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  1. Its been 2+ yrs n 8k km on odo, I am using my Beat. The thing I liked most is fun driving. I usually driven in city but past some months its driven mainly on Highway. Good part it did handled a bumpy road at 130-150kph speed quite well, even with its stock 7 year old tyres. I want to keep this with me but planning to sell as Chevy is shutting its production by year end. Though service center will be there for next 10 yrs, but can't expect if a dealer will be more supportive (Chevy service centre are already infamous). Currently hold all light improvement plan n tyre change for this.
  2. Similar thing I had in mind, as in India same law is there, the windows must must have 70% transparency. When I bought my Beat, 1st thing I did get the film removed, which previous owner have applied. Idea, just to avoid cop's unusual interference, as I no one can show them what % it is. I am currently having magnetic screen. Similar to this on eBay except now these comes with a zip so you nees not to open door to pay toll. Actually I am not using on driver side. But found these are not sufficient to control heat. I am living in area where 45°c is peak in summer.
  3. I agree with Mr. Tozzi. Few years back when this pre-owned certified car system started in India, I thought this to good way to buy a used car. But couple of things which I learnt are : 1. They put some hidden T&C like warranty will not be given for more than 5 yr old vehicle of their own brand, further for newer vehicle, this is covering very few things. 2. There certification is just filling formalities, they literally doesn't own it. Suppose you mate with luck, they can simply say its old car and this is consumable. Positive side is, owner is verified (no case of stolen vehicle) and they process the ownership transfer, so you can relax for not going to transport office couple of times. Though I have bought my spark from one of maruti-suzuki certified store. I opted thus just for above positives and because I got it real cheap. And before buying, I got help from friends and a mechanic (store have arranged) to estimate expenses need to do right after purchase.
  4. My bad, Bobby!! It happens seldom only, while parking my car and something like small stone is next to my wheel so there I try to accelerate to move over it. Normally, I turn steering towards straight but sometimes subconsciously I forgot to do this and it stalls.
  5. Its great, mtf1980. After GM India planned for sales shutdown this, I can't think of trade in. I face stalling (engine shutdown) mainly when I try to do a acceleration while forward or reverse with steering turned full in either left or right. I think its a normal and not a case like your's one.
  6. Mainly rust is causing issue underbody. So in my opinion, underbody anti rust is a good idea. Mine spark is 7 yrs old and I haven't seen rusting even during my recent visit at service center. It was used till past 6 months in Mumbai, which is purely on coastal line and very humid for 6+ months in a year. Care to be taken is after riding on muddy road, better to get it cleaned. My bike had severe rust at few places as I haven't used for some weeks due to rain, after being driving under muddy waters. Only issue of rusting I have is at window's lining/beading. But this seems to be issue with Gen 1 spark in India.
  7. Bobby, I guess, you are not keeping your spare million $$$ in trunk, if Nicolas Cage is there both your car n cash will be "Gone in 60sec". Just joking. Mine is 1gen Indian spark, all I have is a small latch release next to driver door, else key is required. Poor thing is they have given a door switch in bonnet but not in hatch so if someone manage to open hatch my remote lock system doesn't sound. Thinking of drilling a hole and put a door switch in hatch.
  8. Greg, you really gave me good reason to think again for switch. I was planning for similar rocker switch for fog install. But will go with push type one. Just a side by side comparison. I liked rocker in pic as it perfectly match with ice blue backlight on cluster of my beat. So with other one I need to replace LED, its having white backlight. Update - today I took off the coin holder from dash and found the dimensions are matching with push button in above pic. 25mm wide and 42mm high. Depth is not an issue. For ref. Push button is ebay item no. 201869700398, for Toyota. Below is coin holder we get in India.
  9. Good thing here in India. They cut almost all features which adds cost to make centralised system. So other than top variant, you need to put infotainment system, remote keyless entry, rear camera etc. So its sometime good that being separate install, say you need not to go to GM ASS for fixing rear camera as the infotainment system software is mismatch. I bought a ELM327 bt adapter to get info which is not available. It does gives only couple of basic info, not even which gear its running.
  10. Guys who did the parking brake thing, do you know where this wire is routed to. Being a 2nd owner, I got this thing free. The wire from e brake is no there and somewhere it is grounded to disable the brake system warning light. + If someone can tell me where the BCM / ECU is located?
  11. The last flashing bar is usually coincides with yellow light for low fuel. It have almost 50km to go. I unlocked the distance to empty by opening dummy switch on console in my Beat. It also shows same, though its not accurate as it shows distance based on your current fuel avg. If you're in city DTE comes 1st with ---, which is 50km than yellow light. On Highway its just opposite.
  12. Thanks Adam for your valuable inputs. On the harness part from stalk end, I understood that the existing harness have the required wires, just stalk need replacement, am I correct on that?
  13. Anyone tried fog lights installation via wheel well, I mean by removing plasric lining from wheel area to acceas fog lamp assembly?
  14. Today GM India announced closure of their domestic sales. So no more Chevy people in India. By the year end they will shutdown domestic sales, though they will support existing customers. More details can be seen here : May be, soon I need to sign out permanently of forum due to selling my BEAsT ( spark).
  15. Yes, I found a spot near to hatch lock but I need to drill a hole in body to mount it. Plus, today GM India announced closure of their domestic sale in India so planning to hold all mods till getting their strategy clear for support. May be I will sell this BEAsT (spark) soon.