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Old 14th January 2013, 11:31   #1
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I was really in utopia, enjoying my Skoda Laura L&K when the windshield washer spray and headlamp washer spray stopped working.

Every other function is in ship-shape! There were no error messages either and the car was also running perfectly.

I took the vehicle to Tafe Access, Hosur Road, Bangalore to examine.

After a few days, they got back to me saying the BCM module and the indicator stalk requires replacement as there is some short circuit in these parts.

They cannot offer a warranty replacement as I've installed the audio system. Do note the audio installation was completely on a separate wiring using a separate HU, so no internal wires were cut or spliced.

They quoted around INR 78K for the BCM and INR 12K for the indicator stalk initially, which later turned out to be INR 30K (for the module and the stalk). I had no other option except to succumb to them.

I went back to TAL on Saturday, 12th January, 2013, to see if the parts have arrived and was told the "module" has arrived. Apparently, the module they showed me was the "CANBUS gateway" which costs around INR 21K. I was told they would install this unit and code it and see if the issue resolves - which means they're not sure of themselves!

This left me wondering as to which parts have to be replaced and what could be the actual cause.

My car was attended by Mr Naveen, the Service Manager, and Mr Harish, the service advisor.

The BCM module costs GBP 206 and the indicator stalk costs GBP 105.

http://www.skodaparts.com/product/oc...009-2013-50470

http://www.skodaparts.com/product/oc...009-2013-50471

You can get the same even cheaper in ebay for new parts.

The CAN Gateway, which Tafe was quoting INR 21K is available for about USD$ 100/- on e-bay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Skoda-VW-OEM...item337d886c61

Apparently, they even refused to install if the parts were not sourced from Skoda India.

I dont mind spending for the spare-parts but charging exorbitantly and being not sure of the parts/fault is really scary! Skoda maintenance and parts are not really expensive but its the dealers and Skoda-India who are making our lives miserable!

Skoda, are you listening?

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Welcome to yet another highhandedness of Skoda A.S.S. It seems they do not learn from past and improve their service. In my view all European car manufacturers have a lot to learn from Maruti. Unbeatable on the service and support. They strive to achieve customer delight in every way.
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Nitin.
While you may have bought your car at TAFE, why not give the Vinayak Service a try?
Go and meet Mr Aiyanna, the GM there and ask for his help.
Im sure they will treat you better than these TAFE chaps have been.

In fact another close pal of mine had bought a Laura Ambiente around one month after I bought my Yeti. He bought it from TAFE because his company has some arrangement with them.

When it came to time for his car's first service, because of my various good experiences with them, he said that he would prefer to give it to Vinayak. I gave him the same suggestion that I am giving you above. His car came back in time and they treated him well so he was happy.

No harm trying is what I think...
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I second Mr. Balan. Try checking with other dealers first before committing such a huge sum! There's TAFE access in St Marks Road too. It won't hurt to have it checked by them or Vinayak Motors. At worst, you will end up paying up the same amount that has been quoted!
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Nitin.
While you may have bought your car at TAFE, why not give the Vinayak Service a try?
Go and meet Mr Aiyanna, the GM there and ask for his help.
In which Vinayak Skoda service center is Mr Aiyanna located, the one at Sreerampura or Old Madras Road?

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I second Mr. Balan. Try checking with other dealers first before committing such a huge sum! There's TAFE access in St Marks Road too. It won't hurt to have it checked by them or Vinayak Motors. At worst, you will end up paying up the same amount that has been quoted!
Tafe Access St Marks Road is just a showroom, infact that's where I'd purchased my car from. I would try Mr Aiyanna, Vinayak Skoda.
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Tafe Access St Marks Road is just a showroom, infact that's where I'd purchased my car from. I would try Mr Aiyanna, Vinayak Skoda.
Didn't realise that. My bad.
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@Nitinbose
If Skoda dealer is unsure of the make and price of the spares, then defintely their diagnosis of short circuit being the cause of malfunction also need to be doubted. Unfortunately Skoda India is unresponsive in many a cases and has left the fate of many a Skoda cars in the hands of the dealers.

Suggest you to get a second opinion at a different Skoda workshop. BTW are you going to claim this under Insurance coz the amount seems to be on a higher side. Also was confused to see the spares priced in GBP.
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Aiyanna is in the KR Puram Service Centre - a lane goes in on the left side, opposite Garden City College.
He is the GM Service for Vinayak
Suggest you go and meet him and there is a very soft spoken and helpful service advisor there called Prem. You can ask for him too.

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Tafe Access St Marks Road is just a showroom, infact that's where I'd purchased my car from. I would try Mr Aiyanna, Vinayak Skoda.
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@Nitinbose Also was confused to see the spares priced in GBP.
That's in Great Britain Pounds which gives a multiplier of about INR 88/-
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Now that that have refused you warranty, why do you even want to deal with them? You know the part numbers, source the parts and get the job done from some reliable independent workshop.

My car is due for compressor replacement under extended warranty, i will still have to 20k from my pocket. I was thinking if i combine the huge amount i paid for extended warranty and this 20k, i could have easily got a genuine Skoda compressor from open market and the work done outside.
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My car is due for compressor replacement under extended warranty, i will still have to 20k from my pocket.
Why did they refuse warranty?
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Why did they refuse warranty?
They are replacing the compressor under warranty(after a painful 20 day approval time) but i am being asked to pay for Drier Bottle, Refridgerent gas and Compressor oil which costs ~20k according to their estimate.
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I am wondering if the SKODA A.S.S is competent enough to make any decisions.

Factory tells the A.S.S to replace the below list of parts and A.S.S replaces them. This model is very convenient and in the process, more part replacements where a service of the existing part could have sufficed. This combined with the price difference in the spares is a pretty good model for milking money from the customer.

Price difference between the price in INDIA and UK is shocking.

BCM costs INR 78K in INDIA and INR 19K in UK

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I sincerely hope this is not the beginning of another nightmare with Skoda's famed A.S.S. Pls escalate to the relevant personnel at TAFE and also look for service centre options. Last thing you want is to get stuck with bloated egos, incompetence and quick-buck mentality of some service centre personnel....!
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i am being asked to pay for Drier Bottle, Refridgerent gas and Compressor oil which costs ~20k according to their estimate.
So there's really no point in warranty, if there's a co-payment...

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Factory tells the A.S.S to replace the below list of parts and A.S.S replaces them. This model is very convenient and in the process, more part replacements where a service of the existing part could have sufficed.
Correct. Skoda advises the A.S.S to do a test, analyses the result and going by the readings and output of the VAGCOM, they'd simply ask the A.S.S to replace the part as any part not giving an output is considered faulty!

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Pls escalate to the relevant personnel at TAFE and also look for service centre options.
I've already done that on several occassions but to no avail. Neither Skoda nor TAFE cares! The attitude is "take it or leave"
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