Hi Everyone ,
I had a nice one week family (4 members with full boot luggage,95% of the journey was in ECO mode without AC.) trip to my native , total distance traveled was ~ 1280.
As most of you are already knowing ride quality ,comfortless, boot space everything is top class in this car, no need repeat pros and cons of this car again
Few points to share with you folks are below.
Later,I was driving my car on very bad road with lots of ups and down on the road. Suddenly my car music stopped playing and did not start for a day. It was difficult for me to enjoy the drive without good music. So I called one of an ASS
person and got to know fuse would be a reason for this issue.I checked the fuse connection below the steering and connected the same fuse back, this resolved the issue and music system started working fine. Similar issue had happened with EPAS steering system also. Because of some loose connection EPAS failure indicator light was glowing on the cluster ,it was coming on and off and steering was becoming very rigid. This was a major issue which made me to get the car checked with a Garage guy. Some lose connection in the wire he told. This problem reappeared again recently and problem.
While I was driving in the city EPAS warning light started illuminating as shown in the image below.Now i left the car in an ASS
EPAS failure or non-function is a dangerous problem which can lead to an accident.I was lucky to reach back home without any accidents.
Next interesting point is mileage of Zest RT, it is a very sensitive engine ,mileage drops to very low value if you do not drive as engine wants you to drive.
Mileage can vary from 8KMPL to 18KMPL.
During my 1250 journey I received 15.8 KMPL as explained in next few lines.
->Trip reset at petrol bunk
->First ~20 KM ,city drive in traffic and few signals –ECO mode – MID Mileage shown is 11.6KMPL
->Next ~330KM national highway ,tolled road drive, average speed ~105KMPH -ECO mode - MID Mileage increased -14.6KMPL
->Next ~70KM state highway ,average speed ~ 70KMPH – ECO mode - MID Mileage increased - 15 KMPL
->Next ~60KM , in the town through small roads, ghats and many stops and starts –ECO mode- MID Mileage decreased -14.6 KMPL
->Next ~250KM , in village road ,muddy road, ghats and many stops and starts –ECO mode- MID Mileage decreased -13.5 KMPL
-> Next ~100 KM ,state highway average speed ~80KMPH –ECO mode- MID Mileage increased -14 KMPL
->Next ~350 KM ,National highway average speed ~80KMPH –ECO mode- MID Mileage increased -16 KMPL
->Next ~50 KM city traffic with slow-moving traffic –ECO mode- MID Mileage decreased -15.8 KMPL
If you look at this figure during return journey on highway of around 350 KM ,car gave around 18.5KMPL so that MID value increased from 14(when KM ran was ~800KM) to 16.
On this same highway while going I got around 14KMPL(driving at 110) and while coming back around 18KMPL(driving at <80)
Mileage at 853KM was 13.7 KMPL and Mileage at 1275KM is 15.8 ,both are shown in below images.
When you are in ECO mode overtaking is not easy, car makes you feel lack of power, I was overtaking an auto but quick overtake was not possible,I had to down shift the gear. One has to cross >16000 RPM to feel the power ,same time >2000 will bring mileage down.
In this trip i had a weird experience at one place of NH-4,when I was driving at ~80 just before a mountain my car started making a very loud noise ,I had no clue what made car to give a loud groan.It was very loud and made me to stop the car. When I stopped the car at left side of the highway to see the problem I started hearing the same sound from other few moving cars next to us Some people were like me who stopped the car to check the sound. Few people who were driving on that road with a high speed were literally panic and went below the car to root cause the issue. After checking the car they were continuing the journey without a clue
. The place was very scenic with nice wind blowing across. We had our lunch from packed box there and seeing many car’s drivers experiencing the same boom box noise over there.
During this trip I clicked few photos and some are here in a quick collage.