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Old 12th August 2010, 12:21   #1
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Hey Fellow BHP-ian’s,

This is the second time I am trying to post an Initial Ownership report for my new Ritz VDi. Will try and keep it crisp and to the point to avoid deletion ……..


Pre-buying:
1. 3rd Car in the last 3 years - Swift Lxi (Chennai) , Spark Music Edition LS(Blore) and now Ritz VDi (Mumbai). Being my 3rd and final car for the next 3-4 years atleast, I wanted a good diesel vehicle – looking at the escalating petrol costs ad the consequent problems I faced with my previous petrol costs on the spark and swift.

2. Shortlist – I shortlisted the Figo, Polo, Swift, Ritz, Indica and Punto. Swift was out as I had already owned one, Polo was out because of its 3-4 month wait and the snobbish dealer attitude, Indica was out because of its looks, and Punto because of its after sales service. Figo and Ritz were the closest competitors for me, but after the test drive – I confidently selected the Ritz owing to the following factors: Maruti Brand and after sales, service network, taller, better ground clearance, looks (my personal choice, I am aware people call the ritz a hideous creature), 30k dealer discount and hence lower down-payment, and last but not the least - the tachometer on the dash

Buying:
Dealer: Spectra Motors Borivli (Mumbai)
Price: 5.86L – 30k dealer discounts
Free Accessories: Mud Flaps and Floor Mats

Accessories Purchased:-
Maruti – Nippon Car Security: 5.8k
Pioneer Head Unit with usb/aux slots: 4.5k
Rear Speakers: Kicker Oval 400 watts: 4k
Speakers front: DSL 3 way speakers (free: 1 year used)
Amp: 4 channel MTX audio amp (free: 1 year used)
Fitting and wires for the ICE: 6k
Garware Sunfilm: 1.3k
Black Leather Seat Covers: 3.6K


Post-buying:
I have been quite happy with the cars performance so far. Have driven 8000kms and have finished the 1st servicing. Here’s my verdict:
Looks– To each his own: I am in love with the tall boy yet ground fixated looks, and I am in total awe of the weird back as well. The design is very “neo”lithic and quite as per my taste.
Visibility– The back visibility isn’t very good. The side mirrors do not show a vehicle which is immediately on your back right, you have to bend forwards and check the mirrors to get right side vision. The side pillars on the left also block visibility to an extent.
Interior space – Compared to both my swift and spark, I really like the amount of space in the car. The tall structure makes it feel even bigger, and the best part I like is just walking in you car instead of crawling inside. My mother who has a back problem prefers to sit in my Ritz vis-à-vis my fathers verna.
Interior quality – I personally did not like the bluish cloth finish interiors; the grey plastics look firm and sturdy.
Build quality – I find the metal better than my swift lxi (must be my imagination), but the door closes with a nice confident thud. Most of my friends, who sit in the car for the first time, can never close the door in their 1st attempt.
Engine performance – I love the pick up with the turbo above 2k rpm. Though it’s difficult when the turbo gets activated on hard bends. It’s a monster on the highway and a tamed beast in the city. The engine noise is quite high though, even inside the cabin with ac and music on. Maybe I feel it more as it’s my first diesel.
Ride quality – Just above average. Though the suspension could have still been better.
Handling – The handling on turns, high speeds was what surprised me the most. Inspite of being a tallboy, the car sits firm on the road even at 120+kmph. But it seems a bit unstable during hard braking.
Boot space – The boot again is better than the swift and the spark. But obviously smaller to a Figo or Indica Vista. I am a single person user, and it suits me well. Plus the 60:40 seats help increase the boot space anytime you require.


Service:
Done the first service and got the engine oil changed as well as the Engine Wax coating done.



The car already has an anti-rust under body treatment. I suggest do not visit Spectra for servicing ever. The washing was worst than even my roadside thela come garage. Anyone from Mumbai – please do suggest me some good service stations for Maruti in western Mumbai.


Overall I am quite happy with the car so far, will keep posting further update at every 5k kms. Any questions are more than welcome ..


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Congrats man,

How come 3 cars is 3 years and that too from three locations? where do you belong
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Congrats on the Ritz.

Since you've bought the VDi, I thought the central locking and Nippon came with the car. Its only in LDi that you have to buy it seperately. How did they charge you for that?
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Hey, I just yesterday only took a lease transfer of Ritz VDI with ABS. ODO is 5K Kms. Bigger 195 profile yokohoma tyres.
Driven it for around 100 Kms in a day and I am loving it. Still getting adjusted to drive due to the blind spots. I was useing previously Indica TDI and was used to it having driven it for 65k Kms.
It may take 2/3 days to get adjusted to drive properly in city traffic.

It makes whole difference to ride and the smoothness of the vehicle compared to Indica.
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Congrats man,

How come 3 cars is 3 years and that too from three locations? where do you belong

Buddy,

I am basically from Mumbai. Was placed in Hyd after my MBA and then transferred to Chennai. Second job was in Bangalore. And I preferred to sell and buy new cars than go through the hassles of changing registrations and paying road taxes evrytime I changed a city - esp as I did not know the local language to deal with the RTO or agents

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Congrats on the Ritz.

Since you've bought the VDi, I thought the central locking and Nippon came with the car. Its only in LDi that you have to buy it seperately. How did they charge you for that?

