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Default Our First SUV | The Mighty Mahindra Thar Diesel AT

Choices in life are what makes it interesting.

The choice starts with snoozing the alarm or getting up right after it goes off.

The choice to wear the black or the white shirt to work.

The choice to get married or stay single.

The choice to take the longer scenic route or the shorter boring route.

The choice to live in one's comfort zone or to "Explore the impossible"

And the most interesting of all for me is the choice to drop into my low slung sedan or climb up to the mighty Thar!

Sit back relax and travel with me through the journey to know how the Thar found me.

Index

1. Introduction
2. The booking (with a lot of twists), PDI and Delivery
3. Likes and dislikes of the Thar
4. Living with the Thar

Before we go any further, posting a picture of my Thar
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and the choice I was talking about
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Introduction

As some of you might be aware, we have only owned hatch backs and sedans in our family and the concept of SUV was never even thought about. However, two of the recent incidents made me think, why not?

The first incident:
I was travelling to Tirupati from Chennai in my civic, after the long and well pronounced spell of monsoon 2021. The distance of 165 km took a humongous 5 hours to cover one way. Despite being extremely careful, the underbelly of my Civic was touched by the Ginormous craters of road imperfections created by the rain. Also, on the return, the high beams on the narrow two lane highways burnt a hole in my retina. While sharing this incident with a close friend of mine, he suggested me to take his Harrier whenever I was aware that the roads were less than perfect. I could trade him my Civic for the period. Fair enough and if I have this offer, I do not need a tall car that can handle rough stuff.

The second incident:
I dropped my Brother at the Chennai airport on 30th December 2021.On the return journey, there was a sudden down pour and the roads were flooded. My civic was sailing like a boat for a while and stalled at one place where the water level was very high. I managed to push the car to safety and cranked it up and it started immediately. Thanked all my lucky stars and reached home after quarrelling with the traffic for almost 5 hours. After a couple of days, the car started to smell bad from the inside. Figured that all the floor carpet was wet. I did not realize this immediately as I use 3D mats. I took it to speed freaks to get it checked. Water had entered through the doors and there was almost half a bucket of water in the car after removing the mats. Got the mats dried, cleaned and brought my car back. Again, thanks to my lucky stars, water did not cause any further damage to the car.

A video of water in the cabin. A thorough check ensured no further damage was done.
Both these incidents only made me realize why the world is moving towards SUVs, if I may, or cars that are higher off the ground.

Punto had become an excess car at home and, as many of the Punto owners may agree, the car is very temperamental and if it does not get the care it requires, it starts to show some trouble or the other. We thought of letting go of Punto and Vento and get a car that is higher off the ground. Still we did not act on anything immediately and the search to buy a car was passive.

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The booking (with a lot of twists), PDI and Delivery

The booking


Thar has always been desirable. When I was in Gurgaon, I was hellbent on getting a first gen Thar and later when the new Thar was revealed in October of 2020 and I wanted to buy one badly. But, I always held myself back thinking that there would be a better time to buy a Thar.

One fine day in January, we got a call from Automotive Mahindra, Chennai saying that a Black Thar, Diesel Hard Top AT was allocated to us against the booking we made. The car is currently being shipped from the factory. We said we were not interested in taking delivery of the Thar and if by any means they could deliver a XUV700 quickly, we would be interested. The reply was obvious and there was no way to get a 700 that quick. The conversation ended there and we carried on with our lives.

We booked the Thar in July 2021 after a long test drive. The AT diesel was not available for test drive. We test drove the manual Thar for 20 - 30 km and realized that we could live with it and hence went ahead and booked the Thar for Rs. 21,000. All of us absolutely loved the Thar and my parents simply enjoyed the high-up seating position. The booking was done with the thought that we have a waiting period of 6 - 9 months and let us see how we are positioned when the car actually arrives.

Later in November, we badly needed another car for my wife and purchased a used Brio AT. Her office opened up after lockdowns and she was asked to report to work. She couldn’t drive the manual Vento or Punto and Civic for her was too big a car to commute to work and back in the traffic. Once we bought the Brio, the usage of Punto became further less. We thought of letting Punto go and live with three cars. However, my dad said he would like to use the Punto for a few more months and later think about selling it. So, we sorted the parking issues for the 4th car. We also realized that the Thar would be redundant and very less used. It was okay to continue to have a old car and not using it much versus spending big money on a new car and not using it as much. So, we went ahead and "cancelled our Thar booking" in November 2021.

