Sameer i would avoid an year old vehicle - what did you do though finally ?
I haven't been updating for a while, as i was away travelling for a month. Just before the travel in late Jan - a very unfortunate event happened, i was at a signal and an SX4 couldn't stop in time and tipped me from the back.
The matter was settled amicably with the SX4 owner willing to pay in full and he did (will not disclose full details). He was apologetic and in course of conversation we thought it happened as his car skidded on the gravel.
This is how the SX4 looked like and i was shuddering to even look at the back of the pajero fearing the worst.
Miraculously for me though, the pajero sport fibre bumper only had minor scratches, however the sensor rings got cracked
More than anything else it was a heart break and i hate scratches on my vehicle, as i was travelling immediately after, i postponed the job by a month.
I just fixed it this weekend, spending the whole day at a paint shop - ( and yes I think i found a very good paint shop in Pune)
Challenge one was to find the exact matching color code and not just do it based on a painters hunch - the rugged red code for standox/dupont is 1024811, for asian paint ppg its reg no. 13107.
Thanks to HM/Mitsu India and mumbai/pune dealers for the quick revert - very much appreciated. And to Sam Dinkar as well for his googling capabilities!
With the paint match done super perfect, time for the beast to go to the operation table with owner facing the labour pangs
And out came the patient after a day's treatment looking spanking new as before, i got the sensors painted as well
It was a painful personal experience though as it bothered me for a month, stuff like this is a daily affair in city driving conditions though in my case i was lucky as it was very minor - i feel better after this weekend. The incident reinforces the Pajero build quality for me. I guess all is well that ends well.