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Old 9th June 2015, 10:48   #181
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You are not anywhere near a crisis point

The main concern would be the DSG box. There will be a point when the clutchs need to be changed. Apart from that, be religious on the fluid and filter change.

Frankly, being a petrol Skoda, less to go wrong (no EGR,etc). Just increase the frequency of oil changes, and make sure belts etc are changes and use good quality fuel. The area of concern are the electronics. Again, a new ECU would be Rs 1-3 Lakhs but they can be repaired by specialists.

The average life of cars today is 7-10 years. You have completed 5. You might need to change steering and suspension components also.
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Posting on this thread after a relatively long time. Fortunately, had only one visit to Autobahn with relatively low damages in the interim. The car just crossed 49,000 km and 69 months. One crib has been that the oil consumption has risen again - I had Autobahn check the car for leaks but they couldn't find any. The only development worth reporting is that I got a comprehensive interior and exterior cleaning done from 3M Worli. It was expensive (RS. 11000+) but fully worth it in my view. The car looks as good as new (except for a stolen logo).

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Hayek, would you consider the new Superb due to be launched very soon as your next ride? I am planning to replace our Superb with a new sedan - choices in 2016/17 will be the new Superb, Volvo S.90 and maybe a Lexus or Honda Accord Hybrid.
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Hayek, would you consider the new Superb due to be launched very soon as your next ride? I am planning to replace our Superb with a new sedan - choices in 2016/17 will be the new Superb, Volvo S.90 and maybe a Lexus or Honda Accord Hybrid.

My upgrade is about 12 months away. It would depend on the early feedback on the new Superb, and on financial circumstances. The temptation to upgrade to a 5 series category car or an SUV will exist. But there is a massive price differential for a limited upside. Guess it will depend on how markets perform over the next 12 months.
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It would depend on the early feedback on the new Superb
The new Superb and the New Endeavour, both surpass my expectations at their respective price points, which are nearly identical, and provide features of at least 2 segment up cars costing more than twice as much, imho.
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My upgrade is about 12 months away. It would depend on the early feedback on the new Superb, and on financial circumstances. The temptation to upgrade to a 5 series category car or an SUV will exist. But there is a massive price differential for a limited upside. Guess it will depend on how markets perform over the next 12 months.
Thank you Hayek. I will be following your upgrade story closely. I am in a similar position and the 3 I am looking at our - the new Superb, the to be introduced E-series and the to be introduced Volvo S.90. The only piece about the Superb that bothers me is Skoda's after sales service.
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And so it's that time in the life cycle of a car, when I have to get ready to bid goodbye to it.

As some of you know, I have finalised a BMW X3 20d Xline to replace my Superb. While I am excited about my new ride (which will be delivered in the new year), it's also a poignant moment. Despite all the niggles I faced over the last 6.5 years and 56500 km, the Superb has represented fantastic value for money.

I have not posted very often on this thread in the last couple of years - partly because there were no long drives and also because there were very few niggles in the last year. The only major defect was the front right ABS sensor failing, leading to an ABS warning light during the monsoon. The part was not readily available, and the SA at Autobahn told me to keep driving while they waited for the part from the Czech Republic. It took over 2 months for the part to arrive but it finally got replaced (along with the other 3 ABS sensors which were thrown in) a couple of months ago.

Happened to travel towards Amby Valley about 2 weeks ago. And the driving pleasure I got from this car on the Expressway and the smooth twisty Tarmac leading up to Amby was fantastic. The combination of interior quality, features, interior and boot space and driving pleasure you get from this car is unmatched even with cars that cost nearly twice as much. I will also miss the super smooth petrol engine and the quick shifting DSG box.

However, I must say I am disappointed with how poor the resale value for the car is. Dealers claim it is because of the petrol engine and demonetisation (even if I would, in any case, have insisted on full RTGS/ DD payment). I have a buyback offer for the car from the BMW dealer, but have also posted an ad on Team BHP classifieds - so if any of you is interested, please PM or reply to the ad before Christmas (Mods, hope this statement does not violate any policies - please delete if it does).

