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Old 9th January 2014, 19:20   #2491
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These are cars that I know of among friends on the forum:

Manson's Laura DSG

Gogi's Superb and Laura DSG packup one after the other. (Skoda Woes And The Ghost Of The Mechatronics!!)

V-16's Laura gearbox retires. (Skoda Laura DSG Problems!!)

Sam's Superb TSI (The Yeti® writes a car story - (and review of Skoda Superb))

Swanand's Superb (Black Lightning: My Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI DSG-UPDATE: DSG box replaced!)

Another interesting thread. (DSG Mechatronics Failures: Are we driving them wrongly?)

Even in the used car market, an AT from Skoda does not move off the dealer. The resale value of DSG equipped cars is poor.

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Old 9th January 2014, 19:29   #2492
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These are the threads related to failures on the forum of the new Octavia since launch in September end:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...placement.html (Skoda Octavia 1.8L DSG breakdown. Solved with fuel pump replacement)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...g-2500kms.html (2013 Skoda Octavia TDI: Headlight Assembly Fading @2500kms)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-troubles.html
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Old 10th January 2014, 16:01   #2493
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Would it be possible for the mods to allow me to edit my original post?
Click the report link on your post, and put down your request - one of the mods should be able to help you on that.

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Exactly what puzzled me too. How come one does not hear so many complaints about the Vento? What is it that VW does right ?
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why are there no issues of such caliber raised so far by owners of the Rapid or Vento? Or are these actually better cars?
There are a few threads on Rapid, if you would note this post and a few earlier. As for Vento, not that many. IMO the cars (both of them - they do come from the same factory/production line) are excellent vehicles, it's the dealers who are faulty. VW still has a few good dealers across some (if not most) of the cities. Unfortunately that's not the case for Skoda.

Disclaimer: I own a Vento. Quite happily & satisfied, if I may.

Skoda "Horror" Stories (or with major delayed issues)

Car : Fabia

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...breakdown.html (Skoda woes continues-2nd breakdown)

Car : Rapid

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...on-brakes.html (Skoda Rapid(ly) Overhauled - Suspension & Brakes)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...e-45-days.html (Skoda Rapid repair at Gurudev Motors (Chennai) : No parts available in 45 days)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...oda-india.html (Mahavir Skoda (Hyderabad) Cheats. Customer-NO-Care@skoda-india!)

Car : Laura/Octavia

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...cs-issues.html (Kaput Skoda : Brand new Laura AC & Electronics issues)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...r-dealers.html (Fraudulent Acts by Skoda India and their Dealers)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...oda-story.html (‘Torque Automotive have sold me a used car’ - Yet another Skoda story)

Car : Superb

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-closed-5.html (Skoda Superb 2009 - 1st car replaced, 2nd Seized - Rs. Refunded now - Case Closed!)
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Old 10th January 2014, 19:08   #2494
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Not as extreme as the other experiences but here's something that made me change my workshop for services -

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ut-motors.html (VW After-Sales Woes (with my Polo & Vidyut Motors))
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Any new buyer of VW/Skoda will need a brave heart when going through these threads, really unfortunate that so many people have suffered due to no pro-customer regulations in this country, definitely a great compilation.
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Some of the articles available in my list. Haven't checked them recently. Kindly excuse me if there are any errors.


Prakash Gupta, Pune
Asset Auto, Pune
Faulty Fabia
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...g-machine.html (Skoda Fabia - "the fooling machine")

Byram Jeejebhoy, Pune
Asset Auto, Pune
Fake parts
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...dealers-3.html (Fraudulent Acts by Skoda India and their Dealers)

Kapil Jolly, Delhi
Continental. Delhi
Service issues
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ors-delhi.html (Skoda Octavia experience with Continental motors Delhi.)

