Optimus: Mahindra XUV 500W8 FWD. Long Term Ownership Review


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another achilles heel is the 2nd row ac
This is a design Defect rather than Problem/ Issue.
The front Dashboard motor has about 10 vents to push through hence there is hardly any cooling from middle row vents. The 3rd row motor just has 2 vents hence is too strong.
My Fortuner had much better balance as 2nd and 3rd row blower was merged.
 
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This is a design Defect rather than Problem/ Issue.
The front Dashboard motor has about 10 vents to push through hence there is hardly any cooling from middle row vents. The 3rd row motor just has 2 vents hence is too strong.
My Fortuner had much better balance as 2nd and 3rd row blower was merged.
After your comment, I was just thinking if there is a way to merger the rear and 2nd row blowers in xuv or install some piping from the 3rd row blower to the roof of the 2nd row.
Let me know if you get any such ideas and the material that can be used without it looking too out of place.
 
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Its easy but will look Ghetto and Ugly. You can use ducting pipe.
What I do is run 3rd row ac in speeds 2 or 3 and point the vents forwards. That helps cooling and it can be switched off from the dash when not needed.
 
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Its easy but will look Ghetto and Ugly. You can use ducting pipe.
What I do is run 3rd row ac in speeds 2 or 3 and point the vents forwards. That helps cooling and it can be switched off from the dash when not needed.
Because of the size and the glass area xuv's cooling is limited to the places where there is air flow.
 
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@bhvm : tried your technique of cooling the 2nd row of the car, it really helps. It will be tested more during my upcoming drive to Rajasthan next month.

I have finally changed the shoes for Optimus. Got the Yokohama Geolanders AT 235 section. costed me 10900 per piece with allignment and balancing. Had to pay for the weights though.

Before the change and wash, the next stop is painting the alloys wheel to give the vehice a mid life do over. After that a detailing job, and stickers on some places where there is paint peeling.

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Congratulations for the new tyres! Tread pattern is looking good and aggressive.
How is the ride with the new AT tyres?
I too wanted AT tyres when I was searching for new tyres last year, but backed out at the last moment as 95% I drive on tarmac only.
 
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Congratulations for the new tyres! Tread pattern is looking good and aggressive.
How is the ride with the new AT tyres?
I too wanted AT tyres when I was searching for new tyres last year, but backed out at the last moment as 95% I drive on tarmac only.
Even though I have driven only 40 kms on these tyres I am pretty much hooked on them. the vehicle seems to be very pliant and comfortable. They are still brand new and no breaking in has been done till now, I am assuming they will become more comfortable after a couple of hundred kilometers. In flesh they look much better than in pics.
 
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Hello All,

After thinking about for almost 1.5 years I have finally given my XUV to get the rear bumper repaired and scratches removed from the front one. The rear one has a nasty tear and has come out of its brackets from the left hand side, the left rear quarter panel has also suffered some damage due to which there is a peeling of paint, same goes for the rear passenger side door all thanks to my tug of war with a giant ass military vehicle with a solid metal bumper.

The passenger side front bumper and the fender has scratches which were created long back because of my misjudgement of a pillar in the parking.

For now I have given it to a local denting painting shop who have quoted me 11-12k for the job by repairing the bumper, I took a quote for the same from the service center with replacing the bumper the quote was for a whopping 35k, not including the front damages, because of which even with comprehensive inusrance I will still be out of 20k, so decided to take a risk.

PFB the pics of the damages. repair pics will be shared shortly in 3-4 days.

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