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Old 02-02-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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Who else is dissatisfied with MAHINDRA

I have a 2006 6500 4wd.

Less than 200 hrs on it.

Tractor sucks!

Hydraulic leaks. 1 the dealer fixed. took 2 trips

Left brake pedal shaft rusted because no grease fitting exists, bad design.

Try and take the battery out of this thing...OMG the person that designed that should be forced to replace a battery on one of these.

Front bucket Cracked in corner 2x..dealer fixed the first time.

The grease fitting are many different sizes and many are missing!

General poor design of tractor, also paint started peeling week 4.

I am afraid of using the tractor because everytime I do it seems it needs to go to the shop and need repair. I basically work the tractor very lightly, moving dirt, holes digging, tilling.

I can't tell you how disappointed I am becuase while the tractor sits there and collects rust I must pay for something I cannot use and it has become a financial burden! If it worked as it should I could at least use it to make money to pay for it.

I am on a quest to find others like me that are willing to come together and contact MAHINDRA to get satisfaction.

I can't be the only one!

Join me if you have the same quality issues as I do.

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Old 02-02-2010, 08:03 PM   #2
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Johnathon, first of all, welcome to the forum. Glad to have you on board. Johnathon, did you buy this tractor new or used? Does the dealer willingly work with you to resolve your issues, and what sort of warrranty do they offer?


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Thank You

I bought the tractor new from a dealer about 100 miles away, he did work with me and made the repairs to one of the Hydraulic Leaks coming from the back of the tractor, where the rear Hydraulic lines go into a manifold. Now it has another leak up from in the engine compartment.

The dealer told me that the tractors come to the states in boxes and are assembled here, what was unnerving was the bolts just dropping out of the tractor and finding them in the pasture!

Finally I told the dealer to come get the tractor and go over it and tighten it up, which they did.

Right after that the front bucket cracked and had to be fixed..dealer fixed....then it cracked again on the other side.

Was out od warrantee at this point.

Just replaced the battery, after 4 years, OK I expect that..not a big ticket item or a shocker...UNTIL YOUR TRY AND TAKE IT OUT.

You see Mahindra decided to weld the nuts you would have to take out in order to remove the air filter holder, in order to get the battery out..or you'd have to take the headlights out, the front latch mechanism...crazy??? I mean who designed this tractor?? Not someone that uses one that I can tell you!

Now the new thing is the left brake pedal is frozen in the down position and the brake light is on. Under investigation I can see that the pedal is connected to a shaft that controls the brake for either back tire independently. The brake shaft goes though 2 sets of bushings that are attached to the bottom of the the tractor on the tranny. The problem is rust because they are no grease fittings where the shaft goes through the bushings...so eventually this will seize on you and you'll only have one tire braking..ANOTHER GLARING DESIGN FLAW.

Now I am one of thousands of people that purchased a Mahindra, could it be I am the only one having these kind of issues....

Warrantee is 2 yrs or 1200 hrs..which just happened to change to 3 years and 2000 hrs a month after I bought mine.

I do have a Mahindra Dealer right in town but they are terrible and I don't trust him as I have had terrible experiences with them in the past. So I ended up buying long distance and paid for it because I am responsible for transportation.

I used to run CASE Backhoes and CATS track Hoes, big cat loaders as well guess I was spoiled a bit growing up.

What I wanted a good tractor for a part time farmer that would be cheaper than having to rent one when I needed one.

