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Old 23rd March 2015, 20:07   #7096
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Tyre alignment should be done whenever you feel tilting of car in one direction or every 5k which ever comes earlier. And it is not specific to car model. I am shocked if owners manual has mentioned as 40k. Or i am missing something completely here?
For my hatchback and sedan vehicles which i owned , i used to do alignment at every 5000kms . I have driven 21000kms so far in my Xuv and i haven't done any alignment and no left pulling etc. The service centre also does alignment at 40000kms . Even some other suv like old Pajero had longer service interval.
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What was the final price you got it for? Are there any news from them about the new XUV ?
The invoice value is 16.8 lacs on road after free insurance and corp discount. In addition to that I told them not to give me insurance as I am getting better rates outside and it will save me another 6-7K. PLus its as much as you can bargain on accessory freebies . Its march end.

All dealers are being very tight lipped about new XUV. I was also waiting but given no news I just went ahead and booked as i was losing patience. Given the new XUV doesnt have lot of upgrades and seems more cosmetic in nature. Dealers do mention that there is XUV300 coming which is the smaller SUV, probably the sub 4m one.
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A XUV 500 Refresh is in the Offing , Expected Launch April - May 2015.
Expected Changes Included but not contained to
- Modified Front Bumpers and Head Lamps with DRLs
- Infotainment major upgrade...
This what I have learned from unconfirmed media resources as of now
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Old 23rd March 2015, 22:56   #7099
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Yesterday I took a test drive of XUV 5OO. XUV is fun to drive and handles very nicely. It crossed 80 without me even realizing. Handled bad road well and I enjoyed the car like handling.

However, the interiors were a big let down. May be the interiors are alright for a sub 15 L vehicle but with W8 reaching almost 17 L on road the interiors deserve a better treatment. The plastics are too hard and the faux wood center console didn't impress me much. Hopefully Mahindra will address these in the new version.

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- Infotainment major upgrade...
To be honest, present one is good as well. Only if updates were available & maps were as good as Google Maps.

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I have a S10 4WD which has the same infotainment system as the XUV (I believe) I wish to know, is there a re-trace route option in it?

Like, someone is navigating me through a series of back-roads at night & I got to drop him/her & drive back. Is there a option to go back via the same route?
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A XUV 500 Refresh is in the Offing , Expected Launch April - May 2015.
Expected Changes Included but not contained to
- Modified Front Bumpers and Head Lamps with DRLs
- Infotainment major upgrade...
This what I have learned from unconfirmed media resources as of now
Man, now you are posting this after I booked and about to take delivery in few days . Hopefully the infotainment is not as big an upgrade since everything else seems more cosmetic which I can live with without having regretting booking earlier.
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Man, now you are posting this after I booked and about to take delivery in few days . Hopefully the infotainment is not as big an upgrade since everything else seems more cosmetic which I can live with without having regretting booking earlier.
Apart from the above even a new dash is expected and yes infotainment can be inspired from Rexton and should be much better than below average ones in current XUVs.

There can be few added features, though nothing is confirmed yet, sun roof and power seats will be continued from xclusive edition I feel so.

May launch is not yet confirmed as when it is with Mahindra it can extend till year end. So its up to you to analyse everything and continue with the current booking or cancel it and wait for the the facelift XUV.
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To be honest, present one is good as well. Only if updates were available & maps were as good as Google Maps.
I have not seen the Scorpio one in detail. The XUV one hasn't really changed much in last 3 years. They added the Help videos, changed the splash screen and modified the bluetooth pairing interface, but that's about it. Yes, at a gross level the infotainment system is quite good and there are no glaring issues. But, its far from perfect. If I sit down for an hour and jot down my observations, I am pretty sure I can come out with a list of 20-25 problems and would-have-been-nice-if-it-could-have.
Attention to detail and how the touchscreen, the waterfall console buttons and the steering controls integrate leave a lot to be desired. e.g. while listening to FM, you can not go to the next channel by using any of the buttons on the waterfall console or steering. You HAVE to use the touch screen.

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I have a S10 4WD ....
Oh, you picked up the new Scorp? Congratulations! Sorry, I seemed to have missed that update.

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...which has the same infotainment system as the XUV (I believe) I wish to know, is there a re-trace route option in it?
Like, someone is navigating me through a series of back-roads at night & I got to drop him/her & drive back. Is there a option to go back via the same route?
Unfortunately no. The MMI in XUV is just very basic. The outdated touchscreen (I believe its resistive and not capacitive) which does not understand multi-touch compounds the problems as there are no physical buttons (besides the one used to turn on the navigation) with which you can control the navigation system. You need a brilliant touchscreen if you want to have 100% functionality using touch without using any physical controls and the one used in the Nippon unit is far from it. Try to swipe the map or try to enter a route with via-points like "Mumbai - Panchgani - Mahad" and you struggle big time. There is a option to save a route and you can view the saved route later (I believe so, need to recheck), but you can not get the saved file out of the system to share with somebody else. Similarly you can not import a route file given by somebody else so that you can follow the route.

