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My 2021 BMW X3 M40i: Pros & cons after 1 year & 21,000 km

BHPian mobike008 recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Here is a feeble attempt at compiling a list of positives and negatives of my Blau Rakete after completing 1 year and 13,000 miles (21,000kms). Well, these are personal opinions and I do tend to go a little overboard with emotions especially if something really touches my heart & soul as this one did. These pointers are not in any order/sequence but penned based on what occurred to the mind. I hope to hear with feedback/opinions of ot

26 Jan 2022 12:14 pm
My Porsche 911 GT3 RS & Mclaren Senna: Ownership experience

BHPian SSO recently shared this with other enthusiasts. As requested, here's the piece on the 911 GT3 RS with the Senna thrown in as a bonus. I've owned the GT3 RS for 5 years now and the Senna for a bit more than 2. More on the ownership experience, and a bunch of pictures, is captured on With the arrival of the Porsche 911 (997.2) GT3 RS on the east coast, I've found that the two sets of keys I have been reaching for most frequently in the past couple of weekends have been those

26 Jan 2022 10:20 am
Need advice: Upgrading to a new bike from my Yamaha MT-15

BHPian neshga recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Hello, I've been riding my 1.5 year MT-15 BS VI around the state and feel like it's time to get something with more oomph for long highway journeys. I'm planning on keeping the MT for local commute and using the new bike for touring on weekends (300-500 km per day trips, maybe more). The MT is great to ride in the city and acceptable in short highway stints but seriously lacking when it comes to longer journeys. The top speed took a hit

26 Jan 2022 9:02 am
New Force Gurkha drive impressions after a short 10 km spin

BHPian Cool-Shine recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Hello Folks, Yesterday, I got a chance to test drive the new Force Gurkha. I must appreciate Force Motors for bringing this vehicle to my place for a test drive even though their showroom is ~27 km away from my home. They called me one day prior to check my availability and arrived right on time the next day. Full marks to Force Motors here. I drove this car for almost 20 mins and for ~10 km. Below are my observations:Size: This car

26 Jan 2022 7:51 am
Tata helped me with my Altroz's DPF issues & engine failure

Thanks to Madhuprasad Kigga for sending this information in. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing it with other enthusiasts via this Team-BHP share page! Hi All, I am Madhuprasad, a regular reader of the Team-BHP (not a member though). I am a driving enthusiast and love to drive, specifically long distances on lonely highways and in the Western Ghats with light music. Generally, I am calm and composed, but occasionally, I drive to test the engine (read significantly faster and touching triple digits)

25 Jan 2022 6:24 pm
Hyundai Creta tops export charts in 2021

Hyundai exported 32,799 units of the Creta in CY2021, the highest among all brands in India. Hyundai registered a growth of 26.17% compared to the previous year. In CY2020, the carmaker had exported 25,995 units of the Creta. Hyundai also shipped 7,698 units of the Venue and 1,741 units of the Creta Grand, which is sold in India as the Alcazar. Overall, the Korean carmaker exported 42,238 SUVs during CY2021. Hyundai is expected to introduce the Creta facelift in India later this year. It comes w

25 Jan 2022 5:35 pm
Do the looks of a car influence your purchase decisions

BHPian karthi.stark recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Buying a car these days can be a tricky task. With so many options available in each segment in the market, we often evaluate a lot of factors (safety, comfort, etc) before spending our hard-earned money. However, there is one factor that has always got me curious: looks. We hear this extremely often in our lives: looks don't matter, but I often wonder if that is definitely the case when it comes to cars! We own the 2016 Toyota Inn

25 Jan 2022 5:31 pm
Tesla Cybertruck production-ready electric pickup leaked

Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck concept almost two years ago. Now, images of what seems to be the near-production ready Cybertruck have leaked online. The images of the prototype are said to have been taken by a Tesla employee and reveal the changes made to the final model before entering production. In these images, the Tesla Cybertruck can be seen with a single windscreen wiper at the front, positioned next to the A-pillar. The all-electric pickup can also be seen with conventional side-view mir

