The bad roads I am talking about. Accessories:
1. Philips Xtreme vision H7
2. Mapmyindia ZX350
3. Shark rear view back up camera with night vision (Connected to ZX350)
4. Reverse parking sensor (Display on RVM)
5. Star 3D mats- Sigma
6. Air compressor (Viair 70P)
7. Pressure gauge (Michelin MN-12279)
8. Vehicle cover (TATA Genuine accessory- Complimentary gift from the dealership)
9. Car seat (Britax Frontier 85)
10. Windshield sunshade
11. Sandisk CZ 15 8GB Pen Drive Grooming and beauty care:
1. Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo
2. Car wash brush
3. Meguiar's Microfiber Cloths
4. Jopasu Magic Wipe
5. Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax 845
6. Collinite No. 476 Super Doublecoat Auto Wax
7. Meguiar's Evencoat Applicator
8. Armor All - Protectant Gel
9. Jopasu Car Duster Star 3D Mats:
Dust doesn’t settle down on the rubber mats, hence I wanted to try the carpet mats this time. After extensive web search, ordered Star 3D Mats (Sigma) from Sai Mag Wheels website @ Rs2400. Material quality of this Sigma mat is topnotch. However these mats are not tailored to fit the exact car make and model as claimed in their website.
3D shape is very shallow (not visible in some areas) compared to MAXpider 3D mats. Fitment of middle row is somewhat OK but the front mats are too lengthy for Storme. Foot pad doesn’t make contact with heals, it hides under the pedals. I highlighted this issue to Sai Mag Wheels, based on the conversations with them what I understand is that these mats are not tailored for any vehicles as they claim in their website. They import few models and try to fit them in different cars. Some cars may get a perfect fit but not all. Storme falls in to the latter category. Car type mentioned in the label reads “Five Seater” not Safari or Storme. They offered me refund but I didn’t return it because I liked the material quality and I can live with the fitment issue. Philips Xtreme vision H7:
Quest for more light ended up in upgrading to Philips Xtreme vision H7. I bought 4 of them from a Philips authorized dealer in JC road. Wanted to see the difference, hence replaced only the right side bulbs (both HB and LB). Philips claims up to 100% more light with their Xtreme vision bulbs, however I could hardly see any difference between OEM
and Xtreme vision. I never expected 100% more light, I was expecting at least 30 to 40% improvement.
I highlighted this to Philips area sales manager. What I never expected was a visit by the ASM to my door step in the night time to check the issue. Stock bulbs are Osrams, initially I thought they are nightbreakers hence no difference in the illumination, but Philips ASM confirmed that stock bulbs are not nightbreakers. We couldn’t get in to a conclusion why no improvement compared to the stock bulbs. He has scheduled another visit in March with a senior member from his Noida R&D team.
LB+HB. Stock Osrams on left and Xtreme visions on the right My observations from 5 months of ownership: Running -in instructions:
Checked with TASS and spoke to TATA guys on running-in instructions. They said the engine is pre-tuned, hence no driving restrictions during running-in period. However there is running-in driving restrictions for Storme. Owner’s manual page 86 has the details. Maintenance of catalytic converter:
I was not aware of maintenance recommendations for catalytic converter until I read the owner’s manual. I am not sure whether this is known to all, hence thought of sharing it.
Owner’s manual Page 124 talks about maintenance of catalytic converter. It says “flush the catalytic converter by giving full throttle (4 to 5 times) in standing condition of vehicle on daily basis”. I guess this has to be done once the engine reaches optimum temperature. Not immediately after starting the truck and not just before switching off the engine.
It further says it is recommended to run the vehicle at high speed (80 to 100 kmph) for few km periodically as this will help to flush the carbon soot deposits from exhaust system and catalytic converter Controls:
Never had any ergonomic issues with the switch console on the driver’s door. Memorizing the switch function for rear wash, wipe and front wash is tricky. Still goof-up and do trial and error to figure out this each time. Fuel efficiency:
City: About 11km/L (80% AC on ECO mode. No rear AC)
Highway: About 15km/L (80% AC, cruising at 100-110 km/h)
Fuel efficiency in Storme is very sensitive with the speed. I got close to 17 km/L during an early morning open stretch highway ride (Bangalore to Hassan), me and my wife, 30% AC on ECO mode, no luggage, at speed 80 to 90. This ride was mainly intended to check the best fuel efficiency, otherwise it is difficult to drive the Storme at this speed.
Auto cut-off during fuel filling doesn’t work most of the time if you want to check the fuel efficiency by tank full to tank full method. Tank will accommodate 2 to 5 liters (varies each time) even after auto cut-off, depending on the air trapped and back pressure. Marching noise:
On the very first day I heard some kind of grinding noise (very minor) from engine area (not sure engine or gear box) in second gear while driving back home after taking delivery. To be precise you feel like this noise is coming out of center console. Visited TAS the very next day with a worried face. They call it marching noise and told me that it happens only while driving in low rpm and it should not be a matter of concern. However now I have this noise appearing on some days irrespective of the rpm levels. I really don’t know the reason behind this. I am not worried about this for now. Water accumulation under rear window glass:
Water accumulates under the bottom edge of the window glass on either side of the jump-seats. This may end up in panel rusting after few years. I had similar problem with my Indica on the boot door. It is difficult to remove the water by wiping. I blow air and remove the water after each wash. Less clearance between steel wheel rim and wheel nipples:
The clearance between steel wheel and wheel nipple is very less and not consistent in all wheels. This makes it very difficult to fill air with the bulky compressor nozzles in some of the fuel stations. My portable compressor has a sleek nozzle design but I have issues to use my michelin pressure gauge to check the air pressure. Rear blower:
It looks like rear blower is of low quality. Its default noise level is pretty high. Wheel hub cap:
Wheel hub cap from one of the wheel came off once during a wash, however this never happened while driving and still I have all of them. Carbon deposit on the front wheels?
Some kind of black powder accumulates on both the front wheels. I can see this powder flowing out while washing the wheels every time. This is not there on the rear wheels. I am not sure what it is, need to check with TAS during 5K service Side claddings:
It looks like the side claddings are mounted to the door panels with mechanical locking features and adhesive on the periphery. In most of the vehicles that I saw, the adhesive application is not consistent. In My Storme, the claddings around fuel lid could flex by about 3 to 5mm. This is not visible as it is, you can see this only if you pull the claddings. During my first visit to the TAS, we checked this in three Stormes present in the dealership on that day and all of them had this issue. They applied some adhesive on mine and I am alright now.
If the claddings near the door hinge point are not adhered tightly with the door panels, it may get stuck while opening the doors