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Old 14th March 2017, 16:51   #16
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Thanks a lot for the wishes! Will keep updating as and how my ownership progresses. As of now, the car has done 2600kms and needs 2400kms more for its first service. During this, would insist on changing the oil and wiper blades (as one of the blades is leaving behind a trail of droplets).
Also, i need suggestions for a good quality horn for the car! Preferably low frequency than the squeaky one that's there.
You can get the Hella Chrome ones, it should cost you around 1600 bucks. Have a look at the post here (Petrol Hatch to Diesel Sedan - Fiat Linea - Now Wolfed) for reference.

Its loud no doubt, but certainly catches the attention of people on the road. A must on Bangalore roads, with many people oblivious to road manners.
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Another important issue that kept me up the previous night of the trip was the alloy heating. After discussions in various groups, i found that there were many cases in different cars, specially the Crysta with Tyre burst issues. This could happen with excessive heating of the alloys and i did not have Nitrogen in the tyres. However, after breaking the next day post 300kms, i found that the alloys were just warm. I've noticed that they do tend to heat up insanely in cities. That could be mostly due to excessive breaking.
Congrats on the Hexa.
Yours is the first ownership review of Hexa, so there is lot riding on you.

It is difficult to link excessive Braking to alloys heating up. The brake calipers or the disc itself do not touch the rims/alloys.

Check the tyres, if they are getting too hot, they might heat up the rims as well.
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Congrats on the Hexa.
Yours is the first ownership review of Hexa, so there is lot riding on you.

It is difficult to link excessive Braking to alloys heating up. The brake calipers or the disc itself do not touch the rims/alloys.

Check the tyres, if they are getting too hot, they might heat up the rims as well.
Thank you!
Speaking of the heating issues, the tyres are just warm whereas the alloys are heated up. That is why i linked the braking as i could not find any other reason as to why it would happen.

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You can get the Hella Chrome ones, it should cost you around 1600 bucks. Have a look at the post here (Petrol Hatch to Diesel Sedan - Fiat Linea - Now Wolfed) for reference.

Its loud no doubt, but certainly catches the attention of people on the road. A must on Bangalore roads, with many people oblivious to road manners.
Thanks a lot for the suggestion! Will try installing this weekend, let me see. The ones to which you shared the link to look cool!
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Congratulations on getting the Hexa! Very well described review, with much more insights to come I'm sure!

I think it is normal for alloys or tyres for that matter to get heated up after a drive, but I'll leave the judgements to specialists here.

All the best!

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Fortunately, i landed up looking at a review of the Hexa. And then began the wonderful journey: from curiosity, to surprise, to fascination and finally, to ownership!
Wonderful review there abhi7013 , many thanks for sharing. Although few days into the Hexa ownership and done couple of thousand kms, it would be very difficult to make a decisive judgement on all the aspects of the car. However you have done justice to come up with this well rounded review of the car.

Here's wishing you thousands of happy (s)miles with the car
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Also, i need suggestions for a good quality horn for the car! Preferably low frequency than the squeaky one that's there.
what si the stock horn setup in Hexa ? Twin or single? Whats is the make of OEM horn?

Refreshed ARIA comes with Hella make Twin horn setup as standard.
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what si the stock horn setup in Hexa ? Twin or single? Whats is the make of OEM horn?

Refreshed ARIA comes with Hella make Twin horn setup as standard.
Am really sorry, i have no idea! If the refreshed Aria comes with Hella, i can as well opt the same. Will check out the options available this weekend!
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Refreshed ARIA comes with Hella make Twin horn setup as standard.
Hella has been the standard OEM fitment since the SAfari days, and the Hexa should be carrying it forward too in all likelihood
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Congratulations mate. Tata definitely have a winner on their hands. Hope your ownership is trouble and niggle free.
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Congrats on your purchase. I have one question. Is it easy to drive in city roads? I'm asking this because I have a Safari and driving it in city roads is a pain. Wish you many happy and long miles.


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Congrats on your purchase. I have one question. Is it easy to drive in city roads? I'm asking this because I have a Safari and driving it in city roads is a pain. Wish you many happy and long miles.


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Hi. I just came back from a city drive here in Bangalore. In bumper to bumper traffic, since you just drive with the clutch most of the time, your knee may start to pain. It did for me in the starting few days but now am used to it. In normal conditions however, i love driving it! The clutch is light and i love the steering feedback though its a bit stiff.

To sum it up, Hexa drives like a hatchback and has the comfort and luxury of a sedan while not compromising its capabilities of an SUV! Hope that's accurate enough.
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Have many happy miles ‘abhi7013’. Brave decision.

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7. Turbo:..There is one sound that is heard when in 3rd or 4th gear. When you take your foot off the A-pedal with RPM hovering below 2000, you hear a "krrk" sound.
It is not normal. HEXA is a new product, issues to be come out from customers after regular use.
‘This is normal’ is an evasive answer from SA.

