Tata Safari – Old But Still Going Strong

The Safari is a proper, 5-door SUV developed by Tata Motors. This vehicle happens to be the very first SUV to be designed, developed and mass produced wholly in India. The very first time the Safari touched the roads was 15 years ago. Although it didn’t receive a lot of fans on several counts, the Safari’s performance off road has constantly won it admiration.

When the Safari was launched, back in 1998, it was equipped with a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, diesel engine that was turbocharged. A few years later, in 2003, the car received some upgrades such as power steering, better mechanics, improved interiors and so on. But the Safari still drew a lot of flak for its underpowered, harsh engine. As a response, Tata Motors launched a heavily modified Safari in 2005 with a 3.0 litre DiCOR engine. DiCOR stands for Direct injection Common Rail and this engine was indeed the first from Tata Motors which had common rail fuel injection technology. As of now, buyers can order their Tata Safari DiCOR only with a 2.2 litre, 138 bhp, 4 cylinder diesel engine and a 5 speed manual transmission.

One department where the vehicle has shone right from the day it was released is its off roading capability. Despite mixed verdicts, Tata Safari DiCOR reviews have always praised in this regard. The SUV has a high ground clearance of 205mm, high approach and departure angles of 31°, a 30° break-over angle and can wade through water that’s a foot

Easy Steps on How to Install a Cold Air Intake

A cold air intake makes sure the car engine gets enough cold air. The cold air intake cools the air the engine breathes through the air intake tube and air filter. It increases the gas to air ratio on the engine. This makes it possible for the gasoline to be evenly combusted and more use is gotten from the fuel. Gas mileage, acceleration, torque, and engine horsepower is improved due to added combustion. Installation can be done in few easy steps.

You need a Philips screwdriver, a flat head screw driver, and a torx wrench assortment.

1. Make sure your car is in park and the engine turned off before you start the installation. The emergency brake should also be engaged and the battery’s negative cable disconnected at the hood.

2. Use the flat-head screwdriver to remove clamps that are found around the hose intake on the engine’s throttle body. The screw driver will help make loose the screws that hold the clamp secure.

3. Use the Torx wrench to remove from the cold air tube, the mass air flow unit. The Philips screwdriver or the flat-head can also be used for this job. The sensor can be damaged when removing the mass air flow unit so caution should be taken.

4. Take the air box apart by unclasping the latches on it. The air box should then be removed completely from the engine bay. After this the stock air filter should be located and removed.

5. At the end of the intake tube connecting

A Review of the 2014 Range Rover Sport

The 2014 Range Rover Sport is definitely my favorite car for a number of reasons. It’s an SUV with swanky interiors, a comfortable ride and awesome off-road capabilities. This distinguished vehicle has a V6 engine, with an option for V8 and an eight speed automatic transmission. Amazingly it is big on fuel economy when compared to other cars in its range.

Analysts are of the view that this vehicle is an admirable luxury midsize SUV with more than sufficient power for all driving conditions. Nonetheless, many would rather have the V8 alternative because it has the extra push. The eight speed automatic transmission is quite appropriate for this SUV and analysts have commended the application of the engine’s power.

Regardless the outward manifestation of opulence by this vehicle, the Range Rover Sports claws its way through the most obstinate dregs. The amalgamation of off-road performance with gracious and polished on-road driving is extraordinary. The compartment has an exceptional level of affluence that is complemented by the most superior car audio.

The on of the best features of this posh vehicle is the driver assistance functions that make long distance driving pleasurable. You need not get this car to negotiate some tight turns because it does so effortlessly showing just how efficient it is. The individual suspensions on each wheel as well as the sensors automatically come into play to handle corners at high speed.

This is a car that has been designed to take in to distinctive driving conditions and has the

Nissan Terrano – Nissan’s Best Foot Forward Or Have They Stumbled?

Few cars have seen hype of such levels even before its launch than the Renault Duster. The auto journos praised its practicality, ride and build quality and before you knew it, the vehicle was a tremendous success the likes of which Renault had never seen before. Recently, their partner Nissan decided to take this SUV, give it a wardrobe makeover and voilà, we got the Terrano.

