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Old 24th September 2013, 14:26   #76
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Thanks for the info rajshenoy, will visit the MASS today and see if they can help.
This is the thread i referred to get information on Vinyl mats

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ination-3.html (PICS : Car floor vinyl & lamination)

People do have mixed reaction about this. Frankly speaking, If Ertiga floor had come in any other color, i would have not opted for any extra floor mats.
You can also explore 3D kagu mats and 3M nomad mats as alternatives.
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Rajesh did you get paint protection?
It's costing nearly 4k. Is it worth and required?
3m also offers Similar options any views ?

Kindly share the DIY armrests option via Pm.
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Default 1000km long trip update

Back from a 1000 km long trip via Western ghats. Thanks to the Cyclone. Was greeted by rain throughout the journey but managed to complete as per the plans.

So here is the feedback:

1. Highway manners - This car loves highways. Loves to be revved hard and overtaking vehicles is effortless. Compared to the stiff suspension of Swift that i used to drive on same roads, Ertiga is very composed at all speeds. Suspension soaks up uneven roads, broken roads, and sudden surprise potholes keeping the passengers in the rear comfy and dozing off. Makes a big difference and feels very fresh even after long drive.
Drove on 4 lane toll roads, winding Malnad roads, Broken Ghat roads(resembling river bed) and the coastal Karnataka roads and Was very impressed with the handling of this car.

2. Engine: I was maintaining the 2000-2500 RPM band and the car loves it. There is hardly any strain on the engine with AC and the rear blower running 100% of the time. and also with luggage+ 5 people.

3. FE: With all the bashing it took, i was happy to get 18.6kmpl during the first leg and during return leg(hill climb) got around 17.2kmpl. Not bad considering that i was maintaining 90-110 kmph on good roads and there was a stretch that was having hardly any road. plus 60% of the journey was on ghat/winding 2 lane roads. AC was always ON too.

4. NVH : Very good for a diesel. Just what the MJD is known for. It is silent both inside and outside. Even the road/Tyre noise is very minimal.On speeds above 100kmph, there is a faint wind noise creeping in somewhere near the driver window. Its not very annoying, but definitely there if cabin is silent. With music or passenger chit chat, the noise is not audible at all. But will get the thing checked during next service. I remember reading similar issue in official ertiga review thread.

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Small issue
I have a steep gradient(and a tight stretch of road) just outside my house and typically requires 2nd or 1st gear. I had just taken the car out and the people inside couldn't wait to switch on both ACs. As i was climbing the gradient, an Auto rushed and i had to almost come to a standstill.When I tried to move, I noticed that the vehicle stalled. I started the engine again, slotted to first and car did not move(stalled again) After couple of cranks and failure I turned off the AC and asked people at the back to switch of the second row blower too. Then the vehicle moved smoothly.
So just wondering if the vehicle has issues climbing up the slope from standstill with 4-5 people and both AC ON. Will try to reproduce the issue if I can.
I want to mention something that I have seen consistently with my Ertiga DDiS. Immediately after switching on AC, for about a minute (or may be two minutes), AC seems to cause noticeable loss of power which is apparent if one is moving from standstill. But after a while no difference is felt. Also, in this case, since you had just taken the car out, I believe the engine had not come to the optimal temperature which is another factor - I have always felt performance is significantly better once the engine has warmed up to normal (half-way mark on the temp guage)

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I want to mention something that I have seen consistently with my Ertiga DDiS. Immediately after switching on AC, for about a minute (or may be two minutes), AC seems to cause noticeable loss of power which is apparent if one is moving from standstill. But after a while no difference is felt. Also, in this case, since you had just taken the car out, I believe the engine had not come to the optimal temperature which is another factor - I have always felt performance is significantly better once the engine has warmed up to normal (half-way mark on the temp guage)
Yes I have learned to live with diesels now

Apart from that, many know already about hissing wind noise and the middle row seat has some rattles when I am driving alone

I guess maruti has improved a lot but still has small niggles to work on to do well in above 10 lakh segment.

Overall I am a happy owner. My car is compact than sedans of same price, has extra seats and back row ac, mileage is good for any MPV too
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Default 5000 km update

Car is nearing 5000 km and its time for second service(sometime next week)

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1. F.Economy - I have got an average of 15.9km till date. which is great considering its size and Bangalore roads
2. Seating - Excellent, On many occasions I did have to carry more than 5 passengers and the 3rd row seat works like boon then.
I have tried 1-2 ppl, 5 ppl+luggage, 6-7 people, 8+2 children(very short distance)
3. Utility - Very good luggage space for a 5 seater. Middle row seat slides making it very practical for all the requirements that i have
4. Engine - Engine does not feel laggy at all. Its very drivable in city(I mostly drive below 1500RPM) and in Highways, the car just rockets in the 2000-2500 RPM range.
5. Suspension - Soft and composed, but the car rocks when more than one Tyre has to go over potholes. And Bangalore has plenty of them. Its definitely not a hatch or sedan. with that in mind, body roll is way better than other MPVs
6. Ground clearance - Awesome 185mm. Never had to think twice about car bottoming out on any road( Worst stretch ever driven in my life - NH stretch near Kundapur,Udupi.)

