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Old 29th July 2016, 15:09   #3526
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As long as you are not keeping your left leg raised and in a twisted position - the Thar is absolutely easy to drive in bumper to bumper traffic. I managed a 7 hour drive back home in flooded water in the Thar in November last year and wasnt in any pain other than being overall tired from the ordeal ! To compare - I was not able to walk after a bad 3 hour jam in my Swift and even a 2.5 hour jam in my Ikon - would be limping due to leg pain by the time I reached home. The raised seating position helps a great deal and the good forward visibility lets you plan what to do to avoid bottlenecks.

You will be the only one other than trucks and buses to not worry of small bumps and scratches. You can judiciously use just the clutch to crawl forward easily.
Dear sjcherian,
Thanks for the headsup!
I do not know if I will buy a Thar in the near future. However, I am tempted to take a test drive.

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Dear sjcherian,
Thanks for the headsup!
I do not know if I will buy a Thar in the near future. However, I am tempted to take a test drive.

Girish Mahajan
Please do test-drive a Thar.
All minor and niggling issues notwithstanding, you will be smitten!
Once the Jeep big bites, you are addicted for life, so heady is the feeling
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Old 29th July 2016, 21:37   #3528
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Hello Everyone,

I'm eagerly waiting to get my hands on my new Thar. I booked it last month (30th Jun) and the dealer (India Garage - Mount Road) called and told me today that the vehicle has come and it's in the yard. As I'm Planning to do the PDI on Monday, is there anything specific to Thar that I have to check.

And also, I'm planning to change the stock tyres to AT tyres. After going through most of the threads on AT tyres for Thar, I'm still unable to decide between Continental Crosscontact, and Michelin LTX AT2 tyres. And could someone help me with good tyre dealers in Chennai as I would like to exchange the stock tyres.

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Hello Everyone,

I'm eagerly waiting to get my hands on my new Thar. I booked it last month (30th Jun) and the dealer (India Garage - Mount Road) called and told me today that the vehicle has come and it's in the yard. As I'm Planning to do the PDI on Monday, is there anything specific to Thar that I have to check.

And also, I'm planning to change the stock tyres to AT tyres. After going through most of the threads on AT tyres for Thar, I'm still unable to decide between Continental Crosscontact, and Michelin LTX AT2 tyres. And could someone help me with good tyre dealers in Chennai as I would like to exchange the stock tyres.

Thanks,
KP
Congrats on the new Thar and what color is it ?
What to check - everything as closely as you can. Use the PDI Checklist as a basis. You can also see the points I wrote up for a used one as well regarding tilts/underbody damage. Also check if the speedometer is working and mileage is reasonable (in many cases customer vehicles get handed out for TDs as most dealerships don't have a TD Thar)
Are you sure you want to do the tire change as the stock ones are more than adequate of most on road and moderate off-road use ? If you do stick to stock size of width otherwise you will crib about mileage later. Are you planning alloys ? If so plan tires accordingly.

Please do a walk around the numerous shops on Whites Road today (Saturday) and bargain hard and fix up before you go with your Thar for the final deal.
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Congrats on the new Thar and what color is it ?
What to check - everything as closely as you can. Use the PDI Checklist as a basis. You can also see the points I wrote up for a used one as well regarding tilts/underbody damage. Also check if the speedometer is working and mileage is reasonable (in many cases customer vehicles get handed out for TDs as most dealerships don't have a TD Thar)
Are you sure you want to do the tire change as the stock ones are more than adequate of most on road and moderate off-road use ? If you do stick to stock size of width otherwise you will crib about mileage later. Are you planning alloys ? If so plan tires accordingly.

Please do a walk around the numerous shops on Whites Road today (Saturday) and bargain hard and fix up before you go with your Thar for the final deal.

Thanks Sjcherian for your inputs. The color of my Thar is Rocky Beige.

Even when I did my first test drive for Thar at India garage, they gave me a new unregistered Thar. On enquiry, they told me that it was a TD vehicle but they haven't registered it yet. After a month, when I went again to do an another test drive with my friend, the vehicle was registered. Hope it was the same one.

