I have a new 2012 XUV825i less than 90 days old and it has had limited use. I was operating it yesterday in 2WD and driving around the neighborhood. BTW It always felt like their was some binding in the drive line since day 1 of the purchase. Well, I saw smoke from under the bed and noticed the CV joint boot had decoupled from the joint slinging grease all over the hot parts of the engine and the shaft exiting that CV joint was way out of position. This was the joint transmitting power to the front drive axle and should be un-loaded when in 2WD? By the time I limped (<1mile) it home the joint and shaft were banging. It appears the problem originated at the center support bearing under the floor pan. That joint is also slinging grease and the support bearing is wiped out cuasing the shaft to wabble and bang. Something had to let go? Maybe the center support bearing seized and broke throwing the shaft out of line thus wiping out the CV joints? Before I take it back to the dealer I will take a better look. On anotehr note>Is it normal for these Kawasaki 3 cyls to operate in the 5K rpm range at 80%+ throttle (about 25mph)?
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