All-New Mahindra Thar (2020): Ownership Review


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Took out Thar for some for some rock crawling. Thar with all the technologies of LSD & BLD and with its build, made things easy for a novice off-roader like me. Pick the right line and vola it’s going to cross all obstacles. All I could repeat saying is the Thar is a beast and it never ceases to amaze me at ever new challenge. Only the video could do justice in letting you all know about its capacity.

Thar took some hard underbody hits on the chassis, scratches in front/ rear bumpers and a small scratch in alloy rim, all these are the signatures of off-roading. Did a thorough inspection for damages and it was all to a level for underbody paint damage. Cleaned up the area and did a PU spray paint followed by black paint to protect the under body. My underbody protection & corrosion resistant paint is overdue.

I have left the original audio for you to understand the underbody hits. You can understand the capability of the vehicle and few mistakes done by me. The link for the video is as below,
Offroading with Thar
 
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Great video, Sandeep - and it reiterates my belief that I have made the right choice.
Now for a small clarification. I will be taking delivery of the vehicle in 10-15 days as per the last communication with the dealers.
And I've been told (because I had asked) that the present ODO reading is 19 kms since the vehicle's arrival in Kolkata.My
question is this - can this be the normal ODO reading for a car that has arrived in the Kolkata showroom from Pune, where the Thar
is supposed to be built? Are Thars driven from the factory to the showrooms (all over India) or are they transported on trailers, in which
case the reading is quite normal. A silly question perhaps but every bit helps![:D]
 
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Currently vehicles are being transported in closed trailers and hence ODO reading of 19kms is acceptable. By the time of delivery, the ODO reading would be more as the car needs to be driven from yard to RTO and back, then to the showroom for delivery.
My dad used to tell me that, during his days they used to check the new car for accidents as it would be driven from Kolkata to Madurai. By the time the car was taken delivery, it would have already clocked more than 1500km. To save on fuel, the dealers used to have very high tyre pressure. Oil change and even sometimes the suspension bush would have to be replaced before delivery. There was no concept of engine break in period, since it was already driven hard for 1500kms.
 
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Thanks Sandeep. I'm in Kolkata now & had been to the dealers yesterday. I had put the same question to him and he explained. It seems the Thar (and other vehicles) are being distributed pan-India state-wise from Pune by train. For West Bengal the vehicles come by train to Kolkata and after discharge here they are sent onwards to distant parts of the state by "road trains" (long trailers hauled by multi-axled trucks) while the Kolkata consignment is driven to the stockyard. So, as you said, 19 km on the ODO is not abnormal in today's environment. The trip to the RTO is still pending.

The sales manager had an interesting tale. When he started his career, the car he was to deliver to his first customer had an ODO reading of 1700 kms. He had started vamping since he expected the customer to throw a fit at the high ODO reading. He was very pleasantly surprised because the customer had a good look all round the car, the ODO reading, and remarked to the salesman that the reading was quite good. When asked he replied that his friend had taken delivery of his car at another dealer's and that car had an ODO reading of 2500 kms!
 

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