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Old 1st February 2013, 06:49   #76
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Can you also check if Maruti recommends synthetic oil for Ritz also like the new Swift.
But i will suggest , still go for an engine oil change after you car has completed 1000 kms.
I did check with Maruti's A.S.S. in the meanwhile. Engine Oil change interval is at every 10,000 kms, and it is synthetic. These new re-tuned DDiS engines come with synthetic oil recommendation only. I asked my SA if I should change Sylver's at 1000 kms, and he said it was not necessary. The oil inside will stay good for 10,000 kms, no problem.


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I agree that the door-handles and mirrors should have been body-colored. According to my SA, it was because the Spoiler is standard on VDI now. I have got them painted at showroom itself (~ Rs 3000), and I feel it looks much better now.
Excellent. Caffeinated, can you post a pic of your painted door handles & ORVMs? If it's looking good, I might opt for the same. Thanks!


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Thank you, Raven_avi. I was certain that almost all the ritz owners had to change oil at 1000kms. Does the new ritz come with the synthetic oil from the factory? is it the recommended oil for ritz now?
Yes, synthetic is the way to go for these new DDiS engines, govigov. Engine smoothness is very much evident and (comparably) the NVH levels are slightly better as well.


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You have got yourself a great ride in the form of Ritz and we have a great ownership review which is very well narrated. You have some great writing skills. Kudos to your effort and the review must be helping a lot of prospective buyers of Ritz out there.
Thanks, pal. I am glad you approve!


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RavenAvi, I'm humbled! Thanks a lot for recommending my review! And now, your comprehensive review easily betters mine!
Hey blue_pulsar! No way, my friend. Your review is still easily the best in our forum, after GTO's official one. But I am glad you like mine!

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No, first oil change is at 10K/third service for my Ritz as well, which is pre-facelift.
And thanks for confirming that as well. I am guessing they changed this engine oil change service interval within the past 1 year, since you have the pre-2012 facelifted Ritz and it also comes with 10K recommendation.


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Thank you Sir. I have booked the car a couple of weeks back. Hope to get delivery in a month or two.
That long?! Here the Ritz diesel is available off the shelves. In fact there were quite a few lined up in the dealer stockyard when I went for Sylver's 1st service. Why would your dealer take 1 and half months to deliver yours? ZDI is easily available, I am told. The VDI ABS version is the more difficult variant to get hold of, right now. Please enquire again from your dealer.


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Hope i didn't hurt your feelings when i said i hate the silver color (I don't like it since it is a very common color)
Not at all. Colour choice is purely personal, my friend. I went for Silver for both my cars because it's maintenance-free. With the hassles of day-to-day family life and job, it's tough to maintain and polish our steeds. The best we can do is give them a nice weekend wash. White and Silver maintain themselves, but I personally think Silver hides the scratches better than White. Plus, white is more common. Any other colour requires some dedicated maintenance. That doesn't mean I am not a fan of other colors - my heart skips a beat every time I see a Shadow Blue Vento, a blue Fiesta, the exotic red on the Polo, etc.

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There are only 2 options for interior color - red/back and grey. I have chosen the grey since the red/black looks too loud.
Yes the red interior scheme looks too garish and in-your-face. It's not exactly red per se, but a cheap, plasticky kind of red which I didn't like at all. Grey interiors are subtle, quiet and a bit more dignified, IMO. Plus it won't look dirty too soon. Maintenance is easier.


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Got the First service done this Sunday (27th Jan). There is no oil change after 1000kms. Service Centre said not required for these new generation DDIS engines. Change oil only in 3rd Servce @ 10000kms. Use synthetic oil only.
Great! Thanks for re-confirming this, Saurav.

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I started having fever halfway through the servicing. Returned home with 102F fever, swollen face and paining ears. Doctor confirmed mums. Have been confined to bed since then, and will be till next Saturday.
Yikes! Get well soon, my friend.

