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Thread: What’s the engine life of Indian Cars?

                  
   
   
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    What’s the engine life of Indian Cars?

    I always had this question in my mind. We always say that we shouldn't buy car above 80k or 1L KM. I mean what happen after 1L do we need to buy new engine or what. Few months ago I was planning to buy old gypsy then modified it to my taste but I was always turned off by people response like you will get 60-80k km running gypsy and his engine is like dead.

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    Engine has life time, even if they are preserving well. Almost near 3 to 4L kms engine need an overhaul as lot of work make bore and stroke increase in size and hence low fuel and high oil consumption. Bad engine oil, no proper cooling system, slightest mistake in work etc make life smaller. 80000 to 100000 kms run engine must have no problem, but you need to replace other parts. Case of gypsy, you may need to replace valve – kind of. Check car before you buy.

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    Engines do have mechanical parts whose life decrease on use. Parts in engine works in high temperature and pressure. The dirt, carbon to be specific also eats up engine's life. Maruti engines easily lasts and 1 lac km without any major overhaul, Honda engines are capable of doing 3-5 lac km for sure, i have seen Honda city with 310000 km reading in mint condition. I wonder how many KM the truck engines lasts.

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    Maruti engine last some 2L kms plus
    Baleno 3L kms

    Indica/indigo around 2L if maintained well
    Almost all sumo near 2.5L kms

    Yeah Honda city 3L and still running fine
    Qualis near 4L kms
    Skoda Octavia - diesel 4L kms. - Heard about a car.

    Truck engine
    Leyland truck - almost 4L kms and after that they keep overhauling only that cylinder which need. Unlike car where we change the whole bore.

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    Totally my opinion, but I think that diesels should last longer than the petrol engines. Because diesels run lean/weak (quality governing). Correct me please, if am wrong. And, there was an article I came across, about a Skoda Octavia cab in Israel, which has done 6L+ km on the odo, and was still running. Goggling for the story/image, and shall post here.

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    The maintenance plays most important part in an Engine's life cycle. Also, other factor to be considered is Quality of Engine make/components and technology used. This might be out of picture; but My Pulsar which is promptly serviced every 2500kms with an oil change is not the same as it used to be 2 years back. It has covered 70,500 kms now. Hero Honda/Yamaha engines with same or more KM in odo are better than this. So engine maker also matters.

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