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Old 2nd September 2016, 23:50   #5596
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Creta AT (petrol and diesel) -- Diesel at 17.5, felt its over priced and doesn't have much features as well. Similarly Petrol mileage is poor.

Even considered BRV CVT. Did not like its interiors and no features as well. Am looking for one that has Cruise control as well.
How much running do you do? Most of us were in a very similar boat with the same set of requirements.

I found the Ciaz Zxi AT to be brilliant, except for the lack of cruise control.

The running on petrol was there on my mind, but it gives modest mileage and the petrol-diesel price gap narrowing. You may consider this if monthly running is expected to be lower.

The length/width of the s-cross and the ciaz/honda/vento is comparable.
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Thanks for the quick response.

I've taken the test drive of Duster AMT. Suspension is very good, but, did not like its interiors.It has the diesel + AT advantage. But 16L for its interiors? Initial budget is 12L, increased to 15L. but, couldn't find diesel+AT under 15L except sedans. Not interested in sedans as they have low seating.

Haven't considered Scorpio AT.

Creta AT (petrol and diesel) -- Diesel at 17.5, felt its over priced and doesn't have much features as well. Similarly Petrol mileage is poor.

Even considered BRV CVT. Did not like its interiors and no features as well. Am looking for one that has Cruise control as well.

From what all you have said, in my opinion you should go for the Alpha 1.3 without another look elsewhere. You definitely like the S-Cross as is apparent from your discussions. Besides, getting the Alpha or Zeta 1.3 might save you a couple of lakhs. I've driven my Zeta 1.3 for about 18k kms, almost a year now (6th Sept) and my drives have been 60% city, 40% highway. For city hauls you would pat your back for choosing the 1.3. On the highways, you will surely miss the might of the 1.6 motor but you can always enjoy the calm cruises. Overtaking has never been a problem this 1.3 is a benchmark of an engine...

The high speed behaviour is exceptional, you don't get this kind of control at such a speed. Since I used to have Tuesdays off, I enjoyed the weekend drives on cruise control at ~110kph and never felt out of power. Take it for a highway spin and you'd know what I'm talking about!

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From what all you have said, in my opinion you should go for the Alpha 1.3 without another look elsewhere. The high speed behaviour is exceptional, you don't get this kind of control at such a speed..
How does S-Cross 1.3 behave with 4-5 passengers and full luggage since most travel on a highway like this, including me . Thanks in advance.

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How does S-Cross 1.3 behave with 4-5 passengers and full luggage since most travel on a highway like this, including me . Thanks in advance.
No issues with 4-5 passengers and the luggage. It pulls out very effectively and stable at high speeds.
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I always feel that each one of us must have one car for city use (compact, good maneuverability, good low end torque, ease of driving etc) and another one for highway use (good road presence, ample space, fantastic top end etc), but not all of us are so lucky to have two separate cars. I think you are one of those lucky ones who can have two cars, one for city use and another one for highway trips.
One All Round Car is more than sufficient for me. As long as it is highly capable, extremely safe, solid and comfortable as well as being a tough machine.

Better to have one top spec vehicle which you can do almost anything with, than having two or three vehicles. This way one is able to keep one's "footprint" also down and be greener than otherwise.

I have one Yeti. I do everything with it and go everywhere in it, when Im of a mind to. It is more than enough for a fellow like me.
If I hadn't the Yeti, then I would most certainly have bought the 1.6 S Cross out of the entire current crop of vehicles out there. It is an extremely capable machine.

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..I think you are one of those lucky ones who can have two cars, one for city use and another one for highway trips..
In fact, Micra CVT (Total Mileage is 14500 kms up to now) is not my car, but it belongs to my father, who passed away in Nov 2015 and is lying idle. Since I've sold my Honda City 2010 V-AT (after 6.5 years), I'm using it now for both city and outstation trips. I'm yet/unable to decide whether to retain it or not and use it within city (if retained) and get a new car for outstation trips (S-Cross is one option here). It is still under loan which will get closed by Oct 2016. Hope you got my point. Thanks.

