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Old 8th January 2013, 00:34   #3871
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Heavy Horse, many congratulations on your new ride. Please share more pictures once you take and also share what accessories you are going with!
Wish you many more happy miles on your big cat. Drive safe!
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Irrespective of how many XUVs I see, a new one always makes my head turn and take notice. Looks beautiful.
haha.. thats my story too! even when I am driving in my XUV, I am always attracted to other brand new shiny XUV's I see on the road!

all the colours look beautiful on this car! just went through your thread and saw your recent pics, your red duma also looks awesome! now that I have opulent purple XUV, i even like the white, silver and red! always a head turner! its like a beautiful lady can carry any colour and she'll look as beautiful. she's just so sexy!

and Heavy Horse, congrats and all the best with your new ride!
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The Big Cat comes Home.
Just a few pics of the delivery.
More in a day or two.
Heartiest congratulations! I'm sure you will have a wonderful experience with your new Big Cat.
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Let me be the first one to congratulate you! Irrespective of how many XUVs I see, a new one always makes my head turn and take notice. Looks beautiful.

Please do start a ownership thread and share your experiences.

Wish you many happy miles with your XUV! Congratulations once again!
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The wide grin on your face says it all!! Congrats on your new car & wish you miles of happy & safe motoring!
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Heavy Horse, many congratulations on your new ride. Please share more pictures once you take and also share what accessories you are going with!
Wish you many more happy miles on your big cat. Drive safe!
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and Heavy Horse, congrats and all the best with your new ride!
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Heartiest congratulations! I'm sure you will have a wonderful experience with your new Big Cat.
Gentlemen thank you all for your good wishes.
When I took the delivery last evening, they had'nt yet got the registration number from RTO. So finally they sent me home with the car and their driver on a temporary number plate and promised to send a guy with the number plates later that evening. He came around 8.15 pm and fixed the plates. Did'nt want to take it out at night, so waited till daybreak, then took the Cat out for the my first drive till Marine Drive. This being my first diesel car, I drove cautiously by and large. Also, to give myself time to get used to the controls. Hit about 100km on a short stretch on MD. Bottom line car behaved well. SDP no issues with the fuel tank knob !! Suspension seems a touch hard but I guess it will settle down as I log more kms. I loved the brakes and had one semi - emergency braking episode, and the Cat was sooo... good, hmmm well behaved! Tomorrow morning plan to take it to Lonavala and enjoy breakfast there. It's fantastic weather on the hills right now, though, Debuda nothing like Sikkim !!
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.. so waited till daybreak, then took the Cat out for the my first drive till Marine Drive. This being my first diesel car, I drove cautiously by and large. Also, to give myself time to get used to the controls. Hit about 100km on a short stretch on MD. Bottom line car behaved well. SDP no issues with the fuel tank knob !! Suspension seems a touch hard but I guess it will settle down as I log more kms. I loved the brakes and had one semi - emergency braking episode, and the Cat was sooo... good, hmmm well behaved! Tomorrow morning plan to take it to Lonavala and enjoy breakfast there. It's fantastic weather on the hills right now, though, Debuda nothing like Sikkim !!
Good to read the first-drive report!
About the suspension, please do get the tyre-pressure checked. Manufacturers and dealers are notorious for delivering cars with over-inflated tyres.

Enjoy the drive to Lonavala!
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I loved the brakes and had one semi - emergency braking episode, and the Cat was sooo... good, hmmm well behaved! Tomorrow morning plan to take it to Lonavala and enjoy breakfast there. It's fantastic weather on the hills right now, though, Debuda nothing like Sikkim !!
Congrats on the new ride. My XUV is 1 month old now and I absolutely love it. The brakes need getting used to due to the ply they have. Once you do get adjusted they are great and even at high speed they do the job well and the car doesnt pull to any one side.

Overall, please please try the accleration in 2nd and 3rd gear (past 1500 rpm), and look at your face in the rear view mirror, you will be grinning!

what an engine!
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About the suspension, please do get the tyre-pressure checked. Manufacturers and dealers are notorious for delivering cars with over-inflated tyres.
SDP good that we think alike. That's exactly what I did. After fuelling up, I checked the tyre pressure and I must say they were bang on. Very impressed with M & M, otherwise as you say, these guys always hyper inflate !!

