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Old 3rd September 2013, 22:47   #61
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It has the regular blowers so I think AC can be added on right? If you were in my place and were willing to buy this particular piece of TL 4x4 how much would you pay for it? As I said quote I have is 5.5L OTR but as you said it rightly is high for a vehicle which was stationary for 2 years.
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Wrongturn - for me, that's a hypothetical question
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Yes its almost a complete 4x4, infact it was a dream come true for me when i literally hunted down my TL. All the points you mentioned are true! i suppose this does not fall in the 4x4 lovers, but in the category of "truck lovers"

And i didn't find it too easy to be using in the narrow winding hilly roads of kerala and above all using it for farm use! And added to the trouble was getting a whiteboard for it in kerala at that time!

pl. note, am talking abt the SA version and not the indian version!
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It has the regular blowers so I think AC can be added on right? If you were in my place and were willing to buy this particular piece of TL 4x4 how much would you pay for it? As I said quote I have is 5.5L OTR but as you said it rightly is high for a vehicle which was stationary for 2 years.
If you are mechanically inclined and love DIY, it could be a worthwhile option for a good recreational/weekend/touring vehicle.
As Condor mentioned, the second row of seats (leg room) could become a major set back with family around. I hope the vehicle you are talking about has an IFS set-up in the front.
A good friend drives a 4 door Xenon and he too has been complaining about the lack of leg room in the rear.

Tata vehicles, generally has this negative publicity, especially in the rural regions of our country, where it has been the Mahindras slogging hard without any major maintenance issues from the very beginning. But then, today, if you look around, most of the real heavy material hauling (cements, steel, towing), is done by the 207 DIs and not the Bolero pickups.
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A good friend drives a 4 door Xenon and he too has been complaining about the lack of leg room in the rear.
If a 4 door Xenon is reported to have this problem, then the TL is going to be bad !
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rear leg room space is cramped no doubts on that. I'v read a lot of reviews of telcoline 4x4 lately and most of them very about the bad quality of the truck however those were from foreign countries were it's exported, and usually people post reviews about anything when things go wrong with it to go take out the frustration not when its doing good and satisfying there usual needs. . Also what they tend to do is compare a 1$ TATA product with a 10$ Toyota kinds and then bash the poor thing for not being as good as the later.
One of the example I came across was http://www.tataproblems.co.za/
We are all aware of the fact that TATA products have niggles and issues, quality problems, TASS is not the best but somehow I still have a softspot for its vehicles. We had a TATA Sumo in the family in 1996 and it was good, but being a child i cant tell what kind of maintenance it required back then.
But when you compare TATA with other Indian vehicle manufactures, looking at TATA's legacy, the huge line of vehicles produced covering almost all platforms you feel TATA has missed out on something big time, and although they are trying to improve on all aspects now but that period between 1990-2005 I feel TATA had that 'chalta hai approch' wherein things about customer feedback and quality check were not taken on a serious account and hence they compromised on customer loyalty.
Now with the Aria they have again proved that they might have skills and caliber to produce world class products but they would carry on with that 'chalta hai' kind of approach. As is it was like some regular Indian Government department where nothing can be done right at the first go and they don't really care about it anyways.

I wish TATA could do something to earn the customer's trust again, so people wont say dont buy this its TATA, it is trouble.
Not buying telcoline, maybe something better in future.

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Wrongturn, Tata just did not "take care of the press". Press bad-mouthed it like it was the worst car under the sun. The intial cars indeed were not that good but not so bad as to write 'em off completely. Today, when Tata cars are vastly improved, press still sees niggles everywhere. I feel they have been totally unfair to Tata cars. 1 crore German cars are giving all kinds of trouble. Packing up on you and leaving you stranded, but no rant about that. Tata car's power window switch came loose means end of the world.

I am not a fan of Tata cars but still feel they deserve more than this.

BTW, Tatas are to blame, too. Have you seen a tastefully modded Xenon? I did, two months back. It was out-of-towner and night time and my cell cam is no good for night shots, so i couldn't take a pic. This Xenon just took my breath away. People just stopped in their tracks and milled around it ( it was parked ). I waited for the guy to show up but he never did and I continued on as I was getting late. Trust me nothing under the sun could beat this thing in the looks department. Tata should mod their Xenon along this guy's Xenon and display in their showrooms. Ok, it will still not sell like Alto. Heck, it will not even sell like Safari/Scorpio but it will sell in numbers much more than it is doing right now. But will Tata ever do that? No. They just sleep. Rip Vaan Winkle.
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