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Old 13th August 2021, 02:07   #871
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Default Re: The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27

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Nice to see an update on this thread, I was starting to wonder if all was well with GG . Regarding the HSRP, personally not a big fan of them, but I guess we have to follow the rules.
Haha, Yes everything is fine, just wasn't taking GG out due to rains. However not for long. The day began with post of ACI with hashtag #ThrowbackThursday.

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Then came Sirish Chandran's video on Evo India, and that was it, I had to take GG out!



Immediately left for home, took GG out and left on a quick drive along with a friend, thus giving a nice workout to the mechanicals.

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210812_164442.jpg

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210812_164452.jpg

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210812_164511.jpg

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210812_164645.jpg

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Regarding the HSRP, personally not a big fan of them, but I guess we have to follow the rules.
True, they have messed up the front look completely, will have to get the plates moved down a bit. See how weird it's looking from front:

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210812_164550.jpg

Nevertheless, GG is healthy as ever and it's always a fun to take her out on roads, the raw feel and the sharp throttle response is unmatched!

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Old 28th September 2021, 23:52   #872
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Coolant change and switch to HOAT Long Life Coolant: GG's last coolant change was done in 2019, and after that running remained pretty low. Anyways as per Maruti's change interval of 2 years/20k km, it was time for the change. Came across this video by famous mechanic Scotty Kilmer where he opines that change to HOAT Long life coolant is fine as long as we don't mix old and new coolant types. Intense flushing was the key. Also I've been in touch with our immensely learned DBHPian Vigsom, who has been using this coolant in his Grand Vitara without any issue for years.



Ordered Toyota's Genuine Pink coolant(TGC) from Boodmo during their recent sale. I had the other required spares like thermostat gaskets in stock. Steps of flushing was pretty simple:

1. Removed the coolant container and drained it, cleaned the hose with running water. The coolant reservoir had turned yellow and was cheap, so altogether replaced it. It's cap also leaked some coolant and while cap/gasket is available separately, I went for the unit change.

2. Removed Radiator and cleaned it with running water, including internals.

3. Removed the thermostat and its cap and used the opening to flush the coolant galleries with Distilled water. Kept pouring in till clean colorless water came out.

4. Using blower, forced all water out. A significant amount came out. The system was as clean as it could be to accept fresh new coolant.

5. Installed back all components including radiator, gaskets for thermostat housing etc.

6. Poured 3L of TGC inside. Once thermostat opened, it took in quite a lot of fluid from the reservoir tank.

My reason for this switch:

1. Change every 2 years feels tiring and wasteful. I intend to make this switch even in the XL6 once it's warranty gets over.

2. Dilution with DW triggers my OCD. I prefer premixes any day.

3. Longer change interval=Environment Friendly. I intend to follow change interval of at least 5-6 years with this one.

4. Toyota uses this in all their cars which have aluminum/iron-aluminum constructions, hence should be fine in my 800 which has a cast iron block.

5. Parts sharing=Lesser hassle of stocking. With all my cars running on this stuff, one bottle for top-up will suffice.

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TGC:

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210910_131017.jpg

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210910_131030.jpg

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210910_131034.jpg

Flushing with DW, notice the clear water pouring from lower metallic hose:

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210927_074159.jpg

Forcing the remaining water out:

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210927_0748300.jpg

Having a ready stock of spares at home helps:

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210927_081203.jpg

Replaced the coolant reservoir too:

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210927_082759.jpg

Lovely pink shade:

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210928_232849.jpg

The love of my life - A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed. EDIT: Gets export model features on Pg 27-20210927_084321.jpg

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Shashi

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Then came Sirish Chandran's video on Evo India, and that was it, I had to take GG out!
The 5-speed is yours truly.

Will be coming up with an ownership report soon.

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The 5-speed is yours truly.
Yes I was able to take a guess, there were some obvious hints. You had mentioned on your Red 800's thread about procuring a 2001 5 Speed, the MB Silver featured in Evo's Video had similar Free flow exhaust and Nelly Auto's sticker.

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Will be coming up with an ownership report soon.
Looking forward.

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