Honda Amaze VX i-DTEC Ownership Review


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Thanks for reply,
hardness felt even on starting of drive.
i may install either michelin or yokohama - 205/50r15 (Lenso rim), by this week.
Please suggest.
Post some pictures of the alloy [:)]

Yes 205-50-15 will look sexy on the alloy, but it will make the comfort disappear.

If you're ok then try 205-55-15 [:)]
 
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I had the disc problem with my first set of pads. Later the SVC guys said the pads got a compound change in them making it last longer and so and so. I don't currently have any problems with the disc. Fingers crossed.[:)]
Hi guys, I got my car serviced for 30K and boy this car is expensive to maintain.
4.6K for service. 10K-6 months
2.9K for the brake pad replacement.

Dont fall for the SVC guys comments, they have service targets to achieve, so they try to sell every possible bit in the car.

The svc guy suggested me to "Replace the discs - otherwise the new brake pads will wear faster"

I had a detailed inspection of the disc my self.

Except for the circular lines (part of any user disc) there was no other problem. The depth variation on the disc was like 1mm or so.

That's when I got suspicious. So called the service manager.
and showed him the same and then he too agreed that there is no need to replace it now.

Actually before replacing the brake disc - do the following
1. Remove the tyres and look at the disc.
2. There is a different material / colour for the disc at its center area and outher most edge.
3. These edge materials do not wear while breaking - brake pads wont touch them.
4. Best thing is to check depth of your disc center section (area where brake pad touches while breaking.) from these edges. if its like 1~2 mm nothing to worry.

That was the ultimate answer given to me by the svc manager and I have all reasons to believe him.

And he too told me about break pad compound improvement so should last longer.
Again depends on traffic and speed.
AVG brake pad life in bangalore according to him is 18-20K only.
 

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3k for brake pads is really expensive. Did you include labor in this ?

Anyways if you feel the steering is shaking while you apply brakes only then you need to get the discs checked.

And every a.s.s will tell you to replace the discs but it can be easily repaired for a cost of 500 rupees for both the discs. They do it on a machine which smoothens the outer surface.
Btw how much did they qoute for the discs ?
 
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3k for brake pads is really expensive. Did you include labor in this ?

Anyways if you feel the steering is shaking while you apply brakes only then you need to get the discs checked.

And every a.s.s will tell you to replace the discs but it can be easily repaired for a cost of 500 rupees for both the discs. They do it on a machine which smoothens the outer surface.
Btw how much did they qoute for the discs ?

3K includes Labour.

1000K for 1 new disc + Labour extra

Approx 500 per disc- Polishing - like using a lathe kind of machine to slightly carve and polish the disc to an smoother surface. Disc will go thinner.

I will upload pics of the bills later
 
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Will 205/55r15 have better confort ?

Out of my 53k+ km - 85% on highway, i usually drive 110-130km/h !

So wants to cover - road noise, grip, cornering, whether - such factors.
205-55-15 will be anyhow having more comfort levels than that of 205-50-15[:)]

Road noise depends upon the Tire Brand and pattern you buy.
Cornering will be outstanding. On the NH7 roads towards Bangalore, I have pushed the car around a long wide corner at 140kmph and the car stood rock solid. I'm not promoting high speed drives, I'm just sharing my experience and it felt that awesome. Not even a single tire squeal [:D]

my bad, i mean weather conditions
just a quick question came to me - 205/55r15, won't they touch sidewalls ?
205-50-15 won't touch side walls even if 7 on board. I once had put 7 people to check whether it will touch or not. Never[:D]

Hi guys, I got my car serviced for 30K and boy this car is expensive to maintain.
4.6K for service. 10K-6 months
2.9K for the brake pad replacement.

Dont fall for the SVC guys comments, they have service targets to achieve, so they try to sell every possible bit in the car.

The svc guy suggested me to "Replace the discs - otherwise the new brake pads will wear faster"

I had a detailed inspection of the disc my self.

Except for the circular lines (part of any user disc) there was no other problem. The depth variation on the disc was like 1mm or so.

That's when I got suspicious. So called the service manager.
and showed him the same and then he too agreed that there is no need to replace it now.