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Attention to detail and how the touchscreen, the waterfall console buttons and the steering controls integrate leave a lot to be desired. e.g. while listening to FM, you can not go to the next channel by using any of the buttons on the waterfall console or steering. You HAVE to use the touch screen.
This is my single biggest grouse with the entertainment system. It's such a counter intuitive design - having steering mounted buttons which don't change the channel. I mean, who seeks FM channels 0.05 MHz at a time?? Changing the channels using the touchscreen is also a tad dangerous because it requires taking one's eyes off the road. It's not easy landing your finger on the exact channel in a bouncing car either! Quality of the touch screen and the sound quality also leave a lot to be desired. I wish the HU could be changed with a decent aftermarket one, but unfortunately the "split" design (buttons & screen separate) doesn't allow this.
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May launch is not yet confirmed as when it is with Mahindra it can extend till year end. So its up to you to analyse everything and continue with the current booking or cancel it and wait for the the facelift XUV.
Problem is that I have gone too far now since I have sold my earlier car, down payment done and loan approved. Now if I cancel booking I need to take bus to work everyday for god knows how many months. I have a 2nd car which my wife uses for commute. Plus all the excitement at home of the new car is going to fizzle out. Given all the uncertainly with launch I am going ahead with delivery since I anyways like the current XUV as well with not many glaring issues. As long as they don't launch it next month, I am fine .
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Oh, you picked up the new Scorp? Congratulations! Sorry, I seemed to have missed that update.
Here it is. http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...o-s10-4x4.html (My Explorer: Mahindra Scorpio S10 4x4)

No retrace option gets a big thumbs down from me. The Yeti's screen response is albeit the same, not much difference. It is a tad more sensitive.

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This is my single biggest grouse with the entertainment system. It's such a counter intuitive design - having steering mounted buttons which don't change the channel. I mean, who seeks FM channels 0.05 MHz at a time??
Rest assured, it has been taken care of in the Scorpio's unit. I can change channels via the steering mounted audio control.
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^^ One additional feature I liked in new Scorpio's infotainment system compared to XUV's was the tyre pressure indication.

For XUV it is only displayed when there is low pressure of high temperature, else we have to rely on Bluesense App on a synced mobile. I guess, this too like the steering mounted controls for FM channel change can be done by a software update.

Understandably, RM gave a blank expression when I mentioned the above mentioned irritants during service while I was checking for software update.
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^^ One additional feature I liked in new Scorpio's infotainment system compared to XUV's was the tyre pressure indication.
Tire pressure as well as tire temperature, both the units are displayed.
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The invoice value is 16.8 lacs on road after free insurance and corp discount. In addition to that I told them not to give me insurance as I am getting better rates outside and it will save me another 6-7K. PLus its as much as you can bargain on accessory freebies . Its march end.

All dealers are being very tight lipped about new XUV. I was also waiting but given no news I just went ahead and booked as i was losing patience. Given the new XUV doesnt have lot of upgrades and seems more cosmetic in nature. Dealers do mention that there is XUV300 coming which is the smaller SUV, probably the sub 4m one.
March madness is when you should buy any vehicle. The dealers will be trying to close sales promising what ever that comes to their mouth. Especially if they have stocck in hand and have to clear it.

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For my hatchback and sedan vehicles which i owned , i used to do alignment at every 5000kms.
I do at 5K km but havent done alignment for the last 10K km as have been traveling frequently. The rear tires have taken quite a beating. Have to get it done tomorrow at madhus. Sireesh Auto alignment is fit for nothing. For my type of roads and driving, at least 3 alignment checks per 10K is required.

It is March 26th and exactly an year and 42K km of XUV W4 ownership. With not much electronics to worry about, the vehicle as such has been headache free but for the really stupid sireesh service center.

If you have to wait for another vehicle, then suggest you wait for the renault lodgy, compare its drivability and ride quality with the XUV / Innova and then decide. If at all you have to opt for the W8, it should be for the safety features rather than the electronics. With any new model of Mahindra, you should give atleast 3 years for the product to evolve. With the expected XUV upgrade, give it atleast a year to evolve.

Has anyboddy used Chrome service centers in Bangalore?

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Hello All. Been driving a W8 for the last 6 months. Just wanted to pick your brains on the start stop feature. Do you recommend it be used? Does it cause more harm than good? And what is the harm, if any?
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