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Old 8th June 2015, 13:18   #556
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Thanks to everyone who responded to my queries on ScuderiaFerrari's ownership thread.

Got home a Nov-2011 model Persian Blue A-Star AT with less than 12k on the odo. It's a CLC car, with a clean history.

Maruti Suzuki A-Star Auto - Road Test-astar.jpg

(Note: the beading on the rear-right window has been replaced).

Guys, one question:
Does this come with a parcel-tray ? This one doesnt have it.

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Guys, one question:
Does this come with a parcel-tray ? This one doesnt have it.
Not on the Vxi AT, the Zxi does have one.

I purchased one for 800/- INR during my 3rd free service, but I didn't like the overall quality, it keeps rattling over humps and bad roads.

Another big omission is day-night mirror, replaced mine with a zen mirror from popular motors, agara.

The rear doors don't have speakers, fitting a speakers would be an easy job as the wiring already exist to the doors.
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Thanks to everyone who responded to my queries on ScuderiaFerrari's ownership thread.

Got home a Nov-2011 model Persian Blue A-Star AT with less than 12k on the odo. It's a CLC car, with a clean history.

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(Note: the beading on the rear-right window has been replaced).

Guys, one question:
Does this come with a parcel-tray ? This one doesnt have it.
My 2013 A-Star AT didnt come with a parcel tray.

On a side note, try to get the door handles and ORVMs painted in body colour and get the black side strips for the doors. This will add to visual appeal of the car.
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rr_zen : My 2013 A-Star AT didnt come with a parcel tray.
Thanks, will check the door handles & the strips.

I checked for the parcel tray. The supports are there on both sides - so all we need is a tray. As pointed out by Mr Bean, only the ZXi looks to have it.
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Congrats Condor! A pre-owned A-Star AT as a second car for in-city runs is a fantastic choice. Not that it can't take highways. You will be surprised that this li'l car can touch 150 KMPH on highways. And it doesn't bounce owing to stiff suspension. But as a in-city run-around car it is unbeatable. Ok, now we have competition in the form of Alto and Nano AMT. Did you check 'em out?
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Thanks, Sagar. I have tried the Nano AMT - that car was nice. I have to cancel my pre-booking now. But Alto ? nooo .. dont like it much.

The A-Star is a breeze to drive in the city. Currently thinking if I should upgrade the tyres from 155 to 175. Main problem is that going to 175 would mean having to go for alloys also, or at least upgrade to 5" rims. (Stock rims are 4.5").
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40K service (Current Mileage 37XXX) Charges:

My usage has been high and so I usually go for the synthetic oil.

The bill has been as below (Total Rs. 8786). This was at Pratham Motors and included free pick-up and drop. The interiors need some cleaning.
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Not sure what is the service Kit and Little tree.

The car was delivered late at night in rain and I did not check the details at that time. Need to check with the advisor.
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I am considering an used AT for my spouse. What should I look for with regard to the gearbox when I test? Say cars that has run 20k plus
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Gear changes should be smooth, and not jerky changes
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Got home a Nov-2011 model Persian Blue A-Star AT with less than 12k on the odo. It's a CLC car, with a clean history.
Nice buy, could you please share some details on the price? Did you buy it from an individual or from Maruthi true value ? What is CLC?
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I am considering an used AT for my spouse. What should I look for with regard to the gearbox when I test? Say cars that has run 20k plus
If possible drive the car (preferably from a cold start) through peak traffic to know how the gear shift feels between D-D3-L, but honestly it would be very difficult to ascertain the condition from outside, may be a good technician at MASS can do a better job for peace of mind. The kickdown (D to D3/D2) is not very smooth in the astar AT, one might think it to be an issue with the box, but it has been this way from day one for my car or the test drive vehicle.

The risks are high with a pre-owned automatic, but being a maruti, it wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to replace if a problem arises with the AT box

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Guys, is the Fuel Gauge linear ?
(is each block on the gauge about 3.5 litres ?)
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^^^ From my experience with our A-Star_AT, No. During the initial year of ownership, I had noted down (over multiple iterations) how may kms each block is good for.
And from what I remember, it was not linear.

BTW, once you are down to the last block, after driving some more, the last block will start blinking - an indication that you need to refuel.
A reasonably good indication of the car's FE can be got by calculating how many kms the car runs between 2 iterations of blinking.
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Guys, is the Fuel Gauge linear ?
(is each block on the gauge about 3.5 litres ?)
No idea of A Star, but in my K10 the first bar (10) is around 70km B2B, 9-2 around 40km and the last one about 20km. So I will say that it is more or less linear between the 9th and 2nd bar.
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Guys, is the Fuel Gauge linear ?
(is each block on the gauge about 3.5 litres ?)
I always fill up my tank when I have 2 blocks left, the amount of petrol it takes for auto cutoff ranges between 26-28 liters. That like 3.25-3.5 liters of petrol per block if I take the average, but these blocks are definitely not linear, the 1st and 2nd blocks hold up less petrol and quick to disappear, whereas 3,4, 5 take some time.

I stick to the same shell pump, but for some unknown reasons, the auto cutoff sets in early at times. Whenever that happens, the first block disappear within 20km of my new trip. This car is extremely frugal on the highway, I got 20-20.5 kmpl during my trip to Yercaud last year at speeds between 80-90 km/hr, this also includes the ghat section :-).

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