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      Thumbs up 2011 Chevrolet Optra Magnum 2.0 LT TCDi

      Most of you would already be knowing the news that I took delivery of a 2011 make Diesel Magnum few weeks back. Had to suffer some commerical issue during delivery as the dealer - M/s Geeyem Motors, Kochi refused to offer CPCOO package for my car and started pushing the refund (CPCOO charges) to me. This is a famous 3 year/45k kms free maintenance package available for all chevy cars. Recently they made it a paid package (Rs.26,999/- for Diesel Magnum). Actually, this package is to be specifically applyed by the dealer in the order form which they submit to the company! In my case, they missed this part and thatz how the issue cameup during delivery time. Took very tough stand and finally they sought special permission from the regional head of CSIPL and got approval for my car. Had to really raise my voice there for few hours for this.
      Otherwise the delivery procedures were smooth and clear.

      Well.. now its time to put my ownership experiences of this car. The car covered 1000kms now and has been sent to Geeyem Motors for 1000 kms Service. I've set the run-in period till 3k and so the car is still being pampered.
      Max speed being maintained is 80km/hr @ 2000 rpm max. This is the first time am owning an highspeed 2000cc diesel engine and so dun wanna take chances unlike the smaller size / slow speed engines.

      Few points I have noted are as follows
      (1) Engine oil level is at the middle point right from day 1.
      (2) Slight side pulling to left.
      (3) Dripping of a/c water on front passenger side
      (4) Wrong headlight alignment.

      As usual, the "Advisor Kid" talks smart and tries to getaway saying something or so to all of my questions. He is clueless whether the company fills engine oil to the top level of dipstick or only till the middle point.
      Anyhow, he topped it up now and now I gotta check weather there is leak or consumption.

      He pulls out the usual talk of road slope when the car is taken out to the road for test. Finally, he gaveup and called the Shop Supervisor to answer me. Same stuff.. but this guy understood my point and concern and he assured required support at 5k kms service if the problem persists! Says, it might self correct after some shake down drives when brakes, suspension and steering systems starts working smoothly.

      Dripping of water was due to dislocated drain pipe. They fixed it right and hope thatz over.

      They have a head light aligner and the kid said he will correct the beam with aligner. Requested him to do that manually on road, when it get dark. These guys are not interested to stay back at night to set right the issue. Says they can do it only using aligner. The company fitted 55W halogens are basically useless and so juz asked him whether they can alter it to 100/90 halogens. Says it will cause damage to the headlight switch!! Dont agree with the relay theory and the likes. Smart fellow offers an alternative to that with Osram HID's for Rs.11k )

      Another thing i have noticed is the tyre pressure figures!. The stock tyre size is 195/60/R15 and the recommended tyre pressure is 28 PSI allround. !!!! Any clue bout this? Anyways, I raised the pressure to 32(F) and 30(R) today. Gotta drive it for some distance to check the difference. I believe the tyres will flex badly with 28 PSI esp coz of that heavy engine.
      The same tyre on a petrol swift with 6.5J alloys asks for 32 PSI atleast!

      Liked the car otherwise, and still believe that this is a decent sedan for any type of driver. Am yet to push it and will know the limits only when I start doing that. Planning to switchover to 16" wheels and tyres at the end of run-in ;-)
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      Quote Originally Posted by autonut View Post
      The company fitted 55W halogens are basically useless and so juz asked him whether they can alter it to 100/90 halogens. Says it will cause damage to the headlight switch!! Dont agree with the relay theory and the likes. Smart fellow offers an alternative to that with Osram HID's for Rs.11k
      My BIL got the HIDs free from them, after a lot of letters were exchanged with the company on the headlight state. Unfortunately, even they are useless. If you want to check it out, I can give you his contact info. Please dont go that route before seeing the end result.

      I was thinking the options are to pick up the old "twin" reflector design(h1/h7 I think), see if it fits, or go for some projector based setup.

      Quote Originally Posted by autonut View Post
      The stock tyre size is 195/60/R15 and the recommended tyre pressure is 28 PSI allround.
      I dont think those are meant for you! Probably 33 all round is a good pressure for high speed driving. I use 35 all round on my car.

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      Quote Originally Posted by autonut View Post
      As usual, the "Advisor Kid" talks smart and tries to getaway saying something or so to all of my questions. He is clueless whether the company fills engine oil to the top level of dipstick or only till the middle point.
      Anyhow, he topped it up now and now I gotta check weather there is leak or consumption.

      He pulls out the usual talk of road slope when the car is taken out to the road for test. Finally, he gaveup and called the Shop Supervisor to answer me. Same stuff.. but this guy understood my point and concern and he assured required support at 5k kms service if the problem persists! Says, it might self correct after some shake down drives when brakes, suspension and steering systems starts working smoothly.
      Congratulation once again!

