Some general update after long break.
Firstly, thanks to the mod’s for updating my thread title. My car is officially christened Ambhaari now
Secondly, I have a driver now for my daily commute which is a big change for me. Usual reasons for hiring a full-time driver – driving frustration during peak hour (I was afraid of road rage as I lack patience), helps me relax and attend to some work whilst on the road, and of course, affordability. I drive on weekends myself which will tell me if everything is ok with the car.
The car is running smooth as ever, as I near 35,000 KM mark on the ODO after >3.5 years. I expect it to clock more miles now that I have a driver. At the same time, I expect to face wear / tear due to a) age of the vehicle and b) driven by a driver. Clutch issue is something I am anticipating (going by Scorpio experience, twice), but hope I am wrong. Planning to go for extended warranty to take care of any unforeseen issues such as clutch. Does it make cost sense? Those who’ve gone for extended warranty, please share your experience / pros / cons.
From my last update up until now, I have taken few long trips – Bangalore ~ Hampi ~ Bangalore, Bangalore ~ Chennai ~ Bangalore, Bangalore ~ Coorg ~ Wayanad ~ Bangalore. Absolutely delight to drive this car on long trips. Nothing new to brag – solid grip even on wet / bad roads, over-taking other vehicles at ease, clear visibility and intimidates on coming vehicles. In some stretches in Kerala and Coorg, I was able to try out Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control
. It’s cool guys – you should try sometime.
During my trip to Chennai, a small pebble hit my windshield (I hate the stretch between Kanchipuram and Chennai, lots of sand laden truck) and it started cracking instantly. By the time I returned to Bangalore, the crack was 15” long. It was a pain talking to Royal Sundaram insurance and my leasing company. My RC card was changed around the same time (from leasing company to my name), but the car insurance was showing my name. In this hassle, cutting short the story, I ended up paying for the windshield (~10,000 rupees). If only Royal Sundaram had cooperated, I would not have paid the whole amount. Block listing Royal Sundaram in my dictionary
. Here are some pictures of windshield crack.
Other than this there is a small niggle – the front-left wheel shows low on pressure but I have manually checked the pressure few times and found everything normal. Planning to swap it with spare wheel and check if the warning disappears. Shall keep you posted. Any other suggestion?
Finally, planning a pilgrimage trip within Karnataka. Kukke Subramanya, Dharmasthala, Horanadu, Sringeri, Kolluru, Murudeshwar, Udupi, and Mangalore. Not sure how many places I can cover but plan to take this trip during 1st week of October. Shall post details once I return. If anyone has taken trip along this stretch, please feel free to suggest feasible route.