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Old 1st September 2010, 13:57   #46
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@ Pedal2metal - Find a Bosch service center around you place. A good center can arrange the spare and scanning requirement.
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Under custom rules, an actual owner can import reasonable quantity of spares. You can google UK Skoda dealers - many of them have mail-order facility and may be willing to ship to India for a little bit extra.
That would still be cheaper than buying from Carnation or whoever locally. I found that out when I enquired for Superflex suspension bushes for my vRS from the authorized rep in India. The quote given was double the price in UK. I therefore had the parts shipped from UK and despite paying DHL charges, saved around 70%.
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This is great info. Can you please share the contacts of the dealer you dealt with? I am sure it will be of great use for a lot of people here.

Also, how do you identify the exact part number to avoid mix-ups?
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^^ AFAIK spares are costly in European countries including UK. A friend bought Bilstein front shocks for his Octy and LUK DMF from an importer in Delhi (not Skoda A**). The cheapest they were available in UK was almost double the price we got from the importer here. For example the shocks were available for around 200 pounds. We got them here at around 6.5k. I am a regular at BriskSkoda (a Skoda owner's forum) and based on the discussions there it clearly looks as if the spares are priced way too high in UK. So I would suggest if anybody is thinking of buying stuff from UK then it would be good to look around to locate a good importer locally.

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took it for a spin today....i managed to reach 100 at 5.5 to 6k rpm...may be some thing wrong with me...i get too worried for everything and anything ..still one more query.how was the engine sounding at 6000 rpm...was it very loud with a slightly firm vibration?...mine was sounding very high like vrrrooom.and wasn't able to hear the turbo sound too.

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took it for a spin today....i managed to reach 100 at 5.5 to 6k rpm...may be some thing wrong with me...i get too worried for everything and anything ..still one more query.how was the engine sounding at 6000 rpm...was it very loud with a slightly firm vibration?...mine was sounding very high like vrrrooom.and wasn't able to hear the turbo sound too.
The engine does sound pretty loud at 6k RPM , and there is quite a bit of vibration , don"t worry just enjoy the car.

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This is great info. Can you please share the contacts of the dealer you dealt with? I am sure it will be of great use for a lot of people here.
Also, how do you identify the exact part number to avoid mix-ups?
Here is one of them in Delhi. RAJ NATH AUTOMOTIVES - NEW DELHI - Discount auto parts - Domestic and Import Car Parts and Accessories. New and used.. He claims to have and can arrange parts for vRs. I came to know about him to a fellow bhpian - Maglev.
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This is great info. Can you please share the contacts of the dealer you dealt with? I am sure it will be of great use for a lot of people here.

Also, how do you identify the exact part number to avoid mix-ups?

I purchased normal servicing parts like filters etc. from Preston Skoda, UK. As they are dealers, part numbers were not required. All I had to do was tell them I had a Type I vRS.

For purchasing non-Skoda parts, you can get part numbers from the manufacturer's site if you know the manufacturer's name. For example, I read on Briskoda that Powerflex suspension bushes were better than the standard ones and orderd them online from Powerflex UK, which has a listing of bushes by type of car.

If you do not know the manufacturers name, the BRISKODA forum is extremely helpful.
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You might also want to try GSF Car Parts from the UK. Ajmat has first-hand experience & highly recommends them.
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^^ AFAIK spares are costly in European countries including UK. A friend bought Bilstein front shocks for his Octy and LUK DMF from an importer in Delhi (not Skoda A**). The cheapest they were available in UK was almost double the price we got from the importer here. For example the shocks were available for around 200 pounds. We got them here at around 6.5k. I am a regular at BriskSkoda (a Skoda owner's forum) and based on the discussions there it clearly looks as if the spares are priced way too high in UK. So I would suggest if anybody is thinking of buying stuff from UK then it would be good to look around to locate a good importer locally.
If that is the case - how did Skoda built its reputation of being cheap to own and maintain in Britain?
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@ vankito - Thank. First thing is to find a good importer who can get you the genuine parts and reliable FNG which can help for tweaking problems. Find out if there is a Bosch service center around your place. I had got my vRs checked at Bosch center. They mostly have tools and scanning equipments.

