The 8th service, at 7 years was the most expensive at 13400/-. This was due to the link rod change. All the other services have costed me 10-11k.
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On Friday, I gave my car for its 8th service, after completion of 7+ years of ownership. I have been absent from this thread for quite some time, due to various reasons. However, sharing my long term ownership experience here.
The below points summarize my experience with my car over the past 7 years:
- Car: Hyundai Verna 1.6 VTVT S(O)
- KMs done: 42300 in 2700 days (Average ~ 15 KMs daily) (99% with AC on)
- KMs on Highway ~ 29000 KMs (68%)
- City mostly driven: Bangalore
- Major Incidents: None
- Minor Incidents: Too many (Bangalore city driving has its perils)
- Niggles: None
Breakdowns / Part Changes:
- 2017 – There was a faint ‘kat’kat’ sound coming from the driver’s foot-well. It occurred only when going over rough surfaces and broken roads. Did not occur if I crossed a speed breaker. For this issue, the culprit was identified as the EPS motor. Since the car was in warranty, it was changed free of cost.
- 2021 – AC cooling was reduced, so took to the car to Advaith Hyundai, the compressor valve (ECV) was found faulty and replaced for about 4000/- including labour. More details can be found in this thread by VIGSOM.
- 2022 – The front link rods were ‘weak’ as mentioned by the SA and hence I gave a go ahead to change them. Charged about 1500/- including labour.
Battery Change: There were instances in May 2018, when the crank was taking longer than usual. Got it checked at a battery store and found the Exide battery from the factory was breathing its last.
Hence, got a new Amaron, exchanging the Exide, for 4800/-. It is running strong since then.
Tire Change: In August 2021, the stock Bridgestone B250s had covered 37,000kms and lived for 6 years. Though they still had thread depth, I got Yokohama Earth 1s for the car. The Bridgetones served well and had just single puncture. Hoping the same reliability from the Yokos. Costed 7000/- per piece.
Points worth mentioning:
- The 8th service, at 7 years was the most expensive at 13400/-. This was due to the link rod change. All the other services have costed me 10-11k.
- The design of the dashboard and the features are still up-to-date. I got ECM in my car, which cars costing 30lacs Bangalore don’t get – Innova, XUV700. The power window switches on each door are backlit, a feature which is a luxury these days.
- The 1.6 VTVT is a gem of an engine. Super silent, immensely tractable. It pulls cleanly from 30kmph in 4th gear. In fact, at times, I tried putting the car in 4th at 25kmph and there was no shudder, just linear acceleration. This makes it a boon to drive in city traffic. The Honda’s IVtec may be the king of higher revs, but where my car gets used more, between the 800 – 2000 rpm, the VTVT reigns supreme.
After sever years of ownership, I am completely satified with my purchase. The interiors are properly screwed and of top quailty built. No sounds/rattles from the dashboard or the door pads. This, after I have to drive a lot over none existent roads of outer Bangalore very regularly. Quite impressive. I am super glad I did not fall for the famed German of the segment Vento, which would have probably spent more time in the workshop than with me.
Just have a look at this thread: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/suvs-…ml#post5427119 (Skoda Kushaq vs Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos vs Jeep Compass vs others)
It also reaffirms my belief to stay away from the Germans, who with all the engineering prowess cannot deliver a reliable car.
Though I intend to hold on to the Verna for a few years more, I cannot deny the itch for something else has begun. Have any of you moved on from the Verna? What did you choose? Tucson is on top of my shortlist at the moment.