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Old 20th February 2009, 10:16   #151
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To add to Steeroids inputs, The 3.0 Engine has done Billions of kms on Indian roads in the NA form in the Tata 407 for decades!
IMO that was still older TCIC , Dicor 3.0 was something in between
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No sir, the TCIC Safari used a 2.0 litre block
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No sir, the TCIC Safari used a 2.0 litre block
But that was the engine which was derived from old Tata 407 engine and doing duty in Sumo with reduced displacement or I have some disconnect ?
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The 497 DL was the original block used in the 407. This *may* have been scaled down to the 483 DL (Estate, Sierra, Sumo, Safari TCIC) and further down to the 475 DL (Indica, Indigo, Marina).

What headers sir is referring to is the 497 DL engine has seen billions of km on Indian roads. The 3.0 DiCOR uses the same 497 block as the 407, 207 DI, Spacio.
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Illuminating discussion! Yes, I've heard the olde' Tatas are solid engines. Perhaps I should test drive one to understand how unrefined it is. Just TD'd a Xylo right now - and it needs to be much better than that for sure or I'm sticking with the 2.2
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Illuminating discussion! Yes, I've heard the olde' Tatas are solid engines. Perhaps I should test drive one to understand how unrefined it is.
TD one and find out for yourself. Depending on what your driving habits are like, you will either love it or hate it.

I do a lot of highways and some off-road driving for which I like low-end torque, I love the 3.0 for this purpose and therefore I do not find the 2.2 a compelling enough excuse to change. Perhaps I would've shifted to a 2.2 if I had a lot of intra city running.
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Whoa, just used up precious office time to read the whole thread! But totally worth it!
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@evo - yeah the learning about the Safari's versions, its character, the support and the depth of knowhow on TBhp about it was amazing Now - to find a vehicle and live the dream....
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@zenx,
aha, that means that ur LX deal is off?
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aha, that means that ur LX deal is off?
Oh yeah, that had happened some time ago (mentioned somewhere earlier in the thread). The hunt continues...
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oh, sorry, didnt come across that...I know I shouldnt be thinking this way but the Safari TD I had yesterday coupled with the effect this thread has had is making me want one! But I shouldnt think of a new car now. Bad Boy!!!
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Oh well, looks like its a dry market and a long wait for the 2.2Dicors. Not too many around. Anyone with leads, please oblige.
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Was going through the classifieds yesterday, found these :

2007 OCT EX 4x4 22000 KM. Extended Warranty.
Rs. 5.95 Lakh

2008 FEB EX 4x2 12000 KM.
Rs.6.40 Lakh


These are Kolkata prices and the first quote, havent seen the vehicles, since this thread is turning into a used Safari buyers manual, I thought I`ll just put in the prices for benchmarking.
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@evo Thanks! That should be really useful for folks looking at Safaris. The second, especially, makes me hopefuly again

Also - got to idle a couple of 2.2s at the Blr meet on Sat - dkamath's and maheshmenon's - and found them to be much "smoother" than the one I'd TD'd earlier - esp wrt the noise between 1.5-2k revs. I think I need a proper loong TD with a new one for a decent comparison. Of course, idling may be a very loose indicator.
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Called Concorde and decided to do another "proper" test drive.

They sent a VX - Cycus Grey (v nice colour). The vehicle - marked for "demo" - was a 4x4, and had about 20k on the odo. The guy explained upfront that the clutch was a little harder than is normal, and the vehicle's taken some beating. While the clutch did have a "rough" feel to it, I did not find it annoyingly uncomfortable.

Took it first along the same route that I did the Xylo TD in - and the difference was immediately apparent where I "missed" a sppedbreaker at 60 or so The engine was audible with the windows rolled down, but not harsh or anything. In fact the noise I'd mentioned earlier between 1500 and 2000 was again not audible. And it lunged like a beauty, even from single digit speeds, in second gear. The off road section started slowly, where things did get a touch bouncy (its a pit filled kuccha stretch) but soon I was trying to accelerate through it! Fun, fun, fun.

Hit a good road after that and accelerated to 60 quickly with all redline shifts. Yes, its fun to do even that and the 2 tonne of metal does not lurch, jerk, etc through the shifts. Decided to test 3 digit speeds so went down Sarjapura road. 80kmph came and went without fuss (A/C on all the time) and had gotten comfortable enough to even weave in and out of traffic, by now. The earlier body roll I'd experienced was gone now - probably adapted my overtaking to the vehicle's dynamics - and soon managed a unhurried 110. Saw a tiny gap in the median and decided a 100 metres before that to take the u-turn. No panic breaking - but a quick decision was helped - again with no fuss - by composed braking. The turning radius showed its hand and I managed to get the outer wheel onto the shoulder on the 4 laner (narrow lanes though). Sped to 100 again, braked hard a couple of times, went into a mini-jam at the railway crossing where felt at ease with the stop and go traffic too.

11kmpl with all this will be awesome! I'm sooo waiting to become a truck driver

Edit : TDing a Grande for completeness tomorrow/the day after. Whats wrong with me - I even liked (though the handling was weird, and the steering unconnected) the feel and space of a battered old Qualis I borrowed to take to dinner on Saturday.

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