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Better to have one top spec vehicle which you can do almost anything with, than having two or three vehicles. This way one is able to keep one's "footprint" also down and be greener than otherwise..
that if one car serves all the purposes then nothing like it & I am sailing the same boat. My TUV serves me as a daily commute car to the office and back and readies itself as a highway tourer when the situation arises. But given a chance I would like a Nano sized car to go in crowded marketplaces, narrow streets and places with conjusted parking spots. Whereas if I am on a holiday trip with my immediate family (6 folks including me) or extended family (+2 or +3), then I would not settle for anything less than an Innova or Aria sized car. Only if wishes were horses

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In fact, Micra CVT (Total Mileage is 14500 kms up to now) is not my car, but it belongs to my father, who passed away in Nov 2015 and is lying idle. Since I've sold my Honda City 2010 V-AT (after 6.5 years), I'm using it now for both city and outstation trips. I'm yet/unable to decide whether to retain it or not and use it within city (if retained) and get a new car for outstation trips (S-Cross is one option here). It is still under loan which will get closed by Oct 2016. Hope you got my point. Thanks.
The Micra CVT has come to you as a legacy from your late father, so it will definitely have lot of memories associated with it. Just 14.5K on the odo means it is almost brand new, so why part with such a mint fresh car, it has a lot of life left in it, not withstanding good 'ol memories.

My suggestion: retain the Micra for city drives and get the S-Cross 1.6 for those highway drives/ outstation trips. This combination can give you the best of both worlds
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Thanks a lot. It was the slave cylinder.
When the road side assistance guys removed the battery I could see a lot of battery acid leaked out. Acid has corroded a lot of nuts and bolts. One bolt under the battery tray even sheared off they they tried to unscrew it. They say acid does leak in diesel cars (Do they happen???). See pics and how much it had corroded.

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Mechanic even said the battery acid might have corroded the joint near the slave cylinder (encircled in black).

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Car was towed (flatbed) to the service center. SM said parts will be replaced under warranty. He assured me some amount of towing charges can be re ambushed. They will check the battery and charging system for defects. If battery is faulty they assured me it will be replaced under warranty. SM has already provided us with a loaner Ciaz car (I was shocked actually, when he said about the loaner car. I didn't even requested for one and I never knew that Maruti had a provision for loaner cars ) .

So far, I'm extremely happy they way they treated us. Popular Maruti Services Muvattupuzha (40km east of Cochin, Kerala) has really done a good job so far.

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I apologize for posting this a bit late. I got my car back last Monday (29th August). The corroded area(not exactly corroded) was cleaned. Battery, clutch slave cylinder and its corresponding parts were replaced and the brake fluid was topped up all under warranty. Parts were not in stock that is why it took them so long. They didn't charge us a penny and that included a car wash. I believe this issue is a one off case. Neither me or the service center guys haven't heard about such an issue in an S Cross. Now she is running fine. Clutch pedal is feeling and doing exactly what it used to be.
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I apologize for posting this a bit late. I got my car back last Monday (29th August). The corroded area(not exactly corroded) was cleaned. Battery, clutch slave cylinder and its corresponding parts were replaced and the brake fluid was topped up all under warranty. Parts were not in stock that is why it took them so long. They didn't charge us a penny and that included a car wash. I believe this issue is a one off case. Neither me or the service center guys haven't heard about such an issue in an S Cross. Now she is running fine. Clutch pedal is feeling and doing exactly what it used to be.
Good to hear Maruti covered everything under warranty. Could you share details about the cost of parts? It would be mentioned in bill and final bill would be zero as it's under warranty.
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Hi All, Have couple of queries/ concerns for which I would like to seek your advice:

Smart play touch screen system: While listening to the radio sometimes the system hangs for couple of mins and then jumps 2-3 channels ahead without me making any changes. This is been frequenting for last few weeks. Has anyone faced this and what is the remedy to this?

Sometimes while engaging the reverse gear in the camera switches on however the Color codes for distance reading does not appear.

Can the above issues be resolved through any fix by the service center??

Query on the cruise control : while I have not had the option to try cruise control, I tried this feature recently on a less crowded road. While I press the cruise button ( I was above 40 kmph) the cruise was highlighted in green and however it was not engaged and the speeds were decreasing. After some fumbles there was a Cruise and Set light got activated. Can you please let me know the correct process of activating this? Am I making any mistake in this process as the cruise did not get activated despite the light activated.

