Tata Safari Storme EX: Ownership Review


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I can totally understand and sympathise with your pain. Please do not lose sleep over it. It can be patched up. Other nearby parts of the chassis are clean with no rust,so maybe moist air pocket / wet area was left over while underbody coating was done.That air pocket caused repeated or continuous collection of water,resulting in rusting.
But any good metallurgy worker can repair it in a very good way,with no issues in future. Afterwards the welded area can be painted and all. Since rest of the chassis is alright,you need not worry about future cracks building up on stress areas (provided you do not overload the car or use it very-very roughly).
+100. Repair and move on. Seen much worse cases. We can't ditch our car because of the arrogance/helplessness of the dealer.
 
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I can totally understand and sympathise with your pain. Please do not lose sleep over it. It can be patched up. Other nearby parts of the chassis are clean with no rust,so maybe moist air pocket / wet area was left over while underbody coating was done.That air pocket caused repeated or continuous collection of water,resulting in rusting.
But any good metallurgy worker can repair it in a very good way,with no issues in future. Afterwards the welded area can be painted and all. Since rest of the chassis is alright,you need not worry about future cracks building up on stress areas (provided you do not overload the car or use it very-very roughly).
Yes the moment i saw rust i was blank for a day and next day decided to repair myself. I know tata and its service and enough things is said about it.
The area is welded with 4mm thick Ms plate with arc welding. another area behind this was found but was in more better shape. However reinforced that area too.


+100. Repair and move on. Seen much worse cases. We can't ditch our car because of the arrogance/helplessness of the dealer.
Hi deville _ long time !
yes i have decided to repair and infact now the repair job is over. We have seen more worse cases and this is an issue which should not occur in a vehicle less than 4 years that too still in extended warranty.

After the metal is welded , it is primered and also other area were slight surface rust was seen.
Then 3M underbody coat was purchased and sprayed 3 cans of it.


Now the outer part is cleaned and treated. Interior of the chassis box is yet to be attended. Have ordered some rust converters. Will do that too immediately .
 

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That's a quite heavy reinforcement for that small hole! Overkill maybe? Actually putting welding arc on the original chassis by untrained hands,is a no no I think,unless large chunks are rusted. Yours is 99% rust free.
You could have just filled the hole and moved on. Even " just let it be with primer coating on the edges,and I will watch out for future rust signs if they appear" would have been enough.
 
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That's a quite heavy reinforcement for that small hole! Overkill maybe? Actually putting welding arc on the original chassis by untrained hands,is a no no I think,unless large chunks are rusted. Yours is 99% rust free.
You could have just filled the hole and moved on. Even " just let it be with primer coating on the edges,and I will watch out for future rust signs if they appear" would have been enough.
Ah, I felt welding was not even , based on the welding works that I used to see at the factory i work.
However the mechanic says the picture was taken before slight sanding.
Time must say the outcome further. Will keep inspecting regularly.

Update the car is 59510 Kms as on today. 22 days more to complete 4 years with me.
 
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Update 63350kms.
Just office commute and nothing else other than 2 small trips of 400 kms each.
Had a chance to check only the traffic ( office commute ) efficiency. it was 10.6 kmpl combination of traffic plus bad road with worst pothole history due to rain. The local roads of pondicherry are deadly now. may be in a couple of months new roads are expected. Its more disaster for bikes.

service some 500kms back.
Replaced oil and oil filter. GB oil and brake oil full flush.
replaced 2 out of 3 engine mounts and feel more peaceful. one more yet to be changed. old one dont have cracks or damage but it seems common issue with storme.


Another common issue of rear tailgate not opening during afternoon times cropped up. That too in front of many family members. Loads of Briyani in boot. 1.00Pm it worked at hotel. 1.20pm it is jamed at home. 5.30 pm working as usual. Its a common issue with all storme.

Aftermarket reverse sensor conked off. Got new one but only the display and the main unit was used. old sensor was working fine. !

A small incident where a biker hit from rear . reason was he was too fast and his splendor could not brake in time plus add the bad roads of pondicherry. left side took a small hit
Pulled back the LH bumper and its normal with small hole in bottom. Not visible
 
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Changed the pending 1 nos of engine mount.
The difference is day and night!

The vehicle is more smooth and the slightest vibration that was present is vanished.
How much did the changing of engine mount cost you?
I have Vibrations felt on the gear knob and steering at times, It was suggested that i change all the engine mounts.
 

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