      Just make sure they mention every such thing/issue in the job card that they make every time you give it for service. That is the only thing you can use to establish you had raised these issues during warranty. I have seen a lot of dealers not mention it saying "they will take care of it on the side" else it'll be billable etc. Please use your prudence - during warranty - esp a 3 yrs parts and maint covered one such as yours, make sure everything is mentioned on paper!
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      Congratulations on your Optra D, few pictures would have done more justice to this thread
      Enjoy the ride and keep this thread updated by your experience.
      If budget permits then go for HID, there are geeks in this forum with HID retrofit so please check with them

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      Quote Originally Posted by tadukuttan View Post
      My BIL got the HIDs free from them, after a lot of letters were exchanged with the company on the headlight state. Unfortunately, even they are useless. If you want to check it out, I can give you his contact info. Please dont go that route before seeing the end result.
      I was thinking the options are to pick up the old "twin" reflector design(h1/h7 I think), see if it fits, or go for some projector based setup.
      I dont think those are meant for you! Probably 33 all round is a good pressure for high speed driving. I use 35 all round on my car.
      I know the HID's wont help the scene. This twin reflector idea is good. Gotta check its availability now. Thanks Sajan.
      Btw, HL focusing with the help of Head Light Aligner is good infact. Now both the beams are uniform and hits the road properly atleast

      Quote Originally Posted by kb100 View Post
      Just make sure they mention every such thing/issue in the job card that they make every time you give it for service. That is the only thing you can use to establish you had raised these issues during warranty. I have seen a lot of dealers not mention it saying "they will take care of it on the side" else it'll be billable etc. Please use your prudence - during warranty - esp a 3 yrs parts and maint covered one such as yours, make sure everything is mentioned on paper!
      Thanks Sujit. Yeah.. your point is very valuable and precise. I have specifically made a mention of each and every findings on their job card. They are not happy with it )

      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      Congratulations on your Optra D, few pictures would have done more justice to this thread
      Enjoy the ride and keep this thread updated by your experience.
      If budget permits then go for HID, there are geeks in this forum with HID retrofit so please check with them
      what is CPCOO??
      Thanks dude Pics will be added soon
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      Congrats on buying the Optra D. Its a wonderful car and one of my favs.

      Earlier you weren't in favour of the Optra, if I remember right, calling it a boat. What brought about the change in decision?

      Some pics would be a nice for this thread.
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      Quote Originally Posted by krish View Post
      Earlier you weren't in favour of the Optra, if I remember right, calling it a boat. What brought about the change in decision? Some pics would be a nice for this thread.
      Well.. infact I too was having the same opinion as others regarding the handling of this car. Thatz when the doc said that interpretation is wrong and unfair. So thot of doing a thorough check and TD. Took a long TD of the car, and even tried a 360 deg stunt at a place where I found spacious enough to bring back the car into control incase if it looses the expected limit. To my surpise, this demo car remained sharp in control and rear dint washed away as expected. That was the frist inspiration. Then came the news of remap and suspension mod of a certain magnum in Bangalore. Availability Scope for suspension mods added the confidence level and thatz how I concluded the pick

      As Tadukuttan mentioned in his previous post, the recommended tyre pressure of 28 PSI is wrong for this car and this is the main reason for its spongy handling in stock form! Suspension is set for superior comfort. Now I have raised the pressure to 32 and 30 to check the differance. Awaiting to cross 3k kms on the odo to start pushing it. Will update ;-)
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      Nice .... Lot of people had such wrong impressions on the optra. Now you've got a car that'll suit your driving style.

      Enjoy!!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by krish View Post
      Nice .... Lot of people had such wrong impressions on the optra. Now you've got a car that'll suit your driving style. Enjoy!!!
      Nobody can blame anyone if one feel that the handling is bad. Even, my impression improved only after trying it in person and studying the possibilities to improve the handling. Trust me, the steering response and handling improved a lot only by raising the tyre pressure to 32 from 28!!!!! So am sure it wud come to terms with wheel upsize and suspension mods like the one offered by TDi racing. In my case, the wheel upsizing is on the pipeline now as I have already procured new 16" alloys. Juz waiting for the odo to showup 5k kms to ensure no abnormal tyre wears. Will go for the suspension mod also if the TDi racing stuff is good
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      Loooooong pending UPDATE. Cudn't do this all these days due to heavy work load and travel.

      Car was given for service at 5k kms. This was immediately after a lightning trip to bangalore and back. Cud easily clock upto 195km/hr on express highway between avinasi and hosur.

      Niggling troubles like side pulling, wheel wobblings during braking, air leak sound thru driver side window etc continues to rule! First two issues are more due to the quality of tyres! All four are Acellers of recent batch.. which indicates the poor build quality of tyres. The issues improves juz by a tyre rotation! But not able to clear it with the present set of tyres. Am least bothered bout this as am planning for fresh set of 16"ers immediately after 10k Service.

      Service at Geeyem is as usual pathetic as the kids are efficient to traceout the real cause of troubles. For ex: they have replaced alloys, and rear spoiler to check air leak sound thru window!!! When asked bout this, the kid says - thatz what we were told to do by seniors!! Finally after pestring them to the core, they put new window whether strips and beadings. The trouble disappeared for few weeks and now started showing again! Seems like many magnums suffer this issue. Body repair guys are clueless about the issue and tries to wash thier hands off!

      Next thing to tackle is poor headlight. Got to check with the guy who does HID conversion in kochi. Dint get time till date to find and meet him.

      Smartwax service was done at 3rd month and opted for thier service pack of 3k for next 3 years. The car will be serviced by smartwax technicians every 3 months from now on.
      Smartwax gives that fresh look to the car. Damn good stuff.. but expensive!

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