My Mahindra Genio review after 118000 ks it's had a new turbo , a new diff , 3 sets of tyres . Generally used for long distance travel with a slide on of around 900kgs.
Now the story
Firstly it was bought to replace a flat top 2.7 ltr natural asperated 5 speed 1.5 tonne diesel , the first thing that caught My eye was the intercooler second was the arm rests third the cabin space , the price was excellent for a 1.2 tonne 4x4 , so off I went , the sales guy was as professional as any I've met .
The experience after purchase , getting the first service was an experience just to get the oils changed at 1000ks , at around 6000ks engine light flares but nothing odviousley wrong so Mahindra advise not critical , I drove to Mahindra dealer some 1000ks later to be advised the turbo has malfunctioned and needs replacing 7 days later I picked the car up , another story here .
The next major issue was at 68000ks , the catastrophic differential failure and finding 3 bolts out of 10 holding ring gear on and all bolts and ring gear lost any hardening , this was replaced wheel to wheel at My cost .
My experience with Mahindra dealers has been fairly average , broken bolts , cut washer hoses , Un fitted radio aerial , it's now serviced outside of Mahindra service centres with service parts sourced on open market .
Over the time I have owned this vehicle excluding the above issues it drives and cruises extremely well for the money , brakes are great they match the performance of the 5 speed turbo charged 16 valve 2.7 ltr engine cruise control is necessary to limit speed creep.
Overall I am happy with the Genio I am not impressed with the cost of parts as charged by Mahindra dealers ,but, realising You can buy 2 Mahindra's for close to the same price of the best selling competitor I think some issues must have been expected .
Body wise it has held up ok considering it's not garaged , travels western roads at near the speed limit .
From an improvement point this variant is no longer available new ,however , I think the oil levels mentioned in the manual need some attention as does the service intervals for the rear wheel bearings