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Old 22nd December 2014, 16:03   #6886
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The music system - the speakers are really horrible by any standards. I compared the same song on the XUV and my Polo (both with stock speakers) and the Polo was way ahead. Really terrible speakers the XUV has. No bass (well almost) at all. Planning to change to something which has more bang!
Totally agree with you. However, did you play the music from a USB drive. Cos I have noticed the quality improves by a notch when playing from your mobile via bluetooth. Especially if the mobile equalisers are available while in bluetooth mode. In a way, you get two set of equalisers - the advanced one of the mobile and the basic one of the XUV infotainment. And that helps in improving the music quality. Try it out and see. May still not match with your Polo ...

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Any suggestions to overcome this problem will be highly appreciated.
One workaround I have found is to add way-points en-route. This will help in the routing. However one issue with this is, if you are mentioning a town in your way-point it will route you to that town center and then navigate to your destination.

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Has anyone got insect mesh installed in there XUV front grill, seeing the amount of insects getting stuck on the radiator I feel its very important to get it done.
I too have seen this. However is it really required to have such a mesh, since it will also restrict air flow to radiator?
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Hi All XUV Owners, I had taken delivery of a new XUV 500 W8 today morning. I think there is an issue, but not sure if there is anything really to worry about or is just fine.

I had installed the reverse cam from the dealer itself. After driving a few kms after delivery, when I was driving in 2nd gear / 3rd gear, the gear number in the display panel suddenly changed to 'R' and the reverse cam started showing on the infotainment system, but the vehicle was still moving forward only. Stopped the vehicle, turned off, and then restarted the car. Problem recurred 2/3 times, and then the vehicle was behaving normally. Took the car to the dealer, they checked and said that everything was fine, but some water got into the sensor while washing. They used dry air and dried up some specific area in the engine bay.

The sales person also did a test drive and the vehicle was behaving normally. After that, started driving the car home. On the way, noticed that, when I shift gears, the gear number display shows 1 gear number higher and then corrects to the right gear number almost instantly. Eg. When I slot the third gear, the display shows 4 for a fraction of a second, and then displays 3 correctly. Same thing happens every time I shift gears.

Is this normal or something that I need to worry about? Please advise.
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The sales person also did a test drive and the vehicle was behaving normally. After that, started driving the car home. On the way, noticed that, when I shift gears, the gear number display shows 1 gear number higher and then corrects to the right gear number almost instantly. Eg. When I slot the third gear, the display shows 4 for a fraction of a second, and then displays 3 correctly. Same thing happens every time I shift gears.

Is this normal or something that I need to worry about? Please advise.
Don't worry. It is normal behavior, its annoying but is normal.
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Old 25th December 2014, 20:27   #6890
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Thanks Falconion... Relieves me a lot!
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Folks,

I am planning to use my Insurance to claim for the replacement of the following:

1. Front right headlight assembly
2. Rear bumper (its got some cracks in it).

Can someone here enlighten me on the process, time and costs involved?

And possible Pros/Cons too!

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Thanks Falconion... Relieves me a lot!
Another clarification. Many have talked about difficulty in slotting the second gear. In my new car, second gear seems to be okay than the third gear. When I slot the third gear, it feels like, the gear engagement is not smooth, and I hear a tak sound, before it engages fully - gear engaging sound is more audible than any other gear.

Is this normal as well? I am looking to take the car to the service Center tomorrow to discuss this. Need some pointers before that.
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Another clarification. Many have talked about difficulty in slotting the second gear. In my new car, second gear seems to be okay than the third gear. When I slot the third gear, it feels like, the gear engagement is not smooth, and I hear a tak sound, before it engages fully - gear engaging sound is more audible than any other gear.

Is this normal as well? I am looking to take the car to the service Center tomorrow to discuss this. Need some pointers before that.
The gear slotting in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd is notchy. So far I had little luck with service center guyz trying to fix that up for me. All they do is apply lubricant to it, which lasts for a day or two and you are gonna have the same issue.

If time is of importance to you, then I would suggest you not to waste it and bring up that issue at time of service. (I have taken up this issue 4 times so far with no satisfactory result).

