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Old 14th July 2016, 02:21   #8431
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Was inquiring about a Diesel Vento, and the SA said delivery will take upto 3 months.
Apparently they are not making them for a while now?
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-recalled.html (VW Vento 1.5L Diesel: Sales suspended, 3877 units recalled)

Production was suspended after the pollution scandal. Rumour says the updated engine will have 108 bhp and will debut in the Ameo first.
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Was inquiring about a Diesel Vento, and the SA said delivery will take upto 3 months.
Apparently they are not making them for a while now?
Assume you were looking for a manual. The diesel automatic is still being sold and should be available off the shelf. Even the official site brochure shows only the diesel AT and petrol MT and AT
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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-recalled.html (VW Vento 1.5L Diesel: Sales suspended, 3877 units recalled)

Production was suspended after the pollution scandal. Rumour says the updated engine will have 108 bhp and will debut in the Ameo first.
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Assume you were looking for a manual. The diesel automatic is still being sold and should be available off the shelf. Even the official site brochure shows only the diesel AT and petrol MT and AT
Is it the same case with the Rapid diesels?
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Is it the same case with the Rapid diesels?
Yes same for Rapid, Rapid Diesel Manual transmissions are not on sale now. Only the DSG automatic is available in diesel.
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Old 14th July 2016, 16:31   #8435
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Hi highwaypatrol,

Are these just blades or entire wiper assembly ?
Is it a direct fit to the existing setup in a Vento ?

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Hi highwaypatrol,

Are these just blades or entire wiper assembly ?
Is it a direct fit to the existing setup in a Vento ?

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They are just blades which can be snap fitted on to the existing mechanism.
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I am thinking of 1.2 TSI Vento as a replacement of my 5 yr old 71k done Verna fluidic 1.6 diesel. Want to know few things from 1.2 TSI owners pls.
1. How powerful it is in comparison to 1.6 CRDI. What speed the car touches in open roads effortlessly.
2. FE in city & highways.
3. Maintenance cost of the TSI.
4. AC effectiveness.
5. Ride quality.
6. Noise insulation.
7. Ground clearance.
8. Engine refinement.
Is there any better petrol automatic available in today's market?
I have deliberately not asked about ride quality as I guess it should be way better than 2011 Verna.

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1. How powerful it is in comparison to 1.6 CRDI. What speed the car touches in open roads effortlessly.
2. FE in city & highways.
3. Maintenance cost of the TSI.
4. AC effectiveness.
5. Ride quality.
6. Noise insulation.
7. Ground clearance.
8. Engine refinement.
Few inputs from my side.

1. I have not driven the Verna. So cannot compare. So will put it this way. My comfort zone on a typical 4 lane highway is 100-120 kmph. On an open road I have to consciously make an effort to keep it in this range. It is pretty much effortless till here and a little beyond too.

2. 10-12 in normal city traffic. ~14-15 on 4 lane highways in S mode with no real care taken to drive in a fuel efficient manner. Can go to 18 if you really drive sedately in D mode with focus on efficiency. IF you are crawling in Bumper to Bumper traffic for a significant time- FE will be in single digits.

3. From a regular maintenance perspective, nothing much different from the regular Vento's. Once a year/15K service average bill 8-10K. Had an additional cost of brake pads and disc replacement.

4. Not as great as the Japanese or other Asian brands. But atleast in Bangalore and Kerala have not found it wanting. Will take some time to cool in very hot conditions.

5. Pretty good as per feedback I have from others as compared to their cars. But do not have any specific input here.

6. Noise insulation is excellent. Coupled with the quiet TSI motor (when cruising) the cabin is a good place to be. The solid build also helps.

7. Bangalore is known for its humps. Have not scraped anywhere even with a full load. Of course, need to be careful over the bigger ones. The rear tow hook is pretty low and when the boot is loaded and on sharp inclines (like from a basement), the tow hook scrapes frequently.

8. The engine is a little clattery when started, but settles down and then you can hardly hear it inside with windows up. When cruising in D mode at 80-90, the cabin is eerily silent. S mode makes it more vocal, but in a nice way.

Overall from a performance, build and quality perspective, I would rate it the top Automatic Sedan. On the down side, VW after sales can be a gamble and the DSG worries have not completely gone away.

Hope this helps.
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hello.
My 2014 Vento MPI 1.6 (Comfortline) is due for its yearly second service.
The 2 yr warranty period expired in May 16.
The car has completed 10k kms since it was bought.
Major use includes local travel within the city and occasional outstation trip once in 6 months.
I want to ask considering my usage if it is recommended to use the official A S S for service or should i go to multi - car workshop.
With VW cost for 1 time yearly service is 11-12k.
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Few inputs from my side.

1. I have not driven the Verna. So cannot compare. So will put it this way. My comfort zone on a typical 4 lane highway is 100-120 kmph. On an open road I have to consciously make an effort to keep it in this range. It is pretty much effortless till here and a little beyond too.

