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Old 23rd June 2012, 14:00   #301
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Manuuj,

I might coming down in November to do Corbett, kaladunghi and Pangot. If you are free around then, we can take the white and the black beasts to Corbett for some drives, offroading and photoshoots.
That would be a YES!!! We will plan this trip over the phone and email. This sounds like a wonderful trip. Since ill be taking a mini break to the hills in July by November i shall be aching for another one.

Hope it all works out and both beasts run together. Only the silver steed Admiral shall be missing from the trio!
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I m back after a 2 hr TD of the new Fortuner and noticed a few things and wanted your opinion on them:
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I too find the ride on my fortuner to be very hard. In fact except for this one thing, I'm absolutely delighted with the beast.
In fact we searching for another seven seater for my father, and after going through almost all the vehicles, I have booked a second fortuner for my father - (4 by 2) mt.
I am trying to make the ride quality softer on the fortuner. I am willing to change the shocks, tyres or what t takes (within a budget) to make the ride more pliant .

Any suggestions or ideas ?
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In fact we searching for another seven seater for my father, and after going through almost all the vehicles, I have booked a second fortuner for my father - (4 by 2) mt.
As a 7 seater people mover, the Innova makes more sense than the Fortuner, to me.

Did you not TD it?

The ride can be improved to a certain extent by changing the shock absorbers to Bilstein but it continues to be on the harsh side unlike that of the Innova which is the best people mover I ve seen and used.
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As a 7 seater people mover, the Innova makes more sense than the Fortuner, to me.

Did you not TD it?

The ride can be improved to a certain extent by changing the shock absorbers to Bilstein but it continues to be on the harsh side unlike that of the Innova which is the best people mover I ve seen and used.

I have an innova now and have had it for more than 4 years (i think). Fantastic people mover and incredibly spacious car for a large family or a soccer mom. Bullet proof reliability , excellent ac and so on ..... List of positives is endless.
Alas, its a taxi,. Looks like a cab these days since so many of them are yellow boards. Absolutely doesn't look like we spent 17 lakhs on that car. That's why we ruled out the innova.
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List of positives is endless.
Alas, its a taxi,. Looks like a cab these days since so many of them are yellow boards. Absolutely doesn't look like we spent 17 lakhs on that car. That's why we ruled out the innova.
Yup, makes sense to me. The Fortuner is the exact opposite of the Innova when it comes to street presence and image.

So, what have you decided?
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Yup, makes sense to me. The Fortuner is the exact opposite of the Innova when it comes to street presence and image.

So, what have you decided?
Took delivery of fortuner grey 4 by 2 mt yesterday from harsha Toyota

Initial thoughts,

1. Engine noise far lower than the old fortuner. This was all the more obvious since i had driven to the showroom in a 1 year old 42,000 kms gen 1 fortuner.
This could be also because the car is new, but I think there is a definite decrease in engine noise.
2. HIDs are so cool to look at, though not very observable difference in city driving in terms of illumination.
3. Black faux wood looks nicer than the earlier color (brown)
4. touch screen audio system, works well. Paired with my iPhone in under a minute. Was able to play songs from my iPhone directly. The only drawback is the way it looks. Looks very very down market.
5. Ride quality and braking doesn't seem to be too different.


Will post pics soon.
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Took delivery of fortuner grey 4 by 2 mt yesterday from harsha Toyota

Initial thoughts,

1. Engine noise far lower than the old fortuner. This was all the more obvious since i had driven to the showroom in a 1 year old 42,000 kms gen 1 fortuner.
This could be also because the car is new, but I think there is a definite decrease in engine noise.
2. HIDs are so cool to look at, though not very observable difference in city driving in terms of illumination.
3. Black faux wood looks nicer than the earlier color (brown)
4. touch screen audio system, works well. Paired with my iPhone in under a minute. Was able to play songs from my iPhone directly. The only drawback is the way it looks. Looks very very down market.
5. Ride quality and braking doesn't seem to be too different.


Will post pics soon.
Congrats on the acquisition Naveen. This should be the first 2WD Fortuner on TBHP. A dedicated thread would help.

