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Re: New family member - Purple Cheetah Mahindra XUV500 W8 FWD Facelift
I'm back after long time. Have many updates on issues resolution, my trips, etc etc.
Multiple rounds of discussions with Mahindra R & D and with few attempts to fix my laundry list of issues, these are what were done and current status:
After few attempts by Mahindra R & D (and Sireesh team, under guidance of Mahindra), they sent Visteon team itself to Bangalore to debug it (they're the OEMs for GPS unit).
Complete HW unit for GPS ('Silver box') was replaced and also the display panel and related wiring too have been replaced.
Issues (2) and (3) are resolved. However, (1) is still occurring, but the number of instances have largely reduced. In city drives, even if I hit the blank out issue, within 2-5 mins it comes back to the navigation screen. However, during my trip to Ooty (2nd trip this year :-)) the blank out stayed for more than 2 hours. Mahindra R & D team said, they could repro this issue very less frequently (1 out of 1000 or something). We're keeping a watch on this.
Until then, these are the issues I'm living with:
 USB doesn't resume playback from where it left off, most of the time (it starts playing from very first song)
 Not all folders are listed correctly in the browse menu, folder contents are shown wrongly too
 Glitch during skipping to prev/next tracks
 The photos in USB key aren't displayed in USB photos option
 Some video files don't play in USB videos option
 Back/return button, while within a folder, doesn’t take back to its parent folder correctly
What works well?
Enough of cribbing, let’s talk about what all work well.
So far, I've clocked 7.5K KMs. 1st service is done. These are the features/controls I've extensively used and I liked them:
 It's a fun to drive beast, no second thoughts. On highways, it's a breeze to drive the Cheetah. Fatigue is lot less. I did many long drives so far - 2 times Ooty, Wayanad, Hyderabad, 2 times Chennai. The engine noise is well controlled and it's solid to drive. The co-passengers enjoyed it well.
 Mileage: Getting anywhere between 12-14 Kmpl on highways (mixed with city drives). In the city, approx 10.5 Kmpl. So far, my Cheetah drank ~606 liters and ran (at the time of filling diesel last time) 7385 Kms. So total average mileage = 12.2 Kmpl
 AC is very effective, tried with full passenger packed till 3rd row, and all rows they felt it effective.
 Cruise control works like a breeze, used it a lot on highways.
 Purple is liked by ALL the people, without exceptions. I made the right choice choosing this color.
 Big thumbs up for the cabin insulation
 Auto lights and rain sensing wipers are a boon, using them almost always.
 Suspension is ultimate, everyone who travels with me says the same, they don't feel they're on indian roads.
 "Auto Engine On/Off" - I always keep it turned on and it's a habit already to not stop/start the engine "manually" in the lights, it's seamless for me.
 Voice recognition - using it extensively to make calls. Works 85% perfect.
 Hill hold is very helpful in places like exit from the malls (mostly it's an uphill). Hill decent control works well, except the inaccuracy I mentioned above.
 SMS read out option is another great feature, very handy while driving.
 Blue sense app works well, I switched to Android mobile.
What needs improvement (apart from bugs, above)?
(1) Navigation doesn’t show most spots like popular resorts/hotels/etc. So, need to keep mobile phone with Google maps always as a backup.
(2) Voice recognition - needs fine tuning for sure. Many times it doesn’t recognize simple commands like Yes, No, etc itself. Many more simpler commands can be added like redial, call back missed call, etc. R & D team said, they're working on enhancements.
(3) Need rain sensing wipers for rear too. Auto lights mode doesn’t allow high beam, but since it's not perfect, it should allow high beam.
(4) Keys to go to prev/next Folder during USB playback badly needs to be enabled
(5) Current time display is missing in navigation and other screens, awaited in future releases
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