My 2021 Mahindra Thar: Possession assessment and modifications

I had a belief that the brand new Thar will likely be a sport changer and I had a robust purpose to consider that.

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Hello All,

I’ve been pondering to pen down my preliminary possession expertise with my new Thar since few months however reserved the identical as I used to be slowly and always customizing the SUV in keeping with my style and desires.
I’ll attempt to replace this thread not less than on a month-to-month foundation.


I had a pre-worshipped Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI which I let it go in 2017 as I needed to journey overseas for work. I nonetheless admire the construct high quality and drive-ability of the Octavia. The one sore factor was upkeep and spare components have been costly. I returned again by the top of 2018 and was looking for new Compact SUV/ True blue SUV and began the take a look at drive saga.


  • Must be an computerized (not AMT) – Heavy clutch of the Octavia used to make my leg drained after lengthy drives in bumper to bumper visitors. Therefore a correct computerized was the first want.
  • Good floor clearance – To evade by way of water logged roads in Kerala throughout monsoons.

Good to have:

All wheel drive/ 4 wheel drive – As an individual who learnt driving on a Mahindra CJ500 ‘jeep’, the love for jeeps was at all times there in me.

Automobiles thought of:

Please word I’m not an professional by any means and under observations are simply my opinions.

Jeep Compass 1.4 Multi-Air petrol computerized:

I used to be actually impressed with the construct high quality of this one. The suspension arrange felt high notch. However there was immense lag between the transmission and engine. I used to be anticipating a Volkswagen Polo GT TSI sort of twin clutch transmission because the Compass was additionally making use of the twin clutch (DDCT). It was out after the 2 take a look at drives.

Jeep Compass 2.0 diesel computerized:

Impressed with the construct high quality and security, I requested the Jeep supplier to name me as soon as the diesel computerized is launched. They have been proactive sufficient and acquired an computerized instantly after the launch. Compass is a pleasant product, the automated gear field is the weakest hyperlink, I felt. However general I used to be pleased because it had the 4X4 {hardware} and knowledgeable the supplier that I shall get again. The highest variants have been manner out of my finances although.

Tata Harrier computerized:

I used to be very reluctant in direction of a Tata product as our first automotive was an Indica V2. I needed one thing new. I had rented a self drive Nexon for one in every of my journey and I preferred it. Therefore thought to take a look at Harrier too. I got here out very nice after the take a look at drive. Engine-gear field combo was very clean. A great deal of area and a worth for cash in comparison with Jeep Compass. A lot of the points from model 1 was additionally sorted. Therefore I made a decision that I’ll e-book Harrier XZA or XZA+ despite the fact that it didn’t have AWD/ 4X4.

Kia Seltos:

Huge number of automatics drove me in direction of Kia. I had positioned an advance reserving earlier than the launch date as there have been rumors that it’ll have a DCT computerized and AWD. One way or the other after the take a look at drive, I felt construct high quality it less than my expectations. However Seltos amused me on the listing of options {that a} new entrant can supply. Additionally, the driving expertise of 1.4 GTdi was thrilling. However I felt the value tag of high variants weren’t justified. Taken a number of take a look at drives to lastly arrive at a choice. Lastly cancelled the reserving and obtained the refund. General KIA expertise was good.

MG Hector:

Solely DCT petrol was out there at that cut-off date. I used to be not impressed after take a look at drive.

All new Thar:

There have been scoops that new Thar could be launched with all new engines and computerized gearboxes. I had a belief that the brand new Thar will likely be a sport changer and I had a robust purpose to consider that. My Dad had bought the primary lot of Mahindra XUV300 Diesel high finish and it’s a fantastic product full of options for consolation and security. Though there have been minor niggles, Mahindra was proactive to type out all these points. Already having expertise with Mahindra service, I made a decision to attend for the brand new Thar. Additionally I had obtained few contacts in Mahindra by that point. The brand new Thar was launched in October, however I made a decision to e-book solely after a take a look at drive. I patiently waited for the take a look at drive and obtained the identical throughout second week of November. I used to be impressed after the take a look at drive as I do know what to anticipate from a 4-wheel drive ladder body automobile. I took few extra take a look at drives together with my spouse in the identical week with some minor off-road. Spouse was additionally proud of the take a look at drives. Love in direction of the jeep made me to let go Harrier. Positioned the reserving on-line for LX Diesel Computerized HT Black and I knew will probably be a protracted wait and I used to be prepared for it. I obtained a name in March mentioning {that a} similar variant is offered however in gray coloration. I knowledgeable I’m nice with gray and requested for PDI earlier than making the cost. PDI went nicely and the quantity was transferred and supply was deliberate for April first week. Booked a elaborate quantity by then. Insurance coverage was bought on-line. Registration formalities have been accomplished by the supplier. The supplier expertise was additionally good. Received my Thar in first week of April and now it’s 7k on the odo. We have now a really detailed Crew BHP assessment on the discussion board. So I cannot repeat these right here, however pen down my expertise right here.

