SHORT: (For people who believe time is precious)
(DETAIL Report in a cpl of days: For people who believe time is precious but still can’t resist the emotions )
MODEL: TATA SAFARI DICOR Lx VTT(MFL)
ENGINE: 2.2 DICOR , 140 PS
ALIAS : BLACK-KNIGHT
COLOR : METALLIC BLACK - Dual Tone with Grey Bumper.
Current: Matte Black
– Full Tone done by Motormind
Acquired: 2010 OCT 26
ODO : 52000KM still munching on the roads.
Head Unit - Pioneer AVH-P5200DVD Single DIN 7 Inch In Dash.
Yes Touch Screen
SPEAKERS and Tweeters: RF prime series components.
SUB Woofer: JL AUDIO – 1200W (has a little tight punch)
AMPLIFIER: CERWIN WEGA. ( will upgrade to Infinity in future).
Done at EVO - All About Sound , In Car Entertainment and More !
WHEELS : STOCK – Bridgestone Duelers and Tubeless.
ALLOYS : Will be shortly buying as I have to replace stock tyres.
REVERSE : Park-Pro Parking Sensors (from TATA).
CENTRAL Locking : TATA Stock.
SEATS: Custom Art Leather from :: PENSEE Leathers ::
WIPERS: BOSCH AERO Twins
LIGHTS : : Had changed to 90/100 Flosser (very rare lights to be found)
with a relay kit. Excellent
Currently experimented some stuff with chinese projectors
and going through a really a bad experience. Will definitely
need an Expert opinion here as I am planning to redo it again
and raise my SPIRIT. DEALERSHIP and Sales Experience:
The whole process was very smooth as everything was planned except for the underbody anti rust took a while at the time of delivery. I had done pre delivery checks and the 3rd car from a fresh stock for which I had to wait for 2 weeks somehow chose me. Then finalized on the car took the VIN and chassis number locked it made the down payment with cheque.
This down payment included my 3 years of PF Money Remaining money by selling my SANTRO + my savings) at this point I was a beggar. Then went to bank HDFC and directly spoke to the regional manager and got all the paper work done for the loan and also got an insurance at a very good offer with the same bank and my memory was erased what all happened after that day as I used to have day dreams. The D-Day:
I and my uncle took a bus to Concord Motors. I was very keen going in bus as I thought I might never get into BMTC or any bus again.
Free Accessories provided: Car mats, 3M Under body anti rust coating, Full body Teflon Coating, Reverse sensors unit with display, central locking. Opted for 2 years ownership maintenance rather than 4 years as I already had plans on getting it into a better circus (performance place).
Reached the launch pad by 11:30 the vehicle no my asset was ready and some last minute things were getting done. But they forgot to do the under-body coating (think it was on purpose) then a little request and then a strong tap on the shoulder they started the coating and we were getting our bellies coated as we were hungry. Somehow the time was getting close to sun set and finally there came the newly born beast ready to be tamed and looking for its owner. Meanwhile we got all the Pooja stuff required and finally all the four fresh yellow lemons were crushed in one shot and finally felt like one episode of my life was over. Then the first full tank was a gift from my uncle. LIKES:
0) If you have watched the movie AVATAR.. ( I literally felt and feel like TORUK among IKRANS).
1) The sheer size and road presence and luxury.
2) Very effective suspension and eats anything on the roads. Its favorite meals are pot holes.
3) Steady Drive and almost null noise from the engine compartment.
4) Macho Man at Office and home and neighbors and co-drivers on road already started getting jealous.
5) Respect on road when honked for way.
6) The view of surroundings from the car is very clear.
7) The feel of pull that you get when the turbo kicks in and the vehicles gradually disappear from the ORVM.
8) With 8 people in the tank never touched any speed breakers ever. GC is really amazing.
There are many but will keep it short here…………. ( BAD-LIKES):
1) Turning radius in the city and can never be U-turned in most of the areas.
2) AC was not that bone-chilling but effective. (Rear passengers)
3) Steering not very accurate.
4) Single Din player – just hate this as even Altos have dual din these days.
5) Interiors are great but not that eye catchers.
6) Yes some krrr..krrr… rattling noises here and there occasionally.
7) Worst off all – Head Lights from stock sucks not at all recommended for high way. MANITENENCE:
SERVICE 1: KHT Motors (Kundanahalli)
I insisted for engine oil change on my personal expenses rather than top up.
Coolant, Brake / Clutch Fluid, Battery Every were checked.
Check for the wheel balancing and was fine and all the electrical were fine.
Here the customer experience was bad and I dint feel like staying there and talking to those people. But I was allowed to the service bay and that made me happy.
SERVICE 2 & 3: KHT Motors (Kundanahalli)
ODO: 6000KM & 17000KM
Engine oil and other fluids top up and again the routine check ups.
Sedimentary was glowing and found out that the sensor was changed – Works fine.
The rubber beeding had slipped a little at one of the doors and was fixed again.
Air Filter was cleaned.
More or less the same issues of rear door rattling etc and patch work was successful.
By this time I got to know a safari specialist closely and he is the one who attends all my queries.
Had visited this place many times and was welcomed and I felt like a family.
SERVICE 4: KHT Motors: (Kundanahalli)
I had been to Pondycherry and somehow got stuck at the sea shore and there were few tractors that came out for rescue and had a big hole in my pocket for the first time. As said human error
All the necessary standard changes and top ups +
Checked wheel alignment & balancing, chassis height +
shock absorber, bushes & steering damper bushes, replaced +
Rear link rod assembly was changed (I have the old one and I use it to work out my arms sometimes) +
brake pads & rear brake linings replaced
Clutch plate was changed.
I haven't mentioned any expenditure here since i always felt her as my wife Now here are the initial pictures of my Ride (Till 6 months back):
I will be posting the pictures tomorrow or day after as i need to do some editing.
Meanwhile i could not resist this one