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Old 4th February 2008, 12:17   #16
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You took part in the 08 Raid De Himalya?

Do tell us more about your experience and maybe a travelogue too. Im sure it would make a really interesting read.
I will put together some experience later.

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- Went through your blog and I realize that you were an official. Im sure your experiences would be just as interesting though (if not more)
Yep have been an official for many raids. Two years before last went up to Leh in my Esteem AT which was sold last year to make way for GV.

One thing that stands out is that during the Raid or desert Storm prticipants do not really realize that they are actually always within a safety envelop around them and they are being tracked. However as officials I have gone to Leh all on my own with no luxury of back up if I break down and that too in a esteem.
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Please at least now change the thread heading. As I said earlier I am not posting about Desert Storm here. That is another thread. I will post more about my trips with GV and also expect others to post.
Thanks for change of thread title.
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Old 4th February 2008, 13:06   #18
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Wow! That much commute on a GV? Beautiful locations for taking your GV. Is the GV an auto tranny?
auto tranny???? It is a mnaual box if i think you mean what I think. ;-)

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On the other hand, Aren't the fuel costs too high??
During city runs I get 9.5kmpl on highways 12kmpl while remaining within legal limit of 90kmph. If I do fun drives on highways I get 9kmpl. That is not too bad considering my Esteem AT used to give similar figures.

And the max we touched was 175kmph as per GPS not the speedo!
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Your GV sure goes places.
Nice thread uncle ji(I hope you don't mind me calling that, since you have reached the point to be eligible being called uncle ji )
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Your GV sure goes places.
Yep that is why I got it in the first place. Odo reads 30000 in six months.

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Nice thread uncle ji(I hope you don't mind me calling that, since you have reached the point to be eligible being called uncle ji )
Well I do mind but what the heck I was called uncle ji 15 years back too.... ;-)
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Yep that is why I got it in the first place. Odo reads 30000 in six months.
Well I do mind but what the heck I was called uncle ji 15 years back too.... ;-)
Great accounts uncleji! (And this comes from an authentic uncleji)!!
I'd like to know if you've ever had to use the diff-locks on your GV and the circumstances that required it.
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Nice report,sudev!
Very nics pics too..looks like you had quite a blast with the beast!
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I love the GV!

Excellent pics and report! You really have taken this beast around!!

Congrats and best of luck with the GV

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Absolutely .................. Speechless!
WOW!!
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Fantastic pics and report.

30000 kms in 6months..
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Sudev,

How is the build quality holding up? Any creaks and squeaks after driving all these kms?
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Sudev, awesome photographs man! I envy you - being able to just drive off to spectacular locales which are off the beaten path has always been my dream; alas, real-life doesn't allow too many breaks!

Good to see the true potential of the GV being exploited - 30k kms in 6 months is simply incredible!
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How is the build quality holding up? Any creaks and squeaks after driving all these kms?
Surprisingly well. No new rattles. The only odd rattle that comes is from rear wheel cover but that has been there from start.
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Great accounts uncleji! (And this comes from an authentic uncleji)!!
Read my blog uncle ji

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I'd like to know if you've ever had to use the diff-locks on your GV and the circumstances that required it.
Only few time. Like once to let a camel cart pass in sand I drove over the side which beached the vehicle. By putting in 4H-Lock I was able to reverse and be on my way. Another time was wading through slush but do not know if it was really needed.

I am off to final road book check for Desert Storm this week end and hopefully will post some more pictures. Any one interested to tag along you are welcome. I leave on 7th night/8th early morning.
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Sudev,

How is the build quality holding up? Any creaks and squeaks after driving all these kms?
Yeah, how is the Grand Vitara holding up? What has the service and maintenance been like?
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