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Old 19th May 2013, 11:16   #46
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Good riddance, well the Fabia was never anything to talk about and its good that it finally got the boot.

Pricing wise the Fabia was spot on, It is European after all and they do deserve more of our money than our Asian brothers. Premium is the word I need to put in here I believe.

Although nothing about the drive or the looks inside or outside the car in general ever felt deserving in my opinion but it was certainly European so that means a lot.

Even the After Sales support I have heard is very European, in which nobody knows who to talk to for even a small problem. And big bills are the need of the hour.

But thankfully common sense prevailed, it was European but we are Indians after all.
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Unpleasant surprise. VW Group India was talking about bringing Skoda brand more downmarket in India & taking VW brand more upmarket to align themselves as the rest of the world, which perceives Skoda as budget brand & VW as premium (compared to Skoda)

But with Rapid as entry level now, I guess the Skoda Citigo will be offered sooner than expected in basic trims.
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Its sad news and personally sad to see the car go , but yes i think its the correct decision from a business stand point. I would disagree with some of the feedback regarding the product itself - i agree to a large degree on ASS etc but i think this was one of the best built cars that i have driven. Also for me the engine was not really a problem since one has the 1.6 and i think there is a substantial amount of love for the car from all the members on the forum who own one.

What strikes me more is that Skoda still seems to be all over the place - when the new MD joined he said he would focus on selling more Fabia's , i think they set a target of 100,000 for themselves in 3-4 years as well , more localisation to bring the price down etc - and this is as of a few months ago , and not they want to discontinue it without having a replacement in place - their vision seems to be rather dynamic and unclear and i think is a strong reflection as well of why the brand has not done so well here.
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Warranty on suspension is void! Where did you learn that? If you may use this information, it is not void.

The car is yours and you decide what to put on it; including the tyres. The warranty document reads that in case of a component failure, the burden of proof shifts to the owner in case e/she has affected any mods on the car. If the change of tyre causes a component failure which is most unlikely in case of switch from RFT to tubeless radials (softer sidewalls).

My only grouse with BMW was its service capacity in NCR. Now, with Faridabad opening up things are on the way up. No more long waits.
Sorry. Let me correct myself. BMW has some programme called secure or something which covers alloys also. If you change to tubeless the alloys are no longer covered. And yes the after sales is bad. I know someone whose run flats went bad within 1200 Kms and BMW changed it under insurance and not warranty. All the reason given was they need good roads (while the car was driven within ncr. )
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Do you know that the Marutis, Mahindra's Tata's, Toyota's and Hyundai's which are manufactured in India ... so on, as well as give one a top experience at a lower price!
Thank you for the eye opener. I did not know about the export versions.
I was speaking more in terms of sensible pricing. And lower effective taxes that the end consumer will ultimately pay.
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I had a discussion with the SA at Pune dealership; he did mention about the discontinuation. Well.. Skoda would be bringing an new version of fabia by next year, and current version Fabia would be available till then, assuming stock exists. I asked if it would be a tsi, he did not confirm on it, though he mentioned it might be on the MQB platform, with a wider wheelbase, and larger boot, and major changes in design..

To cross-check the same, I came to know from the czech news @auto.cz; per an interview at the Geneva Motor Show ČTK of ŠKODA board member for technical development Frank Welsch, on 3rd May, below were the comments for new fabia -
The new Fabia, planned for 2014, will be wider and lower than the current version. The new Fabia will be fashionable car, but the car with the monolithic design and sleek lines you know from Rapid or new Octavia (MQB platform). The new Fabia will be back in two body variants, ie as short hatchback and spacious estate (I suppose that is Fabia combi as seen ). Hatchback should fit the length of four meters. Offers better aerodynamics and driver assistance systems, which have not been a part of present Fabia. Also available would be emergency braking system and the ability to link multimedia system with smart mobile phone..

So we might have a hatchback entry for skoda, the new fabia. I hope we get a tsi on this MQB (manual or automatic both will be good to have

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Actually I like most of the Skoda cars for its looks. Be it Rapid, Laura, Superb or Fabia. Their cars looks classy & stylish. In my opinion Skoda makes one of the best OEM car alloys. Best suited for their cars. But reading about so many horror stories of their A.S.S., i don't think i will buy one myself anytime. Also i heard there service costs are too much. One of my friend done his servicing & little bit of work after 60 K kms for his Octavia & it costed him more than 51 K. I was shocked by the amount of bill. Also one other friend said that Skoda guys demanded for 10 K for Horn of his Fabia. Though there cars are good, i cant pay such huge amounts on servicing, spares.

Sad that after so many years of existence also, they couldn't make their cars affordable to middle class man. I think Fabia & Rapid should have been affordable by common man, but they never tried for it i guess. Common man always stay away from their cars. Now with end of Fabia, i guess Skoda is closing doors for middle class man for their cars.
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I think Skoda's strategic decision (to deliberately provide poor After Sales Service) is finally bearing fruits (Sarcasm intended )

With Rapid and Yeti also not setting the charts on fire, Skoda might go the Fiat way.

However, people who do not use digital media are unaware of Skoda Horror stories as these cases have very poor coverage in Print and TV, so it will continue to sell in numbers which will keep them in operation.
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Here is the all new Skoda Fabia to be launched after 18 months (2015). The current model was launched in 2007 based on the PQ 24 platform that is presumably used by the Audi A 1, VW Polo and the Seat Ibiza.
The Skoda Fabia has been discontinued in India, but is being made for the markets where there is a demand.
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http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/skoda/f...ew-skoda-fabia
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What about spares ? Will the current owners have any problem, regarding spares ?
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What about spares ? Will the current owners have any problem, regarding spares ?
Thats a potential problem area. Most of the western car makers assure supply of spares through their dealers till some five years after a model is discontinued.
Skoda spares are only available with their dealers exclusively. So the Fabia owners will have to rely on decisions made by the company.
We hardly find any old Ford Escort and even the Opel Astra/ Corsa/Sail running on the roads are very few in number. Comparatively there are so many old Marutis and Hyundais on the roads.
The resale value of such cars in the second hand car market, plummet to record lows within a short while. Thereafter, they land in the scrapyards and the spares are salvaged to keep the more fit ones running.
The Fabia is also destined to follow this conventional path from now on.

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Availability wont be a problem as Fabia shares all its mechanical parts with polo . And body parts also will be available for next 7 years or so from previous experience of owning discontinued models .
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What about spares ? Will the current owners have any problem, regarding spares ?
Same concern here....being a Fabia owner. But do you know if Fabia and Rapid share parts. If so, the situation might not be so bad since the parts from Rapid can be used for Fabia
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Same concern here....being a Fabia owner. But do you know if Fabia and Rapid share parts. If so, the situation might not be so bad since the parts from Rapid can be used for Fabia
I read somewhere in this forum that manufacturers are supposed or choose to provide support for discontinued cars for 5-7 years from the year it was discontinued. So you should be fine, Your resale on the other hand...
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Triggering the dormant thread.
Its been more than 6 year for my Fabia petrol, and I suppose around a year since we stopped getting new ones.
Have had to go to Service Center a few times for some niggle or other over last couple of years, and didn't face much issues with any replacements (whenever required).
Just wanted to see if any other Fabia owners faced any particular problems post its discontinuance.
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