25 Jan 2022 4:51 pm
My Hyundai Creta 1.5 petrol MT: 3,500 km ownership review

BHPian abhisekbit recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Hello everyone, Let me share with you the initial ownership experience of my new car Hyundai Creta SX Executive 1.5 Petrol Manual post 3.5k kms on the odo. There are very few posts in the forum on the 1.5L Manual petrol and I thought of sharing my initial experience. My previous car was a 1.5L Diesel Honda Amaze which I have driven for 1.18L km and hence the experience will be catered from the point of view of a past Honda customer d

25 Jan 2022 4:27 pm
2022 Honda CBR650R launched at Rs. 9.35 lakh

Honda has launched the 2022 CBR650R in India. The middleweight sports bike will be imported as a completely knocked down (CKD) unit. It is priced at Rs 9,35,427 (ex-showroom, Gurgaon). The 2022 CBR650R is mechanically identical to the outgoing version. It is powered by a 649cc, in-line 4-cylinder engine that produces 85.82 BHP @ 12,000 rpm and 57.5 Nm @ 8,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The 2022 CBR650R is available in a new Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic colour with oran

25 Jan 2022 4:06 pm
Tesla aftermarket carbon-fibre parts to be made by Koenigsegg

Unplugged Performance - the California-based Tesla Tuner has partnered with Koenigsegg Advanced Manufacturing to produce aftermarket carbon-fibre aero parts for various Tesla models. Dubbed UP x KAM, the partnership will see Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg use their carbon-fibre expertise to produce parts designed by Unplugged Performance for different Tesla models. The partnership will initially start offering carbon-fibre spoilers for the Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X and Model Y. F

25 Jan 2022 3:59 pm
Living with a BMW 530d M-Sport: Ownership costs & experience

GTO recently shared this with other enthusiasts. BHPian Androdev commented on his S-Class thread about how tough these cars are built, and I completely agree. Sure, you got to drive them carefully and spare parts are expensive, but they aren't fragile machines. On the contrary, I see so many parts & areas that are over-engineered. On Sunday night, the car ahead of me dislodged a medium-sized stone and sent it my way. Had no choice but to drive over it (my front right wheel). Nothing happened to

25 Jan 2022 3:13 pm
Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition launched at Rs. 1.47 crore

Porsche has launched the Platinum Edition Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe in India at prices starting from Rs. 1.47 crore (ex-showroom). The Platinum Edition comes with a few cosmetic upgrades like 21-inch alloy wheels, front air intakes and 'Porsche' lettering at the rear finished in satin platinum. The SUV also gets a sports exhaust system and black window trims. Inside, the special edition comes with textured aluminium with silver coloured trim, crayon-coloured seat belts, brushed aluminium door si

25 Jan 2022 2:52 pm
Road trip and off-roading in Jaisalmer with my Isuzu V-Cross

BHPian raider9990 recently shared this other enthusiasts. There are certain vehicles that change your perspective. It's been two years since the V-Cross came into our life, and now I always look for opportunities to wander off. Each journey has something new to teach and this journey to Jaisalmer was no different, the first time I went there I did what every tourist/traveler does, the second time I felt like I knew the city, the people and the third time it was a charm and I felt like I was a pa

25 Jan 2022 2:11 pm
Maruti Suzuki's Sonipat factory to be its largest

Maruti Suzuki plans to shift its manufacturing base from Gurgaon to Sonipat in Haryana. The new facility will be the brand's largest in India. According to R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki, construction of the Sonipat unit will begin soon. The first assembly line is expected to be commissioned within three years. Maruti Suzuki is investing Rs. 18,000 crore in the Sonipat unit. At present, there are 3 assembly lines each operational at the Gurgaon and Manesar facilities with a combined produ

25 Jan 2022 1:40 pm
Bad experience buying Tata Tiago JTP at Mahindra First Choice

BHPian PioneerNB recently shared this with other enthusiasts. My friend bought a Tiago JTP registered in Coimbatore (JTP factory location) in Pune in June 2020. He was given a guarantee by Mahindra that the number transfer and all formalities will be done as soon as possible. The same is still pending, the number is still of TN, and every time the car is taken out it's fined. Mahindra supposedly did not renew their contract with the dealership and now both are blaming each other to fulfil the pr

