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Old 26th March 2015, 10:09   #631
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Problem: The awful reflection from the silver strips of the waterfall console.
The finish would be an eyesore in an otherwise spic-and-span cabin. Check what J.Ravi did to these silver lines on his ride. Pretty similar but end result looks much better.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...cheetah-9.html

Have a go at it again, after sometime.

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The finish would be an eyesore in an otherwise spic-and-span cabin. Check what J.Ravi did to these silver lines on his ride. Pretty similar but end result looks much better.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...cheetah-9.html

Have a go at it again, after sometime.
Yes, that is precisely the plan. The current implementation solves the problem functionally, but is not aesthetically pleasing. I would live with this for a few days and then attempt it once again.

Thanks for the link. Would check it out.
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About to complete 3 years in 2-3 months. Yes, there have been lots of swirls, but overall the exterior paint seems to be holding on well.

Here's a pic taken today showing the reflection in the door panels.
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PS: My car has not been professionally detailed ever. I have waxed it may be 4-5 times in the 3 years, but last wax coat was around 9 months back.

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About to complete 3 years in 2-3 months. Yes, there have been lots of swirls, but overall the exterior paint seems to be holding on well.
I have waxed it may be 4-5 times in the 3 years, but last wax coat was around 9 months back.
Wow. It sucre does not look like a 3 year old car. I can see the reflection of a red hatch back clearly. I can also see the care you take to maintain it in the reflection too .
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The journey back home was just 5-6 kms, but even then I noticed the huge difference. The new Michelins are completely silent.
Hey SDP, hows your experience been with Michelins? When I bought mine recently I specifically checked and got the car which had Bridgestones over Apollos. Got limited feedback from the forum as well about it. I pretty much assumed and hope that bridgestone would age better than Apollos in the long run. After 100kmph its pretty much the tyre noise that is heard, so good set of rubber would make a huge difference.
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Hey SDP, hows your experience been with Michelins? When I bought mine recently I specifically checked and got the car which had Bridgestones over Apollos. Got limited feedback from the forum as well about it. I pretty much assumed and hope that bridgestone would age better than Apollos in the long run. After 100kmph its pretty much the tyre noise that is heard, so good set of rubber would make a huge difference.
Have put on close to 600kms on the Michelins already and I adore them.
Bridgestones are good and quiet (compared with JKs). I know a gentleman who has recently completed 1 lakh kms on stock Bridgestones on his XUV. If I would have had Bridestones on my XUV, I wouldn't have changed the tyres so early.

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Hi.. Beautifully maintained SUV and congratulations. Just wanted to know your input on an very minor issue with all XUV's. While driving in sunlight,the reflection of dash board with two shining strips falls right in the middle of wind shield,making driving irritating and lose focus. I do not own an XUV but have tried for a short distance in my friend's.Thanks and wishing you safe and wonderful driving experiences.
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Hi.. Beautifully maintained SUV and congratulations. Just wanted to know your input on an very minor issue with all XUV's. While driving in sunlight,the reflection of dash board with two shining strips falls right in the middle of wind shield,making driving irritating and lose focus. I do not own an XUV but have tried for a short distance in my friend's.Thanks and wishing you safe and wonderful driving experiences.
Thanks for the kind words.

Yes, the reflection does irritate initially. It even causes confusion while going under trees. But, over the first week or so, you get used to it and your brain learns to ignore it. This is just like how our brain ignores our nose which is permanently seen by our eyes.
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Happy to report that just yesterday I have paid the last EMI for the 3-year car loan and now the Duma is actually mine (and not hypothecated to HDFC Bank).
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Had seen pics of a silver XUV with wrapped grill and loved the look. You can check the Silver XUV here -> http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/offici...ml#post3732984 (Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review)

Decided to try it out.

Date: 26th April 2015
Went to 3M @Vashi:
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Grill taken off:
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Single matte black sheet used:
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Slowly taking shape:
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Finishing touches
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Final look
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That's my friend and fellow BHPian Dodge_Viper aka KD. He was the one who gave the reference of the 3M guy and was with me throughout the day when the work happened. Thanks KD.
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Another friend and BHPian swapszone somehow managed to get me the "Live Young, Live Free" sticker which has started coming with XUVs and Scorps since a few months, but is very difficult to get hands on otherwise.

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Looks a bit small, but still very good.
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@ SDP Its looking great! And looks a pretty neat job done from the 3M guys, Also i too had tried a lot to get the "live young live free sticker' for my previous xuv but was not able to get it, eventually it came with the W10 model. Liked the sticker placement aswell.
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Got the 30K service done on 13th March and was dreaming about not having to visit the service center for another year.

All dreams got shattered. The GPS from the navigation system refuses to engage since last 2 months. I am living without navigation, just to save a trip to the service center. Then 2 days back, I tried to close the driver side door while going to office and it wouldn't close as something was stuck in between. Checked it out and it turned out to be the puddle lamp whose clip had broken and therefore it won't stay in its bracket.

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Temporarily put it back with a piece of tape, but there is water in that hanging puddle lamp and I am concerned about possibility of short-circuit. So taking the XUV to service center today. There are a few other minor things as well.
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Wrapped grill is looking great SDP sir and it's done very neatly as always by 3M guys. Can you please share the pricing for the same. Just a suggestion sir, sun visors will add more stars to the look.

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Date:19th June 2015

It was raining like hell since morning. Called up my RM at 9:30am and checked if there is staff at the service center. He told me that hardly anybody has turned up and I should check back later. Finally went there around 1pm.

Half the day was already gone, so didn't report suspension noises.

Here are the problems reported and the work done:
1. GPS not working or works for may be 10 minutes in a 2-3 hr journey.
Work done-> They checked everything including the GPS antenna (the black button on the dashboard). Didn't find any problem. My RM told me that as battery weakens, the infotainment system suffers during booting up and then all sort of weird problems happen including GPS not locking issues. He disconnected the battery and connected back again. The GPS started working as if there was never a problem.

Looks like my battery is on the way out. Have to keep an eye. Planning to replace it before it dies on me and I end up using road side assistance.

2. Driver side puddle lamp dislodged from its housing and was filled with water.
Work done-> Replaced. Rs 315 + taxes

3. One of the bulbs of my tail-light was fused.
Work done-> Replaced. Don't see any charge in the bill.

4. While going to service center, I reversed into a parked Kinetic. The scooter went flying and I broke a rear mud-flap.
Work done-> Mud-flap replaced. Rs 121 + tax + labour

5. Front wipers. Almost 3 years and I was still on stock wipers. Carried a new Bosch pair. Had tried replacing them myself and failed.
Work done-> Front wipers replaced with the pair I gave them.

6. Rear wiper. Stock wiper had gone bad in 3 years.
Work done-> Replaced with OEM. Rs 436 + tax + Rs 100 labour

7. All front AC vents. The rotary knobs to control the amount of air flow had become sticky and difficult to operate.
Work done-> Lubricated with WD40 I guess. They are working much more smoothly now.

8. A foam piece (under the hood, top-left) was nibbled by a rat and eventually went missing. Saw a little bit of rain water sipping in the engine compartment from that place.
Work done-> Replaced with a new foam-piece. Rs 141.

9. The fog-lamps are useless. If the bulbs would have been pointing even a little bit upwards, I would get some illumination on the road. Tried DIY, didn't succeed.
Work done-> Got both fog lamps bulbs pointing upwards as much as possible. Tried them today. Now from the driving position, I can actually see some light on the road when the fog-lights are on. Would click a pic and share.

Total Bill : 1352 Rs.

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