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Old 19th September 2016, 22:52   #1381
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I guess this is acceptable... for a new car, Bangalore traffic, CVT.
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I guess this is acceptable... for a new car, Bangalore traffic, CVT.
Acceptable?? I would say it's amazing FE for an automatic petrol car in Bangalore traffic . I used to get around 16.5 KMPL inside Bangalore city(Petrol, Manual) . Be gentle on throttle and I get 23-24 KMPL on highways easily.
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I guess this is acceptable... for a new car, Bangalore traffic, CVT.
Hi CLIX, That's great

I have been getting 13.5 kmpl during the last 2 tankfuls (from Shell), though the MID shows 15.5 kmpl!
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Do the Alpha and Zeta variants have stiffer suspension setup when compared against the lower variants?

The reason I'm asking is, the ride is very smooth when the vehicle is driven on tarred roads. But, the ride becomes slightly uncomfortable when driven on pavement slabs, joints on the flyover etc;

BTW, the Tyre pressure I maintain is 29psi.

Also, I can sense a slight sound coming from the rear suspension when I go over speed breakers!

Can someone assist please?
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Do the Alpha and Zeta variants have stiffer suspension setup when compared against the lower variants?

The reason I'm asking is, the ride is very smooth when the vehicle is driven on tarred roads. But, the ride becomes slightly uncomfortable when driven on pavement slabs, joints on the flyover etc;

BTW, the Tyre pressure I maintain is 29psi.

Also, I can sense a slight sound coming from the rear suspension when I go over speed breakers!

Can someone assist please?
Yes there's a distinct noise when I go over speed breakers and hit potholes unintended. I have baleno alpha petrol. Its a fantastic car but my only worry is how the suspension will behave once we cross 40-50k kilometers. I would request the experts to comment more upon baleno suspension setup and its pros and cons.
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Is the body side moulding on the doors a necessary accessory? I dont see any practical use or purpose of that, being fixed at such a low level on the door.
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Is the body side moulding on the doors a necessary accessory? I dont see any practical use or purpose of that, being fixed at such a low level on the door.
More of show than major protection I would think. It however should touch an "over friendly" auto before the rest of the door - so hoping one might be able to "initiate evasive manoeuvres" before more drama happens. That was my idea.
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Baleno waiting periods exceed the Vitara Brezza's, commands a 33 weeks as compared to 27 of Brezza.

Exports of Baleno's could be a reason for the high waiting period. Maruti has increased the production for Baleno by 25 percent to meet customer requirements. Production volumes of other products are tweaked for accommodating these two products for faster reach to customers.

The company has exported 30,000 vehicles( Baleno's) of which 19,000 have been done this quarter. Of the new models, Brezza has not been exported now.

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After one week of driving the Zeta CVT, my observation

1. The rear view mirror positioning is obstructive, you do not get a full view of the front. At times it becomes irritating. Does anyone have any hack for this ?
2. I did not notice any sound from the suspension while driving on a flyover (old generation flyover)
3. Receiving calls is smooth. Making calls take additional efforts. To be honest I am yet to read the manual and get to know full details. I use my smart watch to make calls by voice commands, it works fine.
4. Mileage at present with heavy Bangalore traffic is around 10.2 kms / ltr
5. Engine is super smooth, but yet to get adjusted to the rubber band effect of CVT
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After one week of driving the Zeta CVT, my observation


4. Mileage at present with heavy Bangalore traffic is around 10.2 kms / ltr
My 2c on the above point.
I've been driving a CVT Baleno for nearly 7....umm.. days I've had to unlearn my driving style from the stick shift days.

I firstly set the display to show instantaneous milage. An occasional glance at the "green bar of Economy " gives one a fair idea about how good you're doing with your light footed CVT style driving.

Secondly- here's what I learnt in the last week: As you start from standstill the revs take off a bit fast , clutch engages (car moves) and then as you gain speed revs slightly level off .(Yes we all know this ).

Key ... in my view is to ease off the gas just a little bit , slightly BEFORE you have reached the speed you're looking to get to. By easing off the gas you get the CVT to click into the next higher gear slightly early ; And get slightly better efficiency.

Mainly all about understanding the gear shift characteristics of your transmission.
Eager to hear from other CVT drivers on the above. Thanks.

... and a pic of my drive today dawn.
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Did anyone notice the sweet fuel cap holder on the fuel door? Nice touch from maruti but there aren't many educated users around!
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Maruti Baleno RS is released. Any comments , test drives, feedback , opinions ?
What is the waiting time for standard Baleno ( not RS) in Hyderabad ?
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Fuel cap holder: It was already there in sx4, it is not new. My 2007 SX4 ZXI has it.
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Maruti Baleno RS is released. Any comments , test drives, feedback , opinions ?
What is the waiting time for standard Baleno ( not RS) in Hyderabad ?
Baleno RS is not yet released, its slated to be released in November.
Standard answer for waiting time is 6 months. This is uniform across all NEXA outlets.
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Old 29th September 2016, 11:39   #1395
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Did a test drive of Baleno Delta CVT. The Official waiting period is 6 months and unofficial / realistic is 3-4 (SA confirmed this)

Three clarifications to CVT owners

1. The engine sound, i felt it is quite audible in all speed range and increases with higher speed. I would not say unbearable but felt more than normal

2. Felt the road type (thuds, clunks, bumps etc.) in the cabin?

3. The wind noise is high nearing 80?

Are the above also felt by others or was it a limitation of 9000 kms driven test drive car or my high expectations from the car

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