I am extremely delighted to be a part of the Automotive India family .i never had the idea that I will find tons and tons of information about everything related to cars and bikes. I have always liked cars and currently I drive a scorpio ex (2012) and a maruti 800 (2006) model, now that I have found a wonderful community and extremely knowledgeable senior like you all ( specially 350Z and Varun 560061 ) it seems that my like has developed into a new found passion. So heres how I glued on to the automotive india community :-
I stay at Indirapuram (Ghaziabad) and I travel to work at south delhi on a daily basis (almost 60 kms daily commute) I have been driving my scorpio to work ever since I brought it during feb 2012 and I am very satisfied with the way it performs, however two things were bothering me :-
1. The horrendous delhi traffic –bumper to bumper, making it difficult to drive the scorpio to its capacity, specially when it comes to parking it into small spaces and cutting tight corners every now and then
2. The idea of keeping my beautiful white shiny scorpio away from the daily grind-using it only for family outings sparingly and for inter city drives, thus drastically reducing the kilometers it goes. -
This called for a need to get a used car, a small one, ideal for the city daily grind, enough for a single person, small enough to cut corners, preferably a four geared thing. I started looking at all the online classifieds to hunt for a good conditioned used car. (budget was a constraint- wanted to keep it less than a lakh all inclusive) . Somewhere somehow I always was fascinated by the looks and style of a maruti 800 since my childhood. and getting a used m800 seemed to me a perfect fit for my daily city commute & my tight budget. So I kept my search limited to m800 only, test drove a couple of them and did not like them as they were in really bad shape and required a lot of money to become usable again.
One fine day I stumbled upon this baby in blue, march 2006 AC maruti 800, the used car dealer told me that it was owned by a lady teacher who sold it off to buy a bigger car, and the car was well maintained and the kms reading on the odo is genuine ( almost 59800 kms) asking price – Rs. 70,000.
I examined the car exteriors thoroughly and the observations were :-
1. scratches all over but the blue original was still shiny
2. removed the carper and examined for signs of rusting, found no rust,
3. Tyres (radial) in good condition
4. the car starts in half a self,
5. interiors dusty but can be cleaned.
6. Engine oil, coolant etc all were there in good condition.
7. Bumpers in good condition
8. The car drove well, good pick up, engine not that noisy and somewhat smooth.
9. Robust gear lock (minda) already installed
10. The car vibrates while idling
11. ICE –not that good, no cd, only fm receiver/usb port unit, a cheap one with 2 ordinary speakers in the rear.
There were these particular problems that I found.
1 Brake toooo hard-one has to literally stand on it to bring the car to halt (thought it could be fixed-may be break pad/shoe change would do)
2 Clutch too hard- naturally the clutch seemed to be worn out
3 Problem engaging reverse gear
4 Steering hard –only when the car is brought to motion in first gear, once the car moves, it is manageable ( thought that my scorpio has a superb power steering that I am used to, anyways will show it to the technician to see if something could be done about it.
5 AC ineffective – may be the cooling coil has to be cleaned, gas topped up ,anyways how effective the AC of an 796 cc car could be ?
Checked the papers and found that the insurance was valid till april 2015, the car was on no claim bonus so no major accidents in the near past, was not sure about the 59800 kms on odo were genuine but still got fascinated. Looked like the blue babe was saying- take me home !! I started bargaining hard- “50 thousand is what I can pay for this” “ No sir, its too less, it will be like selling on loss, not less than 65000 please” the dealer haggled, finally we settled at 55,000. I had some 5000 in my pocket, gave it to the dealer and came back with rest of the 50,000 in sometime and the blue babe was mine !!
Now that I has taken it, time for putting it to repairs and renovation for making it fit for my daily 60 kms commute. Started surfing the internet to get some solutions to the problems I found (listed above) and stumbled upon the automotive india. I read some threads and was immediately in love with this online community. I never ever imagined how exciting the task of giving new life to the old car could be. Went through Varun560061 threads and was floored.i joined the forum and was given a warm welcome by 350Z. Love u all guys !!
Task number 1- in fact I should have done it before I paid for the car but anyways !! showed the car to a mechanic and he took it for a test drive, came back, opened its hood and observed it thoroughly and announced “car is OK , but clutch is gone” as I was expecting.
Task number 2- Interior cleaning, as the inside has a layer of dust, took it to washing bay, removed the dirty n dusty seat covers and asked the guy to wash the vehicle from inside out completely. The guy was on the job immediately, he stripped the inside upholstery, removed the dirty carpet and washed the floor and the carpet/mats. The inside plastics and the dashboard too were cleaned and polished. The inside was cleaned for 600 Rs. I have been driving this car for about 5 days now. And I am falling in love with the blue babe more and more. Taking this car for service/repairs this Sunday (tomorrow), by reading the threads on m800 tech. here is what I have planned to do.
1. Change the clutch assembly including flywheel
2. Gearbox overhaul
3. Steering wheel overhaul
4. Change spark plugs
5. Engine flush and putting a better engine oil-may be a synthetic or Castrol magnatec
6. Change all other oils-gear oil
7. Flush and pressure radiator and the coolant container, get new coolant
8. Change all belts
9. Change all hoses
10. Change head lamp assembly as the original ones are not very transparent now
11. May be get a new silencer
12 change the floor carpet as the OEM
carpet is too flossy and is a dust magnet
12. Cooling coil cleaning
13. New brake pads
14. May be an engine decarburization
15. The scratches will be hidden by putting some cool graphic stickers (cant invest another 10,000 for a paint job now specially when I know the above repairs will cost some good amount)
Request seniors to give some suggestions here, what else needs to be checked/changed/serviced/cleaned ??? i will put all MGP , will not take the car to MASS , the local repair guy has a good reputation of repairing marutis+it would be a pleasure to be there and have a close watch while the blue babe gets a new lease of life, MASS wouldnt let me do that.
Will be posting some pics of the my blue babe soon..