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Old 20th September 2010, 08:37   #136
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@musicmanaman - By any chance, were you driving on EM Byepass towards Park Circus today? You probably crossed 4 no bridge, then took a u turn in front of Park Circus PS.
Yes, that would be me, take that route everyday to work and back.
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I have completed 23k as off now and all is fine over all ODO reading is about 47k, about 2 weeks back the Timing Belt broke and the car stalled for the first time under my ownership, my machanic fixed the same, he said the Head too needs to be opened and the tappets adjusted by the lath shop, after everything was done, the car is soo smooth now, I really for the first time have felt the smoothness of the 1.8 L mill. The overall FE in all these 23k has been 7.5 kmpl with 9+ being the max and 6+ being the worst.

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I definitely love the front look of the Avigo. The rear can be better. Looks awesome in totality though.

Did you get it serviced by Authorized Service station? I don't know of one existing in Ahmedabad, Baroda or Surat.
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Hi All,

Yesterday, I replaced my battery, the new one is called Exide Xpress, model number being MHD 800, costed me Rs 5300 /- after giving my old battery, I think I got ripped off a bit. The old Exide lasted me about 31 months and was the cheapest Exide costing aboyt Rs 2600 /- in March 2008.

Car is doing great as usual, Love the Amby Avigo, This car is a keeper.
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Default Re: '99 Zen to '04 Ambassador Avigo 1800 ISZ EDIT: Pics on pg. 2

Hi musicmanan, fantastic post, I also have an Avigo and enjoy driving it. Will get around to posting pictures though its been bumped and scraped and I'd rather clean it up first. A question to the gurus here: I want to change the fibre bumpers (my rear one is damaged anyway) and replace them with the curved bumpers from the Landmaster or Ambassador Mark-I days. Is this a feasible swap? And where could I source front and rear bumpers in Delhi in reasonably good condition?

Any help or advice appreciated.
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Just to update the Bull has now completed 50 km's on the ODO, is at 50005 to be precise, and the journey so far as been nothing short of complete satisfaction.

FE has been 7.70 KMPL so far, on the total 26 km's that I have owned it, and the last 7 tank fills have given me 8.36 KMPL on averge.

I did an overall cost analysis and the only car that matches the cost of ownership when compared to the Amby is the Nano when bought new, turns out that the decision to pick the Amby was not a bad one after all, it's got it all, space, comfort, tall stance, big boot (realised this when I has shifting homes), and some snob value, even though the car is close to 7 years old, people still come up to me and ask me, if this car has just been lanuched and is this the New Amby design., you won't believe this but people have actually even stopped while driving and asked me this.

I shall keep updating the thread as I munch the miles with my Bull, and I'm still a very satisfied owner. This is the most underrated car out there in my opinion, and for good reason, but if one gets a second hand just like me in mint condition then it's one of the most satisfying cars to own and th cost of ownership is camparable to buying a new Nano.

Last tank full gave me 10.22 kmpl, and this is the first time since the car has been with me, I have achieved this mileage with 100% AC, just kept below 80 kmpr, and was at 60-70 kmpr most of the time, what also may have added to the mileage is open roads without congession where I live now, but all in all very satisfied with the figures and hope I can achieve this quite often.

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Did a top wack of 125 kmph a couple of days back, with me and wife in the car, felt could have crossed 130 kmph if pushed, but din't try. The 4th gear is nice and toquery beyond 80 kmph and 3rd can go all the way till 110 kmph. The engine pull from 80-120 kmph is really juicy. The engine feels best at 90-110 in 4th gear.
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Just to update the Bull has now completed 50 km's on the ODO, is at 50005 to be precise, and the journey so far as been nothing short of complete satisfaction. ...
Congrats, musicmanaman and wishing you many more miles of happy journeying with your Amby Avigo.

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....This is the most underrated car out there in my opinion, and for good reason, ...
I learnt the nuances of Chennai-city-driving in a (used) 1984 petrol Ambassador. I can understand what you are saying. Left to myself, my next new car would be a new Amby 1.8ISZ, get it LPGed and use it as my daily drive. <sigh> If only wishes were horses...


PS : I wouldn't try high-speed driving (above 100kmph) in an Amby when travelling with family.



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Hey there Musicmanaman!

How's it going. Hope you've still got the bull?
Just helps to know there's someone else out there dealing with the same issues that I, a fellow avigo owner is dealing with!

I've been re-reading this thread after a long time...and man for once I'm not going to cry about my grossly underpowered 2.0 diesel. All said and done fuel is still cheap for me
Thought I'd let you know that I finally figured that the lights focusing problem can be solved by fixing projector headlamps. Haven't done it yet but have done all my r & D. Basically with the projector set up which has to be retrofitted in the car you should be able to get the lights to focus because the reflectors go out of play.
Secondly I was just wondering - you spoke of some padding you got doen to decrease the noise levels in the car - can you elaborate? there always seems to be something or the other which makes some kind of sound or the other and mind you being a diesel car my noise levels are substantially higher than your car's.

Car's running well. Had to get the master brake cylinder changes recently and that's really helped with the braking. Do you think its a good idea to consider getting discs on the rear wheels too? wonder if that can be done. Would substantially impove braking . Fill me in!

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Just completed 5k on my Avigo, couple of things happened and a couple of things were done.

1. Radiator horse pipes were changed 2 piepes costed about Rs 300/- in total.

2. 1 fuel pipe was changed, don't remember how much it costed, but was not very expensive.

3. 1 liter of coolent was added.

4. the car was waterwashed costed about Rs 250/- with gear oil spay at the buttom, don't have an idea if that helps.

5. The fan belt was tightened a bit.

6. The driver seat had gone in, partly I suppose due to my weight which is on the positive side of 100, just had to take out the seat and get some welding done, and things were back to normal, cost me Rs 300/-.