How did we get a car allocated for a cancelled booking?
It is still surprising to me but, this is what I could decipher. The dealer apparently placed a booking in my name in Mahindra but, paid us back the booking amount when we cancelled the booking. The booking was still live in Mahindra’s database and hence, we got our car allocated to us in order.

The dealer asked us to write an email asking them to transfer the booking to someone who is next in line. They also said that we can transfer the booking to someone in my friends/ family circle who might be interested in buying a Thar. I asked around and a friend agreed to buy the Thar. Once it was taken over by my Friend, I forgot about the Thar and started to move on.

I got a call from the dealer again after a week saying that the loan process did not go through and asking me if I would consider the Thar again! How many times a man can refuse and say no? I guess my answer to the question was 2 and I yielded the third time. I immediately transferred 50K to the dealers bank account and said I will pay the balance once the PDI is complete.

The PDI
The PDI was a straight forward affair. My sales advisor coordinated and ensured that everything was arranged and I just have to go there, check the car and give a go ahead with the entire process. I PDIed 4 vehicles (My Friend's Harrier, My Brother's Triumph Trident, My Interceptor and another Friend's Honda City) in under a span of one year and kind of memorized the PDI checklist of Team BHP. Here are some of the pictures from the PDI.

Engine and Chassis number under the front driver's seat. Also Validated the month and year of manufacture to be Jan'2022
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ODO reading at 12 Km
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Exterior Check
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Do not miss my Vento standing there nonchalantly
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Infotainment and Interiors
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Once the PDI was completed to my satisfaction and I ensured that there were no red flags, I made sure all the money for Thar reached the dealership's bank account by the next day. The only place where I could negotiate was the insurance. I brought it down from an initial quote of Rs. 102,000 to Rs. 68,000 with the same set of features. In addition to this, I opted for 5 years warranty (extended by 2 years) and selected mud flaps, floor rubber mats from the accessory list. I also purchased an underbody rubber painting plus Teflon coating pack from Mahindra. Both these have a 10 top ups over a period of 5 years.

The OTR for Thar at the time of Purchase in February'22 was 18,86,000 with the highest insurance configuration. I do not exactly remember the accessories cost but paid Rs. 20,000 for the extended warranty. Net was 19,06,000 inclusive of the extended warranty.

In the mean time, found a buyer who was looking for a well maintained Punto for over two months with no avail. He contacted me from the OLX ad I posted for my Punto and sold the car to him for a very good price. As a good gesture to a fellow Punto lover and for all the love we had for the car, I got it serviced completely and gave the car to the new buyer in top form. It was hard to let Punto go but the excitement of Thar superseded all the hard feelings.

The Delivery

The delivery was a straightforward affair. Only gripe was that, I was not available. I committed to my riding gang that I would ride with them to Rameswaram and Dhanushkoti and hence I was unavailable for the delivery. My brother, my parents and my son went for the delivery. My 2 year old (soon to be 3) son has named our car "Kabbi Seat" after the famous Punjabi song by Ammy Virk and simply loves the Thar the most among all the other cars we have.

My Mom told us that the best delivery experience so far was Vento's and nothing has surpassed the overall experience. I take her for her word and sincerely thank Abra Motors and Mr. Subramani for creating such lasting memories in our lives. That said, there was nothing wrong about the Thar's delivery at the same time there was nothing to write home about it.

The delivery

Our First SUV | The Mighty Mahindra Thar Diesel AT-delivery-picture.jpg


First fill at our trusted BPCL COCO outlet

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Customary Puja
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We couldn't get the number plate on the day of the delivery. Hence got a temporary sticker placed to avoid any issues.
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Likes and Dislikes

Most likes and dislikes have been covered in our detailed official review and some ownership reviews etc. Here are 11 likes and 11 dislikes (read could have been better points) based on my experience with the Thar in the last 6000 kms.

