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Old 01-27-2011, 01:58 PM   #29
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Donna, not sure about all vehicles these days, but I know that my VW and my Scion both entered this country with glass already installed. I know that the prep job on the VW was pretty simple. They remove the solar panel, remove paint protectors, install windshield wipers, license plate holders, and a few body plugs. All other safety items are on the vehicles when they get here, since they are made for the US market.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:28 PM   #30
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When I bought my VW it came with the trickle charge solar panel with cigarette lighter plug. I think it is 5W.

A few years ago I bought a VW with EU delivery and it was delivered in Germany with US specs. After my trip in EU it arrived to San Francisco and no changes were made by the dealer.

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Old 01-27-2011, 04:58 PM   #31
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I was in India for a month late last year and I saw lots of Mahindra trucks. Vehicles have to be tough there because the roads are often in poor condition. The strange thing--they seem to have bought all the old tooling for Willys Jeep. There were also some newer SUV types but the vast majority of small trucks on the road seemed to be Willys copies. Check out this picture:
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Being a Jeep person I love that. ^
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:18 PM   #33
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Mahindra was once a builder of the Willy's and, for me, I think it's probably part of the nostalgic charm I feel when I look at them. Dad had a Willy's for several years when I was a kid....l loved riding in that rough and ready stiff sprung thing....in fact it may not have had springs or shocks.

I was a mite wrong about the Sprinter's though. The passenger vans come in as is and stay that way. What happens is that the cargo vans are built in EU, desconstructed before shipping and sent with kits to be rebuilt once they hit the US. That's where the Freightliner plant about 30 miles from me comes in. They rebuild them and then send/sell them to the dealerships. My apologies for the confusion.

Won't be holding my breath on seeing/test driving the Mahindra before we're ready for the long haul. But, I will keep hoping they do appear and are as road worthy as hyped if they do.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:54 AM   #34
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I was in India for a month late last year and I saw lots of Mahindra trucks. Vehicles have to be tough there because the roads are often in poor condition. The strange thing--they seem to have bought all the old tooling for Willys Jeep. There were also some newer SUV types but the vast majority of small trucks on the road seemed to be Willys copies. Check out this picture:
Ho I like that one! Look like a old CJ truck cab version Never seen one like that before! It's a Mahindra Jeep,they still built a version with front and rear leaf spring named THAR DI and The CRDe with IFS front suspension Take a look
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:34 AM   #35
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I heard the same story about Mahindra having a part in building the Willy's way back. They also have a hand in farm equipment so this truck will be interesting to watch.
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I heard the same story about Mahindra having a part in building the Willy's way back. They also have a hand in farm equipment so this truck will be interesting to watch.
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Google Mahindra and spend some time on the site. They were licensed Wiilly's manufacturer. There is a history of the company on the site.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:33 AM   #37
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The long-delayed Mahindra diesel pickup got U.S. fuel-economy ratings today: 19 city/21 highway. U.S. dealers had hyped 30 mpg.

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Old 02-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #38
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Whow, that is quite a change downwards... Not as inviting anymore to change to Mahindra...
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I have the 2006 Jetta TDI with EPA numbers around 30 mpg/city and 40 mpg/hwy. Current Jettas EPA numbers are 30/42 mpg. Since 2006 my average is 39.85 mpg. Somehow my numbers are not representing the EPA’s test numbers. I looked at the EPA test procedure and noticed two factors possibly unfriendly to diesel:
1. Based on my experience with the Jetta TDI and the F350 7.3 PSD which have the instantaneous MPG readouts, I noticed that cold diesel engines don’t deliver good fuel economy. Unfortunately, a portion of EPA test includes cold engine with higher for my taste acceleration. I used my truck rarely but almost always use the electric engine heater before a trip.
2. The EPA's high speed test includes 80 mph with the 8.46 mph/sec (7 sec to 60mph) acceleration. For Mahindra it is likely the pedal to the metal. Too bad EPA did not include a rubber burning session.
For details see Detailed Test Information I was actually surprise how these tests are performed with the human factor likely contributing to the test variability.
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My last diesel car had EPA numbers of 35/44 MPG. I averaged about 48 MPG of biodiesel and 50 MPG on regular diesel. Driving carefully, I could get up to 54 MPG.

I would hope to get at least mid 20s in the Mahindra. But one of the big benefits of a small diesel is the torque and the drivability. I doubt you would feel a need to go much over 2,000 RPMs in a truck like that. Towing would be a breeze. No need to rev it way up like a 4 or 6 cylinder gasser.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:48 AM   #42
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We started talking about the Mahindra back in 2007 here on FiberglassRV. This is a four page thread. There's discussion about WHERE these vehicles are perhaps going to be served. Interesting discussion: Tow Vehicles of the future
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