Hey Krish, the VDi comes with central locking but not with a car security / key less entry system (Nippon) ... So I had to buy it separately

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Hey, I just yesterday only took a lease transfer of Ritz VDI with ABS. ODO is 5K Kms. Bigger 195 profile yokohoma tyres.
Driven it for around 100 Kms in a day and I am loving it. Still getting adjusted to drive due to the blind spots. I was useing previously Indica TDI and was used to it having driven it for 65k Kms.
It may take 2/3 days to get adjusted to drive properly in city traffic.

It makes whole difference to ride and the smoothness of the vehicle compared to Indica.

Hi Srini, Congrats on your new car. I am sure the ABS must be a much better variant than one without it. It took me a couple of days to adjust to the blind spots - its not that bad after 3 months now ... You will fall in love with the pick up and handling - welcome to the club

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Does your VDi have an internal boot release. I heard its missing in this car, but some variants have it. Can you confirm ?
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Does your VDi have an internal boot release. I heard its missing in this car, but some variants have it. Can you confirm ?
Yes, it (VDI) does have one , not sure about other variants .

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Congrats on the Ritz. The white looks good. Enjoy many more miles with the diesel ddis

By the way why is the fitting and the wiring cost total to 6K. It seems on the higher side
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Congrats on the Ritz. The white looks good. Enjoy many more miles with the diesel ddis

By the way why is the fitting and the wiring cost total to 6K. It seems on the higher side

The guy took 4k as cable and connector charges and 2k for fitting ... total was 6k apart from the speakers, amp and system
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Faced a weird problem with the car last weekend!
Maybe a regular problem for people who know diesel engines, but a first time for me as all my previous set of wheels were petrol.

I usually trip my kms every time the lower bar on digital fuel indicator starts blinking. After it starts blinking, I have usually driven the car over 150kms at times before I top up again as I always assumed that the tank is minimum 10 ltrs after blink signal.

Last weekend I left my house at 4am for a trip to goa, the odo post blink was showing 98kms. At around 4.20am, the engine light on the dashboard suddenly blinked and the car started wobbling (out of fuel) and turned dead in 30 secs. I diagnosed that it might be a fuel problem so got 2 litres (in bottles) diesel from a nearby pump and filled it in - the car still wont start. Luckily a passerby noticed my agony and came to assist. He immediately reckoned that the car "must have caught air" when i tried to crank it on empty tank. So he called up a mechanic who took almost 4 hrs to remove the gas bubbles (manually removing the fuel from engines side - putting it back in from the fuel lid, did this till all bubbles were gone). My trip started on a real bad note and my mood was totally wrecked

I know it was my mistake to start with, and I should fill fuel as soon as the needle blinks

My question is:
- How come the Ritz does not have a RED FUEL indicator like in all other cars that starts blinking (reserve) and gives a 3-5 ltr heads up ?

- How come the fuel got empty at 110km approx when I usually cross it beyond 190-200 at times, is there any place I need to check for leakage, pilferage etc ?

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18,000 kms update:

Just finished my fourth service (should have done it at 20k kms, but got it done early as my brake pads had worn out and needed replacement)

As usual did it at Powai Auto (Maruti Authorized Service Centre). The bill was a whopping 11.5K, parts replaced and services procured were :

Products:
Engine Oil
Oil Filter
Gasket, oil drain
Engine Flush
1 Ltr Koolex
Gear Oil MPFI, 80W/90
Exchange Filter
Element, Air Cleaner
Brake Fluid GC 1500AA
Polish Paper
Silicon Grease
Carbon Cleaning ISP
Bulb 21/5 W, 12V
Pad Assey Set

Labour & Services:
Paid Service
Engine Oil & Filter Replacement
Engine System Flushing
Air Filter replace
Radiator Flushing / Coolant R
Gear Box Oil Change
Diesel Filter Renew
Brake Cleaning/Setting/Check
Caliper Pin Greasing
Brake Bleeding
Brake Pad Renew
Brake Disc Skiming
Carbon Cleaning
All Electrical's Check up
Tyre Puncture Repair

Was I ripped ? :(


Ownership Experience:
(+)
- Still not many vibrations and typical maruti pitter patter inside the cabin inspite of daily driving on the pot-hole filled Aarey Colony road.
- Excellent Mileage of 15kmpl till date (maintaining an excel with pump and rate details based on a template shared by another Ritz Vdi owner)
- Very good torque even after a year, turbo is still very much alive
- Never stalled or broke up on any of my umpteen long drives

(-)
- Body Roll and stability on high speeds compared to my old Swift
- Blind spots on the left
- Lack of Visibility in reverse

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15kmpl seems to be a bit low. MJDs generally do better.
Reverse visibility seems to be an issue in all modern hatch backs. I experience the same in my Punto.
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15kmpl seems to be a bit low. MJDs generally do better.
Reverse visibility seems to be an issue in all modern hatch backs. I experience the same in my Punto.

If its 15kmpl in city driving, I think it is fair enough. What does Maruti claim?

My mileage hovers around 14-15-16 kmpl. And my driving is a mix of heavy/moderate/no traffic with AC/no AC.

Highway is a different story altogether, the worst I have managed is 17kmpl and the best is 20.5kmpl
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