I enquired about the documentation part with a local driving school here & this is the quote I got
Fitness Certificate - 2000/-
Name Transfer - 1400/-
Insurance - Approx 1400! (for a third party insurance!) they referred someone else for that
Are these above charges ok? Now back to the caaaaar..
Took the car to my office straight as soon as I bought it from the previous owner, I felt the dynamo was starting to trouble & the fuel economy was scary. For about 40kms that I travelled (to & fro office) it gulped 300Rs petrol apart from what was already there in the tank! "Mileage is the last thing I should be worried about"
- I said this line to myself a couple of times & moved on. While returning from office it was early morning 4am & the headlights (100/90 with relay) lit up the battery symbol on the dashboard. Once I stopped the car for a small break & teh car doesnot start! left it as it is for about 30mins & came back tried again it started, drove all the way to home without stopping anywhere.
Today I took out the car & filled just about 200/- & drove for some 25kms, tank is almost empty again! Drove it through rain & shine, spent a few hours easily with the new darling & came home quite late (also had a breakdown in between)
The first big shock to me was the extent of rain water seapage into the cabin, see the video the source is the same corner I had in my last car! May be 800's have this issue in common after 20yrs or so. Maruti 800 Restoration - Rain water leakage through windhsield - YouTube The First Breakdown (Lucky though)
I had the first breakdown with this car due to the weak dynamo issue at the same place where I had a breakdown in my first car. But luckily this time I just reached a parking lot near M.G.Road when the car gave up (while reversing), had it given up on the road, it would have been a nightmare for me.
Since replacing battery was in my restoration plan, I went ahead called Justdial & got calls from a few local battery dealers, spoke to 2dealers & agreed to one of them. They offered a free visit & spot installation of new battery in exchange with old one. Battery: Exide Champion
One year warranty
Total cost to my pocket (after exchange): Rs.2500/-
Thanked the field boy for having come on time & gave a small tip (Rs.100/-), got the battery installed & drove home. I remember one my friend calling MOS (maruti on road service) for a similar reason & he got charged nearly 800/- for just a jump start!
The battery seems to be taking the beating pretty well for time being. I expected this some time week, so I had already removed the speakers & ICE from the car as there was a current leak somewhere (light glows on ICE even after key is taken out).
I hate to see such wires in cars, they are everywhere in this car.
Head Unit will be away for a long time, till everything gets fixed
These speakers are mounted in foorwell & the rear speakers are mounted behind the rear seat!
The front two speakers are out now.
Rain makes the car look more beautiful I guess
Although he did not use/show the lpg mode when I went for test drive, now I know for sure that gas kit works (the owner gave a demo just before parting with it), but since it is not endorsed in RC book, I cant leave it like that when I go for Fitness Certificate examination. Secondly I dont believe that a LPG kit can give good results on a used 20yr old car.
But mainly I hate the slow pickup in the car when on lpg, so it has to go out. I drive very little in a month, so fuel efficiency isnt really the main worry & also I never suggest LPG to anyone who loves driving it (no offense to anyone here, just my opinion)