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Old 6th July 2004, 18:41   #1
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The first service for my Octavia 1.9 TDi is recommended at 7,500Km or within 6 months from the delivery date.

I have put on 4300km in the 4 months of ownership, the last being a mumbai-nashik-mumbai drive last weekend. The car is otherwise used for, on average, 30-45 minute commutes within the city, with the occasional blast upto Pune and back.

The question now is, should I stick to what is recommended in the manual? Personally, I would prefer doing the first service now, as IMO, 7,500 Km is just too long an interval for the first oil change, as we all know that a new engine sheds microspoic metal flakes which may cause damage. This damage however may only show up after 4 years of use, well outside the warranty period.

Hence, I have already booked the Skoda in for a service on Thursday, a full 2 months and 3,000Km earlier than specified.

Part of me wanted to wait till the monsoon was over to get this done. Still not sure that to do...

What say T-BHPians....service now or later.

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Old 6th July 2004, 19:20   #2
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Hey Rtech,

My suggestion - Just get the engine oil changed. If you get the entire service done (for which there is no need right now) you will have a longer gap between the first and second service.

You are right about all that breaking-in crap adulterating the engine oil. Though the oil filter and modern oils will take care of that, its still a hazard and 7500 runnin-in kms is a lot on the original oil - Especially for a diesel.

Also remember, its not only your engine that may need the new oil - Your turbo does too.

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I suggest you stick to what the manual says. After all, they must have decided on these figures only after testing the vehicles.

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Old 6th July 2004, 22:18   #4
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I would always suggest earlier than suggested first service....coz its during the first few km's(the run in period) that the max wear and tear of the engine takes place...and hence it is vital to change the engine oil..as early as possible.
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Old 6th July 2004, 22:31   #5
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Going early wont hurt in any way will it? Better do a preventive check-up every 3.5k kms and a full service every 5k kms.
BUt how expensive is a full service?



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I'd suggest .... to go by the book... unless u have a firm reason to believe that you have made the engine shed more microscopic metal flakes, than normal....lol

Maruti says... 1k... tata says 1.5k..... and Skoda says 7.5k.. there must be some reason behind that.
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Hey Rtech,

I know the feeling... I changed my car's oil much earlier than reccomended as well for the same reason.
However, dont change the oil way too early as the tiny metal flakes are also good for the engine bedding in! After all that is what the whole break-in process is about.
4,300 (instead of 7,500) is the absolute earliest IMO. So quick... try and go for a >700km drive before ur service!

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Old 7th July 2004, 01:43   #8
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Even I'd suggest you stick to the book..or may be change between 6500-7500kms. But 4300kms is way to early.
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stick to the book. may be 500 kms this side or that side its ok but better this side . they do so much of testing on the car and come up with these service intervals, and what ever so u can blindly follow the manual
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If i remember correctly, Honda reccomends it's first service 1000kms after buying the car. Then on it's every 5K kms or 3 months (which ever comes first).

Y don't you consult Skoda and see what they have to say about it. Trust me, in this case, the company knows whats best for the car.

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Rtech,

I think you should call your service engg and ask him,Probably take it to the workshop and ask him to test and see if there is any need for the service so early.

All the Best.

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Old 7th July 2004, 14:28   #12
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thanks for the inputs guys. what I'm gonna do is this...

Take it to the shop on Thursday as planned. As i need to check out the gearbox as well (reverse is hard to get into after a long drive). I'll speak to the service advisor at that time and take his opinion and decide on the spot.

I'l keep you'll informed.

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P.s. Fixed charge for the first service is Rs.5,800/-.
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Quote[/b] (rtech @ July 07 2004,22:58)]P.s. Fixed charge for the first service is Rs.5,800/-.
What??? 5.8K for the first service. Doesn't Skoda offer any free services?

My, my, that's a lot isn't it?

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Quote[/b] (Shan2nu @ July 07 2004,16:43)]
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Quote[/b] (rtech @ July 07 2004,22:58)]P.s. Fixed charge for the first service is Rs.5,800/-.
What??? 5.8K for the first service. Doesn't Skoda offer any free services?

My, my, that's a lot isn't it?

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yup, that is a little on the high side. Although, the petrol version has a lower service charge, a couple of thousand less I think.

I feel its pretty cheap of them not to include any free services though! Although, they claim that the service is "free" as they don't charge for labour!

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Quote[/b] ]I feel its pretty cheap of them not to include any free services though!
Ditto Mercedes. And they do charge for the labour!

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