Likes
1. The commanding road presence - There is nothing like it on the road (except another Thar)
2. Right of the Way - People generally do not mess with you in intersections and you generally get the right of the way.
3. Conversation starter - Every one, at the gym, at my office parking lot, at a mall, random strangers on the road, everyone asks a question or two about the Thar. It is a happy car and makes everyone looking at it happy.
4. 100% stress free driving: Drive fast or drive slow, you need not worry about anything the Nature might throw at you. The car handles everything aplomb.
5. The powertrain: Mahindra built a gem in the form of the 2.2 M-Hawk in 2006 and have been updating it ever since. The engine is at its best iteration yet and it simply is the best diesel 4 cylinder motor I have driven yet. It is torquey, it is extremely responsive and it is fuel efficient while hauling ~2 tons (car + passengers) at any given point of time. The automatic gear box also complements this gem of an engine taking the experience to the next level.
6. The near destination car - If you are going to a beach, going to a cliff for a view, climbing up unpaved gravelly inclines for a trek or any other use case that you might think of, Thar takes you almost to the destination while other cars remain parked behind.
7. The air conditioner/ freezer: The air conditioner is simply the best among the cars we have at home. Fantastic throw and chills the cabin in no time.
8. Perceived Safety: 4 star GNCAP, ESP, TPMS, Hill hold, Hill descent and a host of other safety equipment ensures absolute peace of mind.
9. The infotainment and audio: Though the screen size is small, the infotainment is very well built, extremely user friendly and very slick to use. It also has a lot of information and host of features and configurability. Though the audio is not great, the provision for speakers and the effort taken by Mahindra for this is commendable.
10. Seats: The seats though they lack a bit of under-thigh support and does not go as far back to my liking, provide exceptional support for the lower back and sides. The front seats will hold you in place irrespective of how/ who is driving.
11. Offroad Prowess: Though most Thar will lieve in the confines of the urban jungle, this car is designed to do more. It can walk you along the beach, bash dunes, drive through bonnet deep water, cross rivers, climb up stairs, crawl through deep pits and more. Thanks to the short wheel base and phenomenal chassis and suspension setup.


Dislikes
1. Brakes: Though the brakes are sufficient and stops the car right on time, the perfect modulation is something that I am still unable to achieve even after driving the car for 6000 kms. I either end up over braking initially or end up with a harsh brake towards the end before stopping.
2. Gear box: While this gearbox has butter smooth upshifts and works seamless at that, the downshifts are a problem. When you kick-down or demand a sudden acceleration, the gearbox fumbles and takes it's own sweet time to downshift. The upshifts are also a problem when you drive in a measured way. That is, the gears shift up at around 2000 rpm. If you try to restrict your right leg and drive under 2000 rpm, the gear shifts exactly at the shift point are a bit harsh. Normal driving does not have a problem.
3. Fuel efficiency sensitivity to throttle input: The fuel efficiency drops significantly not just under harsh acceleration but also when trying to get a move in a slightly rapid pace than normal. Only when attaining a cruising speed with limited throttle input, you can achieve figures of over 15 kmpl. The car can be very fuel efficient for the size, weight and engine capacity but you have to be very cautious with your right foot.
4. Outside mirrors are simply inadequate: The side view mirrors can create blind spot in the order of a full truck while merging on to highways. We have to be extremely careful while entering/ exiting a road.
5. Side ward visibility: Though the side window and glass area is large, the B pillar area creates a blind spot in the side. Extra caution needs to be taken when crossing roads, merging on to roads/ etc.
6. Horn Pad: The horn pad is difficult to reach and hard to press. On the positive side, your horn usage will go down. But as a negative, it becomes really difficult and causes heart in the mouth moments when that absent minded two-wheeler could not be warned with a courtesy honk.
7. Comfort and convenience misses: Lack of dead pedal, lack of arm rest were two of the major comfort and convenience misses I experienced in the Thar. In my first drive to Pondicherry, I really did not know where to keep my left leg. Later fixed this with an after market dead pedal and a set of three arm-rests. One for the front and two for the rear with charging ports and cup holders.
8. Fogging in the centre of the wind screen: On long highway drives in the night, I see a distinct fogging in the centre of the glass area.
9. Part Quality: Some parts like the AC vents etc feel just cheap. Already the handle to adjust the direction on the passenger side is broken.
10: Rear seats: The position of the rear seats between the wheel arches makes it strictly two seater. You cannot even squeeze a child in between after accommodating two adults. Also, finding the right position for your feet is like finding a treasure, almost impossible. Also, Mahindra could've offered levers to adjust the recline. A simple cloth tag to adjust the recline is difficult to find after getting seated. Other than the mentioned points, with the after market arm rests, the seats are overall comfortable and usable.
11. Suspension: Typical to a ladder on frame construction, the ride quality is bumpy for most part. This is accentuated when the load in the car is very less. You tend to get tossed around and the car punishes you more than you would to the car when going over bad roads carelessly. However, load up the car with 4 people and luggage, the car simply dismisses bad roads at speeds.