Rohit Agarwal, Delhi
Arshia, Faridabad
New Superb breakdown
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...down-help.html

Gaurav Mathur, Rishikesh
Fabia breakdown
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...d-skoda-6.html (Pathetic service from Skoda and Fabia woes. EDIT : Got FULL refund from Skoda)

Gagan Anand, Delhi
Arshia, Faridabad
New Superb breakdown
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...pg-2-a-16.html

Suvir Mathur, Delhi
Continental Auto, Delhi
Laura issues
http://www.consumercourt.in/after-sa...arrasment.html
http://www.autocarindia.com/new/auto...s.asp?TID=5199

Turbo Head, Manav Dhawan, Chandigarh - Krishna Auto - 5th Sept 09
Superb, Contradictory fuel recommendations by Skoda and Dealer
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...si-petrol.html (Problem with Skoda Superb 3.6 V6 FSI Petrol)

Deval Tibrewal, Kolkata – Jia Auto – 2nd April 2009
Octavia – Theft and paint issues
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/1242292-post785.html

Kuriakose, Kochi – Marikar Engineers Ltd – 9th April 2009
Fabia – Forgery
http://www.carwale.com/forums/ViewThread-7517.html


Mithun Joseph, Kochi – Marikar Engineers – 16th October 2009
Laura – Non delivery and non refund of car.
http://www.carwale.com/forums/ViewThread-10808.html

S A Singh, Mumbai
Laura – Aircon and other issues
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...da-c22520.html

Saurabh Jain, Noida - Commercial Auto
Laura – Engine damage
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...ra-c29800.html

Harish R, Chennai – Gurudev Motors
Fabia – Mechanical issues
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...a-c106929.html

Ashish Khanduja, Mumbai – Autograph Cars – 7th October 2008
Inflated bills
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...td-c89961.html

Basavaraj Patil, Chennai – Gurudev Motors – 9th Feb 2009
Superb – Mechanical issues
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...b-c140528.html


Sitaram Agarwal – 12th February 2009
Superb - Breakdown
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...b-c141631.html

M R Potalia, Jpdhpur – 26th February 2009
Laura / Octavia / Fabia issues
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...a-c147563.html

Chintan Abhichandani, Baroda - Torque – 4th March 2009
Laura – Aircon problems
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...a-c149862.html

Virendra Singh Hooda, Gurgaon – Giriraj Motors – 15th April 2009
Laura – Aircon and other issues
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...d-c168017.html

Bhagirath Agarwal, Jaipur – Saga Automotives - 15th April 2009
Octavia – Aircon problem
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...a-c168094.html

Sreevathsa
Fabia – Mechanical issues
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...a-c153945.html

Babulal Kothari, Rajasthan - Torque Automotive pvt ltd – Ahmedabad
Octavia – Engine breakdown
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...da-c47823.html

Rajender Sharma, Gurgaon – Giriraj Motors
Superb – Mechanical issues
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...da-c74678.html

Ranjan Gupta, Chandigarh – Krishna Automobiles
Laura – Aircon problems
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...hd-c81881.html

Rajbir Singh Sodhi
Engine falls down
http://www.consumercomplaints.in/com...ra-c22517.html

RPP Selvam Infrastructure, Coimbatore – Millenium Motors
Laura – Clutch failure
Dr. Ravi Kumar, Bangalore – Tafe Access
Laura – Aircon failure
http://www.complaintsboard.com/compl...1.html#c158380



Ashish Goel, Gurgaon
Laura - Failure of Turbo charger
http://www.complaintsboard.com/compl...at-c42519.html

Scooby STi (Vamsi), Hyderabad – Mahavir Motors
Laura – Aircon and Fabia - Parts
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/1238878-post593.html

satyamenon (Vijendra Bathija), Bangalore – Tafe Access
Octavia – Fraudulent accident repair
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...p-sucks-5.html (TAFE Access (SKODA dealership) sucks)

satix7, Delhi
Theft and forgery by dealer
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/1363625-post1951.html

Virendra Kumar Jain, Delhi - Silvertone Motors
Octavia – Defective car.
http://www.financialexpress.com/news...1-lakh/299292/

tsk1979, Mumbai
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-dharna-5.html (Skoda owners go on dharna)
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060724/ldh1.htm#10

normally_crazy, Mumbai – Autobahn
Service problems
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-pathetic.html (Autobahn Skoda Service - Pathetic !)

normally_crazy, Mumbai – Nummer Eins
Service problems
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...athetic-2.html (Nummer Eins Skoda Service - PATHETIC !)

devil_666, Moga. Ludhiana – Krishna Auto
Laura – Aircon and clutch failure
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-issues-4.html (Save me from Skoda. Several Laura issues!)

