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Old 28th May 2007, 22:17   #121
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Samurai - make sure your battery is disconnected thru all this since its quite some time since the car last ran and some more days before it will
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Old 30th May 2007, 19:12   #122
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It's Baaaacccckkkk. The Black Beauty is back.

Today morning when I checked I was promised delivery either tomorrow or day after. Today afternoon I had to attend the last of the function related to my BIL's wedding. I got back and I got a call saying the car is ready for delivery.

I quickly showed up at the service center and took the car for a spin. Unfortunately the NH-17 was packed in the evening, I couldn't do any red line ripping. But I did some short sprints at 2nd gear and could sense that the torque is back. The engine feels slightly rougher than before, it might take some time to get smoother. Otherwise it feels fine.

The Works Manager Mr.Nagaraj Kamath and Service Adviser Mr.Dhananjay of Abharan Motors seem to have done a very credible job. I need to go back after a month to get the head bolts tightened again.

The bill came to Rs.33,672 just for this repair. I was only shown this bill, thanks to 3rd year warranty, Maruti will pick up this bill. I only paid Rs.775 for paid service and brakes overhaul.

On the way back, I took a very steep and curvy stretch near Manipal in 4th gear at just 40-50Kmph. What can I say, it's Baaaccckkk!
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Old 30th May 2007, 19:15   #123
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Congrats, Samurai. Good to know that the car's back to it's best, and MUL picked up your bill.

Must say you service guys are excellent to give you the car a day earlier.
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Old 30th May 2007, 19:20   #124
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Congratulations Samurai. That was a credible effort from your service station. I was always told that you shouldn't rev the engine as soon as it is rebuilt. Please go easy with her for a few kms.
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Old 30th May 2007, 19:23   #125
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The bearings have not been changed, so it is not like total rebuild. The engine is only 16000 Kms old.
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Old 30th May 2007, 20:56   #126
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great news and enjoy the car, dont worry you can rev the engine slowly but steadily to a very good extend, dont go hitting the rev limiter all the while thats all.

let the parts just bed in a lil to recover from the dismantle and smoothness will return soon.. hope you put in mobil 1 back (if not that also can equate to roughness) yes strongly advice you to do a re torque and do a check on all the settings and parameters after 100 to 200 kms.
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Old 30th May 2007, 20:58   #127
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I never had mobil 1 in this car, it is not available around here.
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WEll congratulation Samurai, good to know that MUL service was upto the mark & you did not have to pay for it. Also I too would say that you should go easy with the rebuilt engine for a while & allow the components to bed in properly.
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great news san. hope you continue enjoying the beauty.
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Congratulations Samurai san...!!!
So when do v get a new set of pics n a good travelogue report with your Black beauty.
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Old 30th May 2007, 21:18   #131
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My oh my !! I can feel the adrenaline rite here on the post.Congratulations Sir. Enjoy driving the beast .
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Congrats Samurai, on the rebirth! I now have 1 less thing to worry abt - as I'd told you when we spoke the other day

EDIT: Now for that party on June 25
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Old 31st May 2007, 00:25   #133
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Don't worry guys, I haven't been able to push it beyond 4K rpm anyway, there was too much traffic on NH-17.

Thanks to all the well wishers for the moral support during these couple of weeks. Folks at my home couldn't believe that people were calling up checking on the status of the car, it made my Baleno almost sound human.

Also thanks for all (and especially to Sideways) the advice and knowledge bestowed upon me helping me understand what happened. It has been a real learning experience.

I got it back and parked it at home, it was twilight, usually the best time to shoot car photographs. My Mother-in-law who never notices the car, looked at it for long and said It looks so beautiful, is it because it just got serviced? Too bad it missed the whole wedding, it would have been a sight to behold.

(Baleno was supposed to be the groom's chariot in my BIL's wedding, but due to this crisis, the glory went to FIL's Fiesta.)
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Old 31st May 2007, 14:45   #134
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Awesome Samurai. There is a reason why Maruti ranks the highest in after-sales service.

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The bill came to Rs.33,672 just for this repair. I was only shown this bill, thanks to 3rd year warranty, Maruti will pick up this bill. I only paid Rs.775 for paid service and brakes overhaul.
Precisely the reason why I am a believer in extended warranty and highly recommend it. Check this article out : linky (ARTICLE: Extended Warranties. Yes or No?).
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Congrats Samurai san...the extended warranty did the trick....

Also the service was commendable... thats why Maruti sells the highest numbers !!!

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