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Old 10th June 2008, 22:42   #16
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Old 11th June 2008, 06:24   #17
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Hi all,

So those were the pics in my previous post. I have totally modified my 2000 model Esteem VX to Type III Esteem.
Costs -
1) Bonnet Grill - 4500
2) H.L - 5200
3) Front bumper - 3000
4) Front indicators - 300
5) Side indicators - 250
6) Rear Lights - 4000.
7) Full repainting - 15000.
8) Misc - 3000

TOTAL - 35k.

Iam very much confident of the heart of my esteem, so only i went for these modds. In the end seeing the work I thought the price was worth it. I dont know how I could hold back from buying a swift diesel ... i was so tempted.... but then .... here i saved straight 5.5 lacs !!!! And tell u what Esteem was/is and will be Maruti's luxury car ..............
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Old 11th June 2008, 07:38   #18
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That looks good. nice work.

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thats a neat job . congrats on completion of your car's makeover
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Old 11th June 2008, 11:44   #20
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I am also having an esteem vx 1998 model, 2007 Jan I went for a total facelift of my baby, what sam has stated as for the dough he has spent seems to be fair enuf. I did spend around 10 K more as the paint I have used was very costly is Midnight Black with specs of gold. So when the car is in broad daylight it has a amazing shine. I havent gone for any performance mods though, infact am waiting for some discussion on the cost of FFE, headers,etc.

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sam thats some excellent overhauling done. Cant see if you have gotten the rubber upgraded, if not go ahead and get the same done.

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Iam very much confident of the heart of my esteem, so only i went for these modds.
You bet !! Why don't you get her a FFE and a conical/performance filter considering you still haven't gotten them.
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Terrific job sam. Get a decent spoiler for the rear, will complete the look.
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Good effort on the spruce up jobs,sam.
One query though. What are these gaps on the picture below?
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Nice job renewing the old lady....but the head light and bonnet alignment is a miss or some lese??
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Excellent work for the price, Sam. She looks real good. I have one question though. How did you manage to fit the new grille onto the old bonnet ? Or did you replace the bonnet as well ? Just curious as I dont see that in your list.

One more suggestion. Go in for the fog lamps and the rear spoiler and she would be a true VXi.
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Good effort on the spruce up jobs,sam.
One query though. What are these gaps on the picture below?

hey nitrous its not a gap yaar. since its a clear lens h.l it feels as if there is a gap in snaps. but actually its not so. alignment is perfect. in fact even people in my apartment,kids to elder people, have come asking for a treat for buying a new vehicle.

yeah and ill be changin tyres too. and apholstery as well. see i wanted to maintain the original esteem look. thats why i aint go for other exterior changes. and fyi i had a rear spoiler previously. had enuf of it so this time aint go for it this time.

anyway thanks for the comments.

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Excellent work for the price, Sam. She looks real good. I have one question though. How did you manage to fit the new grille onto the old bonnet ? Or did you replace the bonnet as well ? Just curious as I dont see that in your list.

One more suggestion. Go in for the fog lamps and the rear spoiler and she would be a true VXi.
hey yaar actually bonnet grill i had meant bonnet+grill. so in fact i had changed the whole set - bonnet and grill. this grill otherwise wont suit the old bonnet.

fog lamps of course im going for it. Spoiler as i said ... i like this look .....


and cud anyone plz explain more about FFE and those performance filters and their costs ....
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Hey Sam... The car looks gorgeous. The choice of paint is also great. Congrats for job well done.

Get a new set of tyres if you are still running on the OE JKs, they are really shoddy and I am having a tough time with it (Need to change them ASAP). I'd suggest that you go for atleast 185's for better handling/comfort.

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Very nice work indeed.Good transformation and nice paint job.

Now Go for a pop-up sunroof from webasto.Should cost you no more than 9k.

And go for some nice 14" alloy wheels with some wide rubber.
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hey yaar actually bonnet grill i had meant bonnet+grill. so in fact i had changed the whole set - bonnet and grill. this grill otherwise wont suit the old bonnet.

fog lamps of course im going for it. Spoiler as i said ... i like this look .....


and cud anyone plz explain more about FFE and those performance filters and their costs ....
Thanks for clarifying Sam. However, I am simply not able to digest the fact that the H.L assembly costs more than the bonnet plus the grill put together !
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