Actually before replacing the brake disc - do the following
1. Remove the tyres and look at the disc.
2. There is a different material / colour for the disc at its center area and outher most edge.
3. These edge materials do not wear while breaking - brake pads wont touch them.
4. Best thing is to check depth of your disc center section (area where brake pad touches while breaking.) from these edges. if its like 1~2 mm nothing to worry.

That was the ultimate answer given to me by the svc manager and I have all reasons to believe him.

And he too told me about break pad compound improvement so should last longer.
Again depends on traffic and speed.
AVG brake pad life in bangalore according to him is 18-20K only.
Most commonly they advice to skim the discs to get it levelled so that the new pads will have better efficiency in every manner. There is absolutely no reason to change the discs. The service manager's negligence is too bad.

3k for brake pads is really expensive. Did you include labor in this ?

Anyways if you feel the steering is shaking while you apply brakes only then you need to get the discs checked.

And every a.s.s will tell you to replace the discs but it can be easily repaired for a cost of 500 rupees for both the discs. They do it on a machine which smoothens the outer surface.
Btw how much did they qoute for the discs ?
Amaze pads cost 1.8K a pair. It is fairly priced I believe. Only problem was it getting eaten up so fast. Though the new pads have comparatively better life and performance.
 
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Vishnu, The DIY guru.... been a silent follower of your posts. Great going buddy..
I am a proud owner of Amaze iDtec 2013 October. Munched 25K+ with much pleasure except the slightly more NVH and high feedback shocks. I even got the H-Beam replaced to make sure its not the issue with that(under warranty) but it dint please enough.

Other than that, the Amaze is truly amazing with the power it offers and the mileage coming out.

Anyone here know how to fix a DRL in Amaze. Since no proper fuse diagram, hard to find a right connecting point.
 
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Vishnu, Thanks for your posts and education for alloys and tyres.

Please allow me to share my experience for new Tyres and Alloys,

After a long 53k+ km on stock tyres, i switch to alloys and 205/50r15 Yokohama S.Drive tyres,
In my recent meeting with shop owner after long discussion i finaly decided to go with 205/50r15 tyres.
well, he helped me understand about odo error when tyre profile change; compared to stock tyre profile, switch to 50, error chances are 0.5% and with 55 it will be 4.01%, having said that if i drive 70km with 50 i'm actually traveling 70.35km and with 55 i'm travelling 72.81km

Picture was clear, i made my mind, and attached few photos of footwear.

After upgrade took a short 30km drive on open road, in return it was raining, so got chance to test on wet roads too, Here's my few observations..
- Handling is Awesome
- Less effort on Steering, YES, i couldn't believe.
- Breaking got better, EBD works well with broad tyres IMO too.
- Excellent Grip on both dry and wet surface.
- The cornering ability is fantastic.
- Noise level decreased.
- Ride quality impressive.

Thanks again Vishnu for you help, once again i start feeling as like "Proud owner of AMAZE".

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Vishnu, Thanks for your posts and education for alloys and tyres.

Please allow me to share my experience for new Tyres and Alloys,

After a long 53k+ km on stock tyres, i switch to alloys and 205/50r15 Yokohama S.Drive tyres,
In my recent meeting with shop owner after long discussion i finaly decided to go with 205/50r15 tyres.
well, he helped me understand about odo error when tyre profile change; compared to stock tyre profile, switch to 50, error chances are 0.5% and with 55 it will be 4.01%, having said that if i drive 70km with 50 i'm actually traveling 70.35km and with 55 i'm travelling 72.81km

Picture was clear, i made my mind, and attached few photos of footwear.

After upgrade took a short 30km drive on open road, in return it was raining, so got chance to test on wet roads too, Here's my few observations..
- Handling is Awesome
- Less effort on Steering, YES, i couldn't believe.
- Breaking got better, EBD works well with broad tyres IMO too.
- Excellent Grip on both dry and wet surface.
- The cornering ability is fantastic.
- Noise level decreased.
- Ride quality impressive.

Thanks again Vishnu for you help, once again i start feeling as like "Proud owner of AMAZE".

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wow,killer looks[glasses].how is the milage post upgrade,do they rub on side wall?
 
