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Old 18th August 2017, 13:37   #2221
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Guys, happy to inform that I got delivery of my Autumn Orange Alpha CVT 2 days back . Absolutely loving it so far!

Haven't got a chance to drive a lot, but noticed something strange during initial drives. While approaching a signal or while gradually stopping, I feel some slight vibrations from the engine/transmission. Similar to a manual transmission when stopping in a higher gear without pressing the clutch. The car doesn't stall and the vibrations are only for 2-3 seconds before finally stopping.

Have any fellow bhpians driving the Baleno CVT experienced or heard of this before? Trying to find whether this expected behavior and how do I avoid damaging the transmission (in absence of a clutch pedal). Does anyone know whether the Baleno CVT use a clutch or a torque converter to connect the belt to the engine? Can't seem to find any information on the CVT unit in the Indian Baleno.
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Guys, happy to inform that I got delivery of my Autumn Orange Alpha CVT 2 days back . Absolutely loving it so far!

Haven't got a chance to drive a lot, but noticed something strange during initial drives. While approaching a signal or while gradually stopping, I feel some slight vibrations from the engine/transmission. Similar to a manual transmission when stopping in a higher gear without pressing the clutch. The car doesn't stall and the vibrations are only for 2-3 seconds before finally stopping.

Have any fellow bhpians driving the Baleno CVT experienced or heard of this before? Trying to find whether this expected behavior and how do I avoid damaging the transmission (in absence of a clutch pedal). Does anyone know whether the Baleno CVT use a clutch or a torque converter to connect the belt to the engine? Can't seem to find any information on the CVT unit in the Indian Baleno.

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And i cant wait to pick up my Baleno Zeta Petrol, CVT later today evening. (Arctic White colour )

I am now trying to figure out what accessories that i can choose. Given that i had waited for 3 months now, i don't even recall what seats come in the Stock Zeta versions.

Any recommendations for some basic accessories please? Thank you.
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And i cant wait to pick up my Baleno Zeta Petrol, CVT later today evening. (Arctic White colour )

I am now trying to figure out what accessories that i can choose. Given that i had waited for 3 months now, i don't even recall what seats come in the Stock Zeta versions.

Any recommendations for some basic accessories please? Thank you.

Door sill guard with backlit illumination, MGA has good seat covers available, transparent mats MGA, mud flaps, chrome strip at the bottom of the rear hatch, rear camera, some things that immediately come to my mind
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Any thoughts should I go for repair from authorised service center and utilize policy or should I pay from my pocket and get the NCB next year.
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Any thoughts should I go for repair from authorised service center and utilize policy or should I pay from my pocket and get the NCB next year.
What repair is this that you are wanting to do on the car?

Depending on that we can suggest.
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Please see the attachment. I added before also however it did not show up.
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Haven't got a chance to drive a lot, but noticed something strange during initial drives. While approaching a signal or while gradually stopping, I feel some slight vibrations from the engine/transmission. Similar to a manual transmission when stopping in a higher gear without pressing the clutch. The car doesn't stall and the vibrations are only for 2-3 seconds before finally stopping.
With reference to my previous post, I went again for a long test drive of the Baleno CVT at the same dealer. I also observed similar vibrations in that car, though it was less frequent and vibrations were lighter. Probably this is a characteristic of all CVT units in the Baleno and have decided to wait and watch till the first servicing. Hopefully the vibrations will reduce with running-in of the engine.

Request fellow team-bhpians to share any details of the functioning of the CVT unit doing duty in the Baleno. The RM mentioned it's a Nissan unit. But I highly doubt it. Would be tremendously surprised if that's true.
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Wow! Are you sure you meant 'city' and not 'highway'? This figure is too good to be true in city driving!

I was trying to get a comparison between Baleno CVT and Jazz CVT. Will be scheduling TDs of both very soon.

Jazz CVT owners report an FE of around 10-12 kmpl in city and 16-17 kmpl on the highway. Still to collect feedbacks from different Baleno CVT owners so that I can derive a practical FE figure for the Baleno CVT.

I understand from your post that you drive gently, but 16 kmpl in a city like Bangalore - if the car really gives that, then my choice becomes easier I guess.
Hey 16.4kmpl in "city" is absolutely true and I can vouch for it because I get the same. In Mumbai with daily drive being around 37kmpl, with AC always on I do around 520 kms in 32 litres of Petrol. However, my route is against the traffic (i.e. I travel around 7kms one way in traffic and the remaining 11 on Western expressway which is signal free and I am continuous in 5th gear). Tried to spend a tankful in heavy traffic driving with the traffic throughout and I was getting close to 14kmpl.
But I have my observations why I achieved these figures.
  • Automatic climate control gives better FE than manual AC because the compressor is not always running.
  • Related to the Automatic AC, the FE shoots to around 17 during Jan-Feb when the AC compressor kicks very infrequently.
  • Tyre pressure also plays a role, company tells to maintain a pressure of 29psi cold, which I do and achieve these FE figures. But on a couple of occasions due to faulty equipment of Petrol Pump air machines, I had a pressure of 30-31psi. The ride was a tad bit harsher than it already is but the FE was around 17kmpl.
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Please see the attachment. I added before also however it did not show up.
What is the quote received from MASS for this repair job?

Looks more like scratches, right? I think you'll need to repaint the rear right door and the wheel arch panel.

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I will be taking the car to repaint on coming 4th saturday. Then will inform you. Its only paint jot n little rubbing.
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Is there a waiting period on Baleno petrol variant in Delhi these days?
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So i will be the 2nd person to get an Alpha CVT from OMR Nexa upgraded from Alpha manual. Awaiting for a confirmation from them.
Hi ashok_lat, have you had any update from OMR Nexa on the Alpha CVT allotment? Been following up for the past fortnight ever since members here started posting about their deliveries of Alpha CVT, but the RM only keeps saying that they have not had any allotments in August!!
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Hi ashok_lat, have you had any update from OMR Nexa on the Alpha CVT allotment? Been following up for the past fortnight ever since members here started posting about their deliveries of Alpha CVT, but the RM only keeps saying that they have not had any allotments in August!!
I am yet to receive any update from them, all my RM has been doing every time I call him is "he will check and call back". His “call back” never use to happen. Planning to visit showroom this week to know the correct update from them.
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Guys, happy to inform that I got delivery of my Autumn Orange Alpha CVT 2 days back . Absolutely loving it so far!
Hey congrats on your Alpha CVT. One question though - does the entertainment system come pre loaded with Android Auto support in your Alpha CVT?
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