I dunno, but I felt that the engine noise too is as bad or as good as it was in the older model.
The HIDs are a definite improvement.
For the wood inserts, I preferred the earlier shade, it is just a matter of personal taste.
The ride continues to be the way it was and so do the brakes with a minor change in the way they bite and the pedal travel seems to have reduced a bit.

And yes, the audio system and the steering wheel with those aluminium inserts look completely "Made in China". Very downmarket.
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The long awaited Monsoons have finally arrived in the parched Northern plains. Everybody's mood was uplifted as the brown landscape slowly took on a greener hue. Unfortunately work commitments kept me busy and no road trip vacation was in the offing.

I did have some work visits planned for which an associate also flew down from Mumbai. We made a two day programme for Punjab. I decided to take the Fortuner on this trip as it had been a while since it got to stretch its legs.

On the these two days we drove around 850 kms with an average FE of 13.3 kmpl. Speeds were between 80-90 on the highway.

On the second day a sudden meeting was set up for Kashipur in Uttaranchal for the next day. This area has long been a favorite of mine due to its proximity with Corbett Park. We left Delhi at 6 AM and after a sumptious breakfast at 'Bikanerwala' at Gajraula we were in Kashipur around 10:30. The meeting we had was set up for 12:00 but as we had arrived early they accommodated us and pre-poned the meeting. We were free by 12 noon.

As the meeting had gone contrary to our expectations the mood was a bit low in our camp. It was a beautiful cool and overcast day. The three of us were deciding where to have lunch and proceed to Delhi. I suggested that we recce one of my favorite places in that area for an upcoming 5 day technical training and sales conference that our company was planning.

We headed towards Ramnagar as our destination lay 40 km ahead of it at Ramganga Resorts, Marchula. As I mentioned earlier the beautiful overcast sky immediately uplifted spirits. We picked up some chips and cold drinks on the way and rolled down the windows to let the cool air in to clear our minds of the past three days of meetings and discussions. The conversation turned to all the fun we had at past conferences and i promised them that this place that we were headed to was ideally suited for another memorable time.

Here are some pictures from the drive to Marchula and our time there.

On the way to Marchula just past Ramnagar town.
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-1.jpg
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-2.jpg
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-4.jpg

Jungle track to Ramganga Resorts.
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-3.jpg

Parked up at Ramganga Resorts
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-10.jpg
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-11.jpg

View from Ramganga Resorts
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-9.jpg

After our meeting with the resort manager was over we had a nice lunch and walked around to see the facilities for holding the conference. We left thereafter but instead of taking a the highway we took a detour to the river side.
It was quite a sandy and broken track and I engaged HL (more for giving it some practice rather than anything else)

The descent to the bed from the track was quite a steep one and i decided i could engage 4LL on the way up. This i did on our way back and the Fortuner climbed up in first gear without me even touching the accelerator.
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-5.jpg
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-6.jpg
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-7.jpg
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-8.jpg
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-12.jpg

The LL in engaged mode. The Fortuner climbed up a steep sandy incline without breaking a sweat with no input from me on the accelerator in first gear.

Its in second gear in the pic though.
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-13.jpg

On the way back i drove them to a bridge from where a Natural pool is visible where a crocodile has been living for years. In all my visits i had only seen this crocodile once before.

We parked up by the side of the road and peered down. This is what we saw..look at the top left corner
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-14.jpg

When i zoomed in..
Obelix, the Invincible Toyota Fortuner! 1,67,000 km and going strong!-fort-trip-15.jpg

A milestone touched on this trip was that the Fortuner crossed the 60,000 kms mark. The service has been scheduled for this week.

All in all it was a day well spent and we returned to Delhi with a smile on our faces and a song on our lips
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Yup, makes sense to me. The Fortuner is the exact opposite of the Innova when it comes to street presence and image.

So, what have you decided?
On that point i am eager to also know what you have decided also Dev.