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On the owners manual, a card was stapled of a service engineer. later saw, his details had nothing to do with the dealer, seems he is from MSIL directly. Earlier I had heard that MSIL have put auditors at every dealer point. Seems they have done so at service points too.
Yes, a new guy has been posted to oversee operations at my Maruti A.S.S. dealership as well. He came to meet me, was very polite, gave me his card and number and told me that I could call him if there was any sort of problem with dealing with the dealership/A.S.S./workshop guys. He said he was from a specialised department in Maruti, dealing in customer satisfaction.

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Earlier, on Saturday had got ICE fitted. Went in for Sony Xplod (with iPod compatibility) player and 4 Sony door speakers. Also was suggested bumper guards (as I declined to put parking sensors).
Nice. Can you post some pics of your ICE setup? Would like to check it out. Thanks!

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And has gear-shift become any smoother?
My Ritz is also due for 1st service. I'm finding shifts harder than expected.
I found Sylver's gear shifts hard before the 1st service. It was rubbery and a bit vague, and slotting was tougher than expected. Now after 1st service it has smoothed out a bit, and is now the typical Maruti "tak-tak" slotter, with a slight heavy feel. Yours should change also after the 1st service. Weird thing for a new car though, and unexpected too.


Only update from my end - Sylver is nearing 1000 kms on the ODO. Gear-shifting has become a lot better after the 1st service. I am really impressed by the DDiS, and I would say it's the i-VTEC of diesel engines in India right now. That being said, nothing can beat the petrols and their refinement though, specially the Honda i-VTEC which is practically unbeatable!

Will stay in touch. Drive safe, guys!

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That long?! Here the Ritz diesel is available off the shelves. Why would your dealer take 1 and half months to deliver yours? ZDI is easily available, I am told. The VDI ABS version is the more difficult variant to get hold of, right now. Please enquire again from your dealer.
Yeah, i was told that i can get immediate delivery of the ZDi in Bakers Chocolate and one other color but Breeze Blue has been ordered for and it's delivery date is dependent on when the factory dispatches it. I guess the Ritz is not popular in this color and that's why the delay.

I was offered the VDi in this Breeze Blue color on immediate basis but i passed it on

I'm excited as this will be my new car after 10 years.
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My Ritz is 8 months old and run 8.6k. I can tell you folks that gearshift has smoothened out a lot, although I cannot compare it with my ex-ride, the i10's gearshift. The engine has opened up and has become much more tractable. Gearshifts have become less frequent. Cant wait for third service. Shall post a detailed update on my thread after third service.
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Yes the red interior scheme looks too garish and in-your-face. It's not exactly red per se, but a cheap, plasticky kind of red which I didn't like at all. Grey interiors are subtle, quiet and a bit more dignified, IMO. Plus it won't look dirty too soon. Maintenance is easier.

Yikes! Get well soon, my friend.

Nice. Can you post some pics of your ICE setup? Would like to check it out. Thanks!
Mine is RED interiors. My wife seemed to just love it!!

Got well. Thanks for all your good wishes.

The ICE is Sony: Model No:CDX-GT616UG. Link: http://www.sony.co.in/product/cdx-gt616ug
Speakers: XS-GTF16272. Link: http://www.sony.co.in/product/xs-gtf16272

Got for 9700/= all inclusive.
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First Milestone Crossed - 1,000 kms on the ODO.

Yesterday evening while I was returning from the city after completing some work, Sylver clocked her first milestone (of hopefully many, many more).

The FE stands at a mind-boggling 19.3 kpl for this entire 1000-km duration, and it's all in-city driving. We are not using the AC much because of the uber-cold season, and I prefer to drive Sylver with the windows down, so that is also adding it's bit to the FE figures.

No hiccups so far (touchwood!). The gearing is still a bit tough and rubbery, although it has eased up a bit from the initial toughness. I got a nice little steering cover for Sylver - art leather, full black, with metallic silver rings around the periphery. Will post a pic of it soon.

The dealership called a couple days back to inform me that they have received the Ritz Central Locking kit which I had ordered, but I have been busy with construction work at home. Hopefully tomorrow, after job hours.