Will probably post one last time with some pics on this thread once I sell the car.
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Ah, time to say goodbye eh? Never easy for us petrol-heads.

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Applicable to all big cars man, especially the petrols.

Would suggest being open to accepting cash, but issuing a receipt for the full amount and depositing that amount in your bank. It's a legit white deal then. The last line of your ad ("no cash please") might put off some potential customers.

If you can, please get the X3 3.0. Trust me, it's a decision you will never regret. That 3.0 diesel makes me smile every time I fire her up. If you don't want to spend more, get a used one in warranty and then take extended coverage. Good ones keep coming up from time to time. Here's one dealer car (link) at a very nice price. I usually don't recommend TD cars, but if I had to choose between a new 2.0L and a 4,000 km 3.0, I'd pick the latter.

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Would suggest being open to accepting cash, but issuing a receipt for the full amount and depositing that amount in your bank.

If you can, please get the X3 3.0. Trust me, it's a decision you will never regret. If I had to choose between a new 2.0L and a 4,000 km 3.0, I'd pick the latter.
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, am not comfortable handling cash - so that condition would not change even if it costs some money.

On the 30d, I thought long and hard. Frankly, even getting to a 20d has been a big stretch, more from a psychological perspective for me and my family than a purely financial one. Pre-owned does not work as our car scheme allows only new cars. So 20d it will be.😊
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Here's one dealer car (link) at a very nice price. I usually don't recommend TD cars, but if I had to choose between a new 2.0L and a 4,000 km 3.0, I'd pick the latter.
Just a caution to anyone looking to pick up TD cars from BMW this year. BMW had organised BMW experience programmes accross various cities this year. I myself attended one in Bangalore. They had invited existing and prospective owners to experience their machines. Almost all cars in use were on TC plates with less than 3K kms on them. The cars were put through slalom courses, full throttle acceleration and hard braking tests. Needless to say all cars went through some serious abuse. These cars are likely to be put up for sale now before new MY 2017 cars start coming out.
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The only major defect was the front right ABS sensor failing, leading to an ABS warning light during the monsoon. The part was not readily available, and the SA at Autobahn told me to keep driving while they waited for the part from the Czech Republic. It took over 2 months for the part to arrive but it finally got replaced (along with the other 3 ABS sensors which were thrown in) a couple of months ago.
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I faced exactly the same issue on my Superb, had to wait over 2 months for JMD skoda to get the part. They claim this was because of a change in policy. As per instructions received from SKoda, if an ABS sensor goes faulty then they have to replace all 4 sensors and customer will be charged for only one sensor. Apparently the logistics and bureaucracy around implementing this took time.
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"This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes, again"

All good things in life come to an end, and so has my innings with my beautiful Skoda Superb. About a month ago, I decided to replace her with a new BMW X3 20d, and posted for sale ads on multiple websites including Team BHP Classifieds. Got about 20 responses on OLX, 3 via Team BHP, 1 on Quikr. I kept haggling to try and get a halfway decent price - esp as my BMW delivery kept getting postponed (long story - my company taking its time to process the payment, Christmas vacations, delays with the Mumbai RTOs new online registration system etc - I finally got delivery on Jan 14, which pleased my better half no end).

But once the new car was in, I upped the ante to try and close a deal. Finally, I sold to a dealer since the end users I was still talking to were not offering a premium and wanted the moon.

The last picture I took of my Superb before handing the keys over to the buyer is below

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While my new car is great, I will certainly miss the Superb - it gave my immense pleasure (coupled with moments of frustration) over 6 years 9 months, and I doubt any other car will be as large an upgrade for me as the Superb was compared to my Honda City. Incidentally, I sold the car on the 13th anniversary of the date when I bought my first every new car, the Honda City.

Time to close this thread. Goodbye.
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Time to close this thread. Goodbye.
And open a new one, for your new 3...!!!

You indeed had a roller coaster ride with the Superb and your patience was a huge asset in being able to maintain it this long.

Also what struck me the appeal the Germans have on people once they buy their first one.
These cars surely have something about them.
Wishing you a happy motoring experience with your beemer...!!!

Now, bring on the thread, will ya.
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