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Old 10th January 2020, 15:58   #2971
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My 2 paisa:

Last year i traded in my 100,000 kms XMA for a new Nexon and i don't regret my decision.

If you are hard pressed on getting another Zest, do bargain hard. Try and see if dealers in your area are sitting on high inventory. In such a case, you will get an even sweeter deal in the next 1-1.5 month. In case the channel inventory is dried up, just strike a deal now.
Last year I test drove a Nexon very briefly. While I didn't get a chance to see how it drives as the test drive was less than half a kilometre, I did feel the Zest is more spacious inside. My friend, who accompanied me, too did feel the same.

Ofcourse, I don't really need to change cars now. However, the possibility of getting very good discounts on Zest got me thinking, what with upcoming emissions norms.

There is a possibility that new Zest could happen if there is possibility to use the Nexon or Altroz 1.5 litre in Zest.
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There is a possibility that new Zest could happen if there is possibility to use the Nexon or Altroz 1.5 litre in Zest.
I would not think so far . Too much expense involved in bringing in a new engine into the vehicle, and also there are no test mules going around. Nor any news from the birdies who are in touch with our scoop-masters.

Looking at your posts I feel this is an idea you are playing with, and not necessarily with the intention to buy. Regarding the continuity of the Zest, a better pic will emerge by Auto-expo when Tata reveals the models they plan to launch. At this time the only consideration in favor of the Zest is that Tata does not have any other model in the sedan segment.
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I would not think so far . Too much expense involved in bringing in a new engine into the vehicle, and also there are no test mules going around. Nor any news from the birdies who are in touch with our scoop-masters.

Looking at your posts I feel this is an idea you are playing with, and not necessarily with the intention to buy. Regarding the continuity of the Zest, a better pic will emerge by Auto-expo when Tata reveals the models they plan to launch. At this time the only consideration in favor of the Zest is that Tata does not have any other model in the sedan segment.
True. It's just an idea I have been toying with. It's only about a great discount on the car. And I am not worried about low resale value because I intend to keep the new one /present one for a long time.

It's true that there is absolutely no news about new Zest. It's just my wishful thinking, but also my faith in the car.
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Today when I started my car (after almost 2 weeks), noticed MIL light was continuously lit..
Been facing a similar problem in my 5 year old zest. One fine day, the car did not start in the first try and then the amber light did not go off after I started the car. Tried factory resetting a couple of times, but no luck.

Have got the sensors changed, radiator cleaned etc at the service centre but no luck. The light goes off when they reset it using their laptop, but the issue comes back again every few days.

The vehicle is being sent to the service center on 16th for the 4th time in 2 weeks, but they don't seem to have a clue to what the problem might be.

Any help or pointers would be much appreciated.
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Have got the sensors changed, radiator cleaned etc at the service centre but no luck. The light goes off when they reset it using their laptop, but the issue comes back again every few days.
Petrol or Diesel? How is the health of the fuel pump? What is the odo reading? Did you get the ECU updated anytime during the ownership? Is there any sluggish response during acceleration? You could try reading the error code by buying ELM327 OBD-2 scanner worth Rs.700. Knowing the error code might help pinpoint the issue.
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Petrol or Diesel? How is the health of the fuel pump? What is the odo reading? Did you get the ECU updated anytime during the ownership? Is there any sluggish response during acceleration? You could try reading the error code by buying ELM327 OBD-2 scanner worth Rs.700. Knowing the error code might help pinpoint the issue.
Fuel: Petrol

ODO: ~ 49,700 kms

Health of pump: not sure how one checks it, but no apparent issues even with the light on..

Acceleration: Now that you mention it, I think the acceleration in 2nd gear may be a little slughish

ECU: Updated at the workshop as applicable

Thanks for pointing me to the OBD scanner, will check it out of the workshop is unable to find a permanent solution this time ...

Forgot to add that another symptom is that the temperature display conks off (the digital display that shows the degrees centigrade ) and the engine temperature (bars that are usually on 2 or 3) also don't work.

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Forgot to add that another symptom is that the temperature display conks off (the digital display that shows the degrees centigrade ) and the engine temperature (bars that are usually on 2 or 3) also don't work.
This usually isn't the reason for check engine light. However to ensure if it's just a sensor or display issue, start the car, at idle with the hood open notice the radiator fan kicking in intermittently when the A/c is ON. With the A/C OFF, the radiator fan might take time to for the engine to reach the optimal temperature.