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Took delivery of fortuner grey 4 by 2 mt yesterday from harsha Toyota

Initial thoughts,

1. Engine noise far lower than the old fortuner. This was all the more obvious since i had driven to the showroom in a 1 year old 42,000 kms gen 1 fortuner.
This could be also because the car is new, but I think there is a definite decrease in engine noise.
2. HIDs are so cool to look at, though not very observable difference in city driving in terms of illumination.
3. Black faux wood looks nicer than the earlier color (brown)
4. touch screen audio system, works well. Paired with my iPhone in under a minute. Was able to play songs from my iPhone directly. The only drawback is the way it looks. Looks very very down market.
5. Ride quality and braking doesn't seem to be too different.


Will post pics soon.
Congratulations!! This is a great choice. I feel i may also have made the same choice albeit the AT model for my father for city and highway use.

I really do like the HID's also and asked about a conversion but sadly it is not possible according to Toyota.I personally prefer the older faux wood color but thats a matter of personal choice. I have heard and seen the Music System and i feel that though it performs well it does not look very appealing.

Ride quality and braking will remain unchanged as there have been no changes made in these departments by Toyota.

Look forward to your review with pics soon!
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I really do like the HID's also and asked about a conversion but sadly it is not possible according to Toyota.
It is very much possible to convert your existing headlamps to HID by using the add-on kit. Infact Nandi Toyota, Bangalore offers a kit from P8. This kit simply plugs in place of your existing bulb - no cutting of wires required.

You may also purchase a separate reflector unit and install HIDs and use these as offroad lights, attached to your front bumper or grill.

The options are plenty.

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On that point i am eager to also know what you have decided also Dev.
Like I said earlier Manuuj, the high outside wind noise, the bumpy ride, and the bare basic interiors are my only grouses about the vehicle. Even out of these, I can make do with the interiors and the ride can be improved by the use of better shock absorbers.

It is that wind noise that is killing and I need to TD a different vehicle to assess it.

PS: Not that I m delighted about the Fortuner, but, as a low maintenance, durable, diesel 7 seater 4WD vehicle, I do not have any other options today.
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It is very much possible to convert your existing headlamps to HID by using the add-on kit. Infact Nandi Toyota, Bangalore offers a kit from P8. This kit simply plugs in place of your existing bulb - no cutting of wires required.

You may also purchase a separate reflector unit and install HIDs and use these as offroad lights, attached to your front bumper or grill.

The options are plenty.

regards,

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Hi Nitin, Thanks for the inputs. I was referring to the Original Xenon Lights that the Altis/Fortuner/ BMW/Bentley etc come with. I dont think HID's are the same in terms of light intensity.

I meant the Original bulbs and kit of the new Fortuner cannot be used in the old one as it would mean changing even the wiring harness and even then the bulbs would not fit into the Old Fort's Headlamp as the fitting is different.

HID's have been around for a while and i have seen some Fortuners with it but i did not find the intensity to be the same as that of the Xenon that the New Fortuner or a BMW etc come with.

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PS: Not that I m delighted about the Fortuner, but, as a low maintenance, durable, diesel 7 seater 4WD vehicle, I do not have any other options today.
Exactly my point. No car is perfect but the Fortuner scores in the important areas.

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Manuuj,

Your Corbett (and surrounding areas) photos are making me envious. Liked the photo of the vehicle parked on the road. Ramganga Resorts looks nice - do they get some wildlife during morning and evening?
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Your Corbett (and surrounding areas) photos are making me envious. Liked the photo of the vehicle parked on the road. Ramganga Resorts looks nice - do they get some wildlife during morning and evening?
I am looking forward to our proposed trip to this very area later this year Nilanjan. Ramganga resorts is on the edge of the reserve forest and as such you do get wildlife here also. No tiger sightings though. For that we will spend a night in the jungle itself.

I was hoping we could even explore places like Champawat and Lohagat that have been immortalized by "Carpet Saab" in his writings during our trip. Pics don't do justice to the place..i cannot wait to see your expression when u see these places for the first time.
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Exactly my point. No car is perfect but the Fortuner scores in the important areas.
Well, for me, a "important areas" are NVH, ride quality ALSO and most of all, mental satisfaction of having purchased a material worth my hard earned money, which at least, at this moment, the Fortuner doesn't seem to give me.

Nevertheless, I ve posted my latest status herehttp://www.team-bhp.com/forum/suvs-m...ml#post2835581 and it would be great to have your comments.

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