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Old 29th November 2010, 17:15   #61
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Guys, Please let us not treat this great compilation by Sid to this bickering, I'm sure Sid never meant his tribute to a car turn into this. Agreed, there are people who swear by the Safari and there are people who swear at it. It is an individual choice and we must be open to criticism, especially if we own a car called Safari.

It may have been a dream realised for many who finally manage to own one, but why mar your dreams by getting affected by a little bit of insight about what people think about "your" dream product.

I am a Safari owner and I will treat both aahs and awws about my car equally.
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Fantastic thread Sid! Loved it!

Safari has been my 'puppy love' if I may say so. I adore this giant ever since I can remember, since the time I wasn't even tall enough to peek inside! And even after so many years, I do give a second look to each and every Safari that crosses my path.

In a way, I am happy that the current gen will co-exist with the Merlin, it'll give me a few extra years!

Some day I'll bring this boy home. And yes, I know there can be niggling issues, I don't care. The Joy of owning one would tower over anything else, service center visits included! Some day . . . .
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Guys, Please let us not treat this great compilation by Sid to this bickering, I'm sure Sid never meant his tribute to a car turn into this.
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I am a Safari owner and I will treat both aahs and awws about my car equally.
Thanks for the reality check, Luke!

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Great Thread Sid !!!!

I have been always in love with this hunk and I am happy that this gen Safari will not be discontinued. As Dry Ice said, I look at each safari that zooms past me.

Yes i know there are few niggles with this boy, but heck then there are niggles everywhere in life. I treat my cars as my extension and i can get ill too.

I drive a ikon 1.6 and the ownership has its ups and downs in the last 7 years and 100, 000 kms but then it puts a smile on my face every time i floor the accelerator.

Thought of owning a Safari brings smiles always, so why not listen to my heart ! just waiting for the right time.
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There was a time I wouldn't have touched a Safari with a large pole, after having a old gen 3 liter maintenance nightmare of a friends. But, when it came to buying, the price+features and comfort offered was hard to beat in that segment. Middle row comfort was of utmost importance, when you have a new born in the family - so what option do you have with that criteria?
Agreed. That is possibily the USP that drives Safari sales.

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Guys, Please let us not treat this great compilation by Sid to this bickering, I'm sure Sid never meant his tribute to a car turn into this.
Agreed.
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I had made post asking whiteknight which vehicle he finally brought so as to know what car suited his needs even though he wanted to buy a Safari. The idea was to find out what all other options, prospective Safari users would look into...
Reckon past experiences in the forum and your question, taken with the flows things seemed to heading to, I would given them benefit.

But with this clarification, I feel you have a point there. Would be interesting to know what a person feels or has gone for as an alternate against the Safari, since he definitely has a made up mind, except few apprehensions that is keeping him away.

WhiteKnight: would be great if you can give your point of view. And looking forward to you sharing the brochures also when you are able to get to them.

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Info is there in WhiteKnight's garage - had/has a 2000 Esteem and now a Baleno LXi. Wild assumption - you like to drive safe & spiritedly, is it?

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Would be interesting to know what a person feels or has gone for as an alternate against the Safari.
I can tell you what I did.
After being a Safari fan for the past 15 years ( I still am a fan of its concept), I settled for the Scorpio. What pros did I see? A few are listed below:
1. Better built inside and outside.
2. More durable.
3. More robust engine ( I have the CRDe).
4. My contacts at the ASCs.
5. Market leader for years now.
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...4. My contacts at the ASCs...
Specific to this point - totally irrelevant in your list and definitely, IMHO, not even a passing criteria for you (especially for you).

But the other criteria, for your alternate, gives an insight.
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Would be interesting to know what a person feels or has gone for as an alternate against the Safari, since he definitely has a made up mind, except few apprehensions that is keeping him away.
As I agreed on your previous post, there is no alternative to Safari, in terms of space and comfort at that price point (or even a few points above). That is why I am keeping away from the SUV category.

My SUV would be as good as a Safari in those categories and as reliable as the cars I have owned. Else I wait for some more time so that I could buy a Fortuner. I hope they improve the ride by then.

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Wild assumption - you like to drive safe & spiritedly, is it?
Spare me
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A good tribute - albeit almost a requiem - for a vehicle that has received more brickbats than it ever deserved and never enough credit for it's capabilities.

