Thursday, 15 August 2019

BMW X5 xDrive30d

One of the days when I went to Navnit Motors, they mentioned that they have a demo X5 car that they are planning to sell. I had always felt that many of my trips would be safer and better with a four-wheel-drive system. After some negotiation and bargaining, I decided to bite the bullet and ended up buying the car which was a 2012 manufactured BMW X5 xDrive30d E70 model. I bought the car in December 2014.
Following is the specification of the car.

Driving this car around was the most fun that I had till today. It was a companion on multiple trips that I did over the next four-plus years and it took us to places that I always wanted to visit. Here are some of the trips.

  1. Christmas 2014, Hyderabad, Konaseema, Puri, Bhubaneswar
  2. Druk Diaries: An experience of a lifetime
  3. Diwali 2015, Bengaluru to Bhopal and Back
  4. Christmas 2015: AIM 2015
  5. Summer 2016
  6. Long weekend in Kabini
  7. Chikmaglur and back -- September 2016
  8. Christmas 2016
  9. Summer 2017 -- Back to the nature
  10. Ladakh 2017
  11. Quick Trip to IIM Indore
  12. Christmas 2017, Madhya Pradesh, Jal Mahotsav
  13. Summer 2018
  14. Summer 2019
  15. Sriharikota PSLV-C46 launch carrying RISAT-2B
After multiple trips and over 135,000 kilometers on the odometer, it is time to bid the car adieu. Although in its prior life it was a demo car and had taken a beating, which resulted in some of the repairs that I had to do later on, it served us well. We never felt that we were unsafe in the car.

BMW X1 SDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition

I had never even bothered to look around at luxury cars. My favorite manufacturers were Honda and Toyota. 2012 was the year when Honda somehow decided that in India they wanted to become a small car company. They withdrew CRV from the market, primarily because of Diesel pricing issue and them having no proper diesel engine.
I had decided to upgrade from Honda CIVIC. As I had made some long trips, I was becoming more aware of safety concerns with the cars. I test drove Toyota Fortuner and found it very coarse to drive. Did not get the finesse of a luxury car while driving. I test drove VW Passat but found the drive uninspiring. It was a great car for a passenger but for a driver, it was no fun.
Around this time I also became more certain that my next car must have dynamic traction control. As I started looking around cars with DTS, there were not many options and very quickly pricing reached the luxury cars territory.
As I was looking around different cars, one weekend I landed up at Audi and  BMW showroom. I test drove Audi A4 & Audi Q3. The drives were not very inspiring. The cars were loaded with electronics and comforts but the basic components like steering and transmission did not feel like what it should have felt. BMW was clearly a different story. As I took the newly launched 3-Series on the NICE road, it was immediately fun to drive the car. But as I drove it, I realized every time I took it somewhere in India, I would have to worry about how good roads are. The ground clearance was clearly an issue. At this time the advisors at the showroom suggested that since new X1 is around the corner, they have an X1 on which they were offering a decent discount.
On driving X1, it felt like a car with all the benefits of a 3-series without the issues related to ground clearance. This led to the ownership of BMW X1. Following is the specification of the car that I purchased on 28-September-2012.

This car was our companion on multiple trips. Some of the trips are as below.

  1. Bengaluru -> Kodaikanal -> Munnar -> Thekkady -> Ooty -> Bengaluru, Continued here, here and here.
  2. Seven Jyotirlings and other stuff, 14 days
  3. Christmas 2013, Rajasthan Road Trip
  4. Hampi Trip 2014
  5. Short excursion to Hesaraghatta
Here are some of the pictures of the vehicle over the years.

Honda CIVIC 1.8 V AT

On 17 July 2007, I traded in my Honda City to Honda CIVIC. I also had my first experience with a decent automatic transmission and I immediately decided that I need to go for that. Unlike CVT transmissions common in Honda cars in India, this had a proper six-speed transmission and did not feel like you were driving a Kinetic Honda.

Here are the specifications for the car. For its time, it was a great car to own and drive. One of the first cars in Indian market to have paddle shifters.