What I got was a GIANT FIASCO that constantly breaks down due to design flaws built into the tractor...or I just got a lemon?
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:02 PM   #4
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Doesn't sound good, that's for sure. I happen to own a 40 HP JD we bought new in 04. I've had pins that hold the bucket axis pivot rod, vibrate loose and fall out and the bucket level indicator fell off shortly after getting the tractor. The hood flexed so much after repeated opening and closing the hood, that the plastic cracked in short order, and the latch in the hood never did line up right for closing the hood. Needs to be guided in. Even the BIG BOYs have their problems! Nothing is really built well anymore. You had mentioned that the dealer had assembled the tractor from boxes of parts.....Perhaps they, singlehandedly were the folks who didn't tighten those bolts, and had welded the others you spoke of. Can those be cut and replaced, to facilitate easier battery access? Also, couldnt the brake mechanism be drilled and tapped for grease zirks?
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:23 PM   #5
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Johnathon, I think the key here, is to wherever possible, make improvements to your likeining. The hood on my JD is a piece of crap, in general, as well as the stupid cotter pins they put in places, reminds me of a kids radio flyer wagon. I'm going to be building a hood guard, and replaced the cheesy cotter pins with grade 8 bolts. Problem with my bucket vibrating loose have been eleminated! Just hope I'm helping here. I hate running down brands, whether Chinese, Japanese American or other, even if they are pieces of crap! I love fixing the problem and improving the durability of the faulty devices. cruisin
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My VST180D

I have an 18 horse VST-180D which I think is Mahindra and I will have to agree with you on the design for assembly issues. My tractor had 16 hours on it when a bearing race in the steering box failed, necessitating removal of the steering box.
I hate to admit publicly that I completely exhausted my repertoir of swear-words and was reduced to spitting out fragments of cuss words as I tried to navigate the design MAZE that is an Indian tractor. I ended up having to remove all the sheet metal around the steering column, the fuel tank, and the sheet metal surrounding the exhaust exit. Whoever designed the sheet metal obviously flunked their 'design for assembly 101' class and should be taken out and maimed.

The tractor now has a home-grown hydraulic power steering system that works pretty well except for some belt slippage that sounds like an old lady trying to park her '68 Buick Grand Boat.

There are other issues with the tractor, such as leaking fuel when the tank is full but that's not a problem as the spilled fuel is absorbed by your shoes and socks. The transmission's kinda difficult as well because I think its just a sliding gear design.
I can't complain much as I only paid $1500 for this thing.
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Mahindra problems

Perhaps I had a tractor that was assembled on Friday afternoon or the first one on Monday morning. But since I purchased the Mahindra 7010 several years ago, I have had a series of problems fro complete engine failure and the shaft to the 4-wheel drive breaking, to the handles falling off, to the head lights and horn never functioning properly. After an extended period of time, the Mahindra rep did mail me new handles, latches and a new assembly for the light and horn switches, but the agreement was that I had to replace/install them because Mahindra will refuse to do it. When the shft broke, I mailed it to the rep and we agreed that it was substandard material. He stated to "be patient" and he will get me reimbursed for the $840 it cost to have the unit repaired. At first, the rep said that the 4-wheel drive is NOT 4-wheel drive but 4-wheel assist and that it should only be used to get unstuck or for short periods of time. I looked in the manual which said otherwise. The shaft broke June of last year just after the 7010 went out of warranty by a month. The irony of that was that I was laid up from a tree almost killing me for most of 18 months. I was simply spreading gravel when the shaft broke.
The other problems I have had with the tractor were within the warranty period before I was immobilized. The thermostat has NEVER functioned since they replaced the engine at 311 hours. I was told that "It'd good that the tractor runs cool" by the head of dealer service.
The list is too extensive to review them all here, but I feel this provides a concept of Mahindra's customer response.
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Welcome to the Tractor Forum Capt D!

Sorry to hear of your problems with your tractor. I am curious though, are these tractors dramatically cheaper (price) than a comparable tractor from one of the 3 major brands?
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The price difference is rather large but not significant. I bought the Mahindra because I had been to India and the company reputation there is good.
Little did I know that I was to experience the problems that I have. And, I have treated the tractor well.
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Sorry to hear of your problems.
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After reading this i am so glad i bought a kubota i had one problem with the 4 way valve on the bucket that was is an i am hard on my tractor oh and i need to replace the dust cover for the front axle drive shaft
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Chrpmaster, I like your quotes.
I want to inform all that I finally made contact with the right individual at Mahindra and they have taken my tractor to a dealer location and they are evaluating everyting and plan on correcting all the problems. I'll keep you posted.
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i also had several engine problems with this tractor are you aware of others?
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i also had several engine problems with this tractor are you aware of others?
Welcome to the forum DGF! What problems have you had with your Mahindra?
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Mahindra 6500 Review, Price, Information

Strengths Solid and is bullet proof. I have had nothing fail. An incredible value!!

