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Old 20th October 2012, 08:01   #3586
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Hey guys my XUV will be delivered to me within one week now! but no RM has been assigned to me yet! whats the normal practice like.. RM's are assigned at the time of delivery or before that? I was told by my ex-SA that RM will be assigned at the time of delivery..

also I ave not opted for ant matts from the company because I was thinking of buying the 3D kagu matts.. but are they durable? specially the driver side as that one will be the most abused of all.
I had the same doubt and enquired about it. My SA told me the RM is allocated at the point of delivery. And in my case I was able to meet her during the delivery time.

3D kagu mats is good in my opinion. I'm using them in a vehicle for 1st time, and it is easy to clean and it lays beautifully. I got maxspider kit for Rs.5850\-. @ cochin.
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3D kagu mats is good in my opinion. I'm using them in a vehicle for 1st time, and it is easy to clean and it lays beautifully. I got maxspider kit for Rs.5850\-. @ cochin.
The quote I got from a dealer in mumbai is 7250. he said its the original 3D kagu matts. haven't seen it as talked with him on the phone. but why the difference is so much? and is maxspider a different brand of 3d matts or a type of variety?
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The quote I got from a dealer in mumbai is 7250. he said its the original 3D kagu matts. haven't seen it as talked with him on the phone. but why the difference is so much? and is maxspider a different brand of 3d matts or a type of variety?
AFAIK, Maxpider(excuse me, I had earlier qouted maxSpider, it is Maxpider is a good brand for 3D Kagu mats. The same one is quoted Rs.7250\- in mumbai as per @raj_5004 and @SDP. I don't know why this difference. May be over charging like the side footstep which costs Rs.15K is some location and Rs.9.7K in other.

BTW visit below link to view the mats as posted by @fundagenie : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/offici...ml#post2880461 (Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review)

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To Mods : This is all togther a different scenario so this back to back post, you may if necessay join it with previous one.

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Never heard such absolute rubbish in my life. Till you pay the money and drive off, you have every right to demand a PDI and any other type of inspection.
Do not take any nonsense from the dealer, but always be polite. Remember you need them to look after your servicing needs!
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Aha, this is interesting.

Which city? Which dealer?
Since it is "Company Policy", tell him to send you a soft copy of that policy document since it is your right to know as a consumer.



Simple, tell the SA that you will NOT BUY it, till you do a PDI. Stand firm and he/she will budge. Let me know if you are at Bangalore or NCR and I will either assist you in person or send someone. This is atrocious.



Stop the payment from the bank till you do the PDI. It is your money and you have the right to give it ONLY after due satisfaction. The SA will have a hundred stories....

"Dont we sell so many vehicles without PDI?"

"If something is wrong, it is our responsibility to fix it"

"Bring it in for the first service, and we ll look into it"

"There is no insurance done on the vehicle, so I cannot let you touch it."

Don't go by any of this. I have been able help hundreds of people against such stories by dealers for many years now. Remember, it is YOUR MONEY and you will give it ONLY when you are satisfied.
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Hi Vasuki,
Sorry, but I m quoting your PM and my reply here for the benefit of all.

Even when you buy a shirt costing a few hundred rupees, you try it, wear it and even then, have the liberty of refusing it.
It is your right.

This is a vehicle costing 1.5 million. and the TL is NOT doing a favor by allowing you to do the PDI.

They will keep exploiting customers like you till YOU exercise your rights.

Let me know in case you need M&M help on this.
I'm late, I thought I'll thank n.devdath & shankar.balan in my ownership post, but due to some busy work, it is getting delayed a hell lot.


Thanks to insistence on devdath's part, I was able to do an extensive PDI with my co brother and I'm happy for that.


In prelude to things, First they were not ready to give PDI at all. I asked them the reason and they told some company policy and other crap that they want the owner to have first glimpse the vehicle covered and decked only during the delivery time . As per devadth's hint, I told them to forward a soft copy of company memo which allowed them to refuse PDI. At last they relented as I told them I would not complete rest of the payment(Rs. 12 Lakhs) unless I see the vehicle, and thanks to you all, I'm a satisified owner of W8.


