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Old 28th April 2011, 18:10   #61
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Was there any symptoms or was it a "recall" replacement on all 2.4L GV's?
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E-Mail dealer got doesn't say 'recall'. But must be. Google found SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.4 PETROL Recall - Drive belt tensioner may break., 2008-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara recalled in Australia | Car Advice | Reviews
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Did the 30,000km service today. 1.3k for oil change etc. Had told SA to check suspension, brakes, clutch. He said 'all OK'. Brakes, probably they look for pad wear - how do they 'check' suspension and clutch?

Also tinkered and painted a door (5k) and replaced LHS mirror (.7k). Mirror, thankfully only the glass had to be bought - housing plus motor would've made it 10k+.
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Hardy workhorse. Been through many tough trips with virtually zero after attention needs.

Suspension is checked by driving and feel. There is no way check struts/shockers without dismounting them.
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Oh, you completed 30K in July? You must have crossed me by now. I just hit 38K yesterday.

Yesterday I saw a blue GV pass me from the front, thought it might be you. But I see yours is not blue. It was somebody else.
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Not yet.. 35k now, probably will end the year at 40.
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GV has done 44,000km.

Replaced lots of parts beginning of the year - battery, clutch plates, clutch cover assembly, release bearings, fly wheel. None of these were necessary, but did it to get peace of mind during Desert Storm.

Just after the rally, replaced the rear propeller shaft assembly. During a bottom impact, the cross member beam had bent a little, shifting the gear box and causing the propeller shaft to slowly (over 2000 km) wear its teeth off. So replaced the cross member too.

Other casualties were: front strut assembly (coil spring plus dampener is sold as 1 unit in the front), back right side lower arm and both rear shock absorbers (dampeners). Also replaced some plastics - two fender linings, front bumper guard.

Now that the car was back to new, got some goodies installed at GT Tuners.

Ironman Vega lights:
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bracket:
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without lights:
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Ironman suspension kit:

before:
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after:
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Handling is one of the high points of the GV, and the Ironman suspension hasn't compromised it at all. Suspension is much stiffer, which I like. It is also supposed to be stronger/more durable than the OE ones, but we will know that only in the long run. There is also a small lift, little less than 2 inches.
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Costs Oldmonk??

Looks a bit high from the side view and that is likely to offset somewhat the cornering ability. How fast you tested it around a curve?

Mughal Rally next??
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Looks a bit high from the side view and that is likely to offset somewhat the cornering ability. How fast you tested it around a curve?

Mughal Rally next??
Suspension 57k, Lights 16k.

Haven't consciously tested, but I've been driving fast and haven't felt anything very different. But will try some corners and get back.

Mughal is very tempting, since it is only a 2 day event. And in the Himalayas. But Srinagar is too far, costly to drive to and fro! Will need to figure some other arrangement. Sponsors? Rent a Gypsy from Delhi? Anyway two more months before that..

Next though is Dakshin Dare, starting on 9th.
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How fast you tested it around a curve?
I'm back. The rally itself was slow (and borrrring) but we got a lot of free zones in the many ghats we crossed. Drove fast there and tested a lot and happy to say that handling hasn't been compromised at all. Suspension is also a little softer now (after driving 2500km), so wife is complaining a little less Haven't checked rear seat passengers comfort yet.
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How easy or difficult is it to maintain a Grand Vitara considering the availablity and prices of spares with the Maruti service stations or outside? I have an offer for buying a 2007 Grand Vitara which has done about 55k kms. So I want to know will it be easy to maintain it considering the fact that the Grand Vitara is a CBU import.
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How easy or difficult is it to maintain a Grand Vitara considering the availablity and prices of spares with the Maruti service stations or outside? I have an offer for buying a 2007 Grand Vitara which has done about 55k kms. So I want to know will it be easy to maintain it considering the fact that the Grand Vitara is a CBU import.
Haven't had any issue with parts availability. Dealers don't stock not-so-common parts but they always manage to get them from Gurgaon in a couple of days.
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Hi guys,
Can anyone clarify as to how accurate is the average fuel consumption indicator on the 2007 Grand Vitara? I just picked the car from Bangalore and travelled about 500kms and the indicator is showing 9.9 kmpl as the average for the entire journey. I have to refill the tank to full to assess the actual FE.
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The GV FE meter is very very accurate. Might be little off if you are not on original size (225/70R16) tyre.
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The GV FE meter is very very accurate. Might be little off if you are not on original size (225/70R16) tyre.
Hats off to you Samurai. The GV FE meter is in fact very very accurate. I filled up the tank and it took exactly 55 litres for 550 kms. Now please tell me as to what I can do to to improve my GVs mileage. I am driving very light footedly and the 10kmpl mileage I got was purely highway mileage.

I have switched to K & N air filter and I am getting the said mileage with K & N only. So if there is anything I can do to get even better mileage than what I am getting I will do all the possible things that need to be done.
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