25 Jan 2022 1:03 pm
Car insurance renewal: Is No Claim Bonus a worthy add-on

BHPian safe_rider recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Howdy! My Polo 2021 is insured by HDFC Ergo and I made a single claim to repair the rear bumper. The claim is settled now, and all is good. Now, it's time for me to renew the policy, and I would need your help in clarifying the below:Car was purchased in Jan 2021.The insurance policy has NCB protection and I made a single claim until Jan 2022.Now, I'm planning to go for ACKO insurance and I see a question 'Did you make a claim in the

25 Jan 2022 12:05 pm
Gurpratap Boparai appointed CEO of Mahindra Europe

Ex-Skoda Auto VW India boss Gurpratap Boparai has been appointed CEO of Mahindra's Automotive Business in Europe. Mr Boparai is expected to spearhead brands like Automobili Pininfarina and Peugeot Motorcycles that come under the purview of Mahindra Europe. Although, the company is yet to make a formal announcement. Mr Boparai resigned from Skoda Auto VW India on December 15, 2021. He led the brand's India 2.0 program for almost 3 years and oversaw the introduction of the MQB A0-IN platform-based

25 Jan 2022 10:33 am
Maruti Ertiga & XL6 facelift to come with 6-speed AT

Maruti Suzuki's Ertiga and XL6 MPVs are set to get an update later this year. While both cars will receive minor cosmetic updates, the biggest change will be in the transmission department. According to a media report, both the Ertiga and XL6 will be offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The new slushbox will replace the ageing 4-speed automatic. The 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox is expected to be more responsive and will have a sport mode with the option to shift manually.

25 Jan 2022 10:29 am
Need an Ecosport replacement: Taigun vs Kushaq vs Harrier

BHPian sid3091 recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Hello everyone, I just sold my Ford Ecosport, and are looking for a suitable replacement. We also have a 2015 Renault Duster AWD which we'll be looking to trade in (or sell if the trade in values are crap). Our plan is to buy a new car in the 20 lakh range and a cheap second hand car in the 2-3 lakh range as a spare car. Choices so far:Skoda Kushaq 1.5 MT/AT.VW Taigun 1.0 AT/MT or 1.5 AT.Tata Harrier XZ+ (if the dealer's exchange values

25 Jan 2022 9:06 am
My Mahindra Thar diesel AT: 13 months, 23000 km update

BHPian ph03n!x recently shared this with other enthusiasts. After a deafening lull, here's an update - a mega one that sums up 13+ months and 23,000 KM of ownership! Owning a car is, to an extent, akin to getting into a relationship. A marriage, if I may. You assess your prospects - think about what you want, look up your options, ask around for others' opinions - or fall in love at first sight. Once committed, its all gleaming, hunky-dory for a while. You appreciate the little pleasures, enjoy

25 Jan 2022 8:56 am
Modifying my Toyota Fortuner 4x4: Suspension lift kit & more

BHPian abhayshanu recently shared this with other enthusiasts.PreludeIt all started in 2016 when I was in Manali for a vacation. My Qualis got stuck in the side of the road unable to get out for a couple of hours. A 4x4 in that situation would have meant me being stuck for a couple of seconds. After I returned back home, I planned and plotted as to what should I replace my Qualis with. The planning and plotting continued for a year when I got a chance to pick up a Mobilio for a very good price.

25 Jan 2022 7:53 am
Need to identity alloy wheels from my previously owned Innova

BHPian KebabBoi recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Hello all, Did not plan on posting so soon after joining the forum but desperation made me do it. I am not well-versed with the brands prevalent in the automotive aftermarket scenario and therefore I need help in defining the make and model (probably a long shot) of these alloys. This Innova 2.4 G belonged to my father and the ONLY reason for selling it was the cap on 10 year old diesels. The image is from somewhere in Narkanda, on its

24 Jan 2022 8:57 pm
My 2015 Audi Q5: Installed an aftermarket infotainment system

BHPian Inder7 recently shared this with other enthusiasts. I confess this action was inspired by the upgrade done by Dinu2506 on his beautiful red Audi A4. I own a 2015 Audi Q5 and have been on the lookout for a good upgrade option for pretty much the same reasons. I had taken a test drive of the 2021 Q5 and found that, substantively, it was only the infotainment system, based on a 'floating' 10 screen that was different from my 2015 Q5 (and the diesel engine). The floating screen actually seeme