This was my first PDI, earlier we used to buy the vehicle literally off the shelf, and really enjoyed the feel.

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Hello !

Finally after spending so many days only reading this thread, I can write and ask questions about the XUV (just got the nod yesterday.)

Here are my questions:

1) How to get the reverse horn ? I asked my RM about this and also about any prospective ICE software update. He replied "nahi sir aisa kuch nahi hota!"

2) Also what is the current version of software on the ICE ?

3) Is there a way to get an audible feedback when remote locking the car ? XUV has buzzer which goes off after 10 sec locking the car automatically (when left unlock). I was wondering if there is a DIY to get it work with the key fob.

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Thanks to insistence on devdath's part, I was able to do an extensive PDI with my co brother and I'm happy for that.

This was my first PDI, earlier we used to buy the vehicle literally off the shelf, and really enjoyed the feel.
My XUV-W6 has finally arrived and I did an extensive PDI today before handing over my cheque to the dealer. Now that my XUV is almost home, I just started a new ownership thread HERE.

The ex-showroom price, after the recent price hikes (about Rs 15,000), works out to Rs 12,00,219 here at Jamshedpur. I plan to do the registration and insurance myself. The car will continue to remain with the dealer till then.
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My XUV-W6 has finally arrived and I did an extensive PDI today before handing over my cheque to the dealer. Now that my XUV is almost home, I just started a new ownership thread HERE.


The ex-showroom price, after the recent price hikes (about Rs 15,000), works out to Rs 12,00,219 here at Jamshedpur. I plan to do the registration and insurance myself. The car will continue to remain with the dealer till then.

Congratulations and Celebrations Debuda....Have a happy drive from now....btw, why do yuo have to keep the vehicle with Dealer till registration? is it mandatory.
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Ideally I would have enquired at a dealer but since I am out at sea and the Captain is very keen on having his wife book one so that it's ready when he is back home.
Can anyone tell me if they are accepting bookings for an AWD XUV?
Any idea about the waiting period?
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Some snaps of my Purple cheetah after a round of polymer coating and the 3d mats fixed..

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Hi FundaG! Quick question on the mats. Do these mats cover all the 3 rows? I went to a dealer yesterday and he had stock of some good mats, but they only covered the front and middle rows..
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Ideally I would have enquired at a dealer but since I am out at sea and the Captain is very keen on having his wife book one so that it's ready when he is back home.
Can anyone tell me if they are accepting bookings for an AWD XUV?
Any idea about the waiting period?
Thanks in advance.
Yes the AWD booking are being accepted.. the waiting period that I was informed about in Hyderabad was 2-3 months.

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My XUV-W6 has finally arrived and I did an extensive PDI today before handing over my cheque to the dealer. Now that my XUV is almost home, I just started a new ownership thread HERE.

The ex-showroom price, after the recent price hikes (about Rs 15,000), works out to Rs 12,00,219 here at Jamshedpur. I plan to do the registration and insurance myself. The car will continue to remain with the dealer till then.
Congrats debuda! looking forward to your experience.

Note: Your thread seems to be in the assembly section now. Please don't forget to bring it out of hibernation asap
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Have completed more than 2 months with my XUV W8 with 4500kms on the ODO. Now that the first service is due in another 500kms, thought I would jot down some of my experiences, doubts, comments etc with my cheetah so far.

First of all, I would not say I am mighty impressed with the driving experience of the car, after driving "Made / Assembled in India" Honda, Hyundai, Suzuki and Toyota cars for some amount of time. Would rate around 6/10 as of now in terms of driving experience. It might change after the first service though. However, have to admit that the car does give you a road presence and even after being on the road for more than a year, its still a head turner, with drivers and pedestrians checking out the car.

