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Old 24th October 2022, 16:56   #166
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Default Re: 26,000 km up

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It was already replaced once when we were investigating ESP blinking on speed breaker issue. Long time ago. It is happened once before replacement as well as happened many times after replacement too. The trick to not let it happen is allow the system to boot properly instead of rushing to start! Car needs warm up before it can sprint forward!

Whenever I rush through the start procedure, screen blanking *may* happen - I kind of know how his now after carefully observing the pattern.

The proper routine is:
- ACC ON/ Start car ICE and not engine. Allow the needle to do their startup dance.
- When the MID shows press brake message to start engine, only then start engine. Or wait for main ICE screen to come to its default Home Screen.
- Gove a 30-45 seconds engine idling time before you slot from P to D.

In the similar way, when you stop the car, slot into P, allow 45-60 seconds of idling and then switch off. I typically use the idling times for switching On or Off AC, pick or stow safely my stuff from car like wallet, keys phone, look around the car or inside car, check if all is well and then move.
Yes, this routine you mentioned was told my the Mahindra employee who came to explain the features. The dealership guys however never mentioned it to us.
Yesterday, when I rushed the startup, the hill descent control error popped up and only after stopping and restarting the car, it went away.
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Old 22nd November 2022, 13:47   #167
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Default Some more updates!

Busy days. The updates arenít flowing as much as I would like to. Sorry for this delayed post.
After a round trip to my home town, I had two more trips - to bekal fort with some TBhp friends and a trip to Dandeli and Dudhsagar. The Bekal trip is already covered with some pictures in Robi AND Dr.ADís threads, so just cross referencing https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-...ml#post5430594 (Red-Hot BMW: Story of my pre-owned BMW 320d Sport Line (F30 LCI). EDIT: 70,000 km up!)

Here is an update:
TheRedSparkle odometer now reads 28600 kms - just shy of a trip to cross over to 30K Kms. I am confident, we will enter in new year with 30K kms on the odometer

A week ago, I had taken a Friday off owing to kidís school being closed. We went on the trip to Dandeli and Dudhsagar. A long due item of visiting Dudhsagar falls finally got ticked off.

Pre-Trip General Inspection:
Prior to the trip, I wanted to address my concerns on the car with a general inspection and hence a visit to Chrome motors was scheduled for Thursday. The primary issue was intermittent disconnection of CarPlay and some suspension noise from the front. And since I was there, needed to refill DEF, check if there are any service actions. It turns out that there is no real update on the ICE software after the CarPlay was rolled out. There were two packages though on same release and one was specifically came with release notes of ICE restarting. My car doesnít have such issues but in the hope of getting CarPlay disconnections fixed, I asked to reapply the patch. It actually got bad - the update failed as the files were not copied properly on USB to apply. We spent an hour extra to get this sorted. next was suspension - they opened the front covers and checked - just needed some re-torquing. Nothing odd was found or reported. The feel is better now but I think I hear the thuds a little louder than when the car was new. Anyway, nothing path-breaking. After refilling the DEF, car was released. Nothing was charged other than DEF. Nice to see Chrome motors treating this visit as general complain visit and hence no charges for inspection.

Tire damage during the trip:
Well the car was back and we were ready to head out for our much awaited trip. The drama was about to unfold - the front left continental tire got a cut closer to sidewall corner - the air started leaking fast :( I pulled over the car near a toll booth near Tumkur ans the guy at the puncture repair center harped a lot about how best he can fix this. I should have been alarmed but seeing less choices, i allowed him to fix. He put on the mushroom patch - to do that, he ended up cutting a wire along perimeter of the tire and the puncture did not even last for 5 kms after i left the shop. He damaged the alloy too as it needed to remove the tire to fix using the modern equipments he had - this went unnoticed by me. Anyway, I was on my way and did not feel right to go back and again pursue the fix - with family in tow, I just wanted to stay on track. I found a IOCL pump, refilled air and continued. Hoping that it will hold air for 100kms or so but alas! It did not hold for more than 10km. I then decided to give up this thing and simply pulled over, took the full size spare out and changed with this leaking tire. We are back on road with a risk that if there is more similar puncture, more delays and inconvenience would follow. Luckily, that did not happen. The continental tires are soft and great for highway but probably the bad roads I have taken occasionally or taken slight soft roading must have caused issuesÖ or i parked on the curb too close without realising the danger may be. I think these tires are very soft - not for people like me who take cars off highway into unknown pretty often.