GTO, Mumbai
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...nymore-13.html (Is it worth it buying a Skoda anymore?)

siddartha, Bangalore
Octavia – Water pump failure
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-t...rs-woes-5.html (Skoda Octavia vRS woes)

mrmojorisin, Bangalore – Tafe Access
Car breakdown
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...xperience.html (Calling all Skoda owners in Bangalore who had bad service experience)

ice, Chennai – Gurudev
Octavia – Clutch replacement
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ble-uh-oh.html (Skoda Trouble...uh oh!)

udaykars, Hyderabad – Mahavir Auto
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...derabad-3.html (No Test Drive Cars for SKODA, Hyderabad)

ajmat, Bangalore – 5th March 2009
Octavia vRS – Skoda indifference
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...rely-read.html (Hello Skoda - Did you read and analyze or merely read ?)

soms201174, Bangalore – 3rd May 2009
Octavia - Breakdown
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ml#post1286688 (TAFE Access (SKODA dealership) sucks)

shekharlele, Mumbai – Nummer Eins ( Roadworx ) – 30th Aug 09
Laura – fraudulent impersonation as authorized dealer by sacked Skoda dealer
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...t-skoda-3.html

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Also please add links of Owners who have good reviews and not faced any issues of ownership of Skoda/VW
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Why would you want those included in a thread on horrors??
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Why would you want those included in a thread on horrors??
To check if there are more horror or Romance stories
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Oh my good god, even if I am looking for the horror stories I sure don't have the patience to go through all the horror links posted so far.

1) As on date, there are 92 horror stories shared on this thread alone.
Source: I counted them really

2) As on date, there are 115,518 threads on team BHP.com just FYI.
source: teamp-bhp.com home page

You can relate 1 and 2 at your own peril.
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Of all the brands VAG holds, Skoda is the lowest and the cheapest rated brand and yet it had taken Indians for a premium ride! (No pun intended).

I feel sorry that the service at the dealer level is in such poor state all over India and I'm glad my brother did not end up buying the new Octavia.
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Of all the brands VAG holds, Skoda is the lowest and the cheapest rated brand and yet it had taken Indians for a premium ride! (No pun intended).
+1. Skoda is the cheapest brand abroad and acts premium-like in India. And we, in India feel pride in owning a Skoda. Skoda was among the most unreliable cars until VW acquired the brand under itself. However, things changed lately, but still a lot is desired.
It will be a very blunt question, but do Indians, in a zest to own a European car buy a Skoda; just for the sake of it? A lot lesser number of horror stories about VW we hear...isn't it?

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+1. Skoda is the cheapest brand abroad and acts premium-like in India. And we, in India feel pride in owning a Skoda. Skoda was among the most unreliable cars until VW acquired the brand under itself. However, things changed lately, but still a lot is desired.
It will be a very blunt question, but do Indians, in a zest to own a European car buy a Skoda; just for the sake of it? A lot lesser number of horror stories about VW we hear...isn't it?
Come on! Agreed there are unhappy Skoda customers and Skoda bashing is in fashion these days, but saying that Indians buy a Skoda just for the sake of buying a 'European car' is offensive to Skoda owners to say the least. There are a lot of very happy Skoda customers as well including yours truly, who feel that Skoda cars are great value for money if you look at the overall package. The good ride, handling, quality interiors, overall fit and finish, powerful + efficient power plants, and good safety features is what makes a customer go for a Skoda despite their poor service reputation in India. A calculated risk if you can call it that.

Just FYI, Skoda regularly tops reliability and satisfaction surveys in Europe. You hear less VW 'horror stories' in India because there are more Skodas on the road than VWs right now. Most VWs sold in India are Polos and Ventos and mostly manual transmission. VW DSG failures are quite common elsewhere in the world.
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It will be a very blunt question, but do Indians, in a zest to own a European car buy a Skoda; just for the sake of it? A lot lesser number of horror stories about VW we hear...isn't it?
Not really. Apart from the points made by Santosh above,If you compare Skoda cars with VW in almost all segments the Skoda cars offer a better package overall. Superb is far better than the Passat. Erstwhile Laura was a better package overall than Jetta. New Octavia is a generation ahead.

Rapid is 95% Vento at a much lesser price.

This is what makes customers go with Skoda,unfortunately some end up with regrettable and forgetful experiences.
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