- Brakes : 3/10 . A total let down and I did have some pretty bad experiences with sudden braking. Tried braking the same way I did with the other cars which at the max had disc brakes only in the front and no ABS/EBD. But XUV's braking does not give the same level of confidence though it has disc brakes all around along with ABS and EBD. I felt it neither stops as expected. And hence its always a slight tension driving in city traffic, rains and during nights. I have heard of the new brakes available with no grinding noise and better braking. Will have to get it replaced during the first service. Ratings might change post that.

- Lights are OK :7/10. Yet would love to have HID installed. What is the possibility without affecting the warranty.

- Also if the lights are in Autolight mode, the high beam does not work and then its required to turn the light knob the entire way in the opposite direction to use the lights the normal way. The issue being the OFF position in between these two states causing the lights getting switched off for a split second. The autolight feature could have been a press switch on the side of the light stalk like for autowiper.

- Keyless entry : 8/10. Got some pretty good features in addition to lock and unlock, all configured on the 3 buttons. The lock button has a raise and the unlock button a dip, easy to figure out moving ones finger on top of it while the fob is in the pocket. The only issue is locating the right buttons on the remote when in an emergency. Would have been better if the size of the lock button was bigger or the buttons should have been metallic for easier viewing. Also the range of the key is very very less that basically the features like locate your car or switching on the headlights from afar are mostly useless. One needs to be so close to the car to use these features. All my previous cars with remote locking had a fairly good range.

- Suspension : 6.5/10 . Since the car had 17 inch tyres and a monocoque design, I expected it could take on most of the humps and potholes without throwing the passengers around. Again a mistake. The car just throws you all over the place if driven over a hump or pothole without slowing down to a decent speed. I have my third row folded over to use as a boot space and have some small items like bottles, toys etc lying around and i would clearly hear them being thrown around. But with each passing day and kms on the ODO, I am learning the way and the speed to drive the car over the humps with less amount of displacement of the passengers as well as the items in the car.

- Gear shift : 6/10 . Not butter smooth like in the Japanese/Korean cars. Down shifting is always an effort especially slotting into gears 1, 2 or 3. Also at times the reverse gear does not fall into slot at all when the car is in parked state and the only way is to pump the accelarator in nuetral, shift to first gear and then shift to reverse. Was really pissed off initially, but with time I am used to this maneuver. Again something, I believe, that would be sorted out after the first service.

- THere is a kat-kat-kat noise when accelarating in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears which gets feeble at higher gears. Am not sure if it is a niggle . With a lot of 1st and 2nd gear driving within city, its omnipresent and again something which I am now getting used to. But its still irritating and will surely get it checked during first service.

- There should have been a memory option to remember the status of the various features in the car every time the car is switched on/off. Like if the ODO is set to show trip meter, this should be displayed the next time when the car is switched on. Rather it switches to the actual ODO meter and I totally forget about the trip meter being set. Similarly the hill ascent/descent feature needs be switched on every time the car is started. So would keeping this ON at all times affect the fuel efficiency or any of the systems. Is this manual switch on a safety feature as such.

- Coming to the diwali of indicators between the dials, I felt some of them could have been moved to the display screen and vice versa. Like most of the warning indicators like for hill ascent/ descent etc could have been shown as a single indicator and further details could be viewed in the IS display as required. Mostly miss the indication lights for auto wiper (need to check its status on the display), parking lights (only way to know these lights are on is when the backlights on the switches come on and the dial backlights dims) and for the auto headlights. Also the high beam indicator is at the bottom, when it should have been placed at the top along with the fog light indicators.

- No full time backlit buttons. The parking lights needs to be switched on to have the button back lights. At time during cloudy conditions it becomes difficult to read the labels on the button. Maybe once I get used with the cockpit controls,it wont feel so hard. But still full time backlit buttons would have been a good feature.

- Seems there is a wheel alignment issue with the car slightly veering to the left. I could feel the strain on my right hand when driving. Again would have to rectify during first service

- Wipers make a scratching noise on the glass once in a while. However no visible scratches on the glass so far. Planning to replace with Bosch blades. Where can I purchase the same in Bangalore.

