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      Tata Safari 2.2 Dicor 4x4 - Short-term Ownership Report From Europe

      Hi there (or it's better to say here)
      I am new here and in the world of Safari owners. I was reading this forum for months before I bought my Safari. This is my report after just a 15K of Km in Safari.

      This is my first Indian vehicle and my experience with it is, let's be honest, poor. In general, after 15k of Km it's good and I am satisfied. In these four and a half months that I am driving it, I never regretted for a second for buying my Safari.

      As I mentioned before, I drive it every day through the city and on the road for several hundreds of kilometers (sorry, I'm not used to the miles) at a time. Sitting position is very good except for the lack of foot rest for left foot as in Land Cruiser or some other 4x4s. But I found a very nice foot rest from something, maybe from some tractor or I don't know what, and it fitted nicely, so the problem is solved.

      Visibility is very, very good except for the parking in reverse. The rear part of the car, behind the rear door handles, is not in the sight when I look in external rear view mirror. But that problem is solved with additional mirrors fitted on existing rear view mirrors. The other fault, let's say that way, are wipers. Somehow the driver side wiper, in my case it's left hand side wiper, leaves huge part of windshield, in front of the most left side, uncleaned. It simply doesn't go far enough. Maybe I have to dive into wiper mechanism and solve that problem.

      Somewhere on the Internet I read that Safari is a fuel guzzler, but my diesel is very nice to me at a gas station. If I pay attention on revs and changing gears in the right moment, my Safari goes with 8.5 liters per 100 km in the city. But in Belgrade, where I live, a man can not drive very fast because of traffic jam and numerous cameras and speed radars.

      On the open road I can go with 6.8 to 7 liters per 100 km with four people on board and a luggage, which in my case are four diving tanks and other diving goods and chattels. I think it's ok for a car of this type. Riding in Safari is a bit like sailing on a big boat but I find it amusement and funny. No problem there. As I said to my brother after my maiden voyage with my Safari, it's like I am sitting on a Grizzly bear. It is huge, powerful, strong going and I don't have any temptation to prove to anyone how powerful Safari really is
      I just step on the throttle pedal and go my way, or, in most cases, just keep riding in a slow and soft manner and let all the people to be faster and more warm blooded than me. I know how much power I pack under the bonnet. Let them be happy for being faster than all terrain vehicle

      On the off road, Safari surprised me with it's mild behavior and easy steering, yet again, it has more than enough power to go everywhere. Moreover, it has no problem to go in deep mud as on a hard and dry surface full of potholes and axle breakers. Yes, it swings and tilts, but hey, it's off road, remember? Before Safari, I used to drive Land Rovers series types and Defender 110 along with few other 4x4-s. Nothing like Safari, I can say. Yes, there are better, bigger, more powerful 4x4 vehicles with more torque, but also more expensive cars. But at the end of an off road adventure, we all eat at the same time on the same place. Tata managed to go everywhere alongside those better and more of everything 4x4 cars, with no problem, or hesitation, or demur.

      I have yet to try wading but for that I have to wait a few weeks for the snow on mountains to melt down making rivers and streams to swell and become deeper. But I don't expect any problem with that. Some electrical problems due to heavy rains were fixed "on the fly". I found that Safari isn't that good in the terms of painting and water and dust protection, but I already have solutions for that and that can be no issue for not buying Safari or to rant about it. It's simply a part of Safaris low cost and that is that. For a man who likes to get greasy with his car, Safari posts no obstacle when speaking of rust protection. In my country we use salt to melt snow and ice on the road surface, and rust protection is very important, but Safari lacks of that. But it is not the first car with poor rust protection and we have solutions even for that.

      And to make a long story short, I have not regretted for a second, as I have mentioned above. Safari was excellent choice for the amount of money that I have had. TOC is relatively low for 4x4 car and by that, Safari gives much more than it was paid. Beside all of that, my friends say that Safari is the best looking 4x4 I owned. And that also counts, doesn't it?

      p.s. my girlfriend named it Vimana
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      as slow as possible, as fast as necessary

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      Quote Originally Posted by scuba View Post
      the road for several hundreds of kilometers (sorry, I'm not used to the miles)
      You are on an Indian forum and expected to use Kilometers, not miles
      And nice write up btw.

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      Nice ownership report there. Looking for more in the time to come.
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      Quote Originally Posted by scuba View Post
      This is my first Indian vehicle and my experience with it is, let's be honest, poor.
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      I never regretted for a second for buying my Safari.
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      I don't have enough experience. The car is ok.

      Ok?

      jaguar

      Sorry. Won't happen again
      Last edited by scuba; 10th Apr 2014 at 12:48.
      as slow as possible, as fast as necessary

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      Quote Originally Posted by scuba View Post
      Sorry. Won't happen again
      Hey scuba - no need to be! .. we kid around a lot here and knowing jaguar, I'm sure he did not mean to say anything other than that we use the metric system in India - kilometres, Deg Celsius, Kilograms etc.
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      Quote Originally Posted by scuba View Post
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      I don't have enough experience. The car is ok.

      Ok?
      Got confused when you said that the overall experience is poor but then said you don't regret buying it.
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      Good writeup scuba. Godfather where are you hiding ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by kb100 View Post
      knowing jaguar, I'm sure he did not mean to say anything other than that we use the metric system in India - kilometres, Deg Celsius, Kilograms etc.
      Thanks for the clarification kb100.

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      No need to be sorry!

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      Nice write up scuba and thanks for sharing.

      Also, Have you been to India?

      Quote Originally Posted by scuba View Post
      p.s. my girlfriend named it Vimana
      Is she a fan of watching "ancient alines"?

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