The engine has been having some timing problems as I get black smoke in the exhaust and the oil is just recently changed. Pollution control checker asked me to look into the problem ASAP
. Besides there are some more minor niggles to be fixed like a leaking radiator (this I suspect lead to the engine overheating at times), the tail exhaust pipe was not fixed properly, handbrake is not working and so on. The A/c gas needs refilling at some point, but since peak summer is almost over, I am considering waiting for a while and assess the weather before doing so.
It appears to me that the previous owners rarely used the vehicle and didn't care much for it as the problems I've discovered are only to be found on frequently running the vehicle.
Other than these fixes, I am perfectly happy with the vehicle. It's rock solid and stable at higher speeds as well, though pick-up is not as good as modern vehicles. Recently a Maruti Swift bumped slightly into my front bumper while overtaking me hastily at a signal but I couldn't detect any scratch or dent caused by that incident.