The black puppy has turned four years old
It is my wifes daily drive to work and back and mostly for city use and very occasional ring road or short highway drive.
The four years of ownership have been totally fuss free.
nothing fell apart, few rattles and squeaks here and there that get addressed during the routine service at the MASS.
the car stays indoor closed parking most of the time at home and at work
and more than 3-4 days of non usage means the car is washed and covered and parked in a closed car park
The build quality always felt flimsy but seems to hold on together fairly well inspite of it.
Here comes the pros and cons of longterm ownership as i see it
good city runner due to small dimensions and good power steering.
very good AC on par with even cars of higher segment.
MASS: three cheers to them for such a customer centric service affordable spares nothing can beat maruti in this regard.
the black car with those alloys still gets thumps up and enquiries at traffic lights
the K10 engine is a total dud at low RPM, total lack of low end torque below 2000rpm forces you to downshift at every hump and traffic. it doesn't crawl in first gear in bumper to bumper traffic need to slip clutch and move on which is such a pain. My previous maruti 800 had more useable torque. God knows what hose engineers in R&D think when they tune these engines.
city milage is about 11-12 kmpl due to mostly 2-3rd gear speeds (terrible bangalore traffic) it never got better since 4 years just like the traffic.
Service advisors are good at oil change and filter change only they can't diagnose problems we have identify the cause of a problem and tell them solution and they will do it still better than most other A.S.S.
Black car is a pain to maintain
black car is the most rewarding to wash and wax looks like a million dollars when shiny (see pics)
most of todays petrol cars don't feel as drivable as older cars like my Baleno, don't know where the world is heading
Beware of pesky neighbourhood kids who will use you black car as a blackboard to draw. have had that painful experience.
Fewer visits to the service centre means fewer problems (allow me to explain later)
NOW FEAST YOUR EYES