After the fuel pipe was changed, (this is one of the pipes and I'm sure there are many more, the one that we changed was next to the engine on the drivers side,) some vibrating noise was coming for days and was eventually a small bush had to be put in place to eleminate the same, a small thing but took some time to figure out where the noise was coming from, the pipe was also difficult was to put in place due to it's location, in any case was done and now it's fine.

I banged a Maruti Zen on the back, the guy was infront of me at a signal, he moved and then for whatever reason stopped, I could not stop my bull on time, and kissed the Zen, my left hand side head light took the impact and the glass shreeded to pices, the lights were funtioning though, the Zen dicky went in and the back bumper came off at places as well. In any case got the head light changed the next day, total cost with the head light and labour was Rs 1700/- for the same.

The Amby is a little thursty with Radiator coolent thought, my Machanic says there is nothing wrong with my Car and after replacing the horse pipes it's consumption has gone down, but compared to the Zen I had earlier, in which I would not check the Radiator coolent level for months at a time, in the Amby I make it a point to check the same atleast once a week.

The bull is doing fine as usual, no issues it's become a lot quiter as well, partly due to the fact that when we were trying to locate the source of the vibrating noise, a few other places were damped as well, so inside the cabin now things are much quiter, but in any case the Petrol Amby is not noisy in the first place to start off with.

The overall FE is still 7.25 KMPL with AC 100% in the city. The best achieved in the City has been 9+ and worst 6+.

All in all still happy with my Amby Avigo Petrol (The Bull).
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Secondly I was just wondering - you spoke of some padding you got doen to decrease the noise levels in the car - can you elaborate? there always seems to be something or the other which makes some kind of sound or the other and mind you being a diesel car my noise levels are substantially higher than your car's.
I can't remember getting any padding done, however I want to change the door pads now, it's about 7 years old and a new set would be nice.

About the car, it's going about doing it's duty as usual, rock solid, starts at first crank, and gives 8 kmpl with AC on most of the time, I wonder why people by small cars like Alto or Spark just to get about 2-4 KMPL more? why not drive a 1.8 Isuzu with a lot of space and comfort, with AC on full blast, and at half the purchase price and not to mention no EMI.

Please let me know how the 2.0 Liter Diesel is, what's the FE? does it overheat, and what's the top wack? i always wanted to know more about the 2.0 Liter Diesel, The 1.8 Petrol is war machine and will just keep going on and on as long as you keep changing the fluids on time. Good to know some one on the Forum has a Avigo apart from me. Cheers Mate !!!!.
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I can't remember getting any padding done, however I want to change the door pads now, it's about 7 years old and a new set would be nice.

About the car, it's going about doing it's duty as usual, rock solid, starts at first crank, and gives 8 kmpl with AC on most of the time, I wonder why people by small cars like Alto or Spark just to get about 2-4 KMPL more? why not drive a 1.8 Isuzu with a lot of space and comfort, with AC on full blast, and at half the purchase price and not to mention no EMI.

Please let me know how the 2.0 Liter Diesel is, what's the FE? does it overheat, and what's the top wack? i always wanted to know more about the 2.0 Liter Diesel, The 1.8 Petrol is war machine and will just keep going on and on as long as you keep changing the fluids on time. Good to know some one on the Forum has a Avigo apart from me. Cheers Mate !!!!.
Hey there M!
Yeah I want to change the door pads too. The moulded ones on the new grand are crap, come off just like the old ones and look much worse. You know I've heard some great things about the new grand (BS !V) Its got the Avigo dash and has better pedals, am going to see what I can scavenge out of that for my car.
Bro the diesel is fine but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone. FE is pretty good - about 14 in the city with the aircon which makes it cheap to drive. But unlike the petrol, this has to be serviced at least every 5000 kms. Delay that and there's rattling and the engine doesn't feel very responsive. The biggest downside is the lack of power - only about 54 BHP. That said the top whack is not bad - I've ripped mine to about 125 on the expressway but about a 100 is comfy. It is a diesel though and doesn't have the refinement of a petrol. Over 100 it sounds like a jet about to take off
Eventually when I've done about 200,000 or so and this engine hangs up its boots I'm going to try and see what other engine options I can come up with. Maybe the Swift powertrain...I continue to dream
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Bro the diesel is fine but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone. FE is pretty good - about 14 in the city with the aircon which makes it cheap to drive. But unlike the petrol, this has to be serviced at least every 5000 kms.
Your running cost per Km is less than half of mine, and about the plonking in the MJD into the Avigo, I have to say that idea has crossed my mind as well, becasue even though the Amby looks big, the weight of the Car is similar to some mordern day hatchbacks and in the same teritory as the swift.
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Guys, don't you think the MJD would be an inappropriate fit. being transverse mounted and all?
Rather an engine from an MUV/SUV,after calculating engine height fit would better.
Anyway congrats on you guys for the Amby.
Am still waiting stupidly for the 2011 Amby promised by HM.
A good second hand Amby is a good choice but the FE of the petrol gives me the shivers,though @musicmanaman calculations did seem to relieve me a little.
Though have to admit,i rather have a crush on the Amby's old sister.
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Hi,
Why dont you try for diesel Isuzu Imported Isuzu engines.There is a lot of difference between the HM Isuzu and the Imported Isuzu engines.
The power Rating is more than the HM Isuzu.There are B1,C1,D1,G1 used engines available in the market.
The Imported Engines even though it is older than the HM Isuzu engines,the cost is more...japanese make is always a great one.
Used Engines are guaranteed for another around 2 lakh kms...
Only drawback you can say is,Service (Oil change,filter change) is 5000 to 6000 kms.But that too i am using only 20w-40 engine oil 5.5 litres cost around 1300..
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