--> V&V - thanks for the response. By the look of the conversation I've missed on some stuff in the last couple of days... importing parts is somewhat on the spotlight . Again..just a recap so far I've heard GSF being mentioned.. Importing parts from UK seems to be the way to go from a cost perspective. Again..any data points around actual dealing.

I read Ajmat's name being mentioned as having first hand experience. Ajmat : Any comments?


62k - CAM belt change is the most important to be done on priority. By the by what year make and color ?

--> Jan 2007, Black.. To your point, a belt change does not seem the 1st thing round the corner. Again, I checked with the SKoda folks Pune. The price for a the belt, tensioner etc ..the package along with a water pump change (including a water pump change) would cost be INR 24K approx.

I'm trying to see if it would somehow make more financial sense to source these from outside India or through an importer.

As for spark plug NGK or Denso iridium spark plugs are best for high temperature operation. Alternatively Bosch super 4 is also a good option.
--> For the sparks, understand they shouldn't cost more than INR 400 or 500k per piece.

I plan to drive to Delhi in November, so any reliable contacts in Delhi would highly be appreciated. V&V and to the group
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Bought 2 yoko sdrive 205/55/r16 for Rs 6900 each.
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V&V - Saw and well read about the good news - You purchased Yoko S Drives. I've been contemplating going the same way.

Like I said, tyre change is something thats a shade lower in my priority list. I've used Yoko's couple of times, and I'm a fan. My last set of Yoko Decibels (R15, 205, 60..i think) were amazing. They did tend to have a a certain affinity to sharp nails and iron pieces sticking out on the road surface... and as you may have already understood.. numerous flat tyres.

I did check out Yoko Decibels for the vRS, however the combined cost seems a whopping INR 28k for a set of 4. Let me know your comments on the S Drive. Before I changed to the Decibels earlier, I had used a set of ES 100 tyres - that didn't work too well for me. The handling was good.. but the tyre noise on high speed runs on concrete was rather unbearable.
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62k - CAM belt change is the most important to be done on priority. By the by what year make and color ?

--> Jan 2007, Black.. To your point, a belt change does not seem the 1st thing round the corner. Again, I checked with the SKoda folks Pune. The price for a the belt, tensioner etc ..the package along with a water pump change (including a water pump change) would cost be INR 24K approx.
Black is a great color for vRs. Briskoda.net there is lot of post recommending timing belt change in 4 yrs or 60k kms. 24k is very high. I have been told it is available under 10k in Delhi. Will soon get you the exact cost.


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V&V - Saw and well read about the good news - You purchased Yoko S Drives. I've been contemplating going the same way.
I was looking for AD08. Its not available in India yet. My initial observation is much less noise compared to the stock Dunlop.
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Would be good to see myself saving about 14k ..if its costs that much Delhi. I thought of calling the GSF guys today, unfortunately got reminded of the agenda .. at 11:38pm India time. Given the time difference, I knew thatd be late per UK time. Per my initial guess. .. no one answered.

AD08... hmm.. will look up. The stock Dunlop..on all vRS model or guessing some of the models had it ..and they shifted. Currently running Michelin primacy LC in the front, with Pirelli 6000 in the back. I realize its not the recommended practice, and I intend to fix the problem after my timing belt change.

Back to my earlier point of trying to import parts from Uk, I looked up the possibility of turning this into reality. Based on what I read, seems you have 2 types of engines.. the ARG / AU and something... Question :What engine should I be looking at?
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the ARG / AU and something... Question :What engine should I be looking at?

The engine code can be found on the Engine block. I think i saw the code when the engine cover was removed. it as either AUM / AUQ. Will check for mine and confirm.

1.8 turbo/vRs has engine codes AGU/ARZ/ARX/AUM/AUQ
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