It's been a while since I posted an update of Cutee - about a month to be precise.
Day 3 of getting the new car, had an issue were water was leaking from somewhere into the front passenger floor. Was a bit outside the city and it was a holiday. Initially thought it could be coolant but with no color and smell - was relieved. The next day was a holiday which made things worse. Finally took the car back to Concorde Motors and after 30 mins one of the technicians was able to narrow it down to a faulty A/c outlet tube that was bent. This caused all the water from the A/c to leak into the cabin. A cleaning of the tube & aligning it correctly fixed the issue. Drying the carpet was a tough job with a vacuum cleaner.
After driving the D90 for over 1300 Kms now both city & highway drives. Made 2 long drives, one to Yercaud in rain and the second one to Mysore. Also, did the first service at 1month/1000kms.
I have fallen in love with the power the car delivers and the superb pickup - took a while for me to come over it from driving a petrol. What I love:
What needs improvement:
- The engine - period. So refined and effortless to drive around.
- Constant mileage of 20+ in city (mind you this is Bengaluru traffic) with A/c. Highways was around 24 again with A/c all the time.
- Good ground clearnace - haven't scrapped the base with 6 on-board yet (touch wood).
- Precise braking power and a well weighted steering - inspires a lot of confidence while driving.
- A/c is a sure chiller - auto climate control is fantastic to use.
Mods that I have added ever-since I purchased:
- Indicators need a louder beeping in-cabin.
- Storage compartments - not a lot in the cabin, would have loved one on RHS to the steering wheel.
First Service Experience:
- Pure Scandanavian Leather seats (40k)
- Hella Red Grill supertone Horns (1.6k including installation)
- Local DRLs (Rs. 300)
- Reverse Camera + Reverse Sensors (5.2k)
- Armrest (1.2k)
Was back from a trip to Yercaud which brought up the Odo to 1,000+ kms. Didn't take an appointment as it was a weekday. Drove straight to the Concorde Motors Service center on Hosur Road, Near Silk Board Flyover (Note: This is not the Dairy Circle one).
Cutee was the 5th car for the day coming in at 11a. Was greeted by SA Govindraj. He was patient enough to listen to my minor tweaks and record it on the job sheet. Tweaks I had asked:
Handbrake was not very tight as before - the guy who fixed the Armrest didnot fix the center panel properly.
The boot door was not locking with a smooth action - had to hit it hard to lock.
5th gear ocassionally has vibrations on the gear lever.
D90 comes with Synthetic engine oil - it has turned dark in 1000kms (SA said this was common in all diesel vehicles - can someone englighten if true)
Cockpit center panel had gaps that was again created by the guy fixing the reverse camera + sensor.
All the above issues were fixed - except the engine oil one, which the SA told that it was common for diesel vehicles.
Around 1p the SA called me and said there was a 2k bill on my car - I was literally shocked. But once he started reading the list I stopped him and asked what my car number was - it was someone else's and he had goofed up.
Got a call from the SA at 4p that the car was ready as promised. I went at 5.30p and picked the car in a hurry looking at only basic things. The bill was Rs.85 for the windscreen washer fluid. I was happy with the service - though it was only a wash and very little things to be done except fix stuff I had asked for.
Next day at home I found that one of the rubber supports that are in the bonnet hinges was missing after service. Went over the weekend and the SA was prompt is getting another one and fixing it - he was apologetic and said that it could have missed during the wash.
Overall, now the ride has become more smooth after the service.