Last week my Santro completed 50K on its ODO. The bad news is the pics got deleted from my cell and have left with empty album. I will still have some quick shots of latest conditions and upload it over the weeknd.
Anyhow I would like to share my experience on this long term ownership report. I thought of writing many things but when I actually started typing I understood that Iím not a good writer and was able to complete my post in mere few points.
The saga started 5 years before buying new car. For my tight budget I had left with 3 options Estilo, WagonR and Santro. Estilo was ruled out since no one at my home liked it. There was tough completion going on between Santro and WagonR. My pops was saying lets go with reputed brand of Maruti since these are the cars you a see in more number on roads. Also neighbours gave +1 for Maruti for its FE and spare parts availability.
When me and my wife went to test drive Santro we both liked it & finally convinced dad for this & went ahead and booked Santro GL. I had opted for SBI loan and the car was delivered within 1 week. No issues or concern faced. Managed to get a good deal from Sanjay Hyundai dealer with free insurance, Intex CD Player & 2 front Speakers, filming & Hyundai remote central locking, reverse horn, mud flaps, matting.
The dealer experience was good enough. I was quite new to purchase of cars and was not actively involved in any of the forums. Although I had taken help our best friend Google to search various reviews.
I managed to take my car to Sanjay Hyundai service Centre for first 3 servicing only. Somehow I lack the confidence if they are really putting any efforts to keep my Santro in new condition & is my car been serviced properly. So after discussing with my old mechanic who use to take care of our old fiat I decided to take risk and void the warranty and not to use Hyundai ASS
for my Santro. Then onwards I am getting my servicing done from our local mechanic.
Itís a 3 day process for servicing my Santro but donít mind doing it since I do it twice a year. First day I go myself and get the car pressure washed and then send car for servicing. He takes usually 2-3 hours & most likely part is Iím there to monitor all the things carried out. I purchase oil from shell and the mechanic changes it in front of me. What a peace of mind to see that your car is been serviced completely in front of you. Next day I go to tyre shop do the wheel rotation & alignment and third day take my car for polishing from my watchman
Till now I have carried out below changes in car
1. Tyres changed at 34K Ė yes earlier I was not in habit to do tyre rotation and alignment and thatís the result . My tyres worn out much earlier than expected. Changed with alloy wheels & upsized to 165/70. Got a good sporty look.
2. Battery changed at 48K Kms. I have changed to sonic from excide. There was no indication of my old battery giving up but one fine morning seems battery got a massive heart attack and had to change it immediately.
Thatís all no changes other than above 2 points are done till date. Yes ofcourse after 2 year I did upgrade my system to Sony Xplod HU, Sony speakers in front & JBL speakers at rare tray.
Few outstanding issues in Santro
1. While braking recently noticed that at speeds above 60 the car is making scratching noise and I can feel the steering wobble. I had done rotation and alignment just 2K kms back so need to check with mechanic what the culprit here is.
2. Rear right side window / door is making ďKich KichĒ sound on rough road. Need to check for rubber beddings. (not a major issue though but I like a silent car)
I was in thought process of changing the car after 5 Yrs or 50 Kms whichever is earlier but looking at my M Power I think this year I cannot upgrade my car.