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My WagonR AGS at 4400 kms: Service, fuel efficiency & other updates

The AGS though very convenient, doesn't have the gears tuned to my liking for city drives.

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Hi folks! I have christened my Wagon 'Gandalf The Grey'.

Gandalf/Gandy has completed 4400 kms as of today. Here's few updates.

Accessories:

Mud flaps, Body side mouldings, Art Leather Seats, Leather wrap for steering wheel, Rubber mats, Sun screens and Blind spot mirrors.

Total Cost ~ 25k

I can't find the invoices for each individual item but that is about the total amount I spent.

1st Free service @ Varun Motors, Hyderabad:

Nothing to write home about. Went during a busy day and it took 5 hours for them to do the servicing. And the car looked dirtier than when I left it. ( It had rained for a while and the car had accumulated lot of dust in the yard by the time I collected it.) I was charged Rs.207 for the service.

2nd Free service @ Varun Motors, Hyderabad:

Much better experience. The car was shiny and clean when I collected it. Gandalf threw some warning lights related to AGS between the services. I had it scanned and they said there was no issue at present and cleared the codes.

I must mention that the battery mounting was loose fitting right from the Factory and it eventually came loose. I had to get it tightened. It might have caused some of the issues I faced during that time. I have not faced any issues since.

Charged Rs.207 for the service.

I also bought (The agent convinced me to buy ) their Customer Convenience package for Rs.1062, which supposedly covers engine damage due to negligence and water damage etc.

1st long drive/trip:

I took Gandalf to my hometown and back earlier this month. It was 1460 km total, out of which around 900 km was pure two lane highway. Rest is a combination of rural, town and single lane roads.

I drove between 60 and 100 kmph on the highway, probably averaging 80. Rest of the trip it was between 40-80 kmph, averaging 60. I got a combined mileage of 21+ kmpl for the total trip.

Purely on highway, I got 22+kmpl. Wasn't expecting this kind of mileage, as the engine oil hasn't been changed yet and the mileage I get in the city is between 12 and 14kmpl depending on the traffic conditions I drive.

Was pleasantly surprised and extremely satisfied. The 1.2 L KN engine seems to be tuned for mileage in Wagon R. Not sure if the same engine gives similar mileage in the Swift/Dzire.

The car was very easy to drive on highways (Needs a firm grip on the steering wheel though) and local roads. Didn't face any issue with ground clearance or pickup. Engine easily cruises between 80-100 kmph.  Didn't push beyond that.

I did hit some deep cracks on the highway which sent some bone jarring thuds. I hope it doesn't mess up the suspension. Gandalf got quite a few scrapes, scratches etc., during the trip, on account of narrow roads, intruding tree branches. Wish I had the reverse camera installed. Didn't feel the need for it in the city but it would have come in handy in the narrow lanes, while reversing.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase as it covers all the bases for me. The 1.2 L with AGS is a breeze to drive in the city and handles the highways quite well. Acres of interior space and humongous boot (I was able to fit one large and two medium sized luggage suitcases in the boot, stacked on top of each other with space left on the side for cabin bag and few more items. The same were a tight squeeze in the previous gen Creta).

I did think of upgrading the rubber to 175/185 section but decided against it as the wheels are already at the extreme edges and I think any wider tyres would slightly protrude to the sides and probably affect the handling. I am using pure nitrogen air now and it has improved the ride by 20%.

Only negative points I can think of are:

  • Headlights: Not good for night driving at all. Purely for city driving/in well lit roads.
  • Steering wheel: 'Dead' is the right word. Very little feedback from the road. It does weigh up at highway speeds but that's about it.
  • Entertainment unit: Less said the better. Similar to stuff offered a decade back in decent cars. Only 2 speakers as well.
  • AGS Unit/Gearing: The AGS though very convenient, doesn't have the gears tuned to my liking for city drives. The 2nd gear doesn't slot in until like 20 kmph, 3rd until 30 kmph. 4th and 5th are fine. I find myself in 1st and 2nd gears more than I would like to. I would have been in 3rd gear in the same traffic conditions if I were driving manual. That is my main gripe with the car. I would get better mileage as well, driving manual in the city.

Recent pic after 2nd Service:

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