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Old 24th September 2008, 14:57   #241
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Rather interesting to note that the issues reported are consistent across the ones reported by most SX4 owners! Beginning to sound a lot like the Swift story.
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I have a question for fellow SX4 owners. How is the paint on your car holding up? The colour on my car has already faded badly! My car is only 11 months old! . I will put up the pictures soon.
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Good lord.

What color is it ?
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Good lord.

What color is it ?
It's black in colour. There is no gloss left in the paint. Looks like a 3-4 year old vehicle.
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Old 29th September 2008, 15:32   #245
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I've a 7 month old Silver colored SX4 which i wash once a week, color and gloss are still the same as it was earlier.

I've a question of my own for fellow SX4 owners, kinda sounds stupid, is your sx4 more likely to be chased by street dogs? I've been on the same streets at around the same time in a 800, Matiz, esteem without attracting canine attention and now in a SX4 keep getting chased by the dogs and thanks to one have a couple of 2 inch scratches on the left front door .
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It's black in colour. There is no gloss left in the paint. Looks like a 3-4 year old vehicle.
Hi Amit/others,
Try Amway silicon glaze. I would give you shine back. Before than that you can shampoo your car with any car shampoo or can try Amway car shampoo. Amway products are not sold in market though some car accessories people do keep now atleast in bangalore i have seen

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It's black in colour. There is no gloss left in the paint. Looks like a 3-4 year old vehicle.
Is it being washed daily with hard water?
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I've got no problems with mine after nearly an year and half. There is a slight reduction in some areas, but that's because I used the wrong cloth to dry :-(

I've got scratches all round, but gloss is not a problem.

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Is it being washed daily with hard water?
Yes and thats the first thing that I thought too but then all other cars in my housing society get washed with the same water and they seem to be holding up well.

My Palio's paint also broke out into patches (have seen that in many other Palio's too) but it happened about 4 years after the car was bought.

Update: My car is now in S.K.Wheels for change in engine mountings and shafts. I will update on the results in the evening.

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Yes and thats the first thing that I thought too but then all other cars in my housing society get washed with the same water and they seem to be holding up well.

My Palio's paint also broke out into patches (have seen that in many other Palio's too) but it happened about 4 years after the car was bought.

Update: My car is now in S.K.Wheels for change in engine mountings and shafts. I will update on the results in the evening.
Try washing it with car shampoo as hard water deposits as thin white layer. Try good shampoo from F1/Amway/Sonax etc.
If paint is broking out then your car may be parked in direct sunlight with some portion in shade. Try to avoid that. This was told by a paint shop when I got my old santro painted
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The car had the change in mountings and axles yesterday evening but when I took it on a test drive the problem of jerks and rpm falling while starting to drive remain.

The dealer says he will have to change the clutch too. As per what he said, all SX4's with these problems had their clutch changed to solve the issue until Maruti asked them to change the mountings and axles and leave the clutch alone. Mine is the first car at the dealership to follow Maruti's directives.

I was asked to use the car for 7 days till the dealership got a feedback from Maruti on this issue but I refused to take delivery of the car. That's when the dealer said that he will change the clutch and then take up the issue with Maruti later.

The car will be ready in the evening. Let's see if the problem gets solved with change in clutch.

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The dealer says he will have to change the clutch too. As per what he said, all SX4's with these problems had their clutch changed to solve the issue until Maruti asked them to change the mountings and axles and leave the clutch alone. Mine is the first car at the dealership to follow Maruti's directives.
Is there any circular abt the same as i also experience jerk when starting from 1st gear. Service guys said your driving pattern is not good

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Is there any circular abt the same as i also experience jerk when starting from 1st gear. Service guys said your driving pattern is not good
Thats the big confusion. I have been to two different dealers for this issue. One accepted that there is a circular from Maruti on this issue and the other said there is none. That particular dealer said that Maruti recommends holding the rpm at 1500 levels while starting to drive to avoid jerks!

As for the service guys telling you that your driving pattern is not good, I was told the same yesterday. The service manager was telling me on how to co-ordinate the leaving of the clutch and pressing the accelarator to avoid jerks. I told him that I have been driving for 15 years and don't need that kind of basic training anymore. I then asked him to take a test drive and the car jerked!

I had a colleague with me and he drove the car and it jerked again.
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Thats the big confusion. I have been to two different dealers for this issue. One accepted that there is a circular from Maruti on this issue and the other said there is none. That particular dealer said that Maruti recommends holding the rpm at 1500 levels while starting to drive to avoid jerks!

As for the service guys telling you that your driving pattern is not good, I was told the same yesterday. The service manager was telling me on how to co-ordinate the leaving of the clutch and pressing the accelarator to avoid jerks. I told him that I have been driving for 15 years and don't need that kind of basic training anymore. I then asked him to take a test drive and the car jerked!

I had a colleague with me and he drove the car and it jerked again.
Is it possible for you to get the circular number or a scan copy of that. My dealer does not agree about any circular
One question how to hold the rpm at 1500. Though not much convincing to me . Let me try this. Do we need to press accelerator to do that.
My dealer has put iron number plate so everytime it jerks that iron piece make a noise to remind me your car just jerked . Do SX4 owners in bangalore are also facing same problem ?
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Finally some good news.

After the clutch was changed, the jerks are gone. I'd say there is definately a 90% improvement in the way the car drives now. I can still feel some jerks on starting sometimes but maybe it's just because that I am not used to the SX4 starting smoothly. Another point is that the rpm still falls when I press the accelarator but there are no jerks now.

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Is it possible for you to get the circular number or a scan copy of that. My dealer does not agree about any circular
Try another dealer or just approach Maruti about this. Even emailing your local MUL office will do the trick. Even I had to approach the Mumbai office for arranging the spare parts. I don't have the circular number or a copy of it but I am attaching my invoice which will show the parts changed. Do note that engine mountings and axles were changed but there was no change in the jerks issue. Only after the clutch was changed that the problem has gone.
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