Thanks in advance for your advise. Cheers
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Hi All, Have couple of queries/ concerns for which I would like to seek your advice:

Smart play touch screen system: While listening to the radio sometimes the system hangs for couple of mins and then jumps 2-3 channels ahead without me making any changes. This is been frequenting for last few weeks. Has anyone faced this and what is the remedy to this?

Sometimes while engaging the reverse gear in the camera switches on however the Color codes for distance reading does not appear.

Can the above issues be resolved through any fix by the service center??

Query on the cruise control : while I have not had the option to try cruise control, I tried this feature recently on a less crowded road. While I press the cruise button ( I was above 40 kmph) the cruise was highlighted in green and however it was not engaged and the speeds were decreasing. After some fumbles there was a Cruise and Set light got activated. Can you please let me know the correct process of activating this? Am I making any mistake in this process as the cruise did not get activated despite the light activated.

Thanks in advance for your advise. Cheers
For cruise control, press the cruise button and then press the 'set' button. Please note that the speed should be above 40 kmph. At the speed you pressed the set button, the speed will be maintained.

If you need to increase/decrease the cruise speed, you can use the +/- buttons and it will increase/decrease by 1.5 kmph for each activation of the button. You can press the cancel button to come out of cruise control.

Please note any pedal input of brake/clutch will deactivate the cruise setup. In cruise setup, you can use the accelerator to increase the speed as per need, but it will come back to the set speed once the accelerator input is removed and continue at the preset cruise speed.

Regarding the smartplay and reverse camera, please take up the issue with the service centre. They will be able to address this.
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Sometimes while engaging the reverse gear in the camera switches on however the Color codes for distance reading does not appear.
This happens when you start the car and immediately engage the reverse gear. The system needs about 20-30 seconds to boot up before the color codes appear.

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Smart play touch screen system: While listening to the radio sometimes the system hangs for couple of mins and then jumps 2-3 channels ahead without me making any changes. This is been frequenting for last few weeks. Has anyone faced this and what is the remedy to this?
Did you get the recent firmware update installed ? I did face this before the update, but looks like they've fixed it.

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This happens when you start the car and immediately engage the reverse gear. The system needs about 20-30 seconds to boot up before the color codes appear.



Did you get the recent firmware update installed ? I did face this before the update, but looks like they've fixed it.
Can u please tell me firmware version. Need to check my Ertiga
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For cruise control, press the cruise button and then press the 'set' button. Please note that the speed should be above 40 kmph. At the speed you pressed the set button, the speed will be maintained.

If you need to increase/decrease the cruise speed, you can use the +/- buttons and it will increase/decrease by 1.5 kmph for each activation of the button. You can press the cancel button to come out of cruise control.

Please note any pedal input of brake/clutch will deactivate the cruise setup. In cruise setup, you can use the accelerator to increase the speed as per need, but it will come back to the set speed once the accelerator input is removed and continue at the preset cruise speed.

Regarding the smartplay and reverse camera, please take up the issue with the service centre. They will be able to address this.
Thank you Sree73 for your advise.Will try the cruise control in the next available opportunity. Open stretches are difficult to find in Chennai nowadays 😄

With respect to the smart play system will pick this up with the service centre guys in my next visit.

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This happens when you start the car and immediately engage the reverse gear. The system needs about 20-30 seconds to boot up before the color codes appear.



Did you get the recent firmware update installed ? I did face this before the update, but looks like they've fixed it.
Thanks Eddy. Mine is a May month delivered car and during the first service the SA did not mention on this firmware update and I had also not faced any issue during that period. I will pick this up during my upcoming 2nd service. Thanks!

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Can u please tell me firmware version. Need to check my Ertiga
Sure, will check and let you know.

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Thanks Eddy. Mine is a May month delivered car and during the first service the SA did not mention on this firmware update and I had also not faced any issue during that period. I will pick this up during my upcoming 2nd service. Thanks!
I got mine updated in July along with the third service.
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