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Old 9th July 2010, 19:42   #1
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Lightbulb 'Xing'ing around - 5 years & 1,00,000 Kms !

The 'Xing' will turn 5 years and 1,00,000 kms old this week... 5 really pleasurable years!

I don't think a very detailed ownership report is required since there are 100s of reports out there for the Xing. So just a small note on the 'Xing' experience so far.

During all our 'Xing'ing around trips, not once did we have any sort of car trouble. Sincerely followed a regular service schedule. Oil and air filter changed every 5000 kms (Maybe a little bit of overkill.) Always stuck to the H.A.S.S. workshops. No 'repairs', it was always 'replace'.

Major replacements over the years were clutch assembly change at 40k and 80k Kms. New battery at 99k Kms. A few front suspension parts (ball joints, suspension bushes etc.) at around 80k Kms. Other minor things like brake shoes, wipers etc. were changed periodically.

Two notable accidents, both when the Xing was almost at a standstill. One was when we had stopped at a median break to take a U -turn and a bike guy misjudged and crashed into us. Front bumper replaced, no injuries to anyone. Second was when a Mitsubishi Canter truck slowly rolled back onto us at a traffic signal (It happened in real slow-motion.) and dented the bonnet, so new bonnet.

One of the first things done after taking delivery was a tyre upgrade. League alloys and Bridgestone Potenza GIIIs, 175-60. Good tyres, but they have a tendency to develop a sidewall bubble if they hit a really bad pothole. A few months ago (before our Ooty trip.) it was time for a tyre change and this time 2 of the tyres are Apollo Amazers, lower tyre noise as compared to the GIIIs and they seem to be running good.

Had bought a 5 year 100,000 kms extended warranty - but never got to use it :-) Had planned to add in either 90/100 headlights or a pair of Roos / Hella lamps, but never got around to getting it done. (The Santro headlights are quite sufficient by themselves.)

ICE is a semi-custom setup and damping is completely DIY. The links are below:Links to some of our 'Xing'ing around travelogues are below... and a few pictures follow.A few pix of the Xing:

On the E-city flyover - reflected off the Infy building...

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Maravanthe Beach...

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Badami...

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Hampi...

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Hampi...

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On the way to Kebre...

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Mysore road...

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Dhanushkodi...

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Kadapa Ghats...

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Belum Caves...

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Pattadakal...

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Murudeshwar...

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NH4, near Chitradurga...

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Unchangidurga...

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Unchangidurga...

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Near Mysore...

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Near Gandi...

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Unchangidurga...

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Near Mysore...

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Masinagudi...

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Dubare...

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Bhagamandala...

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Ooty...

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Thirumayam...

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Kanadukathan...

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Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram...

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Near Gurramkonda (?)...

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Unchangidurga...

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Hallimallapura...

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wow, amazing amazing pics!

a very well maintained santro. Also the different photos seem to capture different 'moods' of the car!
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Hotstuff looks like you love your car tooo much,so so many pics of it

And it is well maintained ,Superb

My dad too has a santro 1999 done 215000 kms and it is still running fine,even today i can take confidently for a 200km trip
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Wow!! hotstuff,
hot work with the camera and must say you have a "hot" car.
Alloys don't look the normal size, did you only upgrade the tyres or did you upsize the rim too.
You surely do love your car a lot. Amazing photos.
Have fun with it!! have followed most of your Xinging travelogues.
So how long you are in IIMA? which program?
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This is amazing. I'm not talking about the car, but your 17 trips. Its nice of you to have shared them & compiled at one place. I'll remember your ID & this thread to check if I were to visit any of those places.

About the car, 20K kms every year!!! Hmmm, that's lots of travelling.

I loved your DIY on damp; I'm seriously looking forward to that once my current project is completed. May be I'll bug you with PM's.

Congratulations!!!
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wow, amazing amazing pics...
Thank you :-)

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... My dad too has a santro 1999 done 215000 kms and it is still running fine,even today i can take confidently for a 200km trip
Pretty reliable and simpler cars than some of the latest ones. 215000 is some seriously high mileage! Wonder what is the normal engine life on these things.. i.e. when does the engine need a open heart surgery....

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...Alloys don't look the normal size, did you only upgrade the tyres or did you upsize the rim too.
They are normal 13" rims, 5.5J. Tyres are 175-60-R13 (Currently running Apollo Amazers on the front and Potenzas on the rear. I think the flat & chunkier spokes make the wheels look a little bigger.


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So how long you are in IIMA? which program?
I am in the 1 year full-time MBA program - PGPX. Will be on campus till end of March 2011.

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...I loved your DIY on damp; I'm seriously looking forward to that once my current project is completed. May be I'll bug you with PM's.
Thanks! and sure, feel free to PM me.

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