2005 Tata Safari LX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A piece of crap!

Faults:

This car has been a nightmare since I bought it.

I knew it was not going to be a fast model, but I didn't know that it doesn't go uphill.

The wheel tracking/alignment was not right since purchase, but the dealership claims that I probably drove over a stone or a pot hole and caused the fault... it's a 4 X 4, with two settings and a two wheel drive setting. It's meant to be driven off road (not that it has), but would I even consider chancing that in this vehicle?

It has to be serviced every 5000 miles according to the manufacturer, because if you don't the thing will die of respiratory failure.

It has leaked oil since its 1st service, mostly form the turbo charger. At one point I was putting up to 5litres of oil a week into it just to stay on the road.

There is a problem with the gear box, not my diagnosis but their dealerships, and TATA are refusing to replace the gearbox even though its still under warranty.

The air bag controller is faulty since purchased, despite having a new one fitted.

Buying simple spares such as an air filter is impossible. My nearest main dealer is over 90 miles away. So I tried to get my car serviced recently, but the garage couldn't source the air filter locally.

Now I am waiting for both TATA and the dealership to tell me that I could have gotten a new gearbox under warranty, in 6 months time, when the warranty is up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2008

1st Feb 2014, 20:08

I must say I disagree. My Tata has been a most wonderful car; up there with the best of them for my workmen. I don't know what people are complaining about. After all, they own British Steel and Land Rover, which was a shaky, shoddy affair at best before, so they can only improve it.

Must go, toodle pip.

2005 Tata Safari DICOR 3.0 TDI from Italy

Summary:

BMW move because TATA is coming!!!

Faults:

Steering made a funny noise, but was arranged by the Tata dealer under guarantee.

General Comments:

I previously drove the TATA Safari 1998 model. I just upgraded to the new Safari DICOR, which is available in Italy. It's an impressive 4X4, will never change to another company.

The improvements never stop over previous models. Engine from 2.0TD to 3.0 common rail turbo diesel, and it's very smooth and quiet.

Reverse camera in the mirror, dual air conditioning, leather seats, plastics are very good quality. I drive a Mercedes as taxi driver and the interior quality is almost the same.

So far I had it for a month and half, and have had no trouble.

Anyone who wants to buy a Safari, wait until this model comes out in your country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2005

16th Dec 2005, 10:26

You actually found the Safari quiet? Good it is, quiet it isn't. I have a VXi version I bought this August, and I have to say it is VERY good, perfect for Indian conditions. The ride is the best you can have for any vehicle for this price point, and the seating comfort is top notch. The DVD and rear view camera helps too. And I just love to sink in that black leather, on those huge comfy seats. I have a 2WD, which is very good too. This engine is by no means modern, and the roots can be found in the ancient 3.0 L engine found on the Tata 407 light truck.

2005 Tata Safari from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good value for money

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

For 10K pounds it's a great car. All the people complaining should go and buy some other car. Stop bickering.

I think it's great value for money, and it does exactly what the manual says. Very happy with the car, a good buy... Used it all over, long drives, short ones, and it's great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2005

13th Oct 2007, 05:41

I have had the 2001 Safari model for 4 and a half years now. And I love every bit of this car. I wouldn't change it for anything else except maybe for a newer Safari:)