Pics from the PDI:

My likes:

  • Competent Diesel engine mated to a superb torque converter computerized.
  • The tall driving stance.
  • Off-road functionality – I’ve put my Thar to check in hardest terrains of Kerala particularly in some areas of Vagamon, Wayanad, Munnar. It has come out with flying colours. I do know what this machine is able to.
  • Construct high quality with 4 star GNCAP ranking.
  • Infinite mods potential.

My dislikes:

  • No gas cap open swap on the within.
  • Rear passenger egress – No seize deal with.
  • Android auto disconnects steadily and is simply too sluggish at occasions.

Points/ niggles:

  • I used to be anticipating some niggles initially as its a freshly baked product and has related expertise with XUV300.
  • Windshield fogging: Took it to service heart twice, concern is decreased however no full resolution from Mahindra but. Therefore I saved sticky mats on sprint which covers the air vents:

  • Entrance tyre rubbing towards stabilizer bar: This occurs throughout full left/proper flip. Service heart might cut back the problem, however not absolutely resolved:

  • Damaged AC vents: Changed below guarantee.
  • Entrance drive shaft rubber boot broken: Unsure how this obtained broken, may very well be throughout off-roading. I’m ready from Mahindra on their response whether or not this may be coated below guarantee. Service heart have to order it and it might take per week to reach:

Service Actions:

  • Hood latch meeting alternative.
  • Horn alternative.

Mods accomplished:

  • Wrangler JL model entrance grille.
  • .Bi-xenon projector fog lamps (Please learn extra right here on this DIY.
  • Headlight relay and philips 90/100w bulb.
  • Full below physique safety together with DEF Tank utilizing plane grade aluminum from ARKA:

  • Entrance (seat bolstered) and rear arm relaxation:

  • 3M CR-70 solar management movie with 70% visibility and Noodle mats for the ground.
  • Audio improve with Audison Prima Parts for the entrance and JL Audio C1 parts for the roof together with a Sony 4 channel amplifier and Sony below seat energetic subwoofer
  • Hella 470 Pencil Beam.
  • 70mai twin channel sprint digicam:

  • Cushioning on panels close to AC:

  • Dr.Nano 12000lbs winch built-in to inventory bumper:

Though Mahindra supplied Bushranger winch as official accent, not one of the supplier had expertise in putting in it. One of many Chennai supplier who has accomplished it put in on high of the inventory bumper which seemed over accomplished to me. I needed a clear set up maintaining the inventory bumper. Furthermore Bushranger was costly. In one of many official Mahindra movies, the winch was put in in an after market bumper and within the video disclaimer, Mahindra talked about to take away winch and bumper after the use, which isn’t virtually potential. I began searching for different manufacturers like Warn, Superwinch, Come-up and different Indian manufacturers like Dr.Nano and AMX. I needed artificial rope one with hawse fairlead. Warn was out of inventory with all sellers and import charges was nearly the identical as product worth. Therefore selected the Dr.Nano one and obtained it plonked within the inventory bumper with a customized winch plate. I’m not a fan of after market bumpers.

Inside this quick timeframe, this true blue SUV has given me many good experiences and reminiscences and I hope that may proceed throughout my possession. The Thar is educating me always which helps me bettering my off-road and on-road expertise.

If there could be one other buy it could be one other Thar, could also be petrol computerized or Power Gurkha (hope Power launches an computerized quickly).

Posting few parting pics:

When my spouse says “Let’s go in Dadda’s automotive” to my 3 12 months previous daughter, she confidently corrects my spouse saying “Mamma, its not automotive, its our ‘JEEP'”.

Signing off with a parting pic with custom-made T-Bhp T-shirt:

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