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Old 10th August 2014, 15:22   #6346
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gurudutt : Guys, i wanted to go for HID kit but i have two concerns here.
@Gurudutt, please see comments by @SDP. I assume you donot have the W8, but a lower variant. If you can, then change the entire set up that Mahindra has on the W8. IMO, Modifying the existing head lamp unit to put HID instead of Halogen is not easy / reliable.

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SDP : HIDs are supposed to be used ONLY with projectors. With normal reflectors, they are a hazard.
@gurudutt, Without the projectors, the light beam will not be focused. Instead, you will get a spread out beam, and you will not get the benefits of the HID that you want.

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SDP : Please please please do NOT get HIDs on high-beam as the high-beams on XUV has reflector setup and not projector setup. You would end up blinding the oncoming traffic and causing accidents.
While the HID is a plug-in, you may not get the reliability of a OE unit.
FWIK, I dont think even W8 has a HID - though it has a projector. (or even the Tata Aria / Storme). These vehicles are using the projectors for a better beam, but with Halogens.
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Congratulations !

1. I would say avoid the foot-steps, unless absolutely necessary.
2. Rear-camera is supremely useful.
3. Scuff-plates. The illuminated ones bring in that much more cool factor.
4. In my opinion, rather than foot-steps and illuminated scuff plates, the same amount of money could be better spent on a HID conversion kit to upgrade the low-beam to xenons.

All the best. Enjoy your XUV.
Thank you SDP and XUV 500_BLR for highlighting an issue on which I wanted your advise. I have a black W4, and want to install reverse camera or sensor, whichever makes more sense. As W4 does not have LCD display, is it possible to go for reverse camera, or would I be better off just installing a sensor. Furthermore, there is this Autocop reverse camera being offered at around INR 8k by the Mahindra accessory store at my local dealership. Are Autocop reverse cams good or is there a better brand I should go for.
Without either one of these, it is becoming increasingly difficult to reverse the big machine with peace of mind
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A kind request to those, who bought W8 version recently in 2014: could you please be kind enough to check and inform me of the version of the MapMyIndia maps? Mine is version 8.0.
Map version on my June Mfd W8 is v8.1
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@Gurudutt, please see comments by @SDP. I assume you donot have the W8, but a lower variant. If you can, then change the entire set up that Mahindra has on the W8. IMO, Modifying the existing head lamp unit to put HID instead of Halogen is not easy / reliable.
Pardon my ignorance here condor, I assumed that the headlamp assembly setup of the W6 & W8 were similar with a combination of projector/halogen for the low beam and reflector setup for the high beam. Isn't that the case? How is it different?
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Finally, got my XUV 5OO W8 serviced at Pathankot at 5500 Kms. Although, a little late on the mileage front but was accepted at the Krishna Autoworld Pathankot. A total bill of Rs 2646/. I refused any additional tasks which they were trying to force upon. However, they charged me Rs 400/- for wheel alignment which I am not sure if they were supposed to charge. Any guidance on that?

There have not been any issue in the vehicle except there is little ghrrrrr... noise while the right side mirror folds/unfolds. The RM declared that it can not be repaired and has been caused by the rains. As per him it would get fine after monsoons.

Overall I would say the service was just satisfactory.
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Pardon my ignorance here condor, I assumed that the headlamp assembly setup of the W6 & W8 were similar with a combination of projector/halogen for the low beam and reflector setup for the high beam. Isn't that the case? How is it different?
Thanks, ViPo. I was under the assumption that the OP had a lower variant & hence may not have projectors. But checking the specs page, all 3 models show the projector.
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Thank you SDP and XUV 500_BLR for highlighting an issue on which I wanted your advise. I have a black W4, and want to install reverse camera or sensor, whichever makes more sense. As W4 does not have LCD display, is it possible to go for reverse camera, or would I be better off just installing a sensor. Furthermore, there is this Autocop reverse camera being offered at around INR 8k by the Mahindra accessory store at my local dealership. Are Autocop reverse cams good or is there a better brand I should go for.

Without either one of these, it is becoming increasingly difficult to reverse the big machine with peace of mind

I can perfectly understand as I am going thru the same situation as I too have a W4. Initially I thought a sensor would be fine but now I am increasingly feeling that a rear view camera too is required. An IRVM mounted solution having rear view camera, sensor, video playback, USB etc is around 11k. Don't know if this is the right price as I see there are plenty of such things available on
eBay. Not able to decide yet.

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Clutch Hydraulic master cylinder problem at 2.5 years and 50K kms The dealer also insisted to change the clutch and pressure plates which he claimed could not be covered inder warranty inspite of the fact the slip occurred due to failure of the Clutch Master cylinder
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However, they charged me Rs 400/- for wheel alignment which I am not sure if they were supposed to charge. Any guidance on that?
TaureanBull, Even I was charged a similar amount for this. As per their maintenance schedule check list, it only mentions "INSPECT IF ABNORMAL TYRE WEAR IS NOTICEABLE" under wheel alignment section which I assume is free.
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I believe it has been discussed in this thread many times. Yesterday, after 33500Kms, I noticed and was able to fill the fuel tank upto 74.10L. That means the vehicle has +910Kms. range.

Exactly what's the capacity of the tank? Some say 70, 72 etc. Is there any reliable way to find out the same?
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Finally, got my XUV 5OO W8 serviced at Pathankot at 5500 Kms. Although, a little late on the mileage front but was accepted at the Krishna Autoworld Pathankot. A total bill of Rs 2646/. I refused any additional tasks which they were trying to force upon. However, they charged me Rs 400/- for wheel alignment which I am not sure if they were supposed to charge. Any guidance on that?

There have not been any issue in the vehicle except there is little ghrrrrr... noise while the right side mirror folds/unfolds. The RM declared that it can not be repaired and has been caused by the rains. As per him it would get fine after monsoons.

Overall I would say the service was just satisfactory.
I have a Query, as per my understanding first few service are free, so why they are charging you the amount mentioned.
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I have a Query, as per my understanding first few service are free, so why they are charging you the amount mentioned.
Only labor is free. You need to pay for consumables such as oil, filters etc.
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Clutch Hydraulic master cylinder problem at 2.5 years and 50K kms The dealer also insisted to change the clutch and pressure plates which he claimed could not be covered inder warranty inspite of the fact the slip occurred due to failure of the Clutch Master cylinder
What was the symptom? Clutch pedal sank and refused to come up?

I genuinely doubt why clutch and pressure plate need replacement. Please question the service center.
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yes the clutch pedal sank and also talked with the dealer but he insisted that due to slippage the Clutch and pressure plates have got overheated and that they stand no guarantee if something happens
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yes the clutch pedal sank and also talked with the dealer but he insisted that due to slippage the Clutch and pressure plates have got overheated and that they stand no guarantee if something happens
Take it up with the customer-care please. I still do not understand their logic. But if it is caused by the sinking pedal, it should be covered unbder warranty.
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