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Old 13th September 2010, 13:37   #31
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Hi Raghunath Singh,

I also drive a Scorpio VLX 2.2 so i guess i am qualified to answer your queries.
  1. Scorpio's poor aerodynamics do not rob it of high speed stability. Scorpio's high speed stability is very good but it does not love corners at speed. Also due to the soft setup of suspension the ride gets bouncy at speed.
  2. I get 11-12kpl in city, but then out driving pattern and usage conditions are different. I drive with a light foot and upshift early.
  3. I have owned a SLX earlier, the braking was considerably worse compared to the ABS equipped VLX. I recommend SLE over others, it comes with ABS but loses all the extra useless gadgetry.
  4. Having driven both ABS and non-ABS Scorpios, i say Scorpio ABS feels much more safer. Also the brakes are very well calibrated, despite being just a 3 channel system it works well.
I agree with Raghu's observations. As a long-term Scorpio owner, surely he will have more information than what is available in this thread. A big vehicle reallly gives you the extra cushion interms of overall saftey. But then driving safely and to the rules of both the land and the vehicle will prove good for the long term

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What is the service/ maintenance cost for the Scorpio during free service and paid service. I recently met a mHawk Scorpio owner who said he was charged 9K during his second free service.

@Diwakar- Sorry for using your thread to extract some information. Your Black Scorpio looks awesome!!
Raghu, I hope this is within T-BHP rules, I don't want the mods to feel otherwise.

I am happy with this information as I get to learn a lot on the ownership experiences and also learn tips on maintaining the big fellow.

Black was the only available option that appealed to me and hence took one. Every one has been complimenting on how it looks good and I feel good about it as well

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I agree with Raghu's observations. As a long-term Scorpio owner, surely he will have more information than what is available in this thread. A big vehicle reallly gives you the extra cushion interms of overall saftey. But then driving safely and to the rules of both the land and the vehicle will prove good for the long term
Raghunath does not own a Scorpio. He is looking forward to buy one, He is asking questions here, not posting observations.
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Raghunath does not own a Scorpio. He is looking forward to buy one, He is asking questions here, not posting observations.
@anshuman, I meant to refer your name. I am sorry about the confusion
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The last 2 months have breezed by. The Scorpio is performing well. I haven't been able to add significant miles to it on account of work related committments. My office is hardly 2 kms from home and I do an occassional 100kms over the week end. The ODO is showing 1800+ kms currently. Recently I did a 400km drive between Chennai and Pondy. The mileage topped 14kmpl with speeds ranging from 60 - 100 kmph. I did not push beyond this as the vehicle needs some more miles for the initial run-in period.

I also included a basic ICE (reviews coming up separately) - Pioneer HU with Pioneer Sepakers (Front) and JBL Ovals (400Watts) for the rear. Pics and installation story will be started in a separate thread.

When everything was moving fine, I had the shock of my life when this happened.
This past Monday as I was travelling through the traffic at LB Road in Chennai, one irresponsible biker came and banged right on the tail lamps and broke the left-sided tail lamps. The biker then fell down from his vehicle. One good good thing about this accident was that there was no vechicle coming on the left side of the road. Luckily the impact was not very heavy and it did not leave any dents on the vehicle.

I got down and started an argument with the biker for giving a piece of my mind and telling him how irresponsible and dangerous he was driving. I also wanted to collect the repair cost from him. But being peak traffic hours and a traffic police post nearby, I had to give up on the discussion as work related meetings and dropping wifey to work took precedence. I am still teething at the biker who said to me "Sir the brakes failed and his leg slipped" how can somebody do this at 60kmph at peak traffic.
I got a packing tape from a nearby shop immediately and closed the broken area completely before I replaced it with a new one. It cost me Rs.1500 overall including the labor.

I don't carry a mobile with a camera, hence no photographs currently.
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Sorry to hear whatever happened. First dent pains most.

Thats a good mileage. Any services during the period?

Would love to hear the ICE details and cost. If possible post a link here if you post that in a separate thread.
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Its been an awful long time since I have been to T-BHP, reading the reviews and posting my own experience. Personal and professional related commitments made me skip this wonderful forum for many months. What a curse have I committed so far? Now with the android app, it makes it easier to stay connected with all brethren

My Scorpio LX (The big fellow as I refer it at times) completed a year this past week and what a wonderful time we’ve had. Though I would have enjoyed a few more miles of driving pleasure on the ODO (Currently reads 9200 kms), the experience of owning and driving Scorpio has been a pleasant one.

I haven’t had any major issues with the car so far (touchwood). During the 2nd month, I noticed inconsistent wear on the left side front and rear tyres. After checking the tyre pressure and multiple rounds of checkup for Flat tyre, I went for wheel balancing and it helped out momentarily for the next 5 months. This issue cropped up recently and I did a personal check myself and asked the service guys to rotate the wheels and the issue seems to have vanished for now. Let’s see.

The fog lamps that was offered during the delivery of the vehicle was only ornamental until the last 2 months. After multiple rounds of complaints with MPL, they managed to get a fog lamp switch and had it changed a month back. The fog lamps are working fine now with one sore point, the wiper switch is not having a low speed alternative. It has only medium and high speed. Is this the same with other SLE / VLX owners

Driving inside the city has led to a few scratches in the vehicle. I believe a good polish after sometime will take those scratches off and the car will be gleaming in black

One irritating hitch is the driver side power window switch. Since the second free service it has been functioning on and off. It is really irritating if I have to open the door and look back for reversing in narrow parking lots. The service advisor has agreed to replace the power window motor during the next service. Hopefully this should get sorted out.

Here is a quick snapshot of my service experience with the vehicle. I have been servicing in MPL A.S.S in Perungudi and the experience has been above average.
1. A crazy biker rear ended on my tail lamp and broke my tail lamp. This cost me 1500 bucks for change
2. 1st Free Service – Changed engine / gear box oil, oil filters, wheel-balancing and general service - Charged approx INR 2500
3. 2nd Free Service – General Service only. I was unable to open the rear-door with the key from outside and it was fixed – charged INR 750
4. 3rd Free service – General Service along with tyre rotation, wiper blades change, driver side power window was not working and it was fixed – Charged INR 750

I am equally impressed with the economy of the car. It averages a good 11-13 kmpl in city with AC and a KM or 2 on the highway. Maybe it should be the weight factor I guess and also I haven’t pushed the car beyond 110 on the highway. Is this similar average with SLE / VLX owners too?

I haven’t taken any fresh photos of car as yet. I will be adding the photos in a day or two. Please bear with me.
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