Weaknesses Battery is a little hard to get to.

Overall Excellent quality. No problems after 2 years!!

Parts : 10 Performance : 10 Ease of Use : 10 Financing : Reliability : 10 Overall : 10
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Having experienced business with Indian companies and businessmen in my career I would NEVER buy anything designed or built by Indians or in India. Their definition of quality and technology is vastly different than that of the US and certainly what the US used to be. Sorry you folks had such a bad experience. This is the reason I went antique tractor as my retirement project for restoration satifaction and personal use around my place.
You've got to remember too, that the American builders have been in the game many many many years too, and certainly have built some poorly designed and poorly built tractors in years past, whereas India, has only been in the business for a short period of time, and hasn't had the money nor engineering of a solidly established company like John Deere. Give them some time and they could work all the kinks out of their machines.
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I have a Mahindra 6500 4WD with loader, 400 hours on it, no problems, runs great, great deal for the money, love it. They are not the biggest selling tractors in the world for nothing! Doug
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Mahindra USA Tractors – History and information about the Company

From vehicles to farm tractors to major automobile manufacturing, Mahindra’s relationship with American industry goes back quite a few years. American GIs who served in India during World War II recognize our parent company, Mahindra & Mahindra, which in 1945 was selected to assemble the famous Willys Jeep.

Following Indian independence in 1947, the founders of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) were determined to chart a course of product expansion and globalization. The philosophy led to the company’s eventual entrance into the worldwide tractor market.

In 1963, M&M formed a joint venture with International Harvester to manufacture tractors carrying the Mahindra nameplate for the Indian market. Armed with engineering, tooling and manufacturing know-how gained from this relationship, M&M developed its first tractor, the B-275. This successor to International Harvester’s incredibly popular IH B-414 is still the basis for some current Mahindra models.

More recently, a joint venture between M&M and Ford Motor Company in 1995 created new opportunities for growth in the world vehicle market. A short time later, the European model of the Ford Escort began rolling off the Mahindra assembly lines. M&M's newest product, one that has burst onto the Indian market, is the Scorpio, a rugged, yet stylish new SUV that received numerous awards as the best new vehicle in India in 2002.

Today M&M ranks among the largest tractor companies in the world with sales of nearly 85,000 units annually in 10 countries. In India, the largest tractor market in the world, Mahindra has been the number one selling brand since 1983.

In 1994, the company entered the American market as Mahindra USA, and in the few years since, its tough, dependable tractors are being sold and serviced by hundreds of leading tractor dealers throughout the country. Here in the United States, we perform final assembly and conduct a 51 point pre-delivery inspection, including dynamometer and road testing to ensure high standards of quality. Our focus is to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction and dealer support.

In 2003, Mahindra USA opened a second assembly and distribution center in Calhoun, GA, 68 miles north of Atlanta. This will more than double production capacity to meet growing demands for our tractors.
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Well, since the warranty is up - id say it opens the door to make it a better tractor. Id reinforce the bucket with extra steel. Id remove the rusting brake pedal and either put berings in there or find a way to drill the bushings for zerks- id go thru and replace all the oddball zerks with new ones.

Next time a hydraulic line goes- invest in a set of higher quality lines- im sure any tractor place can make a new set for you .
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I have the Mahindra Model 450, which is about 20 years old. Closing in on 1,000 hours. Beautiful machine and outworks any Ford or John Deer of equivalent engine size. I love that thing, and it starts beautifully in super cold weather, where my neighbors have to use Either to get them to start. No problems at all, and I fully expect to get at least another 1,000 hours before any work needs to be done, besides regular maintenance. It will easily pull a 3 plow turning disk, which is designed for at least a 90 HP Ford.


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