24 Jan 2022 8:15 pm
Bajaj Twinner name trademarked for a possible 2-cyl model

Bajaj Auto has filed a trademark for the 'Twinner' name tag, which has led to speculations that it could be used for a possible future twin-cylinder model. It is said that Bajaj could either be plotting a new model or an update for the Dominar 400. If the latter is true, then the bike could get an upgraded engine. It has also been speculated that Bajaj could be working on a Scrambler or neo-retro styled bike, possibly based on the KTM 490's platform. It's quite common for automakers to trademark

24 Jan 2022 5:54 pm
2023 Audi Q9 spied testing ahead of unveil

Audi has been testing its new flagship SUV, the Q9. The car's unveiling is expected to take place sometime towards the end of 2022. Ahead of its unveil, the Q9 has been spotted undergoing tests. The spy images show the SUV wrapped in heavy camouflage, although certain design elements are visible. This includes the final production-spec LED headlamp and LED tail lights. The images also show the signature radiator grille and the air dam on the lower part of the front bumper. While the interiors of

24 Jan 2022 5:45 pm
Pics: Renault Duster AWD off-roading club meet in Kolkata

BHPian Samba recently shared this with other enthusiasts. At last, Renault changed the wiring harness in my Duster AWD due to repeated injector failures. Hope this sorts the issue. Fingers crossed. If the Injector unreliability is solved, this car does not have a substitute. The Compass 4WD is there, but it nearly costs double of a Duster. Sadly Renault stopped production of the Duster AWD & this place has a void now. We generally keep having OTR sessions (with Kolkata Offroaders) and Duster AWD

24 Jan 2022 5:09 pm
Ola Electric raises US$200 million in fresh investment

Ola Electric has raised over US$200 million in a fresh round of investments from Tekne Private Ventures, Alpine Opportunity Fund, Edelweiss and others. In the latest round, the company was valued at US$5 billion. Ola Electric has already launched its first EV in the Indian market. The S1 and S1 Pro e-scooters have been on sale since August 2021. However, the company has run into some production issues leading to delays in delivery. The company has set up a manufacturing facility, dubbed as the F

24 Jan 2022 4:35 pm
BMW M3 Touring official teaser hints at large curved display

BMW is gearing up to introduce the M3 Touring model in international markets in the coming months. Ahead of its global unveil, the German carmaker has released a couple of teaser images of the upcoming performance estate, covered in heavy camouflage. The new BMW M3 Touring is based on the 3 Series facelift, which will come with a bunch of updates to the interiors. While the official images do not reveal the interiors of the M3 Touring, a closer look does hint towards the estate featuring a large

24 Jan 2022 4:17 pm
My VW Jetta: Likes & dislikes after 12 years & 81,000 km

BHPian speedracer recently shared this with other enthusiasts. 2nd January marked the 12th birthday of my precious German beauty: the Volkswagen Jetta. This car is the best car I've owned to date with few to no problems except the occasional ABS sensors going off. In the past, I've owned a BMW 523i, Hyundai Elantra (currently being used alongside the Jetta), Toyota Corolla and the lovely HM Ambassador, but none of them was so easy on me. I remember sending my BMW to the service center every week

24 Jan 2022 4:07 pm
How to fix my car's alternator that's making a whining sound

BHPian veek recently shared this with other enthusiasts. So I reverse the polarity of the alternator battery and a faint smoke was released. When I set it correctly the alternator makes a slight whining sound (no other electricals in the vehicle) Right now I just get the display and the battery multi-meter shows 11V or so (old battery, should read 12.25V). Anyhow, I am charging the battery right now with an external charger and wondering what to do? Any help on cost, availability of spares? I li

24 Jan 2022 3:16 pm
Etios head unit flickering & resetting when ignition is off

BHPian ToyoCabbie recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Recently started noticing the head unit in my Etios resets itself when parked overnight.The lights and screen flicker sometimes even when the key is not in the ignition as seen below. The radio also has a loud whining noise in a few audio settings. Suspected the ignition switch at first, but then looking under the bonnet, I found the battery had huge chunks of plastic eaten away by rats. Not sure if this problem started before or aft