ARAI Mileage13.9 kmplFuel TypePetrol
City Mileage8.4 kmplMileage (ARAI)13.9
Fuel TypePetrolFuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50
Engine Displacement (cc)1799Emission Norm ComplianceBSIII
Max Power (bhp@rpm)130.2bhp@6300rpmTop Speed (Kmph)195km/hr
Max Torque (nm@rpm)171.6Nm@4300rpmFront SuspensionMcPherson Strut, Coil Spring With Torsion Bar
Seating Capacity5Rear SuspensionDouble Wishbone, Coil Spring With Torsion Bar
TransmissionTypeAutomaticSteering TypePower
Boot Space (Litres)405Steering ColumnTilt & Telescopic
Fuel Tank Capacity50Steering Gear TypeCollapsible, Power Assisted
Body TypeSedanTurning Radius (Metres)5.4meters
Multi-function Steering WheelFront Brake TypeVentilated Disc
Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View MirrorRear Brake TypeDisc
Automatic Climate ControlAcceleration9.6 Seconds
Anti Lock Braking SystemAcceleration (0-100 kmph)9.6 Seconds
Alloy WheelsLength (mm)4545
Fog Lights - FrontWidth (mm)1750
Power Windows RearHeight (mm)1450
Power Windows FrontBoot Space (Litres)405
Passenger AirbagSeating Capacity5
Driver AirbagGround Clearance Unladen (mm)170
Power SteeringWheel Base (mm)2700
Engine Typei-VTECKerb Weight (Kg)1240
Displacement (cc)1799No of Doors4
Max Power (bhp@rpm)130.2bhp@6300rpmPower Steering
Max Torque (nm@rpm)171.6Nm@4300rpmPower Windows-Front
No. of cylinder4Power Windows-Rear
Valves Per Cylinder4Air Conditioner
Valve ConfigurationSOHCHeater
Fuel Supply SystemPGM-FIAdjustable Steering
Bore X Stroke81 X 87.3 mmAutomatic Climate Control
Compression Ratio10.5:1Air Quality Control
Turbo ChargerRemote Trunk Opener
Super ChargeRemote Fuel Lid Opener
TransmissionTypeAutomaticLow Fuel Warning Light
Gear Box5 SpeedAccessory Power Outlet
Drive TypeFWDVanity Mirror
Outside Rear View Mirror Turn IndicatorsRear Reading Lamp
Intergrated AntennaRear Seat Headrest
Tyre Size195/65 R15Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
Tyre TypeTubeless,RadialHeight Adjustable Front Seat Belts
Anti-Lock Braking SystemCup Holders-Front
Engine ImmobilizerCup Holders-Rear
Centrally Mounted Fuel TankSeat Lumbar Support

This was an eventful car in our life. First time in our life, somebody rearended us and just drove off. 
We had an interesting trip to Wayanad in the car.

I drove the car for around 5 years and handed it over to my wife in October 2012.

The car stayed with us till 2018 when we transferred it our extended family. It was a real workhorse.

My Second Car -- Honda City 1.5 GXI

On 12-February-2004, I traded in my old Honda City with the new model that was launched. It was the new tall boyish design of the car that Honda launched. Given the fact that at that time I was mostly driving within cities, the improved mileage was a big selling feature of the car. As usual, there are no real pictures of the car with me, but it looked something like below.
The detailed specifications of cars are as follows.

ARAI Mileage12.8 kmplSteering TypePower
City Mileage8.8 kmplSeating Capacity5
Fuel TypePetrolKerb Weight (Kg)1085
Engine Displacement (cc)1493No of Doors4
Max Power (bhp@rpm)100 bhp @ 6500 rpmFuel Tank Capacity (Litres)42
Max Torque (nm@rpm)13.1 kgm @ 4600 rpmPower Steering
Seating Capacity5Power Windows-Front
TransmissionTypeManualPower Windows-Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity42Automatic Climate Control
Body TypeSedanAir Quality Control
Engine TypeIn-Line EngineRemote Trunk Opener
Displacement (cc)1493Remote Fuel Lid Opener
Max Power (bhp@rpm)100 bhp @ 6500 rpmLow Fuel Warning Light
Max Torque (nm@rpm)13.1 kgm @ 4600 rpmAccessory Power Outlet
No. of cylinder4Trunk Light
Valves Per Cylinder4Vanity Mirror
Turbo ChargerRear Reading Lamp
Super ChargeRear Seat Headrest
TransmissionTypeManualHeight Adjustable Front Seat Belts
Fuel & PerformanceCup Holders-Front
Fuel TypePetrolTyre Size175/65 R14
Mileage (ARAI)12.8Tyre Type
This car was used for city driving for approximately three years and few months and then traded in for a Honda CIVIC.

My first car -- Honda City EXi

I bought this car in November 1997, for the salary that I was earning the car was clearly out of my budget at that time. But I just liked the car. I bought the car from Whitefield Honda and I never even visited the showroom to buy the car. This was the car that was delivered to my office by the dealer.
The cameras were not very common at that time, I certainly did not have mobile phones and even if I had them, the mobile phone did not have any cameras then.
I do not have any picture of the car, so here is a picture flicked from the internet of the car. The car looked like this.

The car's specifications were as below.

ARAI Mileage11.7 kmplSteering TypePower
City Mileage9.0 kmplSteering Gear TypePower assisted rack & pinion
Fuel TypePetrolFront Brake TypeVentilated Disc
Engine Displacement (cc)1343Rear Brake TypeDrum
Max Power (bhp@rpm)100 bhp @ 6500 rpmLength (mm)4270
Max Torque (nm@rpm)11.3 kgm @ 4700 rpmWidth (mm)1690
Seating Capacity5Height (mm)1395
TransmissionTypeManualSeating Capacity5
Fuel Tank Capacity45Ground Clearance Unladen (mm)170
Body TypeSedanWheel Base (mm)2500
No. of cylinder4Front Tread (mm)1450
Valves Per Cylinder4Rear Tread (mm)1455
TransmissionTypeManualKerb Weight (Kg)965
Gear Box5 SpeedNo of Doors4
Drive TypeFWDTyre Size175/70 R13
Fuel TypePetrolTyre TypeTubeless,Radial
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Wheel Size13 x 5J
Front SuspensionMcPherson strut with stabilizer bar
Rear SuspensionIndependent strut , Trapezoid link

This was the time I had just graduated to a using a car as my only means of transport. I was not a confident driver and the car was pretty much used to driving within the city. I did make few long trip but these were mostly short distances, more like Bangalore to Mysore.
I finally sold this car on 12-February-2004.