Today i am going to share long term review of my santro Xing XL 2006. for me its not just car, its more then a GF for me.
Model : Hyundai Santro Xing - XL March 2006
Features : Heater + AC, power stering, frot power windows, manual central lock
Addition : Pioneer MP3 CD+ USB + AUX, sony 2 channel amplifier, 2 sony explode 350W 6x9 speakers, 1 Sub Woofer (a local brand that work but not explode. ), Seat covers , foot mats, leather staring cover, rear parcel tray.
as its my first car & i have always some special love for cars so i take care of this baby even when i learn driving on it, got very good driving position in it so its easy to learn & in few moths i am a perfect driver.
Car still look like new .. no sign of 7 years
this car in 90% driven by me , i never give its key to any one else as from my point GF & car not made to share, if you share they started making noice
& i must say that my car is also loyal to me & always make me feel safe when i am in it.
7 year maintenance cost :-
parts that changed
Air filter to throttle body hose pipe @ 70000 km cost :Rs 700 issue CNG mechanic damage it.
Spark plug lead @ 85000 km cost: Rs 1400, issue 2 wire not working properly & car started giving vibration. i replace full sat of 4 wires.
Rear shock-absorber damper rubber(i am not sure about its name, its a hard rubber 3" gutka in between spring of rear shock absorbers ). cost : Rs 450 each, issue :- CNG cylinder weight in bad roads make them like a flower.
bulbs : 1 front 2 rear cost rs 40, (2 front are free with Car i only bought rear)
Paint job on Bumphers : Rs 5000, as i got black bumpers from company so decide to color them & also remove one dent from bottom front door that a rickshaw pooler make on my parked car.
rear brakes cylenders : Rs 1800, issue: small oil leak.
plan to clock 200k ...
Other then this all cost is of regularly servicing & parts that need to replace with the use & time these are :
battery@ km 108000- 5year - Amrone cost :Rs:- 3100 issue :- 2-3 times show starting problem winter so changes as its already week.
Clutch plate, pressure plate, Clutch wire, Front Shock Absorber @ 140000km : cost Clutch = pressure plate Rs 2600, Shock Absorber : 3100, clutch wire rs 350, labor charge rs 1000, issue: Pressure plate become hard due to long running's in water,clutch plate is still remains around 40% but i prefer to replace it, Front shock :- small cut in road feel in cabin, its difficult to handle bad roads.
Timing belt : @ 130000km, cost Rs 2500
fan belts 2 @ 141000km, cost Rs 1400 issue : noise in clod start even after applying some grease on them.
2 set of spark plugs @ 70000 & @ 14000 Km Cost Rs 280 & Rs 340. issue: none , periodic replacement.
AC servicing @ 70000Km, cost Rs 800, issue : due to dust ac cils need to be cleaned.
this is what i pay in last seven years now what i save in seven years
I run 27000km on petrol then install tomesato CNG & my running cost decrease by 60 to 65%.
Fuel efficiency petrol City with ac : 15 Km/L, without ac 16 km/L
Highway with Ac: 19km/L without Ac 21 Km/L
Cng (thats the real deal) City with AC: 19 Km/Kg Without AC : 22
Highway with Ac: 23km/Km, Without Ac 27km/Kg
from inside its still as good as new car.. i keep my car clean, never drive with open windows to keep interior dust free.
best i got in CNG in 30km/Kg without ac with only me in car & specially drive to get best efficiency. Thats why i not want to change this car.
ownership experience: i just want to say amazing, i never face any breakdown on the way, lot of space, best drivers car under 4L, even after completing 142K it still runs like new there is no effect of age on the engine performance, i always check for engine oil level & till now it does not pick a single drop. Engine sounds like new.
soon add some more details when i have free time to write. thanks.