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Old 11th April 2005, 11:52   #1
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Hi Folks,

This is Sudhir Shivaram, s/w eng by profession with a passion for Wildlife/Birds photography. I have a requirement of an off road vehicle for my photography purpose. I'll be posting about it now.

You can have a look at my work at:
http://www.thejunglelook.com

Hope to get some advice and help from fellow members about the off road vehicle.

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Since I dont have the permission to post in "What Car", could some one please guide me as to in which section I need to post my querry. Basically have question about Gypsy King ST.

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Hi first of all welcome to teambhp.

The gypsy king is the best choice in the offroad vehicle category.
Its offroading capabilities are unmatched.
Its a maruti, its reliable. But then its a petrol, gives a mileage of 7-8kmpl. A diesel version with more torque would have been really good.
No matter how good it is offroad...its onroad manners leave a lot to be desired...ride is pathetic because of leafsprings. Doesnt have much of creature comforts.

But as a true offroader nothing except maybe a mahindra jeep comes close to it.
If you are exclusively going to use it off the road...then its the ideal choice.
I would take one with my eyes closed...only if someone else would foot the fuel bills.

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welcome aboard dude
njoy ur stay !!!
i also had a gypsy soft top but never went off roading though . it use to give me a average of about 6 kmpl in city and these days the fuel bills are rising like crazy . so watch out ....
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Thanks Drifter. But when I read the review of the Gypsy King ST Euro 2, in the specs it was mentioned that it gives 16 kmpl. Am I missing something here ? My other choice is the Bolero Invader 4wd. But am looking for a second hand vehicle, so not sure how much that would be and also its availability.

Thanks for your help.

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Welcome aboard mate.. We have quite some photographers here..
Mahindra classic would be my choice.. The review about GTO's babe would make u want one..
Nyways hope u enjoy u'r stay here and also get inputs for the best buy...
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Thanks Drifter. But when I read the review of the Gypsy King ST Euro 2, in the specs it was mentioned that it gives 16 kmpl. Am I missing something here ? My other choice is the Bolero Invader 4wd. But am looking for a second hand vehicle, so not sure how much that would be and also its availability.

Thanks for your help.

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16kmpl....no way!!! those figures are way too optimistic.
Compared to the bolero i'd still pick a gypsy...and if you are going for second hand then go for the mpfi gypsy....i think they were year 1999 onwards.
However the bolero has a diesel engine...and is quite capable off road in its own right.

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hey dude
nice to have you on tbhp
have a great stay
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Hey dude,
Great to have you here.
Enjoy your stay here.
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Welcome to TBHP Sudhir. Seen your photographs. Really good.
Regarding your 2nd hand 4wd hunting PM me. I'll try to work out something.

It's important that you read the announcement section before you post anything.
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hey vasudhir. welcome to tbhp.
amazing photographs taken by you posted in the link.
enjoy your stay & good luck for the offroader you'r planning
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waw what a life!! do you visit all these places
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waw what a life!! do you visit all these places
Thanks for the warm welcome folks. Yes, I do visit these kind of places at least 2-3 times in a month. And have been using my matiz as the off road vehicle. Has performed very well in off road conditions. But I think its time to get a 4x4.

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Why don't you look at a Tatamobile 4X4 crew cab? though I doubt those are an easy find in the used car market.

Amazing photographs BTW. Rudra, I think you have some competition here
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welcome aboard mate


Guess Rudra sir has a padner now!!

As far as off-roading goes, the gypsy ROCKS!!!

i myself had one.. did some very primary offroading.. believe me... the car suddenly comes alive!!

beautiful balance n handling off the road

The 4 leaf springs are really tuf. also it is extremely reliable, the engine is a marvel + maintenance is pretty low

If thts what u r looking at, Gypsy is the way to go

The mileage it gives is around 8 kmpl (atlst in city).


Offroading, esp if u r on 4WD, is a diff ball game ... so dont expect high mileage from any vehicle
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