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Congrats on the new ride. My XUV is 1 month old now and I absolutely love it. The brakes need getting used to due to the ply they have. Once you do get adjusted they are great and even at high speed they do the job well and the car doesnt pull to any one side.

Overall, please please try the accleration in 2nd and 3rd gear (past 1500 rpm), and look at your face in the rear view mirror, you will be grinning!

what an engine!
Thank you Ash for your good wishes.
I noticed that I was in the 1-2K rpm range through the entire 35km drive this morning. Being the first day, I was quite gentle and cautious too. I am not a great one for high acceleration. Remember I'm 57 unlike you 30 somethings.

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Thank you Ash for your good wishes.
I noticed that I was in the 1-2K rpm range through the entire 35km drive this morning. Being the first day, I was quite gentle and cautious too. I am not a great one for high acceleration. Remember I'm 57 unlike you 30 somethings.
Yes I understand you want to be sedate for a while. I was too for the first couple of days (in spite of being 30 something ). However, the accleration is addictive and I am pretty sure you will love it.

Overall, I am happy you have got the XUV keys in your hand. Keep motoring.
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+1 to that. the acceleration is pretty addictive! when I do kinda drag race thing after the red light, there is hardly anyone who can get past me!

I remember few youngsters in a chevy cruze trying to race past me at marine drive in mumbai, I overtook them as soon as I pressed the accelerator to the metal! and mind you cruze is a pretty powerful car but this is equal or a bit quicker as it doesn't have the turbo lag like cruze!

when you wanna have some fun on a empty stretch, this car delivers! it will put a smile on your face and will never make you nervous. it handles beautifully and inspires confidence.

also one very important thing is the tyre pressure. if the tyre pressure is above the recommended psi, your ride will suffer quite a bit. once when I got the tyres checked, it was about 3 psi more than the recommended unit and the ride was pretty harsh. also sometimes some petrol pumps have faulty meters. so when not sure re-check at another pump.
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... I loved the brakes and had one semi - emergency braking episode, and the Cat was sooo... good, hmmm well behaved!..
I advice avoiding hard braking / accelaration during the run in period or for the first 1000 kms. Not good for the vehicle. Let it bed in, you will also get quite familiar with the car by then & jusst unleash it after that.
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Improved XUV 500 on the way? IAB says so!

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Cartoq.com reports that Mahindra is working on improving the XUV500 based on the customer feedback and complaints.

The tweaked XUV500 reportedly features a new braking package which is believed to significantly improve the braking performance which was noisy and spongy as reported by some of the owners. It is unclear as to what sort of improvements are being made to braking system which now uses discs all around with ABS standard on all variants.

The next major improvement is expected on the infotainment system in the high-end variant which also had a few reported grouses and malfunctions, especially in GPS, parking sensor and optional camera functions. The upgraded car will get a reliable and updated version of the infotainment system and voice command system, introduced on the Xylo facelift last year.

No changes to the interior and exterior design is expected in the improved model.

The upgraded XUV500 is expected to be launched silently by the end of February and the customers who have already booked the car with a post February delivery slot will be automatically entitled to the upgraded car.
http://indianautosblog.com/2013/01/m...ovements-59187
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Improved XUV 500 on the way? IAB says so!

http://indianautosblog.com/2013/01/m...ovements-59187
Thanks swiftnfurious!
I hope that they implement the changes for the existing customers as well and not leave them high and dry.
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Thanks swiftnfurious!
I hope that they implement the changes for the existing customers as well and not leave them high and dry.
I swear. But as an owner we should write to M&M for the same. I have already written to Customer care VP and few other folks in M&M about the same. All owners facing problems, please spend some time and do it. The email ids are there on FAQ session of official XUV page.


BTW, found this today, may be useful to the owners so posting here: The official digital form of user manuals can be found at http://mahindraxuv500.com/product/ownersmanual.htm

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Anyone here who has installed HIDs on the cheetah ?

Can somebody clarify if a HID upgrade voids the warranty ?
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Anyone here who has installed HIDs on the cheetah ?

Can somebody clarify if a HID upgrade voids the warranty ?
I upgraded my regular bulbs to HID on day 1, as far as I know upgrading the bulbs and speaker does not void warranty.
If you are going for the upgrade I would suggest you to go for 4300K and 55W HID for Main Beam(projectors), Main and high beam bulbs are H7 type, Avoid installing HID to High Beam as its reflector type and it might cause trouble to other road users.
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