- The sun visors in W8 do not have leather covers on them, which should not have been the case considering the version is meant to have leather interiors. With beige colored fabric its going to get dirty in no time. Also the visors are lose that if I rotate it to the side, it dosent stay still and rotates on its hinges and keeps hitting my head every time I ride on some uneven surface or take a curve. And I need to push it back again to the side which is damn irritating. Also there are no provisions on the visor to tuck in the toll bills or mall parking tickets etc. Some of my previous cars had this option on the visor and i was so used to it, that I miss it so much in the XUV. Finally got a clip that could be fixed on the visor and could hold the tickets.

- No handhold on the driver side, when most SUV's have it either on the A pillar or above the door to assist in getting in and out.

- The light of the Rear AC switch does not come on, though the AC for the rear passenger is working. I have to check it manually to ensure the rear Ac outlets are working due to this. Looks like the switch has to be replaced.

- The IS is constantly showing a mileage of 10.3km, however, a full to full tank method gave a mileage of 8kms with mostly city driving. Hope it would improve after first service.

- IS/Touch Screen : 9/10 . So far so good. Everything is functioning as expected. The touch screen though is slightly unresponsive at time, but then I cant expect the responsiveness of the high end touch screen mobiles / tablets.

- Reverse sensor : 10/10. The reverse sensors really do give me the confidence in tight parking spots. And I am satisfied with it and thinking if I really need to spend on a rear camera.

-Cruise control : 10/10. Dint get an opportunity to do a long distance. However tried it out on the elevated high way and Nice road, and it worked great. By the way, a general question on cruise control. If the speed is set at say 80kms while driving on a straight road and then you hit a flyover or a slope, would the car continue at the same speed or would the speed increase while coming down the slope and decrease while traveling up the slope.

- Voice controls : 1/10. Am not sure what all can be controlled using voice commands. There was one successful attempt after 2 tries with one of the commands. Tried some of the commands shown in the Xylo ad and the only command that had a very minute chance of working was "dress change", provided there are similar minded models in the car..
However, felt this feature was more of a show off considering by the time the system understood what I said, it could be done manually.

- GPS navigator : Still to try it out effectively. Tried the voice feature while driving in heavy traffic and it really scared the **** out of me . Its seems there is no option to decrease the volume and sudden shrill vice of the lady really hits you. So I have muted it, though a controllable voice feature would have been good.


That was a quite a lot of writeup. phewww..

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Hi FundaG! Quick question on the mats. Do these mats cover all the 3 rows? I went to a dealer yesterday and he had stock of some good mats, but they only covered the front and middle rows..
My option covers all the three rows....

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@fundagenie, really nice comprehensive review. Thanks for sharing it.
But I have to tell you that the part where you wanted a grab handle on the drivers side had me surprised. My dad and I have tried out the XUV on separate occasions and being 2 time Scorpio owners both of us struck our head on the A pillar/roof. My dad had a bad hit and was cursing it like hell. So a grab handle requirement feels odd. Then again to each their own.
Hope all your issues get sorted soon and your vehicle rating improves.
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Congratulations and Celebrations Debuda....Have a happy drive from now....btw, why do yuo have to keep the vehicle with Dealer till registration? is it mandatory.
Thanks, Balenoboy. One can take delivery of the vehicle when your payment is complete, insurance has been done and at least temporary registration has been done. In my case, none of the 3 conditions are fulfilled as I gave the cheque (I'm not taking any loan) only after doing PDI yesterday (Saturday). Only after the cheque is cleared will the dealer issue the necessary documents to me for registration. Anyway, everything comes to a standstill in Eastern India during Durga Puja. So my delivery has to wait for 3-4 days more.

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Congrats debuda! looking forward to your experience.
Note: Your thread seems to be in the assembly section now. Please don't forget to bring it out of hibernation asap
Thanks, VinJosep. Though I carefully read the instructions regarding Assembly Section, I'm not fully clear as to how I can bring my thread "out of hibernation" ASAP. I have nothing more to say as far as my PDI is concerned and any further reporting about my XUV would be possible only after I take delivery.
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