I'm planning to stick with stock steel rims and stock size of width for the tyres. I intend to do the tyre upgrade only if i get a good deal for the stock tyres.

Today, planning to visit Chandru auto works on GP road for audio system and will definitely check out the shops on Whites road as well.

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And also, I'm planning to change the stock tyres to AT tyres. After going through most of the threads on AT tyres for Thar, I'm still unable to decide between Continental Crosscontact, and Michelin LTX AT2 tyres. And could someone help me with good tyre dealers in Chennai as I would like to exchange the stock tyres.

Thanks,
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Would prefer LTX to Conti for better grip in mud. But unless you plan to offroad a lot, don't spend money on tyres. Will compromise braking and will give rough ride.
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Dera All,

Here are the video of water leaks from soft top and dashboard. Uploaded in my Twitter handle as I was unable upload here due to size restrictions.

https://twitter.com/aithalsandy/stat...31672835756033

https://twitter.com/aithalsandy/stat...24686442344448

In the meantime, lucky thar is helping people in flooded BLR
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Would prefer LTX to Conti for better grip in mud. But unless you plan to offroad a lot, don't spend money on tyres. Will compromise braking and will give rough ride.
Thanks Jaggu. I'm hoping to do a lot of offroading. I do agree with you that if I go with AT tyres, I have to compromise a lot. Even a few of my friends suggested LTX to conti.

As sjcherian suggested, did scouting for tyres on whites road. Though I have been to that place many times, never noticed so many shops for tyres. Did checked the price for Michelin LTX AT2 (5 tyres)and best quote given to me was by B.M.Lal Bros.,

New Michelin LTX (2016): 7800*5= 39000rs
Exchange price (Bridgestone): 6000*5= 30000rs
Difference: 39000-30000 = 9000, After discount of 1000, it is 8000rs.

Unfortunately I couldn't check Chandru auto stores for audio systems as I was getting late. Hope to do it later.
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Dera All,

Here are the video of water leaks from soft top and dashboard. Uploaded in my Twitter handle as I was unable upload here due to size restrictions.

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In the meantime, lucky thar is helping people in flooded BLR
OMG, It is very bad. I really don't understand why can't Mahindra make a reliable product? They have been in this industry for such a long time and still couldn't be able to deliver a product of high quality. Is it so tough? In adding to this, their inconsistent service across their network.
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Just an update. I bought and installed following mahindra standard accessories:

1. Rear bumper
2. Front bumper
3. Side steps
4. Half canopy
5. Roll over bar

Apart from that, I also installed rear carbon leaf spring suspensions which made drive a little comfortable.

For the benefit of all, it is worth mentioning that the mahindra expedition half canopy is a good quality product but the issue is with the fitment. I got it installed on my Thar but it restricts the front seats to be pushed to the limit. so far tall drivers, it could be a soar to drive. I had to get rid of it after some time.
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Just an update. I bought and installed following mahindra standard accessories:

1. Rear bumper
2. Front bumper
3. Side steps
4. Half canopy
5. Roll over bar

Apart from that, I also installed rear carbon leaf spring suspensions which made drive a little comfortable.

For the benefit of all, it is worth mentioning that the mahindra expedition half canopy is a good quality product but the issue is with the fitment. I got it installed on my Thar but it restricts the front seats to be pushed to the limit. so far tall drivers, it could be a soar to drive. I had to get rid of it after some time.
Can you please post pictures of all installations?

Thanks in advance!
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Can a MM thar be converted to a 5 door, a la Marshall. So, that it can be used as a family car ?
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Can a MM thar be converted to a 5 door, a la Marshall. So, that it can be used as a family car ?
Any thing is possible in India !
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why dont you buy a used bolero storme? but its a 4x2 only.

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@jeepster, that looks like one neat modification. Do you know where it was done?

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Can a MM thar be converted to a 5 door, a la Marshall. So, that it can be used as a family car ?
There is a family car made by Mahindra that suits this requirement of 5 doors - its called the Bolero for a similar amount of money.

Please do not buy the Thar to convert it to a family hauler ! Just buy the Bolero/ TUV300/ Scorpio etc etc.
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