More about the trip:
Dandeli is our favourite birding destination - we love to see the hornbills and other birds there. The preferred say is ďKadumane HomestayĒ. They have the best location, close proximity to the Dandeli as well as joida where you can sight more birds. The property itself is in the middle of lot of flora - sure chances of sighting some endemic to western ghat birds. We spent Friday evening visiting the Honey Bee Park (managed by homestay), Supa Dam backwaters and settled in for a nice campfire and dinner. At the backwaters, we took a walk closer to the water body and ended up sighting jackals! Lucky us, there wasnít more fierce predators around! We had asked for two tents being setup outside the actual cottages to give kids feeling of camping - another long item due for tick on kidís TODO list! On Saturday, we enjoyed the specific birding session with a noted naturalist of the area. See this https://www.newindianexpress.com/sta...n-2518371.html. She took us through some ficus trees around timber depot where we saw huge numbers of hornbills - it was treat to the eyes and amazing to click them from some close range. We sighted Malabar Grey and Malabar Pied Hornbills in huge numbers for almost 30 minutes on one of the trees there. We also sighted Racquet Tailed Drongo, Multiple Sunbirds and Flower Peckers, a flameback, Indian Pitta to name a few. Couldnít click all of them due to lack of range and light on my camera gear. it was fun seeing them through binoc though! Family and friends who joined us on this trip thoroughly loved this session. After spending some time in the afternoon with water sports, we headed to Dudhsagar Plantation Stay near Mollem. On the way, we also visited Tambadi Surla Mahadeb Temple. Unfortunately the gates of the unesco site were closed by 5.30pm so we had to be happy seeing the place from outside only.

The very next day (Sunday) we checked out early in the morning and left for the the Dudhasagar falls visit. It was fantastic jeep ride with multiple water crossings, back-breaking ride in boleros and a spectacular view of the falls from the bottom of the falls! And then peaceful return back to home by midnight to Bangalore. It was a great trip!

Adding some pictures from the trip:

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-06031cab096f4ad79fe03742876379f9.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-48cf0c49a81d4b028df9bf65a7de7681.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-a05d8b5d5a054cc9972515aec9b36364.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-28a25b69b4bf4db4a74b77a69f8ef36a.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-13daaabfdcb44cdc93f6f7af1ddf186d.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-a277dc23399c455ea756e7b073ab4668.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-785b8809c12243d8a49ff6cc1a86367c.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-c73ddb670b8a4cfd9aff869705871fdd.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-0ea6a8a2d5454fc28e8f6b35453a9789.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-aad4bd163a0c4b75817addaa4bf3ece0.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-4ae7c9b080f5425988c75c7e5c48cec3.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-f50f68295d9d485b8dd28ce27491d4a9.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-584fa531ca5342cfa3cd06752e0e94ec.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-6529e6349afc45059a78a1106182f687.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-990adad58edc4f6dbe992f474f034f40.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-a03d1e349b194cc6a7b90c16776c1b7b.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-0bdde26e780e4fb19be9520004660026.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-95050caae07746688635a7025c2d58b2.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-05009fb8d4f74a3b92092b253767717f.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-53ed106467df42cb9c8b47d2149dec32.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-e95b82645b584769bc5d6f8c3f7d850e.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-42e2dfbd83fe4f1895d4b70e9373517f.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-9e0150a9140a4f69909da0e924816024.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-db0a7e0715c24d7db906a68bf5794a86.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-f765694e40e14405accc6788e4f24728.jpeg

Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up-7fa438e06d95422583a17f6493241999.jpeg

And our usual bengaluru Lake Hopping continues!
Stay tuned for more updates!
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Old 25th November 2022, 10:26   #168
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Default Re: Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up

Your photographs are just wonderful.

On the topic of the car, my strong recommendation is to have your own puncture repair kit and tyre inflator in the car. It is a worthwhile investment. I use a Black & Decker pump and it has helped me for the past few years for different things including training Tyretronics. Highway puncture shops are the worst.

On the choice of tyres, I recent switched to Yokohama Geloander A/T G015. It is far superior to the stock Apollo Apterras that my car came with.
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Old 25th November 2022, 20:31   #169
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Default Re: Reincarnating Orange Cheetah | The Red Sparkle Mahindra XUV700 AX7L AWD | EDIT: 20000 km up

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Your photographs are just wonderful.

On the topic of the car, my strong recommendation is to have your own puncture repair kit and tyre inflator in the car. It is a worthwhile investment.
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On the choice of tyres, I recent switched to Yokohama Geloander A/T G015. It is far superior to the stock Apollo Apterras that my car came with.
Thank you!

I do have the kit and inflator. That isnít an issue. When air leaks fast, itís just worthless to keep filling every 5 kms. Thatís what actually happened. I have driven car on a slow puncture by just refilling and delaying the fix by using inflator in past. But when you have a larger leak, itís not easy. Also, the repair kits are easy to use if the plugs can be applied. Anything that requires larger patch or removing tire from the rim isnít possible while on the road through DIY.

The spare tire on my full size alloy is Yoko only. Holding up well in these emergencies. The only complain is, they have grooves which trap a lot of small stones that make noise when back on highway. But otherwise, great tire. A lot of folks also told me about Bridgestone Ecopia being great tire for them on XUV7OO and XUV5OO with 18Ē size.
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