Seat covers job is still pending. Thinking of getting a couple of reading lamps fitted - one for the rear passengers and one for the boot area. It gets pretty dark at night and the lights in front don't suffice. They are more like map lights than cabin lights.

Oh, and did I mention that the horn is pretty darn loud! People literally swerve out of the way when it blares into their ears. How I wish my Pegasus had one like these. Honda, are you reading this?
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First Milestone Crossed - 1,000 kms on

The FE stands at a mind-boggling 19.3 kpl for this entire 1000-km duration, and it's all in-city driving. We are not using the AC much because of the uber-cold season, and I prefer to drive Sylver with the windows down, so that is also adding it's bit to the FE figures.
Congrats on the 1st milestone! Hope there are at least 100 more.

19.3 is a great FE. Going for the diesel decision is paying off well.
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First Milestone Crossed - 1,000 kms on the ODO...
The FE stands at a mind-boggling 19.3 kpl for this entire 1000-km duration, and it's all in-city driving. We are not using the AC much because of the uber-cold season, and I prefer to drive Sylver with the windows down, so that is also adding it's bit to the FE figures...
That's a stunning FE! Even if you are NOT using A/C, guess it's still a good one by any standards. Even if we reduce a 2 kmpl for A.C which still adds upto ~17.3 kmpl in City & that too for a car which has NOT gone for it's first service even!
Treat her well, she will reward you long term! Are you going for an oil change for the first service?
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@RavenAvi 19.3 kmpl? Is this MID indicated or calculated on a tankful-to-tankful method? The MID indicated value can be fairly optimistic, sometimes to the tune of +3 kmpl.
And what seat-covers are you planning to get, art leather or fabric? Keeping in mind the sun-film ban, I have gone for fabric seat covers by Elegant,for my new Ritz. These are very comfortable in hot conditions and fitting is tight and good, although all seat contours aren't visible.
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Congrats on the 1st milestone! Hope there are at least 100 more.

19.3 is a great FE. Going for the diesel decision is paying off well.
Thanks, Ajay.

Indeed, in the end it's turning out to be a great decision.


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That's a stunning FE! Even if you are NOT using A/C, guess it's still a good one by any standards. Even if we reduce a 2 kmpl for A.C which still adds upto ~17.3 kmpl in City & that too for a car which has NOT gone for it's first service even!
Treat her well, she will reward you long term! Are you going for an oil change for the first service?
First service already out of the way, my friend. Refer to the previous page for details on the same.

Yes, even if it turns out to be 18 kpl, for a 1.3L engine and all in-city driving, it's a tremendous figure.

The new Ritz comes with synthetic oil which has a recommended change @ 3rd Service/10,000 kms. Only general check-up, top-ups and washing were done during 1st service.

Thanks. I hope she will stay with us for a while.


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@RavenAvi 19.3 kmpl? Is this MID indicated or calculated on a tankful-to-tankful method? The MID indicated value can be fairly optimistic, sometimes to the tune of +3 kmpl.
And what seat-covers are you planning to get, art leather or fabric? Keeping in mind the sun-film ban, I have gone for fabric seat covers by Elegant,for my new Ritz. These are very comfortable in hot conditions and fitting is tight and good, although all seat contours aren't visible.
MID indicated. The FE has actually improved from the initial days of ownership. It initially started at ~18ish and gradually improved to 19.3. Haven't done a tankful-to-tankful one yet, but I am guessing that even if it's around 18 kpl, it's more than acceptable - it's superb!

I am thinking Art Leather. It saves the hassle of cleaning up and is a better fit than fabric. I have Art Leather covers in Pegasus (my City) and it didn't feel all that hot during last summer. Maybe because the temperatures doesn't soar too much around these parts during summer.

In fact, I selected a black one today by Autoform. Cost is around 3950/-. Plain, simple, elegant. Should get it fitted by day after tomorrow, as tomorrow is a busy day at work.