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1. Rattles - Middle row seat rattles, Its a maruti trait .
2. There is a faint wind noise from the front quarter glass. Need to check during service
3. While playing music with more bass, doors do vibrate a bit. If i had installed aftermarket music system, it would have been my head ache. But Should i treat this as a defect for company installed system. They should provide enough damping for vibration reduction ?

Things that could have been better:
Lights - Nothing bad about them, but they are only marginally adequate. But i can live with those
Split 3rd row seat - Would have helped me better manage my luggage with 6th passenger still comfy. Now i am messing with my seat for storing luggage.

I have been maintaining a FE chart and here is the snapshot so far. As one can see, I have been getting close to 16 kmpl average till date. Mileage is definitely improving gradually compared to 13.5kmpl in the begining.

Dusky Brown Ertiga VDi: How my Suzuki got tanned & stretched!-fe.png
Notice the difference between MID and the actual mileage. Its been mostly 1-1.5 km less than MID, baring couple of strange instances
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3. While playing music with more bass, doors do vibrate a bit. If i had installed aftermarket music system, it would have been my head ache. But Should i treat this as a defect for company installed system. They should provide enough damping for vibration reduction ?
The easiest solution to get rid of the door pad plastic noise is to install MDF spacer rings.

Even I face this issue with songs having high bass in my Ertiga but I have noticed that this is common in many cars as the speakers are installed on the door's metal frame directly.

Spacers should cost you around 100 each (may be lesser) and installation will take around 60 minutes for all the 4 doors and you can retain the OE speakers.

I have personally found the quality of OE HU and Sound quality of the stock speaker definitely good.
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The easiest solution to get rid of the door pad plastic noise is to install MDF spacer rings.

Even I face this issue with songs having high bass in my Ertiga but I have noticed that this is common in many cars as the speakers are installed on the door's metal frame directly.

Spacers should cost you around 100 each (may be lesser) and installation will take around 60 minutes for all the 4 doors and you can retain the OE speakers.

I have personally found the quality of OE HU and Sound quality of the stock speaker definitely good.
I know that wooden rings reduce the vibration considerably. But since the music system was provided by Maruti, they should have taken care to reduce the vibrations !!. Lets see if they can fit the wooden rings for no cost

I too like the OEM speaker quality. Its pretty good for stock system. Mine is Vdi, Just wondering how much difference can the tweeters make and should i spend extra on it? I am very happy with the 4 speakers though. If tweeters can bring audio clarity, i might want to fit it.
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Default Re: Dusky Brown Ertiga VDi: How my Suzuki got tanned & stretched!

I have been busy with my new Job so never got chance to take the car out on the highway since long time.

Car has been doing good. close to 7K now (around 5.5 months) and FE has been great for car of this size. Its hovering between 15.5 to 17 in Bangalore city.

Wanted to share few pics that i shot from my mobile last week.

Dusky Brown Ertiga VDi: How my Suzuki got tanned & stretched!-20140120-09.17.56.jpg
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Default 20000 + and LUVing it

I must confess that 2014 was a very hectic year for me. A job change, Welcoming a new member to my family only meant that the long trips that i wanted, Never happened.

As of today, my Dusky is chugging at 22000 kms and still feels like new.

Positives:
A no nonsense car, Compact for city trips(Solo driving) and occasional heavy duty(7 adults + 3 kids)
Drives great on highways in the turbo band
FE is consistent 16 kmpl average. Have got maximum 19.5 on a recent highway trip and a worst of 14.5 in last one year.
Problems seen till date:
Seat rattles - Most of it is only when i am driving solo. With people in the back seats, car is silent. Of course it is not a Ford or a VW. MASS adjusts the seats during every service and rattles are gone for a while
Engine Oil leak - Started seeing this when the car was as new as 5K kms. During 10K service, the Engine seal packing was replaced under warranty and with one long drive in bad roads, Leak was back at 15K. At 20K service the diagnosis was the tightening of bolts near the oil sump.
Good part is that oil levels dont dip and its more of a oil covered sump at the bottom than a huge leak.
Wind noise from RHS front door at highway speeds - Minor irritant still persists above 80kmph. But it has been greately reduced during 20K service where they seem to have adjusted the driver side door.
Hand break not working - Yes When i park at inclines and pull the hand breaks, it just goes back down, but after moving the vehicle bit back and forth, it works. Again MASS troubleshooted this at 20K service by adjusting the hand break play. So far problem has not happened again
Boot opened on speedbreakers - Happened on those multiple small speed breakers which i did not notice and happened to go over it at speed of 40-50kmph. I got the door open beep and the warning light, pulled up the vehicle and checked all doors to notice that it was the boot door. Shut it tight again and it did not repeat after that. I only had two cabin sized bags in the boot and my brat at back seat !!

Apart from these, I got an armrest installed(A shout out to Parag) DIY. Got it from Ebay and refereed to the threads from Parag.
Dusky Brown Ertiga VDi: How my Suzuki got tanned & stretched!-20150120_095156.jpg
Also got some chrome door handles from ebay. It looks decent from far, but it is as good as its worth(400 rs)
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2015 should be exciting for my Dusky as I already finished one Mangalore trip and a Goa trip is due next month.

And hey, brown seem to be a popular color at least in Bangalore since i see plenty of these on the roads . Not just Ertiga, overall I am seeing many makers offering brown cars.

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