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Old 8th December 2013, 17:44   #76
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Default Re: Chérie : My Pre-owned Mahindra Thar Crde 4x4 (Toreador Red)

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The Thar is back after hard top installation. What a transformation. Silent and dust proof. Went for mahindra great escape yesterday with media team. No squeaks or rattles. I am loving the silence. It is like having the best of both worlds... Jeep + SUV.

I have also installed a remote central locking and innova seats with arm rests.

However, there are some issues with the innova seats which need to be resolved, hence not posting pics yet.

Everything done at Bimbra.
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Nice work by Bimbra. You North guys are lucky to have all types of after market modification options.

But the final test will be in rain.

Thanks,
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Old 8th December 2013, 18:25   #77
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Hey,
Nice work by Bimbra. You North guys are lucky to have all types of after market modification options.

But the final test will be in rain.

Thanks,
Vishal
Thanks Thar4x4. The hard top makes a huge difference. It is like moving from a sleeper class compartment to AC class in a Indian Railway Train.

I recomment it to everyone who uses their vehicle as a daily drive and also moderate offroading.

After the MGE event, I took my car for a wash and it was given a thorough shampoo and wash. Dry inside, but you are right the real test will be rains.
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Default Re: Chérie : My Pre-owned Mahindra Thar Crde 4x4 (Toreador Red)

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The Thar is back after hard top installation. What a transformation. Silent and dust proof. Went for mahindra great escape yesterday with media team. No squeaks or rattles. I am loving the silence. It is like having the best of both worlds... Jeep + SUV.

I have also installed a remote central locking and innova seats with arm rests.

However, there are some issues with the innova seats which need to be resolved, hence not posting pics yet.

Everything done at Bimbra.
Congrats on the HT. I feel it looks good from the rear but I don't like the boxy look from the front.
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Old 8th September 2014, 19:17   #79
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Been wanting to update the thread for some time. Will do the text updates slowly. Till then here are some close up photos of the Thar post 2.5 years (2+ as mine) of life.

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Went offroad with the Terra Tigers organized excursion on October 11th.
Here are videos from my DVR (offroad portion starts after 10th in the list)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...feFyQ_FVmWbfL1

Photos from Srinidhi Hande, Srinivasan Ehirajulu and Swami69.
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Wow thanks SJ, what a review. I have never felt so much synced with the machine while reading a review as I felt with Cherie. Thank you so much.

I think I should start looking for one for myself now. Thank You
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A PM from a TBhpian about the Thar reminded me of this thread and am ashamed to have let it lie dormant for so 2+ years. Here is a quick update at 57K Km as of today.

I have been driving the Thar almost daily. Bought a Nano AMT for my wife (who still is comfortable driving her scooter) in 2016 January so short city trips and weekends I use that for grocery purchases etc. However whenever I get a chance I still take the Thar.

Did the following long(ish) trips (all self driven):
  • Dec 2014 Chennai - Kochi (With wife and Son)
  • May 2015 Chennai - Conoor (With wife and Son) (Had a minor accident with a bus and dented front left fender)
  • Chennai - Alamparai Fort (Twice)(TBhp Drive and Once with Wife and Son)
  • Dec 2015 - Chennai to Vellore (Started in the afternoon and returned same evening)
  • Jan 2016, Sept 2016 Chennai - SriCity (Twice) with Son - one was an overnight stay while the other was same day return
  • Nov 2016 Chennai - Pondicherry (with Office Colleagues)
  • Feb 2017 Chennai - Thiruthuraipoondi/Velankanni(with TBhpian Swami69) a futile overnight trip to purchase a Fiat.
  • May 2017 Chennai - Mysore/Kabini (With wife and Son)
Maintenance/Breakdowns/Repairs:
  • Jul 2015 - @30K Replaced Steel Wheels with Alloys (Stock sized)
  • Nov 2015 - @34K - First puncture on rear right side sidewall near Velacherry.
  • Nov 2015 - @39K - Got front left fender dent fixed, bumpers & fender extensions repainted matt black, 40 K service. Total Rs 18K. 9 K for bodywork and 9K service (multiple hoses changed for coolant issue).
  • Apr 2016 - @39K Coolant consumption. Checkup and purchased additional coolant. Rs 1511.
  • Apr 2016 - @39K Battery died . Replacement Amaron Rs 4821
  • Aug 2016 - @42K Water pump pulley broke and lost braking vacuum assist. Luckily this was just at my gate and at slow speed so no damage other than the shock of having unresponsive brakes and slamming into my own house gate ! Called RSA and had it taken on a flat bed truck. Water pump and hoses changed. Cost INR 6423.
  • Apr 2017 - @51K - Did 50K Service. Cost Rs 9721.
  • Jul 2017 - @55K Drunk guys in an Indica smashed into our house gate and the corner of the gate fell on the front right indicator breaking the glass and bulb.

Fuel Efficiency:

Overall Average across 5 years: 12.1 Kmpl. This is across 99 fills for over 53,805 Km logged, consumed 4,498.64 Liters and spent Rs 2,43,528.46 on diesel.
  • 2012 Average FE: 10.9 Kmpl
  • 2013 Average FE: 10.7 Kmpl
  • 2014 Average FE: 11.7 Kmpl
  • 2015 Average FE: 12.3 Kmpl
  • 2016 Average FE: 13.0 Kmpl
  • 2017 Average FE: 13.1 Kmpl
More details on Fuelly.

Interesting experiences:
  • May 2015 - We adopted a Labrador puppy . All vet visits from then done with the dog(now grown huge) in the back with one bench seat folded up and the rear flap rolled up. Dog is happy with the flat floor space and loves to keep his head out through the back. Need to do something to cover the tailgate to cut down on the huge amount of drool.
  • Nov 23rd, 2015 - Heavy rain and flooding in Chennai. Felt blessed to have the Thar. Got home after a nightmare traffic jam that took 7 hours to cover a distance of 25 Km (usually takes an hour). Cherie consumed a lot of coolant but made it through peacefully and drove to office the next day as well.
  • Dec 1st, 2015 - Drove from Sholinganallur to Thazhambur in heavy rain and floods. Got stuck in a turn onto flooded road and used 4x4 to get free - without it would have been just stuck there. Took around 25 wet bags of sand from Thazhambur to Nungambakkam in heavy rain to place around our doors to prevent flood waters getting in.
  • Dec 3rd, 2015 - Drove through flooded streets (un-passable by most vehicles) to pick up a family friend stuck in IIT Campus Hostel.
  • Dec 5th, 2015 - Took a group of people who were doing flood relief work to do a Recce to determine what areas still required flood relief. Drove through a lot of flooded streets.


5 Year Summary:
In summary I still love to drive the Thar. I feel a lot more relaxed and calmer than when I am driving my Swift. Minor scrapes within traffic do more damage to the other vehicles and really love the high seating position. Brakes still suck as I havnt done the booster upgrade. Am driving slower :-).
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