All-New Mahindra Thar (2020): Ownership Review


Joined
Oct 15, 2011
Messages
5,167
Likes
4,570
Location
Some Village
there were also issues reported about the central viscous coupling of the XUV500 AWD
AKA PTU (power transfer unit)
This is a Problem Child. Be it Mahindra XUV or duster. I have seen them fail. Most of these are not suited to Off-roading at all. They are more suited to Driving "Normally" on snow, preventing spinouts. They cannot take the full torque.
 
Joined
Sep 22, 2014
Messages
507
Likes
553
Location
m'bai, lko, kolkata
AKA PTU (power transfer unit)
This is a Problem Child. Be it Mahindra XUV or duster. I have seen them fail. Most of these are not suited to Off-roading at all. They are more suited to Driving "Normally" on snow, preventing spinouts. They cannot take the full torque.
This is going rather OT Sandeep & I hope you'll bear with it!
bhvm, I wouldn't go so far as to write them off. Samba has taken his AWD duster (terrific photologue in T-BHP) right to the end of Sandakphu. And if it can make the cut there (which at my age - I'm running 70 - I frankly wouldn't want to [:D]!) then in my lexicon that qualifies as proper off-roading.

And PTU is a serious misnomer. Transferring power is not the primary function of this coupling. It is there to compensate for the difference in speeds of the front & rear wheels, when making lock-to-lock turns (making do-nuts eg) on smooth tarmac, to prevent torque wind-up. For this reason the better equipped AWDrivers (the Quattro models from Audi eg) use torsen center differentials - with spectacular results in their earlier WRC events, when they wiped off the competition!

Mahindra have had the guts to offer AWD on their XUV models (which few other mfrs have done in India, despite their "SUV" line-up![;)]) and such relatively high-tech items need proper "development & lead times". I'm sure their XUV700 AWD would have ironed out these niggles.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Oct 15, 2011
Messages
5,167
Likes
4,570
Location
Some Village
Samba has taken his AWD duster (terrific photologue in T-BHP) right to the end of Sandakphu
I guess that would be Samba Sengupta. We guys need to learn how to properly "Utilize" and have fun in a Soft-roader with his videos. Kudos to him!

I have also seen PTU just "give up" on dusters. Probably it overheats and then you don't have any drive on the rear wheels. There is nothing which can beat the mechanical gear teeth & Chain drive of a proper 4x4 Transfercase. Not even close. This was discussed long back on some thread about AWD vs 4x4 Transfercase debate. Don't remember which thread.
Mahindra have had the guts to offer AWD on their XUV models (which few other mfrs have done in India, despite their "SUV" line-up![;)]
Yes, And especially most of the Manufacturers are Running from AWD / 4x4 citing various cowardly reasons, My expectations are high with Mahindra this time.
 
Thread Starter #94
Joined
Apr 7, 2011
Messages
145
Likes
176
Location
Chennai
The second service costed 5800Rs. The instrument cluster software was updated and the false milage notification has been rectified. The correct milage is notified, had driven about 200 odd kms and looks good.

Took out Thar for a solo drive today through country roads and broken paths. Had a good early morning drive. The rear door noise cropped up (due to driving hard in bad roads), but I was able to rectify with WD40 sprayed over the hinges.

Some Clicks from the drive,
DSC_7256.jpg

DSC_7246.jpg

DSC_7265.jpg

DSC_7274.jpg

DSC_7275.jpg

DSC_7276.jpg
 
Joined
Sep 22, 2014
Messages
507
Likes
553
Location
m'bai, lko, kolkata
The second service costed 5800Rs. The instrument cluster software was updated and the false milage notification has been rectified. The correct milage is notified, had driven about 200 odd kms and looks good.

Took out Thar for a solo drive today through country roads and broken paths. Had a good early morning drive. The rear door noise cropped up (due to driving hard in bad roads), but I was able to rectify with WD40 sprayed over the hinges.

Some Clicks from the drive,
View attachment 289268
View attachment 289269
View attachment 289270
View attachment 289271
View attachment 289272
View attachment 289273
Great photos Sandeep, does wonders for my feel-good factor to know that our Bucephalus is waiting in Kolkata. We are out of town at present and will be so for a while.
 

Top Bottom