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Old 01-10-2010, 03:27 AM   #1
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Mahindra - Will it be the new best 5.0 tow vehicle?

I have been interested in purchasing a small diesel pickup truck to replace my 1994 Chevy S10, and it may finally happen. After over a year of talk Mahindra has finally announced that it will be releasing two such trucks, the TR20 and TR40, in March and selling the trucks in April.

For information on the vehicles, see http://www.mahindrana.com/

What are your thoughts? Obviously I am talking conceptually since it only exists on paper.

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Old 01-10-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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Hi: gnorthern... I don't think the 4dr. will be a 5.0 tug. It looks to be in the same design as the Honda Ridgeline Ford Sportrac etc. The rear axle is located so far forward and close to the cab,that even with a Husky EZ Roller Slider hitch you would have no turning radius. With our shortbox fullsize GMC there's only 4" of clearance at the step bumper and the leading edge of the trailer. Alf
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Re: Mahindra - Will it be the new best 5.0 tow vehicle?

There is a ton of interest in fuel-based vehicle improvements. I see this vehicle is claiming 30mpg. I hope when I finally make my purchase of new tug and tow, I'll be able to buy a vehicle that will get high fuel milage. That said, Mahindra is going to be a new player in the U.S. I'd be concerned about getting work done on the vehicle... and we all know it will need it, at least occasionally. The last thing I would want to happen is to find my travels restricted because I'd fear getting to an area of the country where the vehicle can't be serviced. Sure, I could always take it to a no-name-brand shop, but would that invalidate the warranty?

Lots of questions still to be answered about not only this particular vehicle, but Mahindra in general. Buying a motorized vehicle can be the second or third largest asset owned. I'm not willing to be a test case for dependability. YMMV
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The rear axle is located so far forward and close to the cab,that even with a Husky EZ Roller Slider hitch you would have no turning radius.... p.s. the 2dr. truck maybe
And that is why I asked on this forum. I have a basic two door right now, but have been considering a 4 door for my next vehicle. Sounds like a four door is out of the question.

Do you think the four door would work with a basic trailer?
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That said, Mahindra is going to be a new player in the U.S. I'd be concerned about getting work done on the vehicle
I have been burned several times before by being an early adapter in electronics (DIVX and HD-DVD), so I will not be rushing out to purchase this vehicle. I signed up to test drive a new release. If I like it, I'll watch it for a while and then decide (on the two door).

I feel dense right now because I did not think of this until I read your post, but service in Canada will be important. Nothing is final until it happens but except for Montana, the US looks well covered with dealers. My bet is that Montana will get a dealer to sign up if they get a lot of buzz.

I am not concerned about quality since Mahindra has been making vehicles for a long time and are proven. I also know that Indian corporate culture is as or more demanding of quality as the Japanese.
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Re: Mahindra - Will it be the new best 5.0 tow vehicle?

Gonorthern, I found an article about the Mahindra trucks:

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/08...el-pik-up.html
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The rear axle is located so far forward and close to the cab,that even with a Husky EZ Roller Slider hitch you would have no turning radius.... p.s. the 2dr. truck maybe
And that is why I asked on this forum. I have a basic two door right now, but have been considering a 4 door for my next vehicle. Sounds like a four door is out of the question.

Do you think the four door would work with a basic trailer?
Hi: gnorthern... If I was retired and going to consolidate into one vehicle I would choose the Nissan Frontier V6 4dr. long box crew/king cab. The only fly in that ointment is that pickup has a wide turning radius w/without either a straight trailer or a 5.0 5th. wheel...but then so does my GMC!!!Alf
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Here's another site: http://www.dfwmahindra.com/ "DFW Mahindra Trucks SUV Dealership Arlington Dallas Ft. Worth 4x4 Texas Home Page"

Interesting note: Mahindra Plans to Assemble Light Pickups at Ohio Plant - The Wall Street Journal
February 2008

and here's a blog if you would like to read even more:
http://mahindratruckblog.com/
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Escape Artist,

Since my employer is always under fire for it's land management practices by environmental groups, I no longer call myself an environmentalist. But I have been saying since the early 80's I would never buy an RV unless I could at least 30 mpg, thinking I would never buy one.. About three years ago I got sold on the idea of purchasing an RV. I crawled out of a tent in about 18-20 degree weather, had coffee in a trailer next to me, and I was hooked. I decided the majority of my travels when I retire would not involve a tent.

Though I still question if I can, I really want to stick to what I have been saying.
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Hi: gnorthern... I have always been concious of gas mileage. That's why we tow a fiberglass trailer. I felt our Boler was a tent on wheels and our 5.0 is just a bigger tent!!! Alf
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