1 yr, 20000 kms update
Hard to believe its already a year since STORME (H) joined the stable. I am still enjoying every ride on H. When I think about it, this is probably due to the road respect – riding a sedan was really tired and sick of being treated like a second class citizen by most other users on the road. Ever since I changed my ride to a pearl white Storme, most road users seem to treat me as their equal if not above. That is the part am loving the most.
Apart from that, H accelerates, steers and brakes as expected – nothing major to write about. Windows roll up and down, audio works well, same with bluetooth and mike. Service from SCHAKRALAYA Motors is as good as ever.
Summary of niggles in the past one year,
1. Rattling from rear door – small issue - fixed same day – Charges: Nil
2. Left steering ball joint bolt crack – big issue – fixed same day- Charges: Nil
3. Rear A/C tube bolt crack – medium issue – fixed in 4 days – Charges: Nil
4. Air coming thru front LH window – medium issue – fixed same day (after part arrived) – Charges: NIL
It took around 4 days for getting the a/c tube and had to leave H at the workshop. Except for those 4 days was able to use him all the other time. There is one issue that is yet to be fixed - creaking noise from rear LH door that started few days replacing door beading to fix issue 4. Will get it fixed the next time I visit the workshop.
First gear is still somewhat sticky – even though TASS is willing to replace under warranty am not too keen right now for two reasons. Firstly, am not too inconvenienced due to this and secondly, this is major work and it is possible things may get worse after the replacement. (This is what happened on my Honda City when 5th gear selector was changed at 75000 kms. The gear shift was never the same again). Perhaps, if the situation worsens I will consider.
As part of 3rd service there was a bill amount for Rs.5300 towards consumables such as oil, filters, etc. That is the only money have spent till date towards maintenance.
Renewed insurance with Bharti AXA and it cost be around Rs.32,0000 for zero depreciation, comprehensive cover. Didn’t think insurance would cost so much even in the second year. There was a cheaper quote from Bajaj Alliance but didn’t take it as the reviews were bad.
Below are some more pics (still not bored with taking pictures) of my ride.