Got the Central Locking done today at the dealership. Fitting took about 45 minutes. MGA-certified Nippon, comes with a nifty little bonnet lock as well. Will post the pics once I get the seat covers done.

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Got the Central Locking done today at the dealership. Fitting took about 45 minutes. MGA-certified Nippon, comes with a nifty little bonnet lock as well. Will post the pics once I get the seat covers done.
Bonnet lock?? I have got the MGA Security system, right out of the showroom. It has impact sensor and all, but no bonnet lock. Can you post a pic of your remote?

And if yours has impact/shock sensors, please make sure it is calibrated properly. Mine seems extra sensitive at the moment; one guy on a Royal Enfield passes by and it starts howling like crazy. Will get it fixed on next visit to showroom.
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First Milestone Crossed - 1,000 kms on the ODO. The FE stands at a mind-boggling 19.3 kpl for this entire 1000-km duration, and it's all in-city driving.
Congrats Avi on reaching the first milestone and wishing you many more happy and safe ones.

That FE is just awesome. Nazar nikalo bhai saab. (Can't seem to find the literal translation for this :P)

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Oh, and did I mention that the horn is pretty darn loud! People literally swerve out of the way when it blares into their ears. How I wish my Pegasus had one like these. Honda, are you reading this?
Did you get an aftermarket horn or is it the stock horn?
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Bonnet lock?? I have got the MGA Security system, right out of the showroom. It has impact sensor and all, but no bonnet lock. Can you post a pic of your remote?

And if yours has impact/shock sensors, please make sure it is calibrated properly. Mine seems extra sensitive at the moment; one guy on a Royal Enfield passes by and it starts howling like crazy. Will get it fixed on next visit to showroom.
There's no separate button for the bonnet lock on the remote. Press the lock button and it automatically locks all 4 doors and bonnet. It was mentioned in the box that the system can be integrated to lock the boot door as well but the official MGA accessory guy had no clue how to do it. *insert sarcastic expression here*

A nifty little feature integrated also is the auto-locking of all doors once the speed crosses 20 kph.

No idea about impact sensors. I don't think mine has that. Will post a pic soon.


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Congrats Avi on reaching the first milestone and wishing you many more happy and safe ones.

That FE is just awesome. Nazar nikalo bhai saab. (Can't seem to find the literal translation for this :P)
Thanks, Aditya. Guess what, Sylver had her first highway run yesterday (of ~85 kms to and fro), and the MID showed 23.4 kpl! If discrepancies of the MID indicator are taken out, even 22 kpl on the highway is more than excellent. If nothing else, just the FE is keeping the huge smiles pasted on our faces.

Translation - Keep the evil eye out, big brother!

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Did you get an aftermarket horn or is it the stock horn?
Stock.
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Got the seat covers fitted yesterday. All-black, pseudo-leather look. No wonder it's called "art leather".

As promised, here are the pics (apologies for the quality, all snaps taken by my Galaxy Note) :-

Front seats.

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Back seat.

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The look from the back seat.

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Steering wheel cover. (full black with thin silver rings)

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The MGA premium Central Locking key (I am told the kit comes with a new modular now).

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The Bonnet Lock. Notice the spring attached and the wire extending downwards.

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Lock is depressed when bonnet lid is shut and closed. If someone tries to forcibly open the bonnet lid, alarm will go off.

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Seat covers are looking good; however the fitting in the head-rests looks a bit loose. Which model of AutoForm is this?

And the Steering cover looks decent with the silver ring, but it is of the slip-on variety. I had a similar one in my old car, and have experienced it slipping sometimes after completing a tight turn. So, in my new car I got the steering cover of the stitched variety. No chance of slipping now, and grip is awesome as well for. Cost me ~Rs 300. (Pics from web : http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/beautyequation/P1100899.JPG)
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Got the seat covers fitted yesterday. All-black, pseudo-leather look. No wonder it's called "art leather".
Nicely done seats, Avi. I was planning on leather/art leather seat covers but wondering about the heat in summers.
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