17750 km update
It has been a little over 9 months, and have been loving every moment with it.
True, I have visited the service station more times than I would have liked to. But always came out smiling apart from the initial couple of visits to Concorde, Dairy circle. Now I know most of the service persons in Prerana, by first name basis and get fast attention and express service.
Have enjoyed long drives, high speed chases, sedate driving and Manza is really fun to drive. Some of my friends, one drives a ANHC, another a Ford Icon and one a Innova, have driven my car and really liked it.
As far as the handling of the car is concerned, in city, I use the car like I used my previous Zen. Initially I used to drive sedately, but slowly my older style of driving took over and started enjoying the pickup this car had to offer. (driving in the power band). In spite of this being a sedan I can easily stay ahead of the traffic by taking advantages of the gaps in the flow of traffic.
In the highway, I had been surprised by manza’s handling twice.
Once in Tirunelveli, when I was overtaking a private bus at low speed (around 40 kms in third gear), the bus driver unknowingly crowded me off the road. I had 2 right wheels on the sand off the road shoulder which was about half a feet high and by the time the bus driver realized the issue and steered left there were oncoming traffic. I just floored the pedal and got out of the sand and got to the left ahead of the bus with sufficient space for the oncoming traffic. It was really a tight situation and Manza handled it well.
The second one was while returning to Bangalore from Chennai and was nearing Krishnagiri, happly cruising around 120, when a Maruti 800, decides to take a U-turn coming from krishnagiri. I was on the right most lane and the yellow railings on the median hid the oncoming maruti. This guy turns into half way inside my lane and then stops to look around. I had to swerve to my left and back to my lane in a fraction of second and then again Manza just did it without a murmur. The best part was that I didn’t have to brake and continued on the same speed. Repairs so far
Replacement of the AC fresh air inlet damper/motor assembly ( done in one hour, but the paper work took another hour)
Replacement of the front power windows control switch assembly (could not roll up the rear left glass from the drivers control switch – but worked fine with the switch on it’s door) (done in one hour)
Front suspension tie rod rubber bush assembly replaced. (done during service)
One minor tick tick sound that was irritating even while driving on smooth roads. Had to visit the service station twice to get it done. FE with my style of driving
City average 15+ with sparing use of AC (around 20%)
Highway average 20+ with 100% AC Overall Verdict
Great car, Value for Money, Great features, Great space, Good pickup, Good drivability, Good FE.
All cars have their share of niggles, as you can see in some threads here. Tata cars are no exception. TASS is improving and more often than not, I come out smiling from their service station.
BTW, In my earlier Zen, the only things I changed was the head unit for my ICE, Battery after 4 years, and tyres after 5 years.
But then it was a rattle snake even the speakers used to.
Do I regret selling my Zen and buying Manza? Hell NO! I love every moment with it.