This is the third rebadged offering from the union of Renault-Nissan, the others being the Renault Pulse (a rebadged Nissan Micra) and the Renault Scala (a rebadged Nissan Sunny). In a lot of ways, the Nissan Terrano and its twin, the Renault Duster, are impossible to tell apart. Both these vehicles use the same set of engines – a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that delivers 84 bhp; a 1.6 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine that puts out 102.5 bhp and a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that generates 108.5 bhp.

These engines have been well matched with the weight of the car and the end result is that the Terrano is adequately powerful. It pulls right from when the engine hits 2,000 revs and the car performs well even while nearing redline. You do get a lot of car for the money you pay and Nissan has not scrimped on kitting out the car with features. Depending on the variant, you get airbags, anti lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) with brake assist (BA), fog lamps, parking sensors, alloy

Tata Safari Storme – The Reliable Old Friend Gets Some New Clothes

Take a look at the Tata Safari Storme and you can be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed. Apart from some cosmetic changes to the grille, bumpers, headlamp and taillights, everything seems identical. But peel back the visible layers and the Storme is a totally different car from its predecessor.

Up until now, the Safari was built on the old Tata Mobile chassis from the late 1980s but with the new vehicle, they have used the hydroformed body on frame X2 platform. This is a good thing because this new chassis is a full 50% stiffer while at the same time weighing 35 kilos less. Other bits and bobs result the Safari Storme shedding 75 kg of weight but by no means is it a sylph, as it still tips the scales to beyond the two ton mark.

Powering the Safari Storme is the same old 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder VariCOR (remember the DiCORs of the older Safari? It’s the same thing) diesel engine that puts out 138 bhp and a torque figure of 32.6 kgm. Fuel economy is quite decent; this SUV returns around 10 kpl in the city and a little over 13 kpl on the highway. This engine has a linear power delivery and can pull the car quite nicely till the tachometer gets up to 4,500 RPM; although be warned that things do get rather loud once you’re past 3,500 RPM. The short throw gearbox feels true but it does require a little effort in

Renault’s Unbeatable Indian, ‘Duster’

Nobody would have thought in India that after having such a disastrous experience with Logan, Renault would ever be able to establish itself in our Indian car market. Renault changed strategies and did a whole lot of study before re-entering our market knowing that it might be their last chance to succeed. This time things worked and worked brilliantly for Renault and their fortune suddenly changed in India with the launch of their compact SUV, Duster. The term ‘Compact SUV’ was never much used in our market but ever since Duster has arrived, this has become one of the most popular segments of cars in India. Every car manufacturer is now eyeing for this segment including Renault’s alliance in India, Nissan.

Renault has used two different engines in Duster; one each of petrol and diesel. The diesel engine is available in two states targeting different segment of buyers. The petrol engine of Duster is a 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder engine which generates a maximum power of 106 bhp at 5850rpm with a torque output of 145 Nm at 3750rpm.

The second unit is its popular 1.5L, 4-cylinder, DOHC engine which produces 85 bhp of power at 3750rpm with a maximum torque output of 200NM coming at 1900rpm resulting into good fuel economy. This engine shares its five speed manual gearbox with the petrol engine.

The second state of this engine produces a bit more power and torques which results in better performance while driving on highways. It generates a peak power of 110bhp

RAV4 Drivers Club Guide To The Toyota RAV4 Run-Flat (BSR) Tyre System

This guide is written to hopefully explain the BSR run flat system fitted to the Toyota Rav4 T180 and SR180
Many owners have bought their cars without knowledge of this BSR system so here I will try to explain what it is and the options for replacing it..

What is the BSR system?

It’s a Run flat system that is different from other types where the sidewall of the tyres used is heavily reinforced so if a puncture or deflation occurs the car effectively rides on the sidewall

BSR (Bridgestone Safety Ring) is a system that employs a ring that is fitted inside the tyre around the rim. This is what the car rides on in the event of a deflation. The tyres are effectively a normal tyre. This is a development of a WW2 military vehicle.

There is also a lubricant inside the tyre that lubes the tyre and the BSR ring in the event of a deflation. Without this the friction generated would destroy both elements.

System is backed up by a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) that illuminates a warning light on the dash if a deflation takes place…

The pluses to this system..

It means that no spare wheel needs to be carried.. And… Err well that’s about it really..

The minuses..

The tyres have to be removed by a special and very expensive machine that only Toyota Dealers and a few independent Tyre Dealers have.

Only one type of Bridgestone tyre can be used with the BSR system. No other make or model of tyre