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Old 15th November 2016, 10:13   #4381
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I am planning to pick up a used storme as soon as time permits. I just had one query about the turning radius. The earlier safari had a humongous one. Is this better?
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The turning radius has come down from 6 meters to 5.4, which is actually comparable to midsize sedans (e.g. Toyota Altis = 5.3 meters). Being the same sized vehicle, this means the turning clearance (which includes overhangs) has also come down from 13 meters to 11.8 m. U turns? Possible. That tight parking spot? Possible. Parallel parking? Possible. A lot of things that were previously impossible are now possible. I invited a Safari 3.0L owner to check out the Storme. He deliberately took 4-5 u-turns just to enjoy the feel!
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45,000 Km Update:

Complete 45,000 KM in 30 months of ownership. As I have mentioned before, no major issue faced in all these months. Gave it for servicing to Trans Auto Faridabad and it was well taken care off. My AMC was expiring so got the SA to put in new clutch plates and brake pads under it. The clutch plates of the new Varicor have been installed in my 2014 Storme and the new clutch is as soft as my humble Ritz. I can avail the silver AMC now, but looking at the condition of the vehicle the SA has advised not to go for it.

Happy with the truck and Trans Auto.
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More queries about a used storme. I am not able to locate many VXs. Mostly EX(Thats the mid one, yeah?).
Is any version of the car equipped with steering controls for the stereo? And roof mounted AC for the back? The first is not really important, but the second is extremely so.
Can they be retrofitted if not existing?
Also, lets say, if the difference between the versions' pricings is about 1-1.5L, does it make sense save that and go for the lower one?
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More queries about a used storme. I am not able to locate many VXs. Mostly EX(Thats the mid one, yeah?).
Is any version of the car equipped with steering controls for the stereo? And roof mounted AC for the back? The first is not really important, but the second is extremely so.
Can they be retrofitted if not existing?
Also, lets say, if the difference between the versions' pricings is about 1-1.5L, does it make sense save that and go for the lower one?
None of the Safari Storme models have steering mounted controls.

EX has roof mounted AC. I think it can also be retrofitted (I personally would avoid that).

The clutch plate assembly of the Storme is rather prone to early wear if not used properly. Get a thorough investigation done by a familiar mechanic. Maintenance costs are rather steep (I used to pay 20-30K per year after the 6-year onwards).
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None of the Safari Storme models have steering mounted controls.

EX has roof mounted AC. I think it can also be retrofitted (I personally would avoid that).

The clutch plate assembly of the Storme is rather prone to early wear if not used properly. Get a thorough investigation done by a familiar mechanic. Maintenance costs are rather steep (I used to pay 20-30K per year after the 6-year onwards).
I have the mechanic part covered. Rather early for clutch implies how early? I am careful with my clutches, I think. I mean, I have mechanical empathy, and know what not to do.
So, EX onwards will have roof mounted aircon.
Any other pointers, and things to look at?
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Is any version of the car equipped with steering controls for the stereo? And roof mounted AC for the back?
400NM VX has steering mounted controls along with roof mounted AC.
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I have the mechanic part covered. Rather early for clutch implies how early? I am careful with my clutches, I think. I mean, I have mechanical empathy, and know what not to do.
So, EX onwards will have roof mounted aircon.
Any other pointers, and things to look at?
I had my clutch plate replaced at 80K km. I had it overhauled at 30K, that was when we had a driver. And again the 80K replacement was after we had a driver. Coincidence or not, in both cases of clutch problems, we had a driver for a couple of months prior to the issue raised.

Some other pointers: Look for rusting in the bonnet area, bottom of the doors and in the roof railing. Lift the vehicle and check each wheel for any wobble. There should be absolutely no smoke during idling.
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If you buy the new VX with the 400Nm engine you really don'e need to worry about any of those queries you have.
It has steering mounted controls including those for call accepting and ending via seamless bluetooth.
It has a very good AC with a roof mounted unit which chills the whole cabin quite nicely.
The clutch is a new self adjusting unit. Also with the increased torque you don't have to slip the clutch in inclines or stop and go traffic which was the major clutch eater in earlier models. This has plenty of torque to start off without accelerator input even on inclines.
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I dont think I will find any Varicors in my budget.
So far, I have only been able to locate 4-5 Stormes of 2012-13 vintage. Not one Varicor. In or out of budget.
If you guys have any good leads, I would love to check out a recommended car.
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I am manufacturing ORVM's and supplying them to some OEMs (read: OEM vendors, and not the car manufacturers) and into replacement market primarily.
Is there any place which maintains stock of the OEM Storme ORVMs? I had heard of 99RPM but they seem to have given up on Tata for now. I managed break mine entirely through my own fault - and Tata has failed to fix it for many weeks entirely through theirs.

There seems to be a metal plate behind the ORVM glass with some sort of impressed printing. It also has wires (as opposed to the mechanical cables) that connected to it. It looked a bit like the defogger-heater strips so is the ORVM also heated? Mine is the 2013 VX 4x4 Storme, I don't know if they have model specific changes to this.

If it is heated, that is just a reminder that the ultimate destination for the car was always the cold of the high Himalayas!
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It looks a bit like the defogger-heater strips, so is the ORVM also heated? Mine is the 2013 VX 4x4 Storme,
Yes - the VX has heated mirrors.
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