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Old 20th January 2012, 00:11   #1696
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ACI rated XUV to be the easy winner but these two areas were the one where Force One scored.
It maynot be entirely untrue either.
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I have mixed feelings on the lottery. Buying in a frenzy is always a put off, after all one is spending a significant sum of one's hard earned money and it should not feel a privilege to buy, it devalues the experience. Maybe for those for whom 14-15 lakhs is no big deal this will not matter much.
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My take on the lottery is that Mahindra may have gotten a demand survey done , and expecting a demand of around 35,000-40,000 units to be booked in the 25 cities where sales are being opened (6 earlier cities + 19 new), and supply of 7200 in 2 months, went with this approach. It does avoid the mad rush at dealerships, with people not having to worry about being first in line.
Though personally, I don't support the lottery system at all and find it a complete anti-thesis to genuine auto enthusiasm! Instead of going with such gimmickry, they could have done well to increase the price higher and improve quality so that only genuine buyers would buy and supply would meet demand (but that's just my view!).

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I agree with you n everything else. But..

What do you mean by 'Consumer Reports'?
'Consumer Reports' is a US based magazine, which evalutes consumer products including automobiles. They buys all the products they evaluate from the open market, that is the reason they rate the vehicles post launch. www.consumereportsmagazine.org
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Got delivery of my White XUV 5OO W8 2WD a few days back. Wonderful feeling and enjoying the drive so far. Have clocked in 200+ kms on it. So far everything has been smooth. Yesterday, faced a small issue. The music system restarted by itself when I was driving. Not sure what the problem is. But have not bothered much about it as it has not occurred again.
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Though personally, I don't support the lottery system at all and find it a complete anti-thesis to genuine auto enthusiasm! Instead of going with such gimmickry, they could have done well to increase the price higher and improve quality so that only genuine buyers would buy and supply would meet demand (but that's just my view!).
In a way, I appreciate the lottery system! It is as transparent a system can be [provided the lottery is genuinely random; which I expect to be]. Otherwise be assured that the politicians and rich / affluent influential people will be getting deliveries all over though some common man goes and makes the booking first! Isn't that what's happening everywhere? On the other hand I too would be happy if it's a FIFO with no manipulation at all; but am sure that's NOT the way things work out in dealerships.

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Got delivery of my White XUV 5OO W8 2WD a few days back. Wonderful feeling and enjoying the drive so far. Have clocked in 200+ kms on it. So far everything has been smooth.
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ACI rated XUV to be the easy winner but these two areas were the one where Force One scored.
It maynot be entirely untrue either.
Merc engine + chassis that is capable enough
Overdrive when took a short TD of Force One right after its launch, termed the ride comfort as the new benchmark. After all their hype on "Lotus tuning" is proving right! Wish Force had enough dealerships and had a great reputation. This is one car that I would NOT find if the company basics were right!

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Got delivery of my White XUV 5OO W8 2WD a few days back. Wonderful feeling and enjoying the drive so far. Have clocked in 200+ kms on it. So far everything has been smooth. Yesterday, faced a small issue. The music system restarted by itself when I was driving. Not sure what the problem is. But have not bothered much about it as it has not occurred again.
Congratulations!!!

Please would you briefly share some info?

> Who is the dealer?
> What was the communicated delivery date by M&M (right after booking) and how much they pulled in?
> Did you get a call from M&M before delivery OR it's your dealer who managed it?

Thanks in advance. Wish you a great ownership experience!
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Hello all.I have been closely following the thread since quite a few months before I finally became a member of this forum.

I own the XUV 5OO AWD Dolphin grey variant and have driven 4600+ kms in the last one month.The vehicle is simply brilliant.Though I did face one or two niggles like the steering vibration at speeds between 120kmph-140kmph(wheel balancing and alignment issue) and an interior part falling apart(the part behind the rear view mirror which encloses the sensor wires to be specific).

Also,I did get an opportunity to do off-roading for about a 10km stretch and the experience was just effortless leaving the people with me pretty much baffled to be honest.Also,no body roll at all even at high speeds.Projector headlamps with static bending lamps is a boon in the ghat sections.I am a little disappointed with the ICE quality especially when you also own a ford figo which has a brilliant OEM system.

I have installed front chrome grill as an accessory.Waiting for the reverse camera which I feel is definitely a necessity.Planning to get the sunfilm installed this weekend from 3M.Overall,money well spent is what I feel about the XUV 5OO.
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We got our XUV W8 FWD Black, in the family a few days back. Done about 200+ Kms and have not noticed any issues so far (touch wood). Planning to visit the 3M Car Care tomorrow for Sun Films. Hera are a few pictures.

Thought the Black looked bland with out the Crome grill.
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The Chrome Side moldings also gives a break to the plain black sides (and some basic protection).
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Got delivery of my White XUV....

Yesterday, faced a small issue. The music system restarted by itself when I was driving. Not sure what the problem is. But have not bothered much about it as it has not occurred again.
Ditto happened to me as well. Again, haven't seen it repeat, so never bothered. BTW Congrats on ur new toy ! XUV in white looks very elegant !
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Good news for all those who have been waiting for XUV bookings to re-open. There is this full page ad in TOI stating that the bookings have been opened in 19 cities. Sad part (as anticipated earlier) is that M&M has introduced the so called unique & transparent "XUV 5OO" draw. Go through the ad below to know more @ this draw.

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Good news for all those who have been waiting for XUV bookings to re-open. There is this full page ad in TOI stating that the bookings have been opened in 19 cities. Sad part (as anticipated earlier) is that M&M has introduced the so called unique & transparent "XUV 5OO" draw. Go through the ad below to know more @ this draw.

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AWD bookings are not accepted. What could be the reason? Any ideas.
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Had been waiting for a long time for the bookings to reopen again .
However one question that still buggs me is that after the price cut on the Aria , which one is more VFM??

The Aria Pure is now available for around 10.3L on road where as the XUV w6 after the expected price increase of about 30,000 would end up costing around 12.8L on road Delhi (rough estimate).

Also i have heard rumors about there being recalls for the XUV??

So is the XUV worth the extra 2.5 L ??
Or is the Aria more VFM ?

P.S. I had to post this query here as the Aria vs XUV vs Innova thread has been closed .

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Did they mention what happens when you are doing 140 kmph and a bullockart decides to take a U-Turn in front of you? Without ABS, ETC, Airbag etc... I have a feeling most of us would rather be in an XUV in this situation.
Even before we go there, I'd think twice before doing 140 kmph in a SUV, be it XUV5OO or XUV1OOO!! I'd rather drive a sedan for those speeds

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Even before we go there, I'd think twice before doing 140 kmph in a SUV, be it XUV5OO or XUV1OOO!! I'd rather drive a sedan for those speeds
Sorry Chief, but I have to disagree with you. Driving my XUV at 130-135 (that's what I have managed till now since I bought it) is lot more confidence aspiring than driving my ANHC at 110 or Vento @ 130. Even while hard braking its rock solid.

You may have a different experience by that's mine
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Engine is sourced from Merc. Chasis is developed locally.

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Even before we go there, I'd think twice before doing 140 kmph in a SUV, be it XUV5OO or XUV1OOO!! I'd rather drive a sedan for those speeds
Actually on car based vehicles like CRV, XUV500, etc 140 is no big deal, but with older body on frame SUVs, like Scorpio, Safari etc, it is pushing it. I generally do 140 only on open stretches in my Scorpio.

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