2003 Tata Safari Reviews

2003 Tata Safari 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.2 / 10

Summary:

Not worth it, go for a better brand

Faults:

Pretty awful vehicle.

Engine breaks down frequently.

Ignition problems.

Vehicle sways at higher speeds.

Chassis design faults.

General Comments:

Engine is not powerful enough.

Though the vehicle looks nice outside, the engine & chassis design is very poor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th March, 2005

2003 Tata Safari 4x4 2.0 TDi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 TDi Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5790 miles
Previous carRenault Laguna

Summary:

All the equipment at a bargain basement price

Faults:

Head light not set correctly.

Hose clip fell off resulting in water loss.

General Comments:

This is the brand new Safari, only released by Rover (still badged Tata) in October.

I drove the old one and it was no where near as quick as this one. But it still won't break any speed records.

The overall quality is a huge improvement, as is the interior.

Specification is fantastic, Air con, alloys, met paint, electric everything etc etc.

Interior space is cavernous and all the hidden extra's are in it as well! Rear fold out cup holders, rear centre arm rest, pockets galore, rear air vents, Cd player etc etc.

It is very comfortable, infact one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever driven.

There is a slight knocking from the rear, which I have been told is due to poor damping on the shocks, But my dealer also said it would be covered on warranty.

I have had a small wait for my accessories but i have recieved a letter from the distributor informing me that all part problems will be sorted by January...permanently.

I am hugely impressed and am a real convert... And it only cost me £13995.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2003

1st Jun 2004, 08:43

I myself own a petrol tata Safari purchased in India and I drive in Bombay traffic. I must agree that it is real value for money and has a very refined engine. I have had my vehicle for six months now and have driven it 5000 km and it drives like a dream on a open high way..

25th Sep 2004, 13:47

I have been searching for a robust vehicle to tow a horse trailer (heavy horse) and after extensive trials on other makes, came upon the TaTa Safari 2.OTD Exec at a Rover Dealers. I was struck by the specification and took a 4mth old ex demo model for a test drive. I was hooked and impressed. It had everything I wanted including leather seats and CD player! I bought it for £8995 after part ex on my Toyota Celica - BARGAIN! 3 Years Warranty and Dealership servicing. I hope we have many happy days together.

15th Dec 2005, 11:04

I purchased my TATA Safari in February 2004.Within 2 weeks it was in the garage with steering problems.9 months later I get the car back and have had various problems ever since. IE Lack of power, rust in various areas, pulling to one side (supposed to have been repaired more than once) and now have two illegal tyres that TATA refuse to replace although they were caused by this fault. I have now been told although covered by warranty, some of the work will not be covered as it SHOULD have been repaired during the services. On top of this due to Rover going bust and TATA taking on the car, the nearest garage is almost a 100 miles away and I'm no longer covered for a courtesy car. Would I buy another TATA?

Average review marks: 4.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews