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Old 16th May 2008, 11:06   #16
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Fantastic Jeep and from the looks itself it means business. Nice pictures too. How about more on your ownership experience?

Your are right about the no nonsense aspect of this vehicle. It is all about getting the job done. It don't matter if it raining, flooding, mudslides, potholes , no roads,.....you get the picture.

It has been a great jeep to own and has held up very well with almost no breakdowns. The engine and gearbox are bulletproof (as is everything else). But, I have maintained this thing to a very high level. I drive this machine really, really hard, but do comprehensive servicing to keep it in "as new" condition. No second hand parts etc.

Mahindra has not done a good job providing spares or ever after sales service.
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Awesome Jeep! The 550 XDP is a superb engine + gearbox combination for daily use as well as for off-roading. That utilitarian carrier is really spoiling the look of an otherwise handsome Jeep, how about taking it off when not required?



On a diesel Jeep?



Hook the amp up somewhere behind / below the dash. No worries with water getting there.

You know the review I am really waiting for.....yup, that of your Scorpio engined beast! Come out with it!

Hi GTO,
I agree that the XDP motor is very good. But it runs low on power at high altitudes.
You are right, the carrier is ugly, but has lot of utility. I have been fixing my spare tire on the carrier since I put an extra fuel can on the rear tailgate where the spare used to go.
I just can't get by without the carrier and I want to redesign it with a lower profile one. I have had problems at underground parking spots at a mall in Gurgaon and other places that have metal barriers overhead to restrict truck traffic.

Yes a K&N in a diesel. It works great. Diesels are basically big air pumps and push much more air through the engine than a petrol engine, so they benefit more with a free flow intake.

But the downsides are: More dirt in your engine will require more frequent oil changes and will shorten your engine life. And a lot more noise(I personally think this is positive).

The amp is just too big to fit behind the dash, besides, I have an A/C unit below the dash. The other issue is that I can't really listen to the stereo that well anyway with all the engine noise, and blasting the stereo with a big amp just ends up giving me a headache.

I promise that the next write up will be the Red Jeep
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Old 16th May 2008, 17:19   #18
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Thanks for the pics Gaurav. Like the design of your Heat Shield for the K&N.

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Yummy!!! Can't wait for this one!!!
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Nice toy and used well.
Why the roll cage?
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Lovely Jeep. Just dont like the Steel hardtop... however I agree its practical.

The A/C is nice touch.. was that a difficult project? or a no brainer? looks like a Amby/Conty kit.

Also dont think you answered this.. Is this an Ex Army Service Vehicle? If so what was the winning bid if I may ask
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...Also dont think you answered this.. Is this an Ex Army Service Vehicle? ...
Your question has been answered by RedMM340 earlier :

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...This is a factory MM550 that I bought new in 1999 from a MM dealer in Faridabad....

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Old 17th May 2008, 00:50   #22
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Nice toy and used well.
Why the roll cage?

The roll cage is in case the rolls or tips over you don't get crushed. If you go 4 wheeling and really do some challenging terrain, you will get in situations where you are close to rolling.

It is also a good improvement to the basic vehicle in terms of crash safety.
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Awesome! Nothing to beat a true off-road truck.
Waiting for the pics of the red MM jeep.
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Default Steering?

With those big wide tyres, have you done anything special to the steering?

Looks like it might be a little hard to crank around at low speed....is it?
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Hi Gaurav, Nice touch you have give to your jeep. My MM540 is under renovation and i want to know a bit more about the AC fitting (specially the blower). Infect I am thinking to buy a complete deshboard of Bolero or Armada just for the blower purpose, but I have picked up a better idea.
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blown away completely!!

Whatte vehicle. and waiting for other jeep's thread!
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Absolutely smashing!

Now waiting for the red one!
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Holy Cow! Bilstein shocks on a Mahindra! You must really love that thing. Why after market radiator? anything wrong with stock?
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Superb machine. Love the hat.
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Opps Sorry missed that. Does the MM550 XDP retail ? if so how much?

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The roll cage is in case the rolls or tips over you don't get crushed. If you go 4 wheeling and really do some challenging terrain, you will get in situations where you are close to rolling.

It is also a good improvement to the basic vehicle in terms of crash safety.
Nice mod.. What I feel you are missing is a Snorkel. Ever thought of that mod? quite a practical and hot looking Jeep mod.
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