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Old 5th July 2016, 17:29   #136
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Hi,

This is not exactly a long term ownership review. My Bolero is 9 Years and 100000Km old and there are certain things which I wished the "more knowledgeable" Mahindra would think about and do something about. But the mighty Mahindra were busy with redesigning grills, logo projection from side mirrors, adding "Welcome to Mahindra Bolero" voice and such important stuff. Can't blame them.

So here are some things I wished they thought of in a Bolero in no particular order. No, i'm not asking for Twin Turbos or 150bhp.

1. Split / Collapsible Middle Row Seats. Rocket science?
2. Relocating the rear number plate from that MOST STUPID place to below the Rear Door handle. Rocket science?
3. Better Windshield Wiper angle / mechanism so that it doesn't leave an uncleaned "pizza slice" section on the driver's side which creates sort of a "blind spot".
4. Taller gear lever with a shorter throw.....which means "bring the fulcrum up".
5. Front wheels splash water onto the windscreen blinding the driver. Mahindra, still clueless after so many years?
6. Matching the front and rear track widths.

Just the simple and obvious stuff. I'm leaving the engine / transmission / suspension untouched. Anybody wish to add more? No twin turbos and such stuff please.

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-- Torqy
Wholeheartedly agree to all your points. Wish Mahindra could be listening. It is such a lovely vehicle and could have been so much better with the modifications that you have mentioned.

I would like to add 2 points to your list -

7. Proper designing of the clutch U pipe (or at least proper protection) that juts out and is prone to break during off-roading.
8. Good quality roof rails that would be easier to use for racks rather than using the rain channels.
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Even after fitting the free-wheeling hubs the noise on deceleration was not gone. Took the car to a local garage and put it on a lift for a thorough checkup. Finally found the issue to be a worn out bush in the rear propeller shaft. Though it was not a critical thing but the sound was very irritating. Finally happy that it has been resolved and a good learning experience. Cost of rectification was Rs. 200. Love the Bolero

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Hey buddy, good to see you still enjoying your car. The hubs are a good addition IMO without any serious downsides. Mine are old and battered, having scraped a lot of rocks (before my time), but they still work fine.
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Was wondering, if you're ever at your local M&M showroom there, if you could inquire as to whether the LX 4x4 is still available. I know these were always special order (a friend here bought one a year and a half ago), but am now told by the local showroom here that production has permanently ceased as of 3-4 months ago. Website still shows both it and the Plus 4x4 as available, so I don't know. I was looking into it on behalf of a local NGO who really needs something simple/rugged to replace an old Commander. Looks like options are steadily disappearing.
Will surely try to find out about the availability of the LX 4x4.

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Not much going on with our Marshal. It seems to have settled out mostly and is not requiring much attention, at least for low-key local plying. Wife still wants the interior work completed of course (one of these days...).
Good to hear that. I really love the looks of the Marshal and the Armada.
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Hi BlackPearl,

Do you face pockmarks on your front windscreen?

My Bolero is a 2009 model, done 228k kms as on date and I am on my 4th windscreen. The reason being in less than a year, my windscreen gets so many pockmarks/ spots i.e, when running a finger on a clean windscreen I can feel so may rough spots and when viewing sunlight during sunrise/ sunset the spots can be clearly seen.

This makes night driving tiring to eyes, as the lights from opposite vehicles are scattered or dispersed and visibility becomes limited due to this.

I am a regular on highways and get a lot of bug hits during dawn and dusk. Is it the upright windscreen angle, due to which it gets damaged so soon? In that case the Scorpio also has almost similar windscreen angle.

Is anyone else facing this kind of issues? Please advise whats the best possible solution.

Thanks!
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Hi BlackPearl,

Do you face pockmarks on your front windscreen?

This makes night driving tiring to eyes, as the lights from opposite vehicles are scattered or dispersed and visibility becomes limited due to this.

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I too have the dispersion and visibility problems in my 2007 Bolero. Haven't changed the windscreen yet. How much does it cost?

One thing i noticed is when a bug hits, i switch on the washer / wiper......which actually worsens the situation. Last time during a night drive, i didn't use the washer / wiper. Instead i occasionally stopped and washed the glass with soap and water. It was better.

-- Torqy

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Saint-Gobain windscreen costed me Rs 3500. The same Saint-Gobain if bought as a Mahindra geniue spares packaging costs around Ra 4500-5000. I haven't enquired what's the cost for an AIS one.
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Hi BlackPearl,

Do you face pockmarks on your front windscreen?

My Bolero is a 2009 model, done 228k kms as on date and I am on my 4th windscreen. The reason being in less than a year, my windscreen gets so many pockmarks/ spots i.e, when running a finger on a clean windscreen I can feel so may rough spots and when viewing sunlight during sunrise/ sunset the spots can be clearly seen.

This makes night driving tiring to eyes, as the lights from opposite vehicles are scattered or dispersed and visibility becomes limited due to this.

I am a regular on highways and get a lot of bug hits during dawn and dusk. Is it the upright windscreen angle, due to which it gets damaged so soon? In that case the Scorpio also has almost similar windscreen angle.

Is anyone else facing this kind of issues? Please advise whats the best possible solution.

Thanks!
Hi Herbie98, I have not faced any visibility issue with the windscreen and I travel extensively on the highways at night. I usually clean the glass with Colin spray and newspaper.
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Hi Herbie98, I have not faced any visibility issue with the windscreen and I travel extensively on the highways at night. I usually clean the glass with Colin spray and newspaper.
If you spend a lot of time on the highways, this is a common problem after some years with just about ANY car. If it's not the pitting from sand, etc, it can be micro-scratches from the wiper blades, etc.

I saw in the back of some Indian automotive magazine a supplier offering glass polishing products. If you can find someone who's doing that work, they might be able to offer some improvement;

However, in my experience, the best thing to do is to just fit a new windscreen. I got a new one for the Marshal for this reason, and believe it to be worth every paisa. A few thousand for new glass is cheap insurance the way I see it. Very miserable and very dangerous to not be able to see well at night (particularly if you live in a place where people refuse to dip their high beams to oncoming traffic). And you'll notice a much clearer and more pleasant view in the daytime, too.

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A few thousand for new glass is cheap insurance the way I see it.
It can also be covered by insurance, if you are smart, that is.
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Recently the Bolero completed 5 years and the odometer stands at a shade above 80 thousand kilometers. It has been a fantastic journey so far. I thought of noting down all the places that it has taken us to, but then realised that I can't remember all of them. The Bolero has given us the freedom to travel anywhere without planning, without thinking what kind of road conditions we might face, what difficulties can come in our way. It has changed the way we travel, the impact that the Bolero has made in our life is beyond words. Truly speaking, I pat my back for going ahead with the decision of getting the Bolero 5 years back. It has a lot of flaws, but at the end of the day it brings a smile on my face and that is all I need

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