On the other hand 4th, 5th, and 6th gear slot easily without any fuss.
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Old 28th December 2014, 22:28   #6894
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My XUV is due for its 10k service.

No major complaints apart from the squeaking sounds - which appears to be coming from the seats now.

Apart from this there is one which I am living with from the very beginning. I am still not very comfortable driving in slow moving traffic as in the second gear the vehicle just accelerates automatically - someone told me that this is something to do with the clutch adjustments / tuning however I am not much hopeful that I will get any solution for this.

Please could you advise if there is anything that I should be careful with respect to the 10k service? And what should be the expected cost ?

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All XUV500 owners, need some advise.

When I bought the XUV back in 2013, I bought it with bumper guards. (Front as well as back). However, after going through a number of discussions on team-bhp, I am convinced that bumper guards bring down the structural safety of the car and may mess with airbags operation as well. Am I correct in this assessment? My 30K service is due now. I am thinking of getting rid of the bumpers. What is your opinion?

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However, after going through a number of discussions on team-bhp, I am convinced that bumper guards bring down the structural safety of the car and may mess with airbags operation as well.
Yes. The front guards hinder in air bag deployment since air bag sensors are placed behind the bumper.
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Apart from this there is one which I am living with from the very beginning. I am still not very comfortable driving in slow moving traffic as in the second gear the vehicle just accelerates automatically - someone told me that this is something to do with the clutch adjustments / tuning however I am not much hopeful that I will get any solution for this.
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The XUV's engine idles at around 850-900 rpm. If you drop below this rpm and release the clutch fully, the engine automatically revs up to the 850-900rpm mark. May be this is what you are talking about. This is not really a problem and I believe it is common behaviour of diesel enginers. Diesel engines are torquey and you would feel a strong 'tug' when you release the clutch.

Nothing to worry about, just needs some getting used to. May be in really slow moving traffic stay in 1st gear longer.
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Apart from this there is one which I am living with from the very beginning. I am still not very comfortable driving in slow moving traffic as in the second gear the vehicle just accelerates automatically - someone told me that this is something to do with the clutch adjustments / tuning however I am not much hopeful that I will get any solution for this.
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The XUV's engine idles at around 850-900 rpm. If you drop below this rpm and release the clutch fully, the engine automatically revs up to the 850-900rpm mark. May be this is what you are talking about. This is not really a problem and I believe it is common behaviour of diesel enginers. Diesel engines are torquey and you would feel a strong 'tug' when you release the clutch.
Yup. This is the anti stall kicking in. When rpm falls below the idling, the ECU will attempt to prevent a stall by injecting fuel even without you pressing the accelerator. In diesel it's more pronounced because of additional torque vs a petrol motor.
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In fact I'm looking for a mobile stand which I can fix adjacent to the dashboard so I can use the phone guidance more comfortably by being able to view the screen while driving.
Right, if you find one let me know. I am also not too impressed with the routes that Map My India is throwing up.

I have also had a curious experience. Sometimes, if my vehicle is facing one direction, the route given by MMI is totally different than when the vehicle is facing the opposite direction. And I am not talking about going down this road, taking a turn and joining back to the main route kind of change. I am talking about a completely different route being suggested.

The worst case of this I came across is when I was in Banaganpalli in AP and wanted to go to Ahobilam about 75 kms away. When I first switched on MMI and entered the destination, it came up with a route that went North for about 25 kms and then turned East, for a total distance of 100 kms. I asked a local about the route and he suggested a completely different one which was directly East and about 75 kms. So when I took a U turn and rechecked with MMI, then it showed the new route too!

Has anything like this ever happened to any of you? I now exclusively use my iPhone/iPad for navigation, that's why I'm looking for a stand too.
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Right, if you find one let me know.
Well I've found stuff on Amazon.I liked this one. Only 5 people have bought it but the reviews are uniformly good. Click here for the link.

However, I'd like to check out some offerings in the marketplace, just to get an idea of how it looks and feel. If I get something I'll let you know.
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