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Few issues/points worth mentioning:-
8. There's a sound of air leak which the service personnel said was actually the wind cutting noise. There's no air leaking into the cabin though. Just the sound when you are doing triple digit speeds. It comes from the A/C inlet flaps under the dashboard near the passenger side which is normal (As explained by the SA). Other owners need to confirm this.
Again this is not normal and not at all acceptable in even an ALTO.

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Few issues/points worth mentioning:-
1. The passenger seat's plastic cover came loose when the lock broke while my dad was getting down.
I (HEXA) am a TATA product.

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2. There was a very annoying rattling sound when the car went on potholes or speed-breakers. The technician immediately visited our home and after a brief TD, narrowed down the possibility to the bonnet hinges.
I pray this bonding (visiting Workshop frequently and get friendly with mechanics) will not be proven a Fevicol Bond.
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Have many happy miles ‘abhi7013’. Brave decision.

It is not normal. HEXA is a new product, issues to be come out from customers after regular use.
‘This is normal’ is an evasive answer from SA.

Again this is not normal and not at all acceptable in even an ALTO.

I (HEXA) am a TATA product.


I pray this bonding (visiting Workshop frequently and get friendly with mechanics) will not be proven a Fevicol Bond.
Firstly, thanks for your wishes!
Coming to your comments, yes, the service folks came home promptly and sorted out all these issues WITHIN a week. Its been more than a month of ownership and so far, there's nothing to complain, given its a new model.
Also, it depends on how people see the glass of water! When there is prompt service given to a customer, it is difficult not to appreciate for most of us. And when there are no problems faced further, there's no point in breaking our heads as to why that issue occurred . And these are minor QC issues! Not major mechanical or engine related ones.

Coming to the plastic giving away, again, its not the issue that bothers me. The way TATA handled it was excellent and this makes me forget about the issue. I bet, if it were other brands, i would have had to pay for the part or atleast the labour as in the case of a friend's Amaze for a similar issue. And i never once visited the service center.
They did everything at home.

Speaking of turbo sound, could you please elaborate as to why its not normal? Here are a few points which make me feel why its normal:-
1. Each and every individual Hexa that i have seen physically, and every owner with whom i have interacted has experienced this.
2. No, the SA is not at all being evasive. The product manager, senior sales personnel at concord and a few TATA resources from our Hexa ownership takeoff event held in Bangalore have confirmed that the sound is normal and is present in each vehicle.
3. There's no effect on the performance. The car just glides smoothly and the sound can be heard only on sudden deceleration in the 3rd gear. One of the SAs said that the Varicor on Safari too has the sound but is not as audible.
Hence, since its not only with my car, and as there's no effect on the performance part i have nothing against it. And the sound comes very rarely and it goes unnoticed, so its not an "issue" for me as such rite now. I just feel it to be a part of the turbo whistle (which is very addictive in the Hexa!)

Lastly, the wind cutting noise, i said, sounds "like" an air leak but is not exactly that as theres NO air coming into the cabin. Speaking of Altos, no matter how small or big the car, it has to cut the air which results in some kind of a sound atleast. Please don't tell me the cabins of cars costing under 30 big ones are completely isolated from wind/road noise. Heck, i found the cabin of XUV to be more noisy post 120kmph than the Hexa.

Am trying my best here not be defensive towards the car i bought and to be rather critical towards it. However, since your comments directly said that these were not at all normal, I thought of elaborating a bit on them.

Coming to the plastics of the seat giving away, common dude, saying that its a TATA is totally uncalled for. Please hold back your emotions against the brand and try staying neutral in your comments.
As i said, depends on how you see the glass of water. Prompt service and excellent product makes us happy owners irrespective of whom you ask in the review thread.
I would suggest you to visit the threads of recently launched models from other brands. You've got all sorts of issues. From brakes to condensation in the projector lamps.

Thanks again for your wishes and yes, even if its a Fevicol bond with me and the service folks, i have nothing against them as long as my car runs perfectly with zero damage to my pocket. I have seen worse cases in major brands right in this very forum, so am completely ok with things as they are going for now!
Cheers!
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Congrats for the Hexa. A mighty upgrade to the Santro in every way. Glad Tata dealers are taking their customers seriously and ensuring customer satisfaction.
While doing a Test Drive of the car, I also witnessed this Turbo sound. Overall, the turbo has been tuned well. It is more of a linear push rather than a spike which makes city driving manageable.
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Congratulations abhi for your car.

Hexa definitely seems to be a game changer for Tata with appealing features.
Will be soon finalizing between Hexa XTA or Endeavour Trend 2.2 AT. I am following threads of both of these cars from long time but still confused.
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