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Vishnu, The DIY guru.... been a silent follower of your posts. Great going buddy..
I am a proud owner of Amaze iDtec 2013 October. Munched 25K+ with much pleasure except the slightly more NVH .
Thankyou :) and why don't you consider damping to reduce NVH ?

Anyone here know how to fix a DRL in Amaze. Since no proper fuse diagram, hard to find a right connecting point.
It depends on what kind/type of DRL you bought.
There are some DRL's which will sense the charge flow from alternator and startup by themselves.
The other ones should be activated by either connecting to any switch .

Try getting help from any local accessory shop for better idea.[:)]

Vishnu, Thanks for your posts and education for alloys and tyres.

Please allow me to share my experience for new Tyres and Alloys,

After a long 53k+ km on stock tyres, i switch to alloys and 205/50r15 Yokohama S.Drive tyres,
In my recent meeting with shop owner after long discussion i finaly decided to go with 205/50r15 tyres.
well, he helped me understand about odo error when tyre profile change; compared to stock tyre profile, switch to 50, error chances are 0.5% and with 55 it will be 4.01%, having said that if i drive 70km with 50 i'm actually traveling 70.35km and with 55 i'm travelling 72.81km

Picture was clear, i made my mind, and attached few photos of footwear.

After upgrade took a short 30km drive on open road, in return it was raining, so got chance to test on wet roads too, Here's my few observations..
- Handling is Awesome
- Less effort on Steering, YES, i couldn't believe.
- Breaking got better, EBD works well with broad tyres IMO too.
- Excellent Grip on both dry and wet surface.
- The cornering ability is fantastic.
- Noise level decreased.
- Ride quality impressive.

Thanks again Vishnu for you help, once again i start feeling as like "Proud owner of AMAZE".

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Sweet rubber[cheers] I'm always a fan of the Yoko S Drive's . I'm planning of swapping the new S Drives that i bought to the city to amaze and get the city equipped with the Falken's that I'm currently running on my Amaze. It does looks and feel so good !!

do they rub on side wall?
No,Never 205-50-15 won't rub !!

2 Years 2 Months 3 Days [evil]
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wow,killer looks[glasses].how is the milage post upgrade,do they rub on side wall?
Honestly, i did not check, i'm just enjoying driving, road grip.
I may update on mileage soon, when i'll get chance.

Well, had a quick Pune-Mumbai-Pune drive, and it was incredible experience with S.Drive where it includes Lunawala-Khandala ghaat sharp turns.
Amaze was helping out me to find gaps between loaded trucks, it was truly one of the best driving experience.

Here's The CONQUEROR [glasses]
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205-55-15 will be anyhow having more comfort levels than that of 205-50-15[:)]

Most commonly they advice to skim the discs to get it levelled so that the new pads will have better efficiency in every manner. There is absolutely no reason to change the discs. The service manager's negligence is too bad.


Amaze pads cost 1.8K a pair. It is fairly priced I believe. Only problem was it getting eaten up so fast. Though the new pads have comparatively better life and performance.
Vishnu - the main concern here is that everyone is trying to sell something or the other so there is no trust as such. Amaze service interval of 6 months + 3 months (brake pad replacement) Basically involves taking your car to the service center more frequently.

For you the brake pads are lasting longer coz you are using a wider tyre (205 I believe) = better braking and less wear for the brake pads.

IMO Honda is continuously reducing their quality - Amaze, City, Jazz. No wonder we see more Rapids + Ciaz on the roads now a days.

IMO - The new Ford Aspire is definitely better than Amaze. Except of lack of little space & a out of place boot, Ford Aspire is currently the best car among the lot.
 
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Hey guys,
Recently had been on a look out to install fog lights for my Honda Amaze.
Came across these...
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Gave it a try and installed it on my Amaze.The lighting I must say has improved a lot. [clap]


Post some pictures of the alloy [:)]

Yes 205-50-15 will look sexy on the alloy, but it will make the comfort disappear.

If you're ok then try 205-55-15 [:)]
 

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^^ i think you should tilt it a little bit down so as to avoid blinding the oncoming traffic.

I don't know how strong your's is but there's a Scorpio in my area with these lights on the roof and it comes directly to the face. Not a good feeling at all.
 

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