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Old 30th November 2011, 18:47   #1096
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Also, happy to report that except the infotainment system hanging or character mismatch, I have faced absolutely no problems with the car. Done 2400 kms, 3-5 (200 km) drives .. No creaks, no sounds, no malfunction.
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I'm sorry for missing this in my earlier post. Once other problem is that while the speaker volume is sufficiently loud with the phone connection, I have to literally shout to get my voice accross and sound feeble to the other party. Is there any remedy? How can I increase the microphone volume?
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On another note, I am getting my red W6 this Friday.Is there a recommended security system or is the immobilisor good enough? I would have liked to reinforce the security but not sure which to go for. My Wagon R has been pretty well protected all these years by a simple gear lock, not sure we can install one in the XUV too ?
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On another note, I am getting my red W6 this Friday.Is there a recommended security system or is the immobilisor good enough? I would have liked to reinforce the security but not sure which to go for. My Wagon R has been pretty well protected all these years by a simple gear lock, not sure we can install one in the XUV too ?
The more security systems the better. Immobilizer will prevent someone from duplicating your key and driving away. Security systems like Autocop, Xenos will sound an alert when someone intrudes your car. This would help to secure the inside of your car and your ICE.

It is not a bad suggestion to go in for a GSM security sysyem, which has features to turn off your car engine remotely in the unlikely event of a theft. GSM system for 13K will protect your 13 lacs XUV
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I'm sorry for missing this in my earlier post. Once other problem is that while the speaker volume is sufficiently loud with the phone connection, I have to literally shout to get my voice accross and sound feeble to the other party. Is there any remedy? How can I increase the microphone volume?
I dont have an XUV but see if this solution works. Try to locate the micrphone and see if speaking closer to the mic helps. If this helps, you ma increase the sound sensitivity (M.A.S.S can help). If it sounds the same, you may have to look for a replacement.
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The more security systems the better. Immobilizer will prevent someone from duplicating your key and driving away. Security systems like Autocop, Xenos will sound an alert when someone intrudes your car. This would help to secure the inside of your car and your ICE.
Infact there is a sound alert mechanism installed in XUV. And believe me its VERY loud. I came to know only when I locked the car and maybe one of the door did not lock properly the alarm sounded afer a minute or two later and initially I ignored as if it was not coming from my Car. But it was a pleasant surprise
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I got hands on half an hour test drive of XUV5OO. Tried it on all kind of trails which one will be driving after owning it My review after XUV500 test drive -

1. No Turbo leg.
2. Engine is silent, but gets louder with revs.
3. 3rd gear has good range to keep going in moving city traffic.
4. Car like cornering capability.
5. Drove at 60-70 KMPH on gravel filled road, ride was flat but tyre noise were coming into cabin.
6. Gets bumpy on speed breaker, got to know this is the normal in SUV. I do not have earlier experience with SUVs.
7. If raved hard at corners from dead slow speed, steering pulls back straight (Drawback of FWD in XUV). It could be because of the load it carries at the front wheel.
8. The ride gets bumpy if the road is up and down (uneven). Rear suspension is very soft, middle passenger jumps on seat. I think little bit harder rear suspension setup could solve this issue.
9. Tried little offroading as well, drove on the road which was digged and full of boulders, again felt the suspension is too soft.

My conclusion is, XUV has got the killer look and killer features at killer price. But ride definitely needs improvement. XUV is good at flat road, but it is unsettled on uneven road. Overall it has good ride and handling but one can't say perfect or very good.

This car is good for the price. I will buy if Mahindra does not increase the price when booking reopens. My next contender is Skoda Rapid.

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hey guys,
its nice to see xuv gainig so much popularity though the reliability is still a question mark. i was also smitten by xuv so booked it on 6th oct.my approximate delivery was 2 january.
today i recieved a mail from the dealership-sterling , stating i need to pay all my balance before 10th dec or my booking will be passed to the next customer in line.they dont have any dates for delivery but say it will be done in december itself.
why should i pay days before my deliver date.(eg i f i get the car on 25 dec but i have to make full and final payment by 10th dec.) the dealer in its letter meant if you want your priority staus in booking line make an early payment.
it seems that dealer is taking advantage of the huge booking line. please share your views on this.

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Dont pay them till the time they confirm the delivery date. Koncept auto did the same to me but i stood my stand and paid margin money only when i got my delivery date confirmed from them as well as from Mahindra.
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Took the XUV in to SKS Auto once again for the Nippon guy to look at the faulty navigation issue. In the meantime, SKS checked all the other XUVs with them for the boot lid creaking noise, and found that all the other cars have the same issue. They had not noticed it till I raised the complaint.

Upon further investigation, they have found the noise coming from the actuator in the boot lid, and they have raised the complaint with M&M. Awaiting some communication from the company as to how to rectify this.

