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Old 28th June 2010, 18:06   #1
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Thumbs up Maruti Suzuki Baleno LXi (2005) ... Got Her Home!

Fellas,

This is in continuation from here. I got the car home at last…

Have been driving around for the past week … and am falling in love with her!

Here are the pics:

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The paint is nice and glossy, though there are a fair number of small scratches (Bangalore driving…). I think the previous owner has been very nice to the car.

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Entertained, for a short while, an idea of switching to white-coloured indicator lamps at the back, but this put me off. Dropped it like a hot brick!

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Tyres not bad (or too good). Will last at least 10,000 kms.

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Scratches present, like I said…

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Am beginning to like the back side now!

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The dealer had plastered their name beneath the Maruti Suzuki name, but I took it off. Now, the glue remains, and is rather stubborn. Can anyone advise on how to get this off, of course, without harming the paint? [1]

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Switches and gizmos all in working order, except for the rear-left power window. Will get it checked in the next service.

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The tint on the windshield colours the sunlight coming in … the steering is rather close to the seat…

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The console mould is turned a bit to the driver’s side. Nice.

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The plastics are all in great shape, and nearly scratchless.

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Seats in good shape. Some basic cleaning required.

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What is this? Anyone knows?

I sorely miss a clock on the dashboard. Could this be to install an aftermarket/OE clock? I hope it is…

Anyone…? [2]

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I like the gear knob being encased in leather … but, this leather seems a bit worn. Is it possible to get only this re-done? [3]

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The leather parts of the door too seem uneven on the surface. Don’t know if this can be straightened out…

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Model KDC-MP3029. Is this the stock Kenwood stereo? [4]

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See the gloss on the dash? I know the Maruti True Value guys have polished it hard, but the surface is scratchless and smooth. And clean.

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This prominent piece on the farther forward portion of the dash … is it something specific/significant? Or just a place to stick the Ganesha mini-idol? [5]

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All four wheels are DIRTY! I cleaned them after the photos were taken, but am not able to make them shine, to justify the car’s interiors. I have some work here…

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Beautiful!

More posts/threads coming up with endless doubts/questions ... meanwhile, can you all answer my [1], [2], [3], [4] questions? Thanks!

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how to get this off, of course, without harming the paint? [1]
What's left usually will be some kind of adhesive + dust/dirt and all that.
Petrol/Diesel usually dissolves them and no its no too good for the paint.

But its the simplest way I know off.

Once the initial "bulk" is gone a mild water based rubbing compound + some polish and elbow grease to get it back to glory.

No idea about 2,3,4.

BTW Congrats...!
How much on the ODO ? Price paid (if you don't mind sharing it.)
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Hey congrats on the car, its lovely and will put a smile on your face everytime.

Just to answer a few of your questions,

The space next to the hazard lamp button is indeed for a clock. You get aftermarket ones specifically for the baleno. They are a little expensive though, for a clock! Around 500-700bucks!

The piece on the dasboard is removable and is there to cover up one of the main dashboard bolts. You can stick a Ganesha Idol there and it shouldn't cause any problem.

The headunit is aftermarket.
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Congrats on the car. Nice choice. You'll start loving her more when you take it to the highways and see others in the RVM in no time. About question [3], they will have to take out the gear lever and send it to the people who do their upholstery. I think this is a third party job. I have a good feeling that this can be done as new Balenos are available on M2O basis, atleast they were, last time I checked, and this will cost a little more, or else its time to visit Shivajinagar.
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First of all congrats and wish you happy motoring. You might be happy to know that yours produce 94 Bhp, since it is Bharat II.

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This is in continuation from here. I got the car home at last…

Have been driving around for the past week … and am falling in love with her!
Now would you answer your own question about Baleno Vs Esteem? Appreciate your perspective

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Tyres not bad (or too good). Will last at least 10,000 kms.
Undertired. Please change them asap. Try braking hard at half decent speed and see.

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Am beginning to like the back side now!
Typical Baleno owners' paradox. The car literally grows on you. Even I think the rear looks more proportioned than the front.
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What's left usually will be some kind of adhesive + dust/dirt and all that.
Petrol/Diesel usually dissolves them and no its no too good for the paint.

But its the simplest way I know off.

Once the initial "bulk" is gone a mild water based rubbing compound + some polish and elbow grease to get it back to glory.

No idea about 2,3,4.