If the radiator fan is working periodically, it means the thermostat and the engine cooling functionality also is working perfectly unless there are any noticeable coolant leaks.
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Crossed 40,000 km milestone today in our Zest Revotron (XMS).Tata Zest : Official Review-img_20200119_071005062.jpg

It has been a very happy ownership for the past 4 years. Bought it in Feb-2016.

Summary:
1. Nice ride quality at speeds > 20kmph. Jiggly at low speeds on bad/bumpy roads.
2. Feels sturdy and well-built (GNCAP 4 stars, though now this seems below par given Tata's recent form with Nexon and Altroz).
3. Drivability in city is very good. Loads of torque and light clutch.
4. I'm a sedate driver on highways with typical cruising speeds between 80-100 kmph. This car suits my driving style perfectly. Typical mileage in highways 16-17 kmpl. City mileage 9-12 kmpl.
5. Few rattles (not consistent though) pop-up once in a while. Though I would blame Bangalore roads for much of it. Last year roads on my typical routes have been downright pathetic. Also, one trip to Ooty Avalanche Lake on horrible forest roads must have contributed as well.
6. We as a family tend to pack lot of luggage for our trips. Boot is quite spacious for our family of 5.
7. Rear seat space, seat recline angle and under-thigh support - all appreciated by family members.
8. Fairly big glove box. Never appreciated its size until I used glovebox in other cars in family and friends circle.

Projector headlamps, adjustable head rests in front and rear, superb Harman ICE with 4 speakers and 4 tweeters, Height adjustable driver seat and some more features for a car that was about 7 lakhs on-road in 2016. Value-for-money variant and a very happy customer overall.

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Looking to replace the wiper blades. What is the blade size? I have RT XT in case it matters.
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Crossed 40,000 km milestone today in our Zest Revotron (XMS).
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8. Fairly big glove box. Never appreciated its size until I used glovebox in other cars in family and friends circle.
Its one of the best ever. Been that way since the Vista. Thankfully it continued in the Manza, Zest, Bolt & the Nexon. If you see - its larger than the one in Harrier in fact. & much more usable thanks to its design & separately hinged front lid.
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Looking to replace the wiper blades. What is the blade size? I have RT XT in case it matters.
Simplest way is to remove the 2 existing blades & take them along to the nearest Auto spares shop. The typical BOSCH blade packages have a measuring scale printed on its side. Simply align your existing blades to it & buy the one that matches the size.
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Looking to replace the wiper blades. What is the blade size? I have RT XT in case it matters.
Size is 24 inch and 12 inch.
OEM is Syndicate brand. I had replaced them with Bosch Eco ones in August-2018. Been serving me well since then. Cost me Rs.300 for the pair (bought from a shop near JC Road). MRP was Rs.227 and Rs.109 for the 24" and 12" wiper, respectively.
Hope this helps.

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Got my Zest D 90 serviced at105000 km. Changed the mandatory oil and filters. And rear right wheel bearing. This is the first time I spent on parts other than the consumables. I was apprehensive of clutch but the mechanic assured me it's good enough for several thousand kilometres.

Tomorrow, I will change tyres, the rear ones which came with the car and did 1.05 lakh km. Pondering over MRF ZLX , Bridgestone B250.
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Tomorrow, I will change tyres, the rear ones which came with the car and did 1.05 lakh km. Pondering over MRF ZLX , Bridgestone B250.
Try the Yokohama Earth-1 if you are replacing all the tyres. If it's only the rear tyres, stick to the current brand of the ones in the front.
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Completed 4 years with my Zest (Petrol) XMS today.


Running costs over these 4 years:

Fuel: Rs.201,747
Insurance: Rs.59,345 (includes Zero-dep addons)
Service: Rs.25,834 (5 services)
Bodywork, denting, painting: Rs.15,525
Extended warranty: Rs.8357
Wheel alignment & Balancing: Rs.5,710
Bumper repair: Rs.3,500
Under-body coating (3M): Rs.3,996
Emission tests: Rs.190

Total: Rs.324,204
ODO: 40,565 kms


Cost per km: Rs.8.00 (excluding toll fees)

Overall it has been a happy and satisfying ownership experience. This is our first car in the family and it is now an important member of the family. It has been part of very many memories in the last 4 years. Hope it continues to serve us well in the coming years.
As someone has already mentioned in TBHP, even today, I look back at it once when I lock and walk away from it

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Completed 4 years with my Zest (Petrol) XMS today.
Congratulations! Wish you many more of the same experience with this solid car.
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Cost per km: Rs.8.00 (excluding toll fees)
Ideally this should also take the on-road price of the car into consideration. That gives the real cost per KM during ownership.
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