MY BRAND NEW CJ5 Mahindra Thar Jeep

by Gavin
(Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa)

Mahindra 'THAR

Mahindra 'THAR

I have always loved Jeeps...specifically the MB and CJ.

During my military training I had the privilege of driving an MB...3speed...that is all I can remember...always a fight over who would get to drive the little beast. Loved it!

I have owned two "kit" Jeeps...built here in South Africa...hot dipped galvanized chassis and Ford engines, and Ford suspensions...nice...very versatile.

They were available in std. 1600cc and 2L with diff-lock and a 3L V6 4X4...NICE BUT NOT THE REAL THING.

Recently, I spotted a CJ5 beast in the town where I live. WOW...I rushed over to spot it. It is a Mahindra THAR...basically a CJ5 4X4.

It has a Bosch/AVL 2.5L Turbo Diesel Engine and a Borg Warner 5 speed box. It gives 11.2km/L in town and 14.7km/L on the open road.

I only have road tyres for a while...but that does not stop it...it goes everywhere...leading a recent local 4x4 day trip to http://www.gwahumbe.co.za

I have already bent a gearbox cover plate and bent the side aluminum runner boards...which I have removed. Rock sliders to come soon
priced at R169 000 (say about 16000 US Dollars)...amazing!

Body is pressed from original press tools. Chassis is made of thick steel.

Man I am in love...power steering...brilliant!


Larry's Comment: I like your Thar with it's retro CJ5/CJ7 looks. Also, Gavin did you mean $16,000 USD (equivalent) for rock sliders?

Mahindra Jeeps and Trucks are not yet available in the USA...but they are slated to be gradually introduced here in the near future (starting with the pickup trucks).

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USD PRICE OF Mahindra THAR
by: Gavin

Hi

I was doing a basic calculation of the price
The THAR costs R169 000 rand which equates to around $22000 USD. I wrote 16000 USD my mistake.

I also thought it is more tending towards A CJ 7 and not a CJ 5

Hey...thanks so much...this is a great site

Gavin
South Africa

Weekend away in the Mahindra 'THAR' (cj5)
by: Gavin

We went away for the weekend and drove fairly long distance. (Port Edward, South Africa)

What an awesome place...highly recommended

The Crew and actors from the movie 'Blue Crush 2' were there. My wife and one daughter ended up in the movie as extras...Roxy girls!!

Oh yes...about the THAR....beautiful on the open road. Sat at 120km/hour easily and hardly used diesel...14 to 15 KM per liter...amazing.
We found some off-road obstacles and played a bit...could not resist the opportunity.

Wife declined her chair and slept most of the way home.

Great vehicle!

Honest Opinion
by: Anonymous

Hi

How reliable is the Diesel Engine? Can I get an honest opinion?

ACCESSORIES
by: JJ

Hi Gavin,

Let us know where you can find accessories for your THAR. Stuff like wheels, rock sliders and bumpers.

JJ

EXTRAS FOR MAHINDRA THAR
by: LEON

HI GAVIN,
LEON FROM MAHINDRA EAST LONDON. WE HAVE THE WHOLE RANGE OF EXTRAS FOR THE THAR. I ENTERED A THAR FOR THE 4+4 OFF ROAD CHALLENGES FOR THE YEAR IN THE EASTERN CAPE. YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON 0827503990

Looks like a nice 4x4
by: Dior

The Willys CJ 5 was not only one of the best looking 4x4s it went well off road too. The latest Mahindra 4x4 seems to be the same. It looks like a Willys CJ 5 and goes well off road. This is so magic especially if you consider that it's the cheapest 4x4 in South Africa.

Mahindra Thar Jeep
by: Gavin (South Africa)

Hi guys...my sincere apologies
been away with National Athletics sports for my daughter...etc

Hi Leon...I have sent you an SMS...Thanks for the reminder of Mahindra PE...You guys seem seriously switched on...Nice

Dior...Yeh...awesome vehicle...14000 km done and dusted...not 1 ounce of trouble

Anonymous...The engine is reliable...it is the latest technology Robert Bosch Diesel engine...I think it is linked in the the MAHLE.COM guys

JJ...I am sure Leon has sorted all your questions out

Happy 4x4ing

Thar = Tough Hard Aggressive Reliable

Facebook name: Gavin off-road Stone

Mahindra Thar
by: Praveen

Hi my name is Praveen from India, Bangalore. I recently bought a Mahindra Thar 4x4. My question is does Mahindra Thar come with diff locks in South Africa? If so which company makes them and what type? Is it an aftermarket fitment or does it come as standard ? Please let me know..

Face Book Name : Praveen Krishna

diflocks
by: leon jonas

HI PRAVEEN, I AM LEON FROM SA. I HAVE FITTED LOCKERS FRONT AND BACK. I LOOKED ON FACEBOOK BUT TO MANY PRAVEENS. INVITE ME THEN WE CHAT.

MY EMAIL IS: leon@mland.co.za

Lift Kits for the Thar
by: Adrian

Hi Gavin,

Are there any lift kits available for the Thar? Can I plok on a CJ5/CJ7 suspension lift, or the wrangler TJ or JK lift kits on the Thar?

lemme know possibilities.

Adrian

Differential locks on the front and back CJ5 Mahindra Thar.
by: prashant s desai

Hi Leon, I am Prashant S Desai from Bombay, India.

Would like to know where you fitted the diff. locks from? I would be interested to fit them on my Thar. My email id. desaiprashant90@gmail.com I have heard about hard top for Thar made in South Africa. How's the built quality. Looking forward to your reply.

Thar accessories
by: prashant s desai

Hi, Leon. I posted a comment for you, but no reply yet. Would like to know your email id. Please do let me know.

My New Mahindra Thar CRde
by: Shahoftheroad

Hi Guys! I am thrilled to be part of Mahindra Thar community. I just purchased a slightly used Thar and just went for basic upgrade such as alloy wheels, 265 AT tyres, bull bar, headlight and tail lamp grills. These few simple add-ons transformed my 4x4 and the beast looks aggressive!

I am keen to go for hard top and looked into a few available here in India and they lack very appearance. Could anybody please suggest me I could import from South Africa/Italy a nice looking Hard Top? Would it be possible to go for hard top of Jeep Wrangler with modifications? Just an idea tickling my mind. I have access to used/new hard tops of Jeep Wrangler in Middle East.

Please feel free to comment! Alternatively you may also email me at farhanshah@hotmail.com.

Wish you safe driving and great day!

THAR
by: Dash

Nice jeep!..and a nice site. Jeeps were always awesome. Thar has proved its worth with power and diesel efficiency...

Accessories for the THAR
by: Adrian D

LEON,

Appreciate if you could guide me on how to do a 30-40mm lift on the Thar. What are the shocks I should be looking at (TJ/JK) etc. I'm totally new at this and I believe that you have done some work on the Thar yourself.

Any help would be appreciated. you could email me on ad1329@yahoo.com. Much appreciated.

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