BTW Congrats...!
How much on the ODO ? Price paid (if you don't mind sharing it.)
Thanks, yzfrj ... will try the water-based solution first. The odo reading is 51K+, and I paid Rs.3.35L to Maruti True Value. Full story here (Baleno LXi (2005) -- Good Buy?).

Will try your solution and let you know how it went...

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Hey congrats on the car, its lovely and will put a smile on your face everytime.

Just to answer a few of your questions,

The space next to the hazard lamp button is indeed for a clock. You get aftermarket ones specifically for the baleno. They are a little expensive though, for a clock! Around 500-700bucks!

The piece on the dasboard is removable and is there to cover up one of the main dashboard bolts. You can stick a Ganesha Idol there and it shouldn't cause any problem.

The headunit is aftermarket.
Thanks ... yes, it does put a smile on my face each time I drive!

Great to know that spot is for the clock ... now, the next problem is, how to get one? I don't mind paying Rs.500–700, but this car is not in production, so what are the chances of getting a decent clock?

Thanks again!
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Congrats on the car. Nice choice. You'll start loving her more when you take it to the highways and see others in the RVM in no time. About question [3], they will have to take out the gear lever and send it to the people who do their upholstery. I think this is a third party job. I have a good feeling that this can be done as new Balenos are available on M2O basis, atleast they were, last time I checked, and this will cost a little more, or else its time to visit Shivajinagar.
Thanks ... I somehow thought the stitching of the leather was done with the tailor guy sitting crunched up inside the car! Ok, so they take off the gear lever, is it? Same with doors, seats, etc?

Also, are Balenos really available on order? Wow.

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You might be happy to know that yours produce 94 Bhp, since it is Bharat II.
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Now would you answer your own question about Baleno Vs Esteem? Appreciate your perspective
Hehehe! Yes, I admit. The distinction is obvious, and beyond the 6 bhp difference. This car slams me back into my seat and takes my breath away.

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Undertired. Please change them asap. Try braking hard at half decent speed and see.
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Thanks ... I somehow thought the stitching of the leather was done with the tailor guy sitting crunched up inside the car! Ok, so they take off the gear lever, is it? Same with doors, seats, etc?
If you want a high quality job done like I did for my Lancer's gear knob then it is stitched right till the knob ends. In some cars the knob can be unscrewed. You need to find out if your's can be screwed. Then there are other cheaper options where you can get a leather or art leather cap to slip on on the knob like a condom and zip up the cap to tighten it and knock your self out.

I got mine done when the guy removed the lever to check for the short shifter adjustments.

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Lol man, the seats are removed and door panel are removed, not the entire doors.

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Like I said, I was surprised when I looked at a spanking blue new Baleno at Maruti showroom 2 - 3 years back in Viman Nagar. On asking the guy said they were available on make to order basis. I checked the chart and found that a new make to order gypsy was retailing for 5.5 L on road. I don't remember the Baleno.
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Congrats on the purchase, it brings back memories of when i got my baleno 3 years ago, you will love everything it has to offer. Drive safe
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Congrats on the Baleno, Car looks pretty good.
Baleno is called as a BEAST, drive safe and Enjoy
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Congratulations on the car. I think you made the best possible choice, the Baleno, in my opinion is a better all rounder than the OHC (personal opinion).

Your car does produce 94 horses, mainly because the ECU settings and the catalytic converter are slightly different in the BS-III version. Good for you!

The stereo is not the stock unit. Enjoy
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I have a good feeling that this can be done as new Balenos are available on M2O basis, atleast they were, last time I checked
When , where and how ?

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My current tyre specs read 165/80/R13. Upto what tyre sizes can these alloys take? If I want to use 185- or 195-size tyres, will I have to change my alloys too?
Please advise...
I would say stick to 14 and the available one's are

175/65-14
175/70-14
185/65-14
195/60-14
205/55-14

195/60/R16 is a good bet and yes you would need to change the alloys too.
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`Drop into the JC road shops for the clock. You will get them there, otherwise UM cars in indiranagar used to have them.
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When , where and how ?
Like I said 2-3 years back.

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Like I said, I was surprised when I looked at a spanking blue new Baleno at Maruti showroom 2 - 3 years back in Viman Nagar. On asking the guy said they were available on make to order basis. I checked the chart and found that a new make to order gypsy was retailing for 5.5 L on road. I don't remember the Baleno.

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1.try simple petrol to remove it or a hair drier.but it is hard to remove it completely.
2.yes it is the place for clock.
3. cant comment but mostly you can.
4.no lxi doest come with srereo.
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