Hi there (or it's better to say here)
this is my report after just a 40K of Km in Safari.
This is my first Indian vehicle. I knew almost nothing about Indian vehicles except that they last forever. And that came from some Mahindra jeeps more than 30 years ago. In general, after 40k of Km it's good and I am satisfied. In these three years that I am driving it, I never regretted for a second for buying my Safari.
I drive it every day through the city and on the road for several hundreds of kilometers at a time. Sitting position is very good except for the lack of foot rest for left foot as in Land Cruiser or some other 4x4s. But I found a very nice foot rest from something, maybe from some tractor or I don't know what, and it fitted nicely, so the problem is solved.
Visibility is very, very good except for the parking in reverse. The rear part of the car, behind the rear door handles, is not in the sight when I look in external rear view mirror. But that problem is solved with additional mirrors fitted on existing rear view mirrors. The other fault, let's say that way, are wipers. Somehow the driver side wiper, in my case it's left hand side wiper, leaves huge part of windshield, the most left side, uncleaned. It simply doesn't go far enough. Maybe I have to dive into wiper mechanism and solve that problem.
Somewhere on the Internet I read that Safari is a fuel guzzler, but my diesel is very nice to me at a gas station. If I pay attention on revs and changing gears in the right moment, my Safari goes with 8.5 liters per 100 km in the city. But in Belgrade, where I live, a man can not drive very fast because of traffic jam and numerous cameras and speed radars.
On the open road I can go with 7 liters per 100 km with four people on board and a luggage, which in my case are four diving tanks and other diving goods and chattels. But that goes just for normal road tires. If I change to terrain tires, the fuel consumption goes up to 8 lit./100km. I think it's ok for a car of this type. Riding in Safari is a bit like sailing on a big boat but I find it amusement and funny. No problem there. As I said to my brother after my maiden voyage with my Safari, it's like I am sitting on a Grizzly bear. It is huge, powerful, strong going and I don't have any temptation to prove to anyone how powerful Safari really is
(Serbians love to show up with fast driving).
I just step on the throttle pedal and go my way, or, in most cases, just keep riding in a slow and soft manner and let all the people to be faster and more warm blooded than me. I know how much power I pack under the bonnet. Let them be happy for being faster than all terrain vehicle
On the off road, Safari surprised me with it's mild behavior and easy steering, yet again, it has more than enough power to go everywhere. Moreover, it has no problem to go in deep mud as on a hard and dry surface full of potholes and axle breakers. Yes, it swings and tilts, but hey, it's off road, remember? Before Safari, I used to drive Land Rovers series types and Defender 110 along with few other 4x4-s. Nothing like Safari, I can say. Yes, there are better, bigger, more powerful 4x4 vehicles with more torque, but also more expensive cars. But at the end of an off road adventure, we all eat at the same time at the same place. Tata managed to go everywhere alongside those better and more-of-everything 4x4 cars, with no problem, or hesitation, or demur.
In first year I waited a few weeks for the snow on mountains to melt down making rivers and streams to swell and become deeper so I can try wading. My Safari can go through head light deep water with no problem. Some electrical problems due to heavy rains were fixed "on the fly". I found that Safari isn't that good in the terms of painting and water and dust protection, but I already have solutions for that. It can't be an issue for not buying Safari or to rant about it. It's simply a part of Safaris low cost and that is that. For a man who likes to get greasy with his car, Safari posts no obstacle when speaking of rust protection. In my country we use salt to melt snow and ice on the road surface, and rust protection is very important, but Safari lacks of that. But it is not the first car with poor rust protection and we have solutions even for that.
And to make a long story short, I have not regretted for a second, as I have mentioned above. Safari was excellent choice for the amount of money that I have had. TOC is relatively low for 4x4 car and by that, Safari gives much more than it was paid. Beside all of that, my friends say that Safari is the best looking 4x4 I owned. And that also counts, doesn't it?