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Living with the Thar

Mahindra's tall claim of having Thar as the primary car is not Afterall that Tall. The car is easily livable with and for a small/ nuclear family, Thar can serve as the primary car. This statement comes from 3 months and 6000 km of living with the Thar.

Exterior and Road Presence: The car has a commanding road presence. The only other car that I drove which had a better road presence was the Gurkha. The classic shape, the alloy wheel design, the wheel arches, the size of the wheels and tyres, the boot mounted spare wheel, everything gives the car a character. There is nothing else like it on the road, except another Thar!.

Interiors, Comfort, Convenience and part quality: The Thar is a huge step up to its predecessor and its direct competition, the Gurkha. The dashboard, the infotainment, the MID everything is modern and to 2020s standards. The infotainment, though not among the largest screens out there, is well built, crisp to use and provides lot of information and configurability.

In terms of comfort, the front two seats are comfortable (not supreme but not bad either). They offer excellent support to lower back and sides. Underthigh support is a bit lacking and also the driver's seat does not go as far back as I would have liked it to. But, overall experience is good. The rear seats are where the non-practical sides of the Thar start to show up. First, the ingress and egress is a problem. You have to be fit and flexible to get in and get out of there. Once seated, you cannot even fit a small kid after seating two adults. It is strictly a 4 seater, not even a 4+Kid. Also, finding a suitable place to rest your feet is difficult. All that said, you can use the rear seat and you can travel long distances in it but with some adjustments every now and then. The biggest gripe on the rear seat is the adjustment mechanism for the recline. Wish Mahindra gave it a lever. The current cloth tag to adjust is simply hard to find after one is seated in the rear seat.

Some of the convenience misses are conspicuous by their absence. For example, the dead pedal and centre arm rests for the front. In my first long drive to Pondicherry, I couldn't find a suitable place to rest my left leg. Later fixed this with an after market dead pedal. I also added a centre arm rest for the front and two for the rear. The rear ones have USB charging port and also two cup holders each. This ensures a little less complaint from the rear sear occupants.

Under convenience, the air conditioner is either too good or too bad. It is a chiller and cools the car in no time but, finding a middle ground and setting a comfortable cooling level is a task. You have to keep meddling with the settings to ensure comfort for the occupants.

The glove box size is also laughably small. It can hardly hold anything. I am just carrying a couple of papers for ready use like insurance, PUC etc. Other that that, there is no space left to store anything else.

Part quality is acceptable for the most part. Also, happy to report that there are no rattles in the last 6000 kms. However, there are a few parts like the adjustment knob for the AC vents which are very flimsy. Already the one on the passenger side is broken. I will get it replaced at the next service.

Driving the Thar, City and Highway
The car is simply a head turner in the city and you get the right of the way in most intersections and tight spots. Moving up from a sedan like the Civic where I end up getting bullied on the road most of the times by two wheelers, auto rickshaws and larger vehicles, Thar gives some peace of mind while driving in the city. The creep function in bumper to bumper traffic is very aggressive. The car lurches forward. Later I realized that the car goes to second gear very quickly, owing to the short first gear and does not come back to first unless you bring the car to a complete stop. This is the reason for the aggressive lurching. To counter this, I move the gear lever to manual mode and maintain first gear as long as the traffic is heavy. Other that that, the car is easy to cut through traffic due to its short length and the tall seating position also gives you the convenience to plan your next 3 - 4 moves in the traffic making you the fastest moving heavy mass even in tight traffic.

On highways, the car is predictable upto sane speeds , read 100 kmph. If you want to do any more than that, then Thar is not the car. The engine is capable of delivering more performance but the dynamics keep you in check. However, the car is a mile muncher and the engine runs at relaxed speeds all the time delivering good fuel efficiency as well. I had a few heart in the mouth moments while attacking corners in the initial days of ownership where the car either did not turn as expected or gave a significant body roll. The trick to overcome this is plan your corners and start turning in much earlier than you would in a typical sedan/ hatch. This has solved the problem for most parts. I can take most well carved long sweeping corners at 100 kmph and slow down to 80Kmph for the sharper ones.

