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Old 14th July 2014, 08:01   #151
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I have heard that Ass is a big issue with Skoda but on reading reviews off late I have found that a lot of customers are facing issue with Toyota as well. Can anyone pls help. I am only looking at AT models.
Leaving a few stray incidents, Toyota's after sales experience is far more satisfying and consistent than Skoda. If after sales service quality is of value to you then nothing can beat Toyota. With Skoda it will always be a gamble.
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I have taken test drive of the 1.8VAT petrol engine and really liked the performance but now confused about skoda octavia or the new altis. I have heard that Ass is a big issue with Skoda but on reading reviews off late I have found that a lot of customers are facing issue with Toyota as well. I am driving Optra Magnum purchased in 2009 and have never faced an issue with the ASS of Chevy. I tried the Cruze but to me it is a over hyped car. On second thoughts the optra is a much better car than the current Cruze. Now for the big question altis vs octavia? Can anyone pls help. I am only looking at AT models.
IMO, The 2014 Corolla Altis is very much under-equipped with respect to its competition and does not offer bang for your buck. I don't know about the petrol but i did TD the diesel and didn't find it exciting at all(no offence to toyota owners please).
I found Octavia to be a much better overall package with all the goodies and exciting engine options. The 1.8 TSI is an amazing machine if one can bear the skyrocketing costs of petrol.

For me it was a heart over mind decision. Corolla seemed to be a sensible choice but then my heart was always in the favour of Octavia even after knowing all the horror stories of Skoda A.S.S. Although its been just 1 week with the Octy TDI, I'm in love with my car and i feel it is more premium than the Altis and worth every penny spent
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I have taken test drive of the 1.8VAT petrol engine and really liked the performance but now confused about skoda octavia or the new altis. I have heard that Ass is a big issue with Skoda but on reading reviews off late I have found that a lot of customers are facing issue with Toyota as well. I am driving Optra Magnum purchased in 2009 and have never faced an issue with the ASS of Chevy. I tried the Cruze but to me it is a over hyped car. On second thoughts the optra is a much better car than the current Cruze. Now for the big question altis vs octavia? Can anyone pls help. I am only looking at AT models.
No comparison if car itself is concerned, in both petrol and diesel avatars Skoda is miles ahead. Skoda will have poorer resale because of a lot of negative ASS stories, some true, some just get exaggerated by others who haven't experienced this first hand but join the tide. For that matter even my wife who has never driven a Skoda or knows anyone who does told me not to buy it because of its after sales. He source of information probably was her tribal network. If you plan to keep car for 4 years plus, Skoda it is. Will bring a smile on your face every time you drive.
Toyota would be a compromise, perhaps a better compromise then Honda City, but still, a compromise on many fronts!
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The only issue I have been facing is that Octavia's are not available for test drives....Skoda is convincing me to buy a Superb as the waiting period is 40 days against 180 days of the Octavia. Though Corolla Altis top model came to me for a test drive within an hour of calling the sales team. The only issue is they are not ready to give any discounts and I am in no hurry to buy the car and can easily wait till September...as I guess lot of users do not buy cars in Sept and discounts/schemes are at is peak in Sept.
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The only issue I have been facing is that Octavia's are not available for test drives....Skoda is convincing me to buy a Superb as the waiting period is 40 days against 180 days of the Octavia. Though Corolla Altis top model came to me for a test drive within an hour of calling the sales team. The only issue is they are not ready to give any discounts and I am in no hurry to buy the car and can easily wait till September...as I guess lot of users do not buy cars in Sept and discounts/schemes are at is peak in Sept.
September logic might be true in general( though not sure) but it certainly won't matter for new in demand models like corolla and Octavia which currently have a waiting period. The skoda dealership in my city recently closed and am not at all keen at spending 20L rupees on a brand whose ASS has such a notorious reputation and the cars are themselves not very reliable. Gearbox failure, bad fuel problems seem to happen much more frequently with a skoda. I would advise you to go for a corolla. For whatever you loose on driving dynamics you stand to gain on reliability and peace of mind. Just my thoughts. Was fed up after ford escort experience but toyota innova and fortuner have made me a self proclaimed toyotafan.
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I completely agree with you and I was shocked to hear that Octavian price is now 22.5L On road vis a vis 19.25 L as claimed by the Toyota dealer. Why should I pay a 3 L premium for an octavia. No offence to octavia owners but then I still feel superb is a better car than octavia and is available at a price difference of 2.5 L. As of now my choice is the altis and just waiting for the right time. The reason September is a good time as a lot of people do not make new purchases during shardh etc Nd is considered the lowest sale months across all brands. Waiting time for Altis is 15 days and you never know by then there might be something more interesting to look at. As the saying goes customer is the king why should I wait for 6 months for a new car to arrive. The market is loaded with offers and brands and products.
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As of now my choice is the altis and just waiting for the right time. The reason September is a good time as a lot of people do not make new purchases during shardh etc Nd is considered the lowest sale months across all brands. Waiting time for Altis is 15 days and you never know by then there might be something more interesting to look at. As the saying goes customer is the king why should I wait for 6 months for a new car to arrive. The market is loaded with offers and brands and products.
Have you considered the Hyundai Elantra or the Renault Fluence? I think both are quite capable cars and the petrol variants are quite well loaded too.

Regarding discounts, I really don't think there would be much on the Altis in the month of September also. Its a relatively new car and Toyota has never been too kind on offering discounts.
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Yes I am in the possibility of considering the elantra. I am not considering the fluence as they do not have an AT petrol model. I am yet to find some reviews about the new elantra on bhp. I have seen both cars not yet test driven the elantra but somehow I feel that the elantra has lesser cabin space than the altis. I might be wrong though. It has actually now come down to choose between the Altis vs the Elantra.
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