Started leaking from an old edge puncture. Repaired with tubeless radial patch, which is stuck from inside.
Did wheel rotation + balancing + alignment, ₹ 900 total damage including puncture patching at Nayana Tyres. Tyre still good for at least 5000 more kilometres. Continental CC5 was available in 165/65R13.
Almost 10 years since the tacho install and still love the flying red needle.
Spare remote. Still good as new. Just 14+ years old.
Surprisingly, the battery has never been changes in 14 years and has never leaked. Runs on CR2025. Swapped the battery from other remote, and it started working again, but range reduced drastically. So, started using the spare and parked the primary one.
Hell's Angel had a longer antenna, which added a bit of toy car touch to it. AFAICR, I haven't mentioned the story before.
Back in 2010, a friend of mine managed to roll over his Matiz during wee-hour food hunt.
The car wasn't mechanically great, drinking oil and coolant and returning single digits and the current garage was quoting an insane figure for restoring the car in the 80k range and another guy quoting 35k. The wiser option was to scrap the car (again), so did we. (It was a once-scrapped car, touched up and sold to my friend by a now-reputed used car dealer in town ). Before scrapping, went there to reclaim all our (horrible) custom audio install and any useful stuff. Thus, I got my share, the antenna
Turned useless at first as the fitment was exactly opposite, female vs male.
Length difference, Matiz (L) vs Estilo (R).
Estilo vs Matiz vs Beat (L to R). The whole thing came up when I was checking any one of them fit our Fiesta or Polo.
Solution, the DIY adapter. Took an M6 bolt and cut the required length. It was just accidental, was holding both antennas and screwed them together thinking something else.
Stumbled upon the Matiz once again, perfectly restored, owned by our body shop guy. Came across when I went there to inquire about painting Beat back in 2014.
The compressor was making noise and died just before the initial lock down. Shown it to AM Motors and a freelance AC mech showed up and checked and confirmed the compressor to be gone and gave a quote of 20kish for replacing compressor and doing a leak test and gas filling. Gave it there after getting financial approval and paying advance amount for the compressor. Part was exclusive for first gen Estilo and not shared with any other Maruti models. Took 10 days for the compressor to arrive after ordering.
Car sat there in this condition for that whole period due to delay in parts arrival.
Back home. Chilling cool, but bill wasn't cool. Total came up to whopping ₹ 28,000.00. Replaced compressor, condenser, evaporator, suction hose, AC belt. Compressor alone was ₹ 17,005.00 (part number 95200M59KA0). Replaced the cylinder head cover gasket also as there was an oil leak for quite some time.
Wanted to do DIY cabin filter installation, but they already made the cut, but didn't install the filter. All I have to do now is to get one.
Suction pipe. Messes with the air filter box clips.
Compressor and condensor.
Areon Bubble Gum - ₹ 350.00
My favourite. Used to get the can, but spray seemed better bet. Need to spray only when the car is going to be used; on the other hand, the can gets wasted even when the car is sitting idle.
Checked many seat cover vendors, none of them offering a satisfactory output, just plain template work with average finishing and high price. Stumbled upon this guy's advertisement in Facebook Marketplace, but no location details. Got an approximate location from one of his videos (accidental YouTube geotag ), found the shop to check the quality of work in real, but wasn't open that day. Added to Google Maps (fetish) and returned another day, checked materials and quality work and got the rates. Location was a bit remote with no scope of public transport. He offered to drop back or return the car with driver seat, but came back as cousin's pillion.
First thing first, the steering. Asked for full wrap, but due to some misunderstanding by his assistant, ended up as steering cover, but neatly stitched.
The stitch is what impressed me the most. No vendors here give such an attention.
Finally, the seats.
Asked specifically double stitch and in white colour.
Another neat touch. Most of the seat cover guys screws up the rear side, sometimes pyjama strings tied across, sometimes bikini style half cover, some kind of mess up. He used carpet material.
Did vinyl flooring, since 15-year-old carpet was mostly disintegrated.
Totally charged ₹ 10,000.00 (₹8000 for seat + ₹3000 for flooring + free steering cover - ₹1000 discounted). Shinu Upholstery Works