24 Jan 2022 2:10 pm
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan deliveries commence

Volkswagen has started customer deliveries of the 2022 Tiguan in India. The updated Tiguan was launched in December last year. It is available in a single top-spec Elegance trim, priced at Rs. 31.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The Tiguan is based on the MQB platform, which is shared with the Skoda Kodiaq. The SUV comes with a revised front fascia and rides on newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the Tiguan comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit, 3-zone automatic

24 Jan 2022 1:58 pm
Demo of ADAS on my MG Astor after extensive highway usage

BHPian Akhilesh Rai recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Our family owns an MG Astor with ADAS features. I have driven it extensively on the highways in Karnataka with ACC + LKA and I must say it works pretty well even in stop-go traffic. It is impressive to see the lane-keep functionality work. One must, however, know the limitations of the systems:Detection of stationary objects on road is very bad or not possible at all by the system.It is best to deactivate the system at intersection

24 Jan 2022 1:14 pm
My BMW 330i GT: Wheel alignment after a 24-day long road trip

BHPian graaja recently shared this with other enthusiasts.Wheel alignment & wash post the road tripAfter completing the 24-day road trip, below is the oil service reminder. Will get the oil service done next week after the notification goes below 2000km. Meanwhile, as the car had become quite dirty and as it was driven through many broken roads, decided to get it cleaned and & also get the wheel alignment and balancing done at NextGen Coimbatore. The dirty car that has accumulated dirt from 12 s

24 Jan 2022 12:14 pm
Audi Q7 facelift India launch on February 3

Audi India has announced the launch date for the Q7 facelift. Prices for the updated Q7 will be revealed on February 3, 2022. The Q7 will be offered in two variants - Premium Plus and Technology. The SUV will get features like Matrix LED headlights, LED tail lamps with dynamic turn indicators and creature comforts like 4-zone automatic climate control, air ionizer and aromatization, ambient lighting and a B&O sound system to name a few. The Q7 facelift will also get adaptive air suspension, Audi

24 Jan 2022 12:00 pm
Yezdi Roadking to make a comeback as brand's flagship model

Last week, Classic Legends reintroduced the Yezdi brand in India with three new models -Adventure, Scrambler and Roadster. The company has also filed a trademark for the 'Roadking' name, which, as per a new report will be its flagship offering. The Roadking is an icon in itself. A modern interpretation of the classic Yezdi is under development. According to Anupam Thareja, co-founder, Classic Legends, the Roadking will be based on a bespoke platform and will sit at the top of the Yezdi line-up.

24 Jan 2022 11:54 am
Rumour: Maruti YY8 electric SUV planned for 2024

Maruti Suzuki has been lagging behind its rivals when it comes to electric vehicles. However, a new report suggests, the carmaker is working on an electric SUV (codenamed: YY8). The Maruti YY8 is expected to adopt an SUV-like body style with compact proportions. It is rumoured to be launched in the Indian market in 2024. While technical details of the YY8 are still under wraps, it is likely to be jointly developed with Toyota. Therefore, we might also get a Toyota-badged electric SUV in the futu

24 Jan 2022 10:27 am
Analysis and key takeaways on the Indian car scene for 2021

BHPian niranjanprabhu recently shared this with other enthusiasts. The Year 2021 saw many upheavals in the form of both a deadly 2nd wave of Covid which virtually shut down the month of May as well as the serious shortage of computer chips that plays such a ubiquitous role in our lives in general and in the Team BHP context, cars in particular! Despite these two serious hurdles, the industry did very well for itself and many of the trends that we have been seeing in the past continued their marc

23 Jan 2022 9:15 am
How to test drive new cars before buying: Comprehensive guide

BHPian Poitive recently shared this with other enthusiasts. It is a good idea to take three types of test drives. One like an everyday drive; like how you'd usually drive the vehicle on its daily runs. Another one with all the users of the vehicle (typically family) to see if all are comfortable for their purposes, and to note the behaviour of the car with that load. One gets into thoughtful and intuitive details of various aspects, as an enthusiast might. The prime focus here is on the third ty

23 Jan 2022 8:07 am