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Old 14th April 2008, 16:45   #1
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Default Need help with Indica Xeta FE

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I have INDICA XETA 1.2 GLG couple of months old. It had run 1000 KMs & completed 1st service when around 600 KMs.

The FE is around 9.25 KM (100% AC & CITY Driving ) only before the first service it was around 8 KM. I check FE by filling IOC Petrol Full Tank.

Can anyone help me on what should i do to increase the FE or should I wait for the car to run more KMs?
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Old 14th April 2008, 20:10   #2
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hi

I am facing quite a similar issue with my Santro, my car has done 2800 km and i am getting FE of 11 to 12 (100% A/C). While on the other hand people with their Santro's are getting about 14 to 15.
I think need to wait for some time before jumping to conclusions.

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Marlon, Too early to decide on FE in a petrol car, just 1K Kms, Those settle only after 2-3 service and at least 3-6K Kms. So relax and keep filling her and take it slow and easy.
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yaar xeta 1.4 gave my bro like 13+ during running in. please go and spend a morning with the tata guys.
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It also matters of your driving style. If you are mostly driving car in 1st - 2nd gear in city you wil not get more than that. How is your habit of changing gear ?
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It also matters of your driving style. If you are mostly driving car in 1st - 2nd gear in city you wil not get more than that. How is your habit of changing gear ?
Yous said it!

Maybe its your driving style!

And on a minor note, Xeta engine are not known for FE figures.
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Old 15th April 2008, 10:46   #7
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Marlon, what is your daily driving cycle like? How often do you shift into 4th or 5th during your daily drive?
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I got ~13 Kmpl in the run-in period in City with 80% AC. In highways i get about 15 Kmpl to 16 Kmpl easily. I shift to 5th at 50 or 60 Kmph. It may be your driving style or the wrong filling station. If you have access to Shell, do try it once. My Xeta likes Shell very much. Tried BP Filling Station at Hyderabad and it was OK OK but the one at Miryalaguda was not good. I can hear the engine knocking for sometime (about 20 minutes before it got adjusted to the fuel even at 60 Kmph with three people including me - the driver) So try to fill at a BP or HP COCO or Shell if you can pay up the premium and check again.

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Marlon, I also get about 10km/lt from my 1.2 GLS mostly due to my very short distances from a cold start (less than 3 km), and more or less bumper-to-bumper traffic. I count myself lucky if I can stay in 4th for long and 5th is a absolute rarity :-). Also my *&%$@ driver invariably rides the clutch although not when I am giving him the eye.

Have done 6k so far in 11 months but will certainly hound the TASS guys during the 1 year service coming up next month.

1 unique issue which makes the 1.2 give low mileage is the heavy body and the low low-end torque which I feel delays shifting into 3rd/4th as compared to other hatches. I frequently find that I have to shift back down into 3rd/2nd (as the case maybe) too quickly, where say a 1.4 GLX or any Santro/Maruti would have soldiered on.

IMHO, the 1.4 actually gives better mileage and is more driveable in the city due to better torque. If Tata sold the the 1.4 with a cheaper variant (instead of the current GLX only), I would have bought it.

I may be biased: I had a Indica 2000 LSi for 60k and 8 years earlier :-)

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Hi jkdas,

> And on a minor note, Xeta engine are not known for FE figures.

Why don't you take a peep in the indica group?

Quite a few people are happy about theri mileage.

The only once that I have hitched a ride in a Xeta was when a veteran petrol Indica user was showing the Xeta owner on the potential of his car. It was a revelation both for me as well as the Xeta owner.

It may not beat a wagon R, though (or would it)!
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Old 15th April 2008, 18:58   #11
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Thanks BHPians,

From your suggestions I think the FE could be due to the below reasons
  • Running few Kms (7KM) from Cold Start
  • Driving Style - Riding on Clutch ( i have a tendency)
  • City traffic . Not Switching to Top gear
I will observe FE after trying to change some of the things mentioned & will revert back with my observations after few weeks.

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Marlon, your car's mileage is absolutely normal for the driving cycle it undergoes.

I'd recommend:
Getting rid of the habit to ride the clutch
Not trying to get into top gear just to get better FE. You'd be lugging the engine which will do it more harm than good. Please stick to 15-30-45-60 for the shifts into 2-3-4-5, respectively.
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My bit of unsolicited advice.. :-)

Avoid using the AC when you need to accelerate. Switch it ON when you've reached a sufficiently long stretch of clear road (does it exist in a city?) and you are going steady.

The loss of power due to the AC is very perceptible in Xeta.
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Hi
Just wanted to contribute to this thread by adding that my 1.2 GLS XETA is giving me about 14.5 to 15 KM/L in heavy delhi traffic.
It gives me a 20 plus KM/L on the highway.
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Avoid using the AC when you need to accelerate.

The loss of power due to the AC is very perceptible in Xeta.
Hello friend,
All ECU controlled vehicles have a part of the algorithm which cuts off the AC compressor when the throttle pedal is depressed too much suddenly. Close all windows, switch off the music system to hear the click sound of the AC compressor relay.
Older vehicles which do not have an ECU will be provided with a mechanical switch which does the same job.
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