2. 10-12 in normal city traffic. ~14-15 on 4 lane highways in S mode with no real care taken to drive in a fuel efficient manner. Can go to 18 if you really drive sedately in D mode with focus on efficiency. IF you are crawling in Bumper to Bumper traffic for a significant time- FE will be in single digits.

3. From a regular maintenance perspective, nothing much different from the regular Vento's. Once a year/15K service average bill 8-10K. Had an additional cost of brake pads and disc replacement.

4. Not as great as the Japanese or other Asian brands. But atleast in Bangalore and Kerala have not found it wanting. Will take some time to cool in very hot conditions.

5. Pretty good as per feedback I have from others as compared to their cars. But do not have any specific input here.

6. Noise insulation is excellent. Coupled with the quiet TSI motor (when cruising) the cabin is a good place to be. The solid build also helps.

7. Bangalore is known for its humps. Have not scraped anywhere even with a full load. Of course, need to be careful over the bigger ones. The rear tow hook is pretty low and when the boot is loaded and on sharp inclines (like from a basement), the tow hook scrapes frequently.

8. The engine is a little clattery when started, but settles down and then you can hardly hear it inside with windows up. When cruising in D mode at 80-90, the cabin is eerily silent. S mode makes it more vocal, but in a nice way.

Overall from a performance, build and quality perspective, I would rate it the top Automatic Sedan. On the down side, VW after sales can be a gamble and the DSG worries have not completely gone away.

Hope this helps.
Thank you so much for your valuable inputs These are of great help.
IMO too this is the petrol auto to go for, albeit DSG & ASS worries.
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Having just changed proper tyres to justify the torque and looks of my Vento 1.6 TDI, here comes my other queries.
1. I came across this "car comfort shop.com", specialising in sound deadening, vibration dampening for passenger vehicles and simple surfing thorough their website gives me a quote of 45000 Rs for 70% reduction in road & engine noise. Is it worth the cost? Has anyone tried it in your vehicle? One of my gripes with Vento is poor NVH levels.

2. The second thing I want to add on is a performance suspension kit. I have been browsing for info on Tein, Koni & Bilstein kits for Vento/Rapid in few forums but in vain.
Since, 75% of my driving is in 2 laned National & state highways ( twists, turns & wavy roads, though seemingly smooth) , I beg for increased handling and decreased body roll.

If I am done with these two things, then I will be having MY PERFECT CAR for another 8.5 years.
BTW, does changing Suspension parts void my extended warranty?

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Expensive ASS

Just got my 5 year old Vento run 70,000kms serviced.

Total cost of servicing Rs51,000

Key cost items. Rs 15,000 for normal servicing, ~25,000 for Suspension overhaul which included many parts, too technical for me to understand. Rs 8000 for changing brake pads and disc.

While till now my Vento didn't give any major cost except for a Rs20K expense on AC when it stopped working. This 70K servicing proved to be the most expensive service I've done in my life

I told the SA that by putting some more money I could have bought a new NANO. lol.

I don't know if the maintenance will continue to rise every year now. Highly disappointed by VW. No doubt resale values are so low.
Attached bills for experts to dissect. Hope my Vento runs few more years without being a weight on my wallet.
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1. I came across this "car comfort shop.com", specialising in sound deadening, vibration dampening for passenger vehicles and simple surfing thorough their website gives me a quote of 45000 Rs for 70% reduction in road & engine noise. Is it worth the cost? Has anyone tried it in your vehicle? One of my gripes with Vento is poor NVH levels.
I am currently shopping for a new car and Vento is the fore runner right now in my shortlist. I have taken a few test drives as well. My first and foremost priority is good NVH damping levels. Due to this requirement I have removed the 1.6L petrol engine from my list and instead focus on the TSI. In this the next thing holding me back is the compressor noise.

The point raised by you about poor NVH of the Vento caught my attention immediately. You know while shopping our senses seem dull or partially active. For instance while shopping for cloth (shirt / pant) you would feel the fabric a few times over and test the fit in the trial room. However it's only when you get home that you notice more things. Same goes for car test drives, at least for me.

So I am very curious to know more detail about your long term experience about the NVH levels of the Vento. Feedback would be appreciated.
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I am currently shopping for a new car and Vento is the fore runner right now in my shortlist. My first and foremost priority is good NVH damping levels. Due to this requirement I have removed the 1.6L petrol engine from my list and instead focus on the TSI. In this the next thing holding me back is the compressor noise.

The point raised by you about poor NVH of the Vento caught my attention immediately.
That would be with regard to a diesel. The diesel is a bit loud.

The TSI is silent.
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While perceiving NVH levels are purely subjective, the smaller VW diesels are known for their poor refinement. I had only been in a Santro, Optra and i20 apart from my TDI. So, comparing all these, I feel the TDI very noisy. Secondly, I use ACC at 25 deg and hear soft melodies at volume 8-10. These might be the reasons that I find the engine and road noise bothering to me. If you happen to be a typical person who usually sets temperature at 22 deg and hears songs a bit louder, then you will have to strain your ears to hear the engine at all, unless you go over 2800 RPM in the tacho.
In short, the NVH levels is definitely not a deal breaker for VW, although the maintanence costs can be.😜
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