5 years with the Xing…


Our Santro ‘Xing’ completed 5 years and 1,00,000 kms in 2010. . . 5 really pleasurable years!

I don’t think a very detailed ownership report is required since there are 100s of reports out there for the Xing. So just a small note on the experience so far.

During all our trips, not once did we have any sort of car trouble. I sincerely followed a regular service schedule. Oil and air filter changed every 5000 kms (Maybe a little bit of overkill.) Always stuck to the H.A.S.S. workshops. No ‘repairs’, it was always ‘replace’.

Major replacements over the years were clutch assembly change at 40k and 80k Kms. New battery at 99k Kms. A few front suspension parts (ball joints, suspension bushes etc.) at around 80k Kms, a brake drum at around 90k kms. Other minor things like brake shoes, wipers etc. were changed periodically.

Two notable accidents, both when the Xing was almost at a standstill. One was when we had stopped at a median break to take a U -turn and a bike guy misjudged and crashed into us. Front bumper replaced, no injuries to anyone. Second was when a Mitsubishi Canter truck slowly rolled back onto us at a traffic signal (It happened in real slow-motion.) and dented the bonnet, so new bonnet.

One of the first things done after taking delivery was a tyre upgrade. League alloys and Bridgestone Potenza GIIIs, 175-60. Good tyres, but they have a tendency to develop a sidewall bubble if they hit a really bad pothole. Before our Ooty trip in 2010, it was time for a tyre change and this time 2 of the tyres are Apollo Amazers, lower tyre noise as compared to the GIIIs and they seem to be running good.

Had bought a 5 year 100,000 kms extended warranty – but never got to use it πŸ™‚ Had planned to add in either 90/100 headlights or a pair of Roos / Hella lamps, but never got around to getting it done. (The Santro headlights are quite sufficient by themselves.)

ICE is a semi-custom setup and damping is completely DIY. (See my DIY posts)

A few pix of the Xing from our travelogues

On the E-city flyover – reflected off the Infy building. . .

Maravanthe Beach. . .

Badami. . .

Hampi. . .

Hampi. . .

On the way to Kebre. . .

Mysore road. . .

Dhanushkodi. . .

Kadapa Ghats. . .

Belum Caves. . .

Pattadakal. . .

Murudeshwar. . .

NH4, near Chitradurga. . .

Unchangidurga. . .

Unchangidurga. . .

Near Mysore. . .

Near Gandi. . .

Unchangidurga. . .

Near Mysore. . .

Masinagudi. . .

Dubare. . .

Bhagamandala. . .

Ooty. . .

Thirumayam. . .

Kanadukathan. . .

Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram. . .

Near Gurramkonda (?). . .

Unchangidurga. . .

Hallimallapura. . .






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