So 6 years and 55k kms later Panda is still kicking it, lazy style. No squeaks, rattles and still butter smooth with a very silent engine.
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It has been six beautiful years since the Big Fat Panda came into our lives. I had initially planned to post this on the first week of November on the sixth anniversary, however, due to a very busy schedule I didn’t get enough time.
So 6 years and 55k kms later Panda is still kicking it, lazy style. No squeaks, rattles, and still butter smooth with a very silent engine.
The parts replaced due to wear and tear are as follows along with the total costs incurred:
She is on the original clutch and surprisingly the factory tyres (Goodyear assurance Triplemax) have lasted longer than I expected. There is still tread for around 2-3k kms at least. The front brake pads were replaced in the 5th year of service at around 43k kms. Spark plugs were replaced twice (at 25k and 43k kms). Front wiper blades were replaced once (Syndicate replaced with Bosch). The evaporator coil and gas were replaced due to a leak. The sponge material inside the dashboard was replaced. The coolant was replaced twice, once due to an accident and the second time because I felt the ASS had diluted the mix with water. The radiator fan was replaced under warranty due to a faulty motor. The battery was replaced once. Key fob batteries were replaced twice, at 2.5 years and then at the 6th-year mark (last month).
Due to an accident the hood, bumper, fenders, headlights, horn, radiator assembly, compressor, and front cross member were all replaced. (documented in this thread).
Total costs/ expenditure incurred to date: 20.07 lakhs (includes everything from purchase to detailing and fines)
Per Km cost: Rs. 25.17/km. (Fuel only: Rs. 7.16/km)
Average FE: 12.8kmpl. (Best: 16kmpl Worst: 9.6kmpl)
Overall it has been a pleasure journeying with the Panda. Thankfully she has not really left us stranded anywhere till now. Even on the two occasions that came close, she managed to get us home safely and then herself to the HASS.
Hoping for many more (s)miles together. A couple of parting shots.
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