheels keep on rotating but the seats dnt move, lumbar support and height adjusting wheels work fine.
Does somebody know what is the issue with seats?
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Any fellow optra owner willing to help?
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