Originally Posted by Iron Rock
@ Chetak let me know asap
if you need any arrangements here.
Read this message yesterday...!!
However, here is the lowdown on Chetak and the trip to Ladakh.
While that noise continues to persist but has not increased or decreased after traversing 1000kms of no roads and trails, I have relegated it to the backburner now and will keep observing it for the next 10k kms.
Further, the fact that Chetak didn't even lose his alignment after traversing through some really remote areas of Ladakh with 4 passengers and around 100kgs of luggage has left me impressed with his underpinnings, but...and there is always a but...
When I turn towards the left on a fast, winding road, I hear 1-3 "tak" coming from under the body, very prominently. This was not present earlier. Any ideas or thoughts?
Now for the trip update: Kms covered:
Around 6000 so far. Chetak and I are currently at Gurgaon and will leave on Monday for Bangalore via M.P. Fuel Efficiency: Highways:
Around 10kmpl at speeds of 120 kmph. Didn't ever exceed 130 kmph. Hills:
Between 9-9.5 kmpl with 4H engaged 60% of the time and HLc engaged 5% of the time.
One really bad tank of fuel returned 8 kmpl. Performance:
This was my 3rd trip to Ladakh and Chetak performed to expectations in terms of comfort, performance and capability. However fuel efficiency could have been better. Issues:
I m not a rough driver and take pride in nursing my vehicle across rough roads. In spite of this, the following issues have cropped up and I need to get them fixed.
1. A rattle has begun to emnate from the centre console near the sound system. This is a dealer fitment and I know that it is not upto Mitusbishi standards.
2. When the vehicle is turned towards the left at slightly higher speeds (45-60 kmph) on a smooth winding road, there is a distinctive "tak-tak" noise with a clear feeling of something touching something (metallic) that comes from under the body. The "tak" can be felt as well. Excel Motors apparently checked all the suspension bushes and body bolts and retorqued them.
3. On our way back from Ladakh, near Ropar, the engine note suddenly changed to a ringing sound. I guess it was because of bad fuel. The noise has not come back since then and hence I m happy.
4. The main belt had begun to screech during cold starts and was tightened by Excel Motors yesterday and should not screech in the future.
5. Chetak is now at 15000kms and brake pads will last another 3000km at most. I feel this is slightly premature for brake pad wear but then the kind of terrain I have been through could have accelerated their wear and tear. I will have them replaced when I m back to Bangalore and then monitor the next set. Overall: Positives:
The fact that Chetak has done 15000kms including some 2000 kms of absolute no road/trail/rocks and water crossings without even losing his wheel alignment speaks for the quality of the parts used in building him.
Also, the fact that rear seat passengers never complained of the lack of space or comfort (one of them was 6' tall and weighed 90kgs) is an ample measure of his ride quality and ergonomics.
Further, he is as effortless in trundling along in 1st gear at 1500rpm across trails and tracks as he is flying low at 140kmph in 5th gear at 3000rpm on 4 lane highways.
4LLc was used at a couple of places and the instant transformation from a truck to a tractor is a huge reassurance of Chetak being able to go anywhere a wheeled vehicle can.
The air conditioning continues to impress with its ample throw, cooling and silence.
Apollo Hawks, known as the worst tires in their segment, came back without a single puncture or losing air pressure. Not bad eh? Grip levels on boulders and water was decent as well.
With the last row of seats going into the floor with the seat bottoms pushed up against the middle row, Chetak has ample luggage space with a flat loading bay which proved to be a boon for this trip where 3 large suitcases, 3 laptop bags, lots of small packets and two 35ltr diesel cans were stuffed into. Areas of Improvement:
The dealer fitted sound system is below average.
The MMI interface hung up on us more than a couple of times and the maps are not very accurate.
The sound system tends to rattle because of poor plastic quality of its holding unit.
The leather on the gear lever has begun to scuff at 15k kms. Not acceptable since I am very particular in NOT resting my hand on it and touching it ONLY when needed.
Headlights continue to be a bane. I desparately need to improve the low beam and fog lights throw and brightness. The high beams have become acceptable after the Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited upgrade and focussing.
The "tak" sound that comes from underneath while turning on smooth winding roads emnated between Srinagar and Kargil, much before the bad road sections started. This needs to be checked.