The new SAFARI DICOR is really amazing. You get tremendous pleasure when you ride this vehicle. There is always one thing that comes in your mind while driving. Keep pushing the vehicle as hard as you can, it has still something more left to be explored. I just love my SAFARI.
Safari Dicor is wonderful. Good value for money. Why we need to pay for big tags.
The Tata Safari is amazing. For less money you get the Safari which is equivalent to the Land-Cruiser Prado. Though we find parking a problem for the HUGE Safari, it is very reliable for long journeys.
Prado?? Oohh come on!! You have to compare everything the Quality and the PRICE!! If you work it out, you will find that the Safari is better when it comes to value for money. I have a 98 Safari (the first model that came out) and I will not change it until the dicor comes out in the UK. TATA is growing faster and faster every year, while big companies like Mercedes, VW, Fiat are all doing horribly when it comes to selling cars. Who knows, maybe TATA will one day become the rich man's car...
I have owned both a Tata Safari and a Land Cruiser Prado at the same time in Southern India. A quick recap (after about 65,000kms) :
Ride and Comfort: Advantage Safari
Engine, transmission and Handling: Advantage Prado!
Quality, Fit and Finish: Advantage Prado
Price: Advantage Safari.
The two vehicles sell at quite different price points in India, A top of the line Tata Safari 4WD retails for about $ 28,000 and a Petrol Prado retails for $ 85,000 (Though you could get a 3-4 year old diesel auto Prado for about $45,000)
Tha Safari would be an excellent buy if Tata added an autobox option. If you have cash to burn, look no further than a diesel Prado, if you are being thrifty: buy the Safari, you will not be too badly disappointed!
The improvements tata made in this car are impressive, totally different vechile. the 3litre engine makes a huge difference. hope tata keeps it up.
May the force be with you TATA owners.
Currently I have a range of cars starting from,
Tata Sierra to Toyota Prado, which includes Safari also (2000 model).
Last week I drove one new Dicor and it was really great... If you compare the luxury with value for money, I always prefer Safari Dicor.. Tony, Cochin, Kerala.
The Safari is set to become even more better and value for money. A new 2.2L DICOR engine is being introduced. It will be launched in Europe and SE Asia first, in a few weeks time. I do not know about the Indian launch though.
The new engine will give the massive Safari some much needed torque though.
I am a big fan of the Tata Safari, and wanted to buy one for quite sometime, but back of my mind I am always hearing about maintenance problems that the safari has. I am not sure if DICOR version is really reliable and hence has resolved most of the so called reliability/maintenance issues. I understand that it is great value for money and very comfortable. But having said that can I expect the 2.2L that was first shown in the Bologna motor show to address my reliablity/maintenance concern? Has anybody an idea about the improvments?
For the same price in India you can get a Honda city/Hyundai verna/Toyota Innova, so will Safari still be a good buy in terms of reliability/safety/comfort/longevity/maintenance?
Well, the above mentioned cars cannot beat the Safari on safety, comfort (actually, nothing can beat it unless you double the price range). Part for part, Tata Safari much will be cheaper than the Toyota.
But the Toyota quality control is much better than Tata. Still, as even dealers will admit, the Innova is not as tough and reliable as the Qualis. Search for Toyota D-4D engine problems on the internet and you will understand what I am talking about.
That said, the Innova is less likely to leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, due to its outstanding underpinnings, the Safari will get you in and out of places the Innova can only dream of.
The Innova is also more driveable. That's why it is so popular even with women.
If you are looking for comfortable, reliable transport for 7 or more people, go for the Innova. If you are looking for a hobby vehicle (or a second vehicle) which gives you unparalleled comfort and brilliant highway cruising ability, get the Safari.
About the 2.2L DICOR, if the vehicle is launched right now (ie, in february or march) the best time would be to buy it in December. Why become Tata's testing partner?
The 2179cc Dicor, though based on the block of the earlier 1.9 turbo-diesel, is essentially an all-new engine which, apart from being significantly cleaner, is also more powerful. This new 16-valve, twin-cam unit produces an impressive 142bhp and 32.6kgm of torque. It is around 70kg lighter than the existing 3-litre Dicor engine, which is antiquated in comparison. The lighter weight would have a positive rub-off on the Safari’s handling and braking. Peak power is produced at 4000rpm, which hint at the free-revving nature of this new diesel.
I love the Tata Safari very much. It is a better off roader compared to the Innova, Scorpio, and Endeavour. It is a safe and powerful vehicle when compared to all vehicles. If money is not a problem, then you simply go for the Safari Dicor. It can impress you very much. They can give royal status for you and your family.
I love my Tata Safari, and I had purchased it last year, but I don't know why, am I having bad luck, or really it's not so very good? From the past year, I've had many problems from my Safari.
I have to go to the service center every month. Sometimes for wipers and doors. I ignored this and continued.
Last month I was on my trip of 800 kilometers. I found a smell of something burning in my car. I found some sparks under the co-driver's dashboard. I immediately parked my Safari beside the road, and a local mechanic (not authorized) solved the problem and said there was a short circuit in the wiring. Maybe, due to the rainy season or something else. Today also I am so very scared of that incident, such that I have no more courage to drive my Safari for long trips.