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Old 24th June 2007, 15:48   #121
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that makes it 570 on 2/3rd of 60 liters.
570/40= 14.25.
However the magnum has a 10 liter reserve as well..
should be interesting when the refueling actually happens,


Rodeo; is this with a/c 100% on?

A/C is on 90% of the time. Its all city driving.
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Old 24th June 2007, 17:15   #122
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I have driven the magnum and it gives 16KMPL with Ac cool
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Post some pictures of your ride if you can
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Just got back from GM showroom here, there is now a 15 day waiting period for Magnum.. Hmm.. this is a good sign for Magnum !! Not many expensive cars enjoy a waiting period like this in a city like Agra where I can get a swift diesel in a weeks time ( other cities 2 months !!!! ).

Looks like finally some good time ahead for GM !!!

Could not TD the car as it was already out. He did not even have any at display. Will TD car tommorrow and post review. Cheers !
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Magnum is doing well as per GM technical manager i met. There is booking in Hyd also. Swift has waiting of 6 months in Hyd.
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babhishek the tank capacity of magnum is 65 to 67 liters i filled my car up as soon as i got it from the showroom it held 65 liters (i think there was 2 liters in the tank cause when i took a test drive the previous day they had filled in 4 liters) so 2/3 of 67=44.66 and 570/44.66=12.7(i think it should be 12 when he fills the tank again we will know anyway my car has run 500 kms now and i am going to top up the tank tomorrow so i will post my FE figure tomorrow afternoon
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Had a test drive of a magnum from Sundaram Motors on Kasturba Road. Tested the top end LT version. These were my findings...

Pros
- Beautiful engine. The NVH levels are pretty low and really doesnt feel like a diesel at all.
- Tonnes of space all around.
- Seats are extremely comfortable. They are big and meant for really big people.
- Chevy seems to have sorted out their gearbox problems. The gearbox on the magnum is excellent.
- Soft suspension hides potholes and bad roads.
- Once the turbo kicks in at around 2100 rpm, the car turns into a rocket . Brilliant... absolutely brilliant. However this car is not a driver's car, for reasons see below.
- Found an empty stretch of road and floored the accelerator. The car did 90 in 2nd gear at around 4000rpm. (4200rpm redline) Would have done more but unfortunately ran out of road.

Cons
- Clutch and Brake are really really hard. Infact they are so hard, on a normal day, in bangalore traffic, the car would give one footache, kneeache and ankleache
- The Steering wheel is ridiculously hard too. Infact I was struggling with it all the while to steer it in heavy traffic.
- Severe turbo lag. The car just chugs along at anything below 2100rpm which seems to be when the turbo starts spooling. Makes driving in the city quite difficult
- To add to this, i had dropped the speed down to 20kph in 3rd gear at a speed breaker and the car started vibrating severely. This is bad as I routinely do 3rd gear 20kph in my cedia.
- Soft suspension and horrid steering means the car handles worse than a sailboat.
- Damn those left handed controls!!!!! I hate them!
- The alpine HU is real nice but the speakers are pretty sucky.


Overall I'd say this is a good car for folks who'd mostly be on the rear seat. If I were self driving, I'd avoid it totally. This is a decent attempt by GM but the hard steering and clutch alongwith the turbo lag make it a pain to drive.
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Clutch and brakes are not that bad but i agree with severe turbo lag. I had 5 adults in car including me and was driving in traffic and was struggling to get it moving, i was kind of flooring the accelerator. I was missing my Palio diesel then that around 63 BHP. Also i am unable to drive the car in high gears at low speeds, so worried about milage and drive-in period.

They have to do something about turbo lag.
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^^Hehe if that is not hard, I don't know what the definition of hard is . Also forgot to add the brakes did not inspire confidence in me.

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Yes i agree about the steering but the clutch and brakes are not bad(i used to drive a scorpio before so this seems much better) also i find that even on the highway i end up in 2nd gear when i am behind a slower car in front of me(the magnum seems to have a mind of its own it dosent slow down when u take ur foot of the acceletor)
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And rodeo did u fill up the fuel tankand if so what the FE figures of ur car?
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I hv done 570kms but still 1/3 tank left. Will get to know in next refuel.
Only 570 kms so far ?
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- Chevy seems to have sorted out their gearbox problems. The gearbox on the magnum is excellent.
I guess its an entirely different gearbox.
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Yup the gearbox for a change had a very slick action. It used to click in like the lancer's but not as crisp.

Actually although it's better than the petrol's, I dint find the petrol shift was that bad, after driving Rudraji's car.


Also, I read this months ACI and OD.

OD says that the car has a broad poerband which helps puttering around in teh city in a higher gear. they say the gear ratios are perfect and not too short or too long. the car pulls cleanly from 1500rpm according to them and it has a flat torque curve.

ACI says the main weakness in the magnum's engine is the narrow powerband and the considerable turbolag followed by the surge of torque between 2000 and 4000rpm. this makes you work the gearbox more. Also the second gear is too tall and that increases the lag even more. They say that the car has a non linear power delivery which takes some getting used to.

LOL!! that from 2 mags testing the same car.

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I guess its an entirely different gearbox.
Yup quite a nice short-throw box on the Magnum. Quite unlike a diesel car.
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