The Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most popular SUVs in the Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 13 lakh price segment, consistently selling over 4000 units a month. The vehicle was launched in 2002 and has gone through continuous improvements over the past decade, with the last major change coming in 2008.

Scorpio bodykit

The Mahindra Scorpio in its latest version is powered by a 2.2 litre M-Hawk diesel engine putting out 120 bhp of power and 297 Nm of torque. Prior to 2007, the earlier Scorpio came with a 2.6 litre (CRDE) diesel engine that put out 115 bhp of power and 287 Nm of torque. There was a brief period prior to 2006, when the Scorpio with CRDE engine was also available with the older design with the tiny tail-lamps. There have been four engine upgrades in all, from the first gear-driven direct injection 2.6 litre diesel, to a chain-driven DI, then to the CRDE and finally the M-Hawk. The Scorpio is also available in a base variant with the 2.5 litre Bolero engine. The Scorpio has both 4×2 and 4×4 variants as well as automatic transmission variants, although the latter are not in large numbers. Also read: Long-term ownership, living with a Mahindra Scorpio.

There have been continuous changes to the bumper, grille, headlamps and such, but the overall body shell of the Scorpio has not changed. The latest revision to the Scorpio was about six-months ago, where the rear suspension on the Scorpio has been upgraded, with a design borrowed from the Xylo.

Used Mahindra Scorpios command a good resale value in the market. However, there are some things to worry about in Scorpio’s that have crossed over 100,000 km – maintenance costs are quite steep as the vehicle ages. Also read: Mahindra Scorpio LX 4×4 road test

Prices of used Mahindra Scorpio

2002-2003: Rs. 3.5 lakh – Rs. 3.75 lakh

2004-2005: Rs. 3.75 lakh – Rs. 4.25 lakh

2006-2007: Rs. 4.5 lakh – Rs. 5.5 lakh

2008-2009: Rs. 6 lakh – Rs. 6.75 lakh

2010-2011: Rs. 7 lakh – Rs. 9 lakh

2012: Rs. 9 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh

If you are buying a used Mahindra Scorpio, be prepared to pay close attention to its overall maintenance. Older vehicles have a nasty habit of springing surprises on their owners and it’s best to stick to Mahindra’s 5000 km service interval whether you visit an authorized service centre or not.  Also read: Ideas to customize a Mahindra Scorpio

Here are a few things you need to constantly check with a Mahindra Scorpio.

Suspension issues

The Mahindra Scorpio has a propensity to constantly wear down its suspension, especially the rubber bushes in the latter models. The Scorpio’s linking rods (a suspension component), stabilizer arm bushes and trailing arm bushes need regular change. This will set you back by Rs. 2,500 or so each time. When these bushes wear out the Scorpio becomes quite unstable and tends to wobble. Take a test drive and listen for any suspension noises.

Brake pad wear

The front brake pads should see an average life of about 30,000 km to 40,000 km. Depending on the age of the Scorpio you are buying, check if these have been changed or not. A brake pad replacement will set you back by about Rs. 4,400 each time.

Engine and gearbox mounts

The engine mounts should last at least 50,000 km in the Scorpio, as well as the gearbox mount. But in the 4×4 Scorpio, the gearbox mount tends to wear out faster and will need changes as early as 25,000 km each time. The gearbox mount itself is not expensive – about Rs. 650, while engine mounts cost about Rs. 1,800 a pair, but labour charges at an authorized service centre are quite high for such tasks.

Electronic niggles

Mahindra had added a fair amount of electronics in the latter Scorpio’s especially the VLX models, check if these are working fine. The Scorpio tended to have minor niggles such as power window switch malfunctions, tyre-tronics malfunctioning etc, but nothing really serious. Check that all electronics are working – replacing parts is not that expensive though.

Hard clutch

The Scorpio has a good engine and gearbox, but the clutch tends to get hard with time. The vehicle has a harder clutch than most normally, but check if it is unusually hard. This can involve expensive clutch repairs – which can cost between Rs. 9000 and Rs. 12,000.

If you are planning to buy a second-hand Scorpio it would be prudent to ask for a detailed service history of the vehicle, as the Scorpio is a high-maintenance vehicle. Share any other experiences you have with buying a used Mahindra Scorpio. Also read: Buying an imported used car in India