Engine and Gearbox Mahindra built a gem in 2006 in the form of the 2.2 M Hawk engine and kept on improving it. This engine alone makes Mahindra a better engineering company than Tata. There is simply no other 4-cylinder diesel engine like the 2.2 M Hawk that I have driven till date. It is torquey, responsive, quick to gain speeds and fuel efficient while doing all this and hauling over 2 tons of pay load every time. The gearbox is smooth and doesn't let its presence felt while up-shifting. Ask for aggressive downshifts and the gearbox fumbles. Learn to drive the car with a light foot and plan your overtakes with the oodles of torque than simply kicking the engine down every time you need a sudden burst of power. This will make the overall driving experience very smooth.

Brakes are something that have a steep learning curve and it is still something I am not 100% confident with. Don't get me wrong. The brakes are effective and stop the car right where it is intended to but, getting the perfect modulation is very difficult. I either end up braking harder than required initially or do a harsh braking towards the end before stopping the car.

Suspension Typical to a ladder on frame construction, the ride quality is bumpy for most part. This is accentuated when the load in the car is very less. You tend to get tossed around and the car punishes you more than you would to the car when going over bad roads carelessly. However, load up the car with 4 people and luggage, the car simply dismisses bad roads at speeds. It is not the most pliant set up but, at the same time not something that is difficult to live with.

Steering The steering is heavy at low speeds. It has two full rotations lock to lock and takes effort to steer. Only thing to remember is to go soft on other cars if you drive more than one car. In the initial days of ownership, whenever I drove Civic after Thar, I thought I would break the steering wheel. Such is the effort difference between Civic's steering and Thar's. I consciously tell my self to go easy when I shift from Thar to any other car. This set up is good given the dynamics of the car at speeds but, it is a bit handful at low and parking speeds. You end up with an extra forward and reverse than you would with any other smaller car. On the highway, the steering is predictable and anyone will get used to it in the first few 100 kms.

Parking the car Overall visibility is good and the rear side where the visibility is blocked by the spare wheel, the sensors take over. The sensors and their display takes their own sweet time to come up after engaging reverse but, they are accurate for most part. The sensors also take into account the spare wheel and asks you to stop the car 50 cm from the obstacle (25 cm for the spare wheel and 25 cm as clearance). I did not find the need for a reverse parking camera. The bonnet is longer than any other car at my house, owing to the longitudinally mounted engine and took some time getting used to its length.

Kitna Deti Hai: The car is fuel efficient for most part. However, the fuel efficiency is very sensitive to your right foot. Let alone aggressive acceleration, even slightly more acceleration demand than normal will take the fuel efficiency for a toss. Be controlled with your right foot and the car will reward you with respectable numbers. You can improve the fuel efficiency by cruising where the numbers hover above 15 kmpl on the instant fuel efficiency read out.

Attaching a screenshot of my fuel log from the "with you hamesha" app. On an average, I am getting 11 kmpl, tank to tank.
Our First SUV | The Mighty Mahindra Thar Diesel AT-fuel-log.jpg.jpg

My Interactions with Mahindra
Extended warranty: I billed the extended warranty along with the car however, for getting the 4th and 5th year warranty certificates, took its own sweet time. After 3 months and numerous follow-ups late, I finally got the warranty certificates. Such instances are few places where Mahindra could improve the finesse in their customer service.

The First Service: I booked the first service check-up (1000 km/ one month) using the "with you hamesha" app of Mahindra. Since I did not have any major problems, I was promised a quick 90 minute service. According to the app, the service centre should've opened at 8 AM. I reached there on time but, the service centre opened at 9 AM. The only complaint I had was with respect to the car pulling left. I had to hold the steering slightly towards the right for the car to go straight. However, this problem was not rectified by the service centre. I later got it corrected at a local alignment shop in Anna Nagar, Chennai. Other than this, I have no major complaints so far. Also, the service centre did a tremendous job of cleaning the car. I was simply awe-strucked by the way an old gentleman cleaned the car. Just by the looks of it, it was so sure to say that the man loved cars and his job. There was no charge for the first check up.


The Offroad Prowess:
Mahindra Off-road event: Mahindra conducts this off road event in their research valley near Chennai. I enrolled for this by paying Rs. 7500 to learn the basics of off roading before actually trying it out on my Thar. They have a well planned event which includes the following:
1. Theory on 4 wheel drive. This is a well created presentation given by the organizers at Mahindra which includes basics of 4 WD, when to use what mode, how to get out of a tricky situation and so on.
2. Welcome snacks, refreshments throughout the off road course followed by a sumptuous dinner.
3. One All new Mahindra Thar for the course of the event. You can drive this car and learn almost all the basics of offroading in their test track.
4. Certificate of completion of the offroad training program.
5. Goodies - Mahindra T-Shirt and Cap.