Other XUV5OO owners: See if you have the same issue. Press the boot release on the boot lid, and see if you hear a creaking noise within the first few cms of the boot lid coming out.
Nope, not coming in my XUV (touchwood).
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Hi Nitinralli. I too had booked my XUV AWD at Koncept Lajpat Nagar. Horrendous experience so far. I booked on Oct 1, followed up a week later and was told they had 'lost my booking form'. So I had to fill it up again. Then didnt hear anything back from them. So here's what I did - I wrote to Anand Mahindra and marked as many senior people from M&M as I could. Within an hour, I get a mail back from Mr. Vivek Nayar (he heads marketing there), apologising for my bad experience so far and assuring me of sorting these issues out.

So this last weekend, I printed these mails out and met Mr. Santok at the dealership. I narrated my experience, yours (Nitin) and told them i'm also on Team BHP. So my 'demands'

1. I want to get my own insurance done (and I will get my existing 60% NCB transferred). I dont want any hassle that Nitin has earlier faced

2. I want a brand new spotless untampered clean car. No dented/repaired ones, no test drive ones. No hanky panky.

I hope the message has gone through.

Question Nitin - where did you finally get your insurance done from (which company)? Also, any other thing/s I need to ensure/ask for when dealing with these guys?
Thats Koncept for you

I got the insurance from Bajaj alliance 0% depreciation. Make sure you get the VIN and chassis # from them and cross check with Mahindra. Dont pay all upfront even if they ask (or to say Force you) till the time you get delivery date. Lastly, while taking the delivery, please make sure you look out for any signs of car being used or abused, specially the plastics.

i know it seems as if you are doing a favor by buying a car from them but that's what these dealers have done to this whole car buying experience. Mahindra produced a nice car, but their dealers are making sure that Indian people don't get what they deserve. Every dealer is making money on this car. For e.g. Alloys for W6 at Koncept Lagpat nagar is 40K, whereas other dealer is providing it for 32K.

Best of luck and let me know if you need any help in escalations or something.
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I've been spotting quite a few XUV-500s in Bangalore. I've seen more XUVs than Honda Brios and Suzuki Kizashis!

Initially, I wasn't too impressed with the design, and now I'd say it's very striking! It's got phenomenal road-presence. As much as an imported SUV, IMO. I saw one in a steel-grey colour and it looked fab. The lights look wonderful, all round. It's got a fantastic stance on the road, and it looks pretty aggressive too.

My only grouse, I still think it's a tad overdone, especially up-front. They could have avoided those claw-like grill bits underneath the headlights. A great set of large wheels should set this SUV of perfectly!
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I already took the delivery of the car on 19th Nov. I received a call yesterday from Mahindra that my car has left the plant. I was given the car by the dealer I guess. So my gut feeling is that system is already in place that you will receive a call from Mahindra when your car gets dispatched. If you are receiving calls only from dealer and your actual delivery date is 1-2 months later its safe to assume that the car is from the old stock.
I may be wrong though.

What ever be the case don't pay them until you personally visit the stockyard and inspect the car.

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Now this is impressive for an SUV.

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Now this is impressive for an SUV.

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Is this city mileage or highway?
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Why would you want side facing seats in a (semi) premium SUV, just fold the third row to get as much space you could ever need. With full passenger load on longer journeys a roof top carrier / box is always the additional option.
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Side facing seats on the XUV are unlikely (read never) as it is something that you do need to decide while designing the car itself. Besides from the luggage space point of view one can always fold one seat or both if there are less 6/5 or less persons travelling. For situations where there are 7 persons tavelling they have made arrangements for roof rails there a luggage rack can be fixed. An accessory made available right from the start to exactly that situation.

So yes one can wait for issues to be resolved over the next 6 months but if waiting for side facing seats, it is highly unlikely though one never really knows, but with them sold out with the current layout there would be no reason to change. It is all for sales numbers finally.
Thanks m_upreti and ACM. I can actually think of multiple benefits of the side facing third row of seats - including the folks sitting there having access to their own door and being able to get on/off without disturbing folks in the second row; more flexibility for luggage space and removing perception that there is no luggage space in the XUV500 et al. I do struggle quite a bit with luggage space on my Xylo, and not having the split seats option on the third row is seats is probably a big reason. I do realize the advantages of front facing seats on all rows as well as the disadvantages of side facing ones, but all things considered would still like the side facing seats for the third row. Can subsist on ml, llllllll y Xylo till then. Just my 2 cents.
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Is this city mileage or highway?
This is city But i want to add this, it has been increasing from day one. When i took the delivery, it was showing 9, but later on it has been increasing day by day. Lets see whats the max i can pull off.
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This is city But i want to add this, it has been increasing from day one. When i took the delivery, it was showing 9, but later on it has been increasing day by day. Lets see whats the max i can pull off.
Thats good mileage. Ok, so you have never reset the mileage is it?

I have reset it for a few long trips and also a few city runs. I got 18 km/l on my highway trip and 13+ in the city.
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