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Old 1st January 2017, 17:44   #31
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Default Re: Maruti SX4 ZDi: Experience with an engine rebuild at 70,000 kms

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Well this comes as surprise to see so many SX4 being rebuilt in 80-100K mark. I own a SX4 diesel that has done 132k in the last 5 years and has seen more mountains than most SUVs. She still is going strong, came back from a delhi-manali-sojha trip yesterday and there seems to be no drop in power despite all this running, touchwood!
My experience is simple, use Mobil 0-40 from day one and system D on most refuels. Never exceeded the 10k service mark and let the engine warm up and turbo cool.
I hope to see 2L on this car given the trouble free nature the only issue i have faced is the syncro rings going bad twice. Once in warranty at 38k and once at 90k the rest is super reliable jap that does over night trips with females on national highways!
Agree with you adi_sun.

I have been using an SX4 VDi for the past 5 years, engine using only Mobil1 0w40 from Day 1.
Have clocked close to 90,000 km.
And I have driven up to 700 km in a day!

At 85,000 km I replaced the steering (gear) assembly, both lower arms and a couple of bearings in the gearbox.
(As I have advised elsewhere in the forum, the gearbox just cannot handle any extra torque from a remap!)

Touch wood, my engine is buttery smooth and does not sound like a regular DDiS - all credit to Mobil1!
I have driven my friends' Diesel SX4s that use semi-synthetic oil and the difference is remarkable!

After test-driving Brezzas and S-Crosses multiple times, I decided that it would be a 'down-grade' if I chose to change my vehicle!
It is truly one of the best and comfortable long-distance cruisers I have ever owned.

Though I do not claim an astronomical fuel efficiency, as long as I do not exceed 120 km/hr, I get a consistent 18 kmpl, without ever stressing the engine (lugging or over-revving)
Mileage within the city is anything between 13 - 15 kmpl.
In Bangalore, where traffic seldom moves, these figures are of course, only of academic interest!

With 205/60 R16 Bridgestone Potenzas on MGP 16" alloys, the road grip, ride and handling are phenomenal!
And the back seat? It just lulls one to sleep!

When the Ciaz was launched I had exclaimed that 'alas, the men will not be back'. I stand by that statement!
The SX4 with its 180 mm ground clearance is one hell of a tough vehicle!

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Agree with you adi_sun.


At 85,000 km I replaced the steering (gear) assembly, both lower arms and a couple of bearings in the gearbox.
[i](As I have advised elsewhere in the forum, the gearbox
Could not agree more, how much did the steering rack cost? Mine is noisy too on a bad patch of road.
Somehow Ciaz, Vitara are not equally built. The seat are now thin and the ride is not at par.
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At 85,000 km I replaced the steering (gear) assembly, both lower arms and a couple of bearings in the gearbox.
(As I have advised elsewhere in the forum, the gearbox just cannot handle any extra torque from a remap!)
Have you remapped SX4 diesel? My SX4 has been remapped by 3 tuners till date . Car has run 1.2 lakh KM now. I had major warranty replacements like Turbo, gearbox. Remember, all this happened when the car was still running on stock map.

Post first remap by Pete's, ODO was around 80K KM..Engine had to be opened up and piston rings were changed. I really do not know if remap was the culprit, but it happened 10 days post remap.

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After test-driving Brezzas and S-Crosses multiple times, I decided that it would be a 'down-grade' if I chose to change my vehicle!
It is truly one of the best and comfortable long-distance cruisers I have ever owned.
Fully agree with you. S-Cross is the actual replacement for SX4 globally. But, Where did that handling and superb braking of SX4 disappear?
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Could not agree more, how much did the steering rack cost? Mine is noisy too on a bad patch of road.
Somehow Ciaz, Vitara are not equally built. The seat are now thin and the ride is not at par.
The steering box assembly cost Rs. 30k (part cost alone).
And yes, whilst on it, I replaced the timing chain (the labour cost is more than that of the part), front brake caliper assemblies, stabilizer bar bushes/mounts, overhauled the entire gearbox, replaced all lubricants, renewed the rear brakes.
In fact I went the whole hog - including interior and exterior cleaning.

The total bill came to a whopping 90k [I believe in the simple concept of replacing (malfunctioning/damaged) parts that I am not comfortable with]!

My car is now good for another 90k to 100k km!

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Have you remapped SX4 diesel? My SX4 has been remapped by 3 tuners till date . Car has run 1.2 lakh KM now. I had major warranty replacements like Turbo, gearbox. Remember, all this happened when the car was still running on stock map.

Post first remap by Pete's, ODO was around 80K KM..Engine had to be opened up and piston rings were changed. I really do not know if remap was the culprit, but it happened 10 days post remap.

Fully agree with you. S-Cross is the actual replacement for SX4 globally. But, Where did that handling and superb braking of SX4 disappear?
No, I have not remapped my SX4, I just wanted to keep at least my car stock!
My Jeep runs on a Race Chip Pro 2; just hope the NEF 2.5 CRDe and NGT 530 are rugged enough to take it!

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