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Old 9th September 2009, 10:09   #16
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I do not expect any issues here. We drove Manipal-Munnar (4 up + baggage) in an AltoVX with no fuss. Most of the time on the hill climb we could maintain 4th gear!

Just remember the Zen is a high revving engine, so you may have to use the gear shift a bit more than with a low revving engine.
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Of course your Zen can make it. Use your gears whilst you come downhill.
Happy trip.
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I know Zen can do it without much fuss.
So I'm not gonna explain anything.

The car being MPFI will have much less power loss (due to change in altitude) compared to a carb Zen

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Of course your Zen can make it. Use your gears whilst you come downhill.
Happy trip.
Good point, make sure you do this if you want to avoid a fading brake.
Braking is nothing great in a Zen. Its really sad.

Trust me I'm using one for the past 9 years.
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Of course your Zen can make it. Use your gears whilst you come downhill.
Just a quick reminder the Golden rule is - The gear for coming down is the same as for going up!
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By any chance, is mine the oldest 'Maruti' that has done the 'climb' ? My SS80 did the Ooty trip through Masinigudi with three adults (including driver) and one kid in 2006 ! Like all have mentioned above, doing the trip in a Zen MPFI should be a breeze !

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most cars i believe will be technically competent to take those hairpins , but i believe its the driver skill that matter here most , especially how to carry momentum and stuff like that , the importance of this can never be under stated with respect to safety , give the fact that govt transport buses are allowed to come down at all times.
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nothing to worry. before leaving just get a routine check done on all fluids and other basic stuffs.

make sure you are in right gears while climbing down else you will cook your brakes badly, I learnt it the hard way

and as others mentioned, keep an eye on speed breakers.

enjoy your trip.
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My Alto LXI made it to Ooty quite easily with 4 people + luggage on board.....it should be a cakewalk for a 1.0l zen. I went up mettupalayam - coonoor - ooty and came down via gudalur - Nilambur route...no issues at all.
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This question was not to be asked. Any zen owner would know the capability of his/her car.probably what matters more is the driver's confidence of driving through those hairpin bends. As everyone said above, I may add that even can do those ghats. Just get your car serviced once, pack up and go ahead. Have fun.
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I went from Bangalore to Ooty in Oct 2005 a hired Indica with my wife and son. Used the same car in Ooty and surroundings. Hardly a problem.
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Alongwith the suggessions of proper car maintenance etc, I guess you need to go through the following travelogue:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ty-mysore.html (Weekend Travelogue: Ooty-Mysore)

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Just a quick reminder the Golden rule is - The gear for coming down is the same as for going up!
I have noticed that even if you use the same gear during downhill, certain downhill stretches (Kalkatti) calls for applying light brakes at regular intervals else the cars speed would be bit high to take the turns safely with permitting the way for upcoming vehicles.
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I have noticed that even if you use the same gear during downhill, certain downhill stretches (Kalkatti) calls for applying light brakes at regular intervals else the cars speed would be bit high to take the turns safely with permitting the way for upcoming vehicles.
What I mean is that you must use the brake sparingly if required. Many people have the habit of coasting or being in too high a gear as a result of which the are braking heavily continuously. The golden rule does not forbid touching the pedal at some times!
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What I mean is that you must use the brake sparingly if required. Many people have the habit of coasting or being in too high a gear as a result of which the are braking heavily continuously. The golden rule does not forbid touching the pedal at some times!
Sorry, probably I could not have quoted that unrelated lines from your post.. instead have asked my question

Okay..In certain slopes during downhill, I had my foot on the brake pedal with slight pressure on it to reduce the speed inspite of me being in 2nd gear. Else I found the speed to be too much for the slope, Is this normal?
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I have read a couple of travelogues in which the trip was comfortably done by Alto. Then where does the problem with a Zen arise?
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