Tata Motors is among the top carmakers in India that have been gaining back fame and respect. With the latest vehicle line-up, Tata looks promising and does offer some serious packages. One such car is the entry-level vehicle, Tata Tiago. The car was launched in 2016 and got a midlife facelift in 2020. The 2020 model this year also gets a new updated BS6 compliant engine lineup. Keeping that aside, car problems and car ownership goes hand in hand. There is rarely a case that comes out unscratched on top. That said, Tata Tiago though a good car is no exception. Here are 10 common problems Tata Tiago owners face.
Before we get started this is to inform you that all the problems listed are from the pre-2020 model and not for the current BS6 generation. Tata and its R&D has been generous enough to make all the necessary changes to deliver a reliable car for its customers.
Noisy Cabin (It’s a three-cylinder engine)
The car offers decent performance for the price, all thanks to a potent engine. But this car comes with a 3 cylinder motor that is surely not known for refinement. Alongside that, it is recommended to use fully synthetic engine oil for a 3 cylinder to reduce those vibes. The catch here is that the synthetic oil doesn’t come cheap and you have to shed a tad more than for a mineral engine oil. Over time, it is seen that the vibrations enhance rather than get reduced when we use mineral oil. The best part is that the new BS6 Tata Tiago has got this problem resolved.
Power Windows Not Working
From the customer’s feedback at our service centres, we often get complaints regarding the Power Windows not working properly. This might be because of the failing power window scissor operator. Though the motor is usually intact, it is the wire that derails. Solely because of this most of the customers get frustrated. There is a fairly easy fix for that. I’m happy to say Tata Tiago has taken care of the problem in the BS6 update for Tata Tiago.
Jerks at Low Speeds (Fuel Pump suddenly cuts off)
Even more, people owning a Tiago get this problem, wherein at city driving speeds the car started to jerk as if something is choking the engine. After some research, it was concluded that the fuel pump is faulty. The fuel pump suddenly has a hiccup wherein it stops pumping fuel to the engine for a split second.
According to our customers, this usually happens when the fuel level drops down to below half. Either you can keep the fuel level more than half to not face this issue, which is not at all feasible. On the other hand, you can also get it replaced (recommended). Besides Tata did offer to replace all the faulty fuel pumps free of cost. Besides, the BS6 Tata Tiago doesn’t even have the problem.
Rusting Issue (Average Paint Quality)
Seems like Tata has spent their entire R&D to pass the Global NCAP crash test norms. Customers also often report the problem of rusting, especially inside the fuel filler cap. This is after the use of 2-3 years. Keeping that side, rarely a layer of rust is also reported under the wheel wells. Sadly, the rust cannot be repaired and has to be repainted with the utmost care.
Fading External Plastic Parts
If the external plastic parts are fading, it a fairly common problem with the cars having plastic cladding. But if they are fading just after 1 year, that’s a huge problem. Cars that are exposed to the sunlight a lot usually face this issue. Yet again it has to be repainted to overcome the issue. That said, it sure looks ugly when a well-maintained car has grey bumper instead of black.
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Laggy Infotainment System
One of the important things in a vehicle is its infotainment system. Well, it is the music player that keeps the occupants entertained. What if, you wanna play music and the infotainment system slows this process down? This is exactly what the infotainment system does. For whatever reason, the infotainment screen starts to lag and obviously is super annoying.
Low Mileage (in AMT)
Thankfully Tata Tiago comes with an AMT that makes it a really good city car. But if a vehicle does not have good mileage, is AMT of any use? Agreed AMT does have a decent mileage that is usually lower than the manual counterpart, but a huge gap in what the customers are concerned about.
For your reference, the mileage claimed by ARAI for both AMT and MT is 20km/L. But the mileage delivered by the Tiago with AMT is quite depressing. The things take a drastic change with the new BS6 Tata Tiago as it delivers improved kilometres per litre than its previous generation.
Problem Shifting First Gear
After driving the Tata Tiago we felt that the gearbox was a bit notchy, especially for petrol. This is not the problem, the problem arises when we shift from neutral to the first gears. You have to have a precise hand to shift the gears as the gear stick usually wobbles even at idle. The notchy nature snatches the confidence when slotting the gears.
Jerky Power Delivery in AMT
Yes! even the Automated Manual Transmission has problems in shifting gears. We do agree that the AMT does have a jerk when shifting gears, but what if we say that the jerk is exaggerated in Tata Tiago? Well, this is exactly the case with this cute little car.
The shifts are super prominent and one can easily make out when the gears have shifted making it an unpleasant experience. Also when taking the control into your own hands does not eliminate the problem. People learn from their mistakes, this is exactly what Tata has done. The new BS6 Tata Tiago has improved dynamics in this department.
The Reverse Gear Problem
Like the first gear, engaging the reverse gear also requires extra effort. You ought to have the car in complete rest before engaging the gear. Even when the car is at halt, at times you have to wack the gear lever into the slot.
Please note that all of the problems faced by the customers have been rectified by Tata in the new 2020 model of the BS6 Tata Tiago. Did we miss any of the problems? Do let us know? Is it a decent car?
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