I had one for about 96k kms before I sold it but it is still missed - not just by me but the whole family. There are happy smiles and sighs of wistfulness whenever we pass one on the highway, so it must have done something really well to evoke that sort of emotion across age and gender groups.

There will always be space in my garage for another one.
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A good tribute - albeit almost a requiem - for a vehicle that has received more brickbats than it ever deserved and never enough credit for it's capabilities.

I had one for about 96k kms before I sold it but it is still missed - not just by me but the whole family. There are happy smiles and sighs of wistfulness whenever we pass one on the highway, so it must have done something really well to evoke that sort of emotion across age and gender groups.

There will always be space in my garage for another one.
Good to have you back on the Forum after a looong time

Fully agree with your view point, but its hard to make others understand.

BTW Sid, could you do a TD of the Safari and add few more bits about the car and your experiences here, It would do a lot more Value Addition to this Thread........!
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A good tribute - albeit almost a requiem - for a vehicle that has received more brickbats than it ever deserved and never enough credit for it's capabilities.

I had one for about 96k kms before I sold it but it is still missed - not just by me but the whole family. There are happy smiles and sighs of wistfulness whenever we pass one on the highway, so it must have done something really well to evoke that sort of emotion across age and gender groups.

There will always be space in my garage for another one.

Surely strikes a chord with many a Safari owner. Hey its not about sales numbers nor not about refinement or any other term that a forum like t-bhp would throw up. Its the feeling!

Only technically perfect vehicles dont succeed at having happy owners, Look at how the marketing guys at Harley, Enfield or Chrysler (Jeep) spun this cult status around their vehicles so that the owners look at regular maintenance as TLC. Perhaps, while the Safari marketing guys did an awesome job at the Ads, they possibly failed at making it a cult vehicle.

Its about that urge to look at every Safari that passes by. I own one for 3-4 years now but never miss the chance to check out every Safari that passes by (EX hain ya LX ya VX, 4x2 hain ya 4x4). I am quite sure I wouldn't do it for any other vehicle other than a Jeep. Probably, the Safari experience (and marketing attempts!) worked for me!

Awesome thread Sid!

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Just when did you forget that the only one stopping you...is you?





Unearthed two more advertisements.
'Cause it takes little to reclaim your life.
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What a lovely writeup Sid. And those Safari ads probably are the best Automobile ads in India. Loved each and every Reclaim your life ads. Wanted to buy one very badly, wanted a 4x4 but was limited by budget and Tata stopped 4x4 in EX and GX. So had to drop the plan of getting the Safari :( Wish I had made the plan just a few months earlier :(
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Wonderful chronicle Sid!! I have been a Safari owner for the last 5 years and loved every moment of it! Even the moments that remind you that it is,after all, a Tata car!
In last 13 years I have owned,first the Sierra for 5 years,the Scorpio for 3 years and now the Safari (VX) for 5 and half years.Note that the Scorpio was owned for the shortest time-wife got a backache by sitting in the middle row!
The safari has its (more than ) share of niggles but never gives up on you!!Comfort and road presence are the key.
I have a colleague who drove a safari for several years and ,in a fit of madness, sold it and bought a new Innova. Three months later he sold the Innova and went back,asking for forgiveness, to a new Safari!! This tells you a story!




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CHAPTER 7.

THE RECONCILIATION.


12 shades of envy. the freedom of choice.


Shades that suit all personalities, from jazz to razmatazz to page 3 to page 25 from hippies to hippos to corporates to urban youth.



Its time to get back. Perhaps back to your childhood. Perhaps, time to bring back that feeling..the feeling of togetherness, freedom and emotion.



Well, perhaps its time to revisit the journey, again.


From the eyes of !xobile.
























This is for those fools who don't think it takes little to reclaim your life.



Hey guys, did you know that the 2003 Tata safari Limited edition was the first car in India to feature a sony play station 2 along with sony 10 DVD changer, dual LCD screens and a car refrigerator-cum-warmer as standard equipment? Perfect to spoil your kids an your loved ones. Perhaps, another reason not to remain single.




Well, its a nice chilly weekend, isnt it?


!Xobile will be back soon with the final closing chapter.


So, its time to pack up and find out a way to make your own road.








Because, its time to RECLAIM YOUR LIFE.



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