I am the proud owner of a 1998 model Maruti 800 STD
. The car has just 38511 kms on the Odo.
It all started when I was about 3 months old when the car arrived from the showroom.
The showroom was Buishi Yada Motors, Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh). It was the only Maruti showroom in that area at that time. We had a waiting period of about 8.5 months because we had requested the Harvest green shade which was discountinued at that time but made available on request (This color shade also carries an interesting story !)
I am sorry but I was just a baby when the car had arrived
so cannot tell you the exact amount that we had been charged but approx about 2,30,000INR.
Finally the beauty was delivered to us on 02.09.1998. It had some problem with the Transmission initially, but as the problem popped out just after 7 months of use, a new transmission was installed in place of the old one. I do not remember the actual problem in the GB, but it was something related to the pinion shaft.
The car was a standard model, hence it did not have many add-ons.
• It did not have a Ciggarete lighter.
• No catalytic converter.
We did plan installing a music system in the car but my father being a peace minded person,prefered silence in the cabin while driving.
All was going well, but after 34000kms on the Odo,we decided to shift to Ranchi,Jharkhand From Balipara,Assam in 2008 and all the problems started.
On reaching Ranchi, we went through a very tough period dealing with some personal problems during which the car was totally neglected. About after a year or so,when things changed a little, then we got into making our ride fit for the roads again. But again there were some legal Issues with the car which took an astonishing amount of time to sort out. 07 years.
During this period,the car was literally lying idle.
We did fire it up once in a month during the initial days,was only till couple of months.
After a long wait,Finally all the work was completed in 2015 after which the car got its second life literally.
During the Hibernation period, some major issues that I had to sort out:
• Head valve was jammed
• Carburettor was all clogged up
• Brake’s went bad
• Fuel tank was rusted
A lot of other things were also replaced:
• Timing Belt
• Oil pan
• Left axle
The car was now in drivable condition. In October,2016 after reading about all the technical things about the car, the following things were done:
• Water pump replacemnt (Due to Noise)
• Antirust coating
• Numerous little things……..
The car also had some kind of starting problem:
While cranking,there was a very loud screeching noise, during which the engine would not start but had to crank again to finally start the engine. I was quite worried about this.
The MASS I visit (M/S Maruti Automobiles),gave me two reasons for that noise:
• Self Starter Pinion
First got the pinion replaced, but then also the noise did not go away.
Finally they replaced the Flywheel along with the Clutch Plate and Pressure Plate. The noise was not there anymore.