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Old 8th April 2010, 22:50   #46
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One more part I find strange is the absence of an alarm that warns you if your headlamps are turnd ON and you switch OFF the engine to alight/park.
In my punto, the lights go off auto if you switch off the engine with the lights on. I found this was a very useful feature.
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In my punto, the lights go off auto if you switch off the engine with the lights on. I found this was a very useful feature.
same in the case of i10, only parking light will be on..
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Hi,

I'd forgotten to mention that I followed team-bhp's advice and obtained an NCB from my previous Insurance company.

I had not made any claim so obtained a 45% NCB on my new insurance!

The salesperson from Nandi Toyota, Prasanna has also suggested me the same.

I would therefore suggest to those selling their cars to obtain the NCB as this would result in a huge savings.

Nitin.
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How much did the tyre upgrade cost you? Did you change the rims as well?

regards,

Nitin.
Sorry for delay its more than year now, I gave Rs 1500/- per tyre extra on exchange of my stock Bridgestone.
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Hi Everyone,

I went ahead and added the front and rear nudge guards.

The pictures are posted below.

I feel the rear nudge guard is quite important, especially in Bangalore where you may have some novice/maniac biker who would give you a kiss.. - No offence meant to bikers, I know there are good bike riders.

The front nudge guard is more for beauty and to protect the stock bumper to some extent.

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The rear nudge guard is very useful especially in Bangalore. There are too many nuts out there on Bangalore roads
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Wont the front will affect the air bag sensors? I decided against that as it will affect the air bas sensors, but I too feel the rear one is a must have.
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Here comes another rare Innovaman.

I have read your initial feedback.

Having used an Innova for the last 2 years, my advice to you would be to keep it as stock as possible, always service at Toyota centres and even stay away from additives and premium fuel.

Wishing you thousands of un-worrying miles
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Nitin: It is looking good. What about side step bars? It would give you additional protection on sides as well
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The rear nudge guard is very useful especially in Bangalore. There are too many nuts out there on Bangalore roads
How true! Its as if they're going to purchase "Air Tablets".
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Wont the front will affect the air bag sensors? I decided against that as it will affect the air bas sensors, but I too feel the rear one is a must have.
Hi,

Indeed that's a point to ponder. However, because this guard is made of fiber/plastic and fitted using thin strips of metal (hopefully iron), i feel its more for beauty and guarding agains small impacts, such as a bike scraping etc. Its not like the metal grille which some owners install.

Any higher impact may result in the guard breaking off.

The weight of the guard is less than a kilo, surprisingly the rear guard weighs far more - that's the experience i felt when i tried carrying both.

Sometimes a small impact may result in damage to the fog lamps and prove costly to replace, so bought the guard.
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Nitin: It is looking good. What about side step bars? It would give you additional protectio n on sides as well

Stop giving me ideas! You're going to drain my balances.
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Here comes another rare Innovaman.

I have read your initial feedback.

Having used an Innova for the last 2 years, my advice to you would be to keep it as stock as possible, always service at Toyota centres and even stay away from additives and premium fuel.

Wishing you thousands of un-worrying miles
Sure. Indeed it was one of your posts that inspired me to go ahead with the Innova.

I would always service the vehicle at the Toyota authorized centers, the same way I did for my previous car - Honda City.

As for the fuel, what's your idea on fuelling from Shell? The normal diesel, NOT the Xtra/super. Toyota showroom staff adviced me NOT to fuel from shell as that would yield black smoke. Fuelling from HP or Indian Oil at Bangalore cannot be trusted as there are quite some malpractices at such places.
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I had not realized how big the Innova is, until I had to wash it myself.

Nobody in our apartment (car washing agents) seems willing, infact, they run away if they see me around.

So I geared up and started washing, only to find this is quite like bathing an elephant!

Carrying water in a bucket is almost like body building...
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After 17 days of owning the Innova, today was the day for first refuel!

The car had travelled a total distance of about 494kms and it had about 50liters of fuel when taken out of the showroom.

This means the average mileage obtained is about 10km/liter. This is under Bangalore city driving conditions with the air-conditioner 'ON' at all driving periods.

I fuelled from the HP fuel station along the JP Nagar 100ft ring road. I had sent a mail to shell regarding their cetane number for diesel and this is the current response:

Dear Mr. Bose,

Diesel specifications vary by city. There are 13 cities where BS IV specifications are mandated by the government from 1.4.2010. In order to answer your query completely, we would need to know which city you are based in.

Best regards
Shell India

-----Original Message-----
From: Nitin Bose
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 8:45 PM
To: SIPL Shell reply SIPL-ENQ
Subject: Shell Diesel Cetane Number


Hi,

I'd taken delivery of an Innova VX recently.

The dealer tells me NOT to fill from SHELL fuel stations as the diesel from
SHELL is not good for the INNOVA and results in black smoke. They ask me
to fuel from other normal fuel stations.

I'm aware of the superior quality of diesel/petrol sold at shell and the
accuracy in quantity, so I really prefer SHELL diesel. I have been fuelling from shell for my previous car as well, for the last three years.

Upon contacting Toyota, they recommend diesel fuel which has cetane value 50 or higher.

Please let me know which type of diesel from shell has this quality.

Thanks and regards,

Nitin Bose.

I did send them a reply, hope i get a reply.

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