I became confident after this event to take my Thar and venture into the unknown and definitely worth the money for all the offroad enthusiasts who have not been on an off-road expedition yet. The respect for the car increased tremendously after this event. The car can climb stairs up and down, go in through bonnet deep water, dance while travelling through deep pits, walk along the beach, bash dunes and what not while keeping a calm and composed engine note.

Here are a few pictures from the event
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Full Team at the end of the certificate ceremony
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Dinner table with an amazingly tasty dinner buffet
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Thank you for reading so far, here are a few parting shots with the Thar.

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At Pamban Bridge
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In Dhanushkoti
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At end of land
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line to the Reviews section. Thanks for sharing!

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Congratulations NTO on your THAR. Looks fantastic and wishing you lots of miles. Happy Driving

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Excellent reportage ! Can you also please share the link to the page where we can register for these events? Or any other email/ contact details. Please PM me if you do not want to share any individual contacts in open forum
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Congrats on the Thar! Any modifications planned for it?
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Congratulations on your first SUV, the Diesel + AT combo in the Thar is my favourite choice for sure.

Might be a bit off-topic but boy does that Civic still look really slick! My attention was totally commanded by the Civic in the 2nd photo!

Do you have any mods planned for the car? Wishing you a minimum 1L happy miles with the Thar!
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Good write-up NTO and I concur with your sentiments completely. My feelings towards ours (LX, manual, hard-top, petrol) is just the same. Wishing you many miles of happy motoring.
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And the most interesting of all for me is the choice to drop into my low slung sedan or climb up to the mighty Thar!
Lovely choices you have! I'd pick any one. Congratulations on your Thar. Best colour in my opinion. Do keep updating this thread from time to time.

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Might be a bit off-topic but boy does that Civic still look really slick! My attention was totally commanded by the Civic in the 2nd photo!
Agreed. The charm of a low slung sedan is timeless.

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Congratulations NTO on your THAR. Looks fantastic and wishing you lots of miles. Happy Driving

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Thank you very much. We must meet some time.

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Excellent reportage ! Can you also please share the link to the page where we can register for these events? Or any other email/ contact details. Please PM me if you do not want to share any individual contacts in open forum
Thank you. You can register to these events from here.
https://www.mahindraadventure.com/booking-calender-view


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Congrats on the Thar! Any modifications planned for it?
Thank you. I did the most essential ones like arm rests, dead pedal etc. I will surely think of cosmetic mods but priority will be functional.

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Congratulations on your first SUV, the Diesel + AT combo in the Thar is my favourite choice for sure.

Might be a bit off-topic but boy does that Civic still look really slick! My attention was totally commanded by the Civic in the 2nd photo!

Do you have any mods planned for the car? Wishing you a minimum 1L happy miles with the Thar!
Thank you very much.

Yes, indeed a Civic is a civic is a civic and it never dies. Here is the ownership review of my civic. Do read it when you find time.

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Good write-up NTO and I concur with your sentiments completely. My feelings towards ours (LX, manual, hard-top, petrol) is just the same. Wishing you many miles of happy motoring.
Thank you very much.

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Lovely choices you have! I'd pick any one. Congratulations on your Thar. Best colour in my opinion. Do keep updating this thread from time to time.

Agreed. The charm of a low slung sedan is timeless.
Thank you. Sure, I will keep the thread updated. Between the post going live and now I have done 1500 more Kms in my Thar with a trip to Wayanad.
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Updates on the def top up and dpf regen would be great.
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Updates on the def top up and dpf regen would be great.
Mahindra has planned the DEF refill once per service. According to the service team at Automotive Mahindra, I might not need a top-up in between services. It appears to be true. In the first 1000 km check up, they checked the DEF level and said that it doesn't require a top up. Now the car is nearing 8K km and still I have not gotten a low def warning yet. The warning appears 2K km before empty according to the owner's manual. Since it has not shown up till now, I will get the DEF topped up during the 10K km service only. Also note worthy is that, I have not gotten the DPF regen indication even once. This might be because of a good mix of city and highway driving but, no issues related to this whatsoever.

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