Planning To Buy A Used Tata Safari Storme? 5 Things You Should Know
By Sameer Contractor
3 mins read
Published on August 23, 2022
- The Tata Safari Storme enjoys a cult following for its rugged built and drive-ability
- The 2015 Safari Storme was updated with the more reliable VariCOR engine
- Used 2015 Safari Storme SUVs command a price of Rs. 6-7 lakh
The Tata Safari Storme is one of the more likeable SUVs from the automaker and still enjoys a cult following. The SUV was known for its rugged and brutish appeal, much before SUVs became mainstream left, right and centre. In fact, the Safari Storme represents an era of old-school vehicles with its ladder-on-frame chassis, torque-friendly diesel engine and a cabin with minimal electronic distractions. The Safari Storme was equally capable on the highway and off-road which makes it quite the purchase. As far as true-blue SUVs go, this one remains at the top of the list. So, if you are looking to bring a used Tata Safari Storme home anytime soon, here are five things you need to know.
The 2015 Tata Safari Storme was updated with a multi-function steering wheel as well as a 2-DIN audio system
1. The Tata Safari Storme was launched in 2012 and brought a big design update over the original Safari. The SUV was originally launched with the 2.2-litre DiCOR diesel engine tuned for 140 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. An update in 2015 saw the model updated with the 2.2-litre VariCOR motor that received upgraded internals. The motor made more power at 154 bhp and 400 Nm and was also more reliable than before. The Safari Storme also got a 6-speed manual as well, improving its highway ability. It also came with 4x2 and 4x4 capability.
2. The cabin was always well-built on the Safari Storme. The seats offered excellent comfort and were covered in fabric upholstery. The cabin though had a minimal appearance with a 2-DIN audio system and manual air conditioning. Do note that the Safari Storme got side-facing jump seats in the rear instead of the safer front-facing seats in the newer iteration. That could be a deal-breaker for some. That said, it did get dual airbags, ABS with EBD as part of the standard package. The 2015 update also brought features like LED DRLs, LED cabin lamps, a bigger 63-litre fuel tank, a multi-function steering wheel, and more.
3. Sadly, not many Safari Storme SUVs were sold in their prime, which means finding one takes effort. And the ones who did buy one will not sell it easily. We'll recommend expanding your search areas but look for one that has a detailed service history with part replacements taking place as per the schedule.
The Safari Storme wasn't a hot seller during its time and so finding a used example can be a task. Make sure to widen your search area
4. We will recommend looking for models after 2015 largely to deal with fewer issues on the reliability front. That said, customers have complained of smaller niggles including rusting and the fuel tank being placed too low. There are no protective plates either, so do make sure to check for under-body damage, especially during off-roading. Electronic niggles also remain a common complaint with the Safari Storme, so do check the wiring harness for the 4x4 system as well as other parts. A new BCM could set you back by about Rs. 30,000.
5. While the Tata Safari Storme offered great ride quality and highway mannerisms, it still wasn't the best-built car out there. Nevertheless, make sure to find a clean example with a detailed service record. Examples post 2015 will cost you about Rs. 6-7 lakh. Most Safari Stormes are well-driven so finding a low mileage example will be difficult. But do not be alarmed by seeing over 80,000 km on the odometer. If you opt for a pre-2015 Safari Storme, prices should drop by about Rs. 1 lakh.
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