My Beautiful Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha 1.2 SilverEyez


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20000kms Update


There is an adrenalin rush once the engine crosses 2000rpm in 2nd & 3rd gears, it’s the feeling of the Fast and Furious, experienced this fun pretty late, since then I am loving the everyday drive where I look for opportunities to reach upto 5000rpm’s leaving all traffic behind.
20-80kmph is achieved in no time on full throttle. I realised this fun quite late, after crossing 12k��

Seats:
The driver seat is very comfortable giving a complete view of the front. I don’t find any blindspots from the pillars.
The height adjustment is a great advantage, adds to the comfort and front visibility. I wish they had a little more Lumbar support for a average frame like me.

Armrest:
Good feature but almost useless to me. Its way behind for my comfort and size (5.4”), with no adjustable feature in it, it becomes ineffective. A little 3” inch extended to the front would have made my long drives even more relaxed and rested.

Steering:
Tilt and Telescopic helps in getting the perfect position for a comfortable drive. The steering feel and grip is good, though at times, I feel the horn should have been little closer to my thumbs. Holds well with high speed driving too.

Headlights:
Illuminates road very evenly and nicely covering a huge area with powerful high beams. Adds Charm and Glamour. Auto Headlamp feature is superb and works seamlessly, though sometimes the lights are on even under 7.30am sunlight��

Apple Carplay:
Very satisfied with it. Its smooth and very rarely it gets hanged or responses late.

Mileage:
Baleno gives really good mileage in the city and extra ordinary on the highway.

City: 12/14
Highway: 19/26

Braking:
Brakes are effective, stopping without any directional change. Brake Assist would have added more safety to the powerful car.

Mini AMT:
The 3rd gear almost works as an AMT for me, coz there are no jerks all the way from 20kmph to 80kmph, which is the speed we drive in the city. Effortless and Fluent.
Driving on Ghats are a breeze, never felt out of energy even with loaded car on Kasara Ghats. Can climb easily on any Ghats in 3rd gear.


Other positve’s:

Bottle Holders and storage in all doors

Lots of useful storage areas in the cabin

Spacious and Airy Interiors

Superbly Informative MID

Auto Folding ORVM (miss the auto fold on locking with Smartkey feature)

UV Block Tint on all Doors, its super effective

Mirror with lights on both the SunVisors, even some of the higher priced cars don’t have them. Super important for wifey��

Lots of Boot space

Reverse Camera with sensors

To be honest, No Rattles or Unwanted noises from anywhere till now. Fingers-crossed.


Areas of improvement:

Steering Self Centring: The steering doesn’t Self-Centre without inputs after U-Turns.

NVH should have been little improved, especially on high speed driving. Tyre noise increases with speed.

6 Airbags on the Alpha variants.

Cruise Control

Brake Assist

More stylish Alloys as OEM

The Jack and accessory blue pouch in the dicky makes some noise on bumps, a proper cubicle to keep it where it doesn’t rattle would have been good.


Well to be honest, I don’t find any problem with the car. Maybe i love her too much, I know no car is perfect, but my Alpha Baleno is one perfect car for me. Well, the next time I pick a car, I would want all the features of my car in it minimum or else It won’t click with me.

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Have a few points here, questions as well..

> Is the UV protected windshield offered only in Alpha and above variants only or in lower ones too?
> Self centring of steering is common in all power steering cars, and yours must be an EPS, it should worl. Please check with Nexa on the same, whether it is only with your car. I remember driving a Baleno 2 years back and the steering self centred after a U turn, I remember.
> How about the build quality of your car, since there are lots of chit-chats on the downside of Maruti build quality.

Regards
Kumar

The amazing event of BOCM=Baleno Owners Club Mumbai
Proud to be a part BOCM, with Enthusiastic and Energetic Baleno owners from all over Mumbai where age doesn't matters.
Very Helpful to all Baleno owners.
The pics of the 8th BOCM meet

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The Amazing Line-Up
Excellent...

Baleno is also in my radar for upgrade from my 5.5 year old Santro Xing Petrol GL Plus, however very much concerned on the build quality and otherwise the car, by all means, is an excellent VFM package.
 
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> Is the UV protected windshield offered only in Alpha and above variants only or in lower ones too?
UV Cut Glass is available in Zeta & Alpha

> Self centring of steering is common in all power steering cars, and yours must be an EPS, it should worl. Please check with Nexa on the same, whether it is only with your car. I remember driving a Baleno 2 years back and the steering self centred after a U turn, I remember.
I am familiar with the self centring on EPS cars, but i think it doesn't work as fluently as in other cars,also its common in Baleno's as per my knowledge.

> How about the build quality of your car, since there are lots of chit-chats on the downside of Maruti build quality.
Nothing alarming in the build quality to deter a person from buying a Baleno.
All cars have their pros and cons.
 
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UV Cut Glass is available in Zeta & Alpha


I am familiar with the self centring on EPS cars, but i think it doesn't work as fluently as in other cars,also its common in Baleno's as per my knowledge.


Nothing alarming in the build quality to deter a person from buying a Baleno.
All cars have their pros and cons.
Thanks a lot Silver. Your response was informative indeed. Happy and Safe Miles wiht your Alpha !!
 
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30000kms Update
30000kms.....phew, time flies.
The freshness and feeling of a new car is still intact even after 2.3yrs,
SilverEyez has already taken me to a lot of places Safely & Effortlessly with being very soft on the pocket.
And a few long trips already brewing for the year end.

Rattle free.
No Noises from the Dashboard.
Engine still very Peppy.
Engine still very Fuel Efficient (achieved 24.5kmpl for 550kms recently).
Major Servicing done at every 10k kms from Authorised SC ranging from 6k-8k.
Touchscreen Infotainment works smoothly w/o lag.
OEM Tyres still good enough for another 10k kms.
 
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So the car is running smoothly and trouble free with major dents and scratches thanks to Bikers and School kids.

Very randomly thought of checking the city mileage after a long time...
And the results were stunning....
City Mileage: 14.2km/l (Tankful method)

No pics to show as I didn't reset the MID as I wanted to check by Tankful method.
 
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