“Thunderbolt” Mahindra XUV5OO Detailed Review (5 Years Report)


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After a long time of Procrastination, I got my lazy self into Opening the XUV cowl area and take a peek inside.
I was pleased to see a lot of DUST, but thankfully no Rust!
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So These are the Rat meshes that ASC had installed. And yeah they charged me 2k to install them.
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Some Parts if wiper Motor are unpainted, and would have chances of Rust in Far future, I I painted them. Can you identify the Painted parts? I also lubricated the linkages with grease before fitment.
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Now started the process of sealing the cowl itslef. Used closed cell foam (Neoprene) to seal the cowl cover itself. Used Rubber adhesive to apply measured & trimmed pieces of neoprene on all openings & Slats. This will prevent Rodent, Dust And leaves from entering the cowl.
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Next was the seal the AC Air intakes. These are sealed with Rubber adhesive once and the gaps have been caulked out using neutral cure Nova Silicon tube. Do not use acid cure silicons on vehicles as it will eat metal in the long run.
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Quite a nice seal I must say!

Also sealed the minor gaps at sides where rats would find easy entry. Now there is just no chance of rodent entry!
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Yes, XUV 500 was called Project W201, W standing for WORLD.
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P.s- Forgot to share images of marking tapes I used-
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The results-
After ages, I could take an Ride in XUV. We did about 200KM in half a day. Stonking performance as always.
The AC seals were also tested 3 ways.
1. An area where we passed from Forest fire. We could smell ZERO smoke inside. For once I thought its actually Dense fog and not smoke.
2. Huge & dusty diversions due to Half-hearted efforts from our dear government. Where works are “In Progress” Since last 5 years. Basically no attention to half dug up roads. Here we met trucks and buses spewing up dust high in the air like Dakar Rally. Did my nose feel a thing? Nah!
3. The dry and hot air had made whirlwinds at 2~3 places. They washed right over our XUV. Could feel dust particles and small sand hitting, but no feel/dust. I read 44.C on our XUV AC that day.
This is awesome! No It really is. Now I can ride my cheetah in peace and not worry about flaring up an allergy! The seal is so well succesfull that you cant even get a hint of smells from the outside. I wonder why I did not do this earlier.After a long time of Procrastination, I got my lazy self into Opening the XUV cowl area and take a peek inside.


P.s- Its getting painful scrolling up and down adjusting images into the thread with current Image Manager. My head is alredy dizzy with just 1 post. I request admins to please look into this matter or allow Google photos merging. I might have missed some images on this post.
 

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Looks very nice and your hardwork really paid off!!!!
I think the resale value of your both cars (Xuv and Safari) would be increased by at least 70k-80k because of the crazy mods you keep doing.!
You're enjoying every bit of your Cheetah, that's a nice thing and above that maintaining 2 elephants under 1 roof akong with a lil,' pocket rocket (i10) isn't easy by any means.
 
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Paint work is alright. But why are you blocking all the water channels and Air ducts with foam. They are designed there for a purpose. That area is also called rain gutter .Blocking theme Will stop Air movement as well as cause water stagnation. This will promote rusting. Fresh Air intake blockage increases AC gas poisoning inside the car. Fresh air prevents suffocation and drowsiness inside the car.
 
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None of the water channels have been blocked. They are lower down and not visible in pics.
Sealing top grilles of Cowl prevents Leaves and dander sitting on drains, hence actually prevents rain gutter from being chocked.

About the air, Unfortunately most of the Indian Road Air is far from being "Fresh".
 
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Hi BHVM how are you. There is some heat pipe or something like in foot well area of passenger side, covered partially by plastic shield. Significant heat radiation from that source. Entire body is chilling due to good AC but feet are warm. This I have observed in my friend's XUV 500 2019 automatic model. I could not able to figure it out because of less time. I will try to take a snapshot next time. Any idea about this?
 
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Hi BHVM how are you. There is some heat pipe or something like in foot well area of passenger side, covered partially by plastic shield. Significant heat radiation from that source. Entire body is chilling due to good AC but feet are warm. This I have observed in my friend's XUV 500 2019 automatic model. I could not able to figure it out because of less time. I will try to take a snapshot next time. Any idea about this?
Hello! Seeing you after long.
This is a known issue in XUV with no resolution from Mahindra. The problem happens when Front AC vents blow cool air but feet vents blow hot.
The only solution is to-
1. Turn off FEET or BOTH mode and use front vents only
2. Use BOTH mode but bring down temperature to 16.c or LO then feet vents also start chilling.

It certainly is a programming/ BCM issue but mahindra failed to acknowledge. Its pathetic that 2019 models have same flaws as 2011 models.
 
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