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Old 23rd April 2007, 14:11   #1
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Unhappy Skoda Laura issues/problems

Around 6 months ago we bought a Skoda Laura Manual and from the day one, we are facing some back seat problems - Dizziness, sickness. Almost 9 out of 10 people who sat in the back seat for more than 20 mnts have gone sick and may be more than 6 out 10 have vomitted. Front seats have absolutely no problem. Same poeple who have vomitted , when they travel in other cars (Corsa sedan, Ford Escort, Qualis) in the back seat for longer hours, they are absolutely fine.

I have not made any changes from the stock condition. Earlier the front seat height (both seats) was maximum and later i noticed and changed it to normal. Usually either me or our driver drives the car and maintaines a speed of 70-90 kmph everytime with AC ON always (glasses never rolled down). 90% driving happens in NH roads and pretty good roads. Still dizziness happens.

I enquired with other Laura owners and found no one else has this problem. Next month is the first service and i would request all the experts to give me some suggestions/advice before the next service so that i could ask the service people to do something. I have also asked these service people at Skoda and they have no clue on this. Please help

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Old 23rd April 2007, 15:49   #2
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Hi Ranjith

I had recently taken a Laura to Panchgani (250+ kms one way) and didnt find any issues with the backseat. In fact, the ride quality was superb.

What you speak about is car-sickness. It has happened to me in:

1. The old Sonata (soft wallowy suspension).

2. If I read while sitting on the back seat.

I dont think either of this is applicable to you, or that you car has any problems. Maybe your air-pressure is set too high (just a shot in the dark). Also, why dont you sit in another Laura and see if you experience the same problem.
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if ur rear passengers do feel sleepy in addition to the vomitting bit there is more inclination that u are getting in carbon monoxide into the cabin from some vent or some rear air con vent - just a thought.
also try to see if similar findings happen with ac off.

although it sounds a bit wierd it would be better to check the same with a CO detector during ur drives as car airconditioners are known to suck in CO

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Old 23rd April 2007, 16:36   #4
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Excellent 2fast4u! You brought up another point.

Is the air-con set only on recirculating mode? Its important to leave it on "fresh air" mode for a little time on the highways else the interiors can feel claustrophobic.
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if ur rear passengers do feel sleepy in addition to the vomitting bit there is more inclination that u are getting in carbon monoxide into the cabin from some vent or some rear air con vent - just a thought.
also try to see if similar findings happen with ac off.

although it sounds a bit wierd it would be better to check the same with a CO detector during ur drives as car airconditioners are known to suck in CO
If that be the case (God Forbid) don't the company need to know ?? It can have serious repurcussions. i think it might be very worthwhile to get the airconditioning checked for leakages (sucking in CO...) . Fortunately I have never had this feeling in my Octavia & I do not keep my vents on "fresh air" either.

Completely agree with 2fast4u, you need to get this checked asap

Do let us know what the diagnosis was, I hope they dont blame the mice (again) as they had earlier for a members fan belt

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I still think its the air pressure in the tyres. lower them and try. As far the CO being sucked in , I guess would have affected the front seats too not only the rear seats, but no harm in getting it checked.
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It's most probably car-sickness .. maybe due to the high torque. I've had friends who get this feeling in start stop traffic.
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It's most probably car-sickness .. maybe due to the high torque. I've had friends who get this feeling in start stop traffic.
the torque makes it quite uneasy for passengers.
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CO notwithstanding, would air not be properly refreshed at the back? Also as 2fast4u said, try with AC off and windows down to recreate the problem. I'm assuming of course that there arent any lingering disagreeable odors at the back in the first place.
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I know a person who travels in a laura . She also complains about car sickness. And prefers bus over laura !
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highly unlike its CO, can be either due to air pressure, torque or glass area (claustrophobic) or a combination of all 3
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Around 6 months ago we bought a Skoda Laura Manual and from the day one, we are facing some back seat problems - Dizziness, sickness. Almost 9 out of 10 people who sat in the back seat for more than 20 mnts have gone sick and may be more than 6 out 10 have vomitted. Front seats have absolutely no problem. Same poeple who have vomitted , when they travel in other cars (Corsa sedan, Ford Escort, Qualis) in the back seat for longer hours, they are absolutely fine.

I have not made any changes from the stock condition. Earlier the front seat height (both seats) was maximum and later i noticed and changed it to normal. Usually either me or our driver drives the car and maintaines a speed of 70-90 kmph everytime with AC ON always (glasses never rolled down). 90% driving happens in NH roads and pretty good roads. Still dizziness happens.

I enquired with other Laura owners and found no one else has this problem. Next month is the first service and i would request all the experts to give me some suggestions/advice before the next service so that i could ask the service people to do something. I have also asked these service people at Skoda and they have no clue on this. Please help

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hey fellow onwer
i wanted to tell that i never feel sick sitting behind and my car was bought on the 16 january 2007

no problem so far
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Its important to leave it on "fresh air" mode for a little time on the highways else the interiors can feel claustrophobic.
The root cause for a problem which I was facing. I don't drive a skoda but have a Baleno. Had faced an issue with my eyes watering occasionally and mom also complained about the same problem.
The air-con in my car was set to re-circulating mode.
In my case the problem was only with the front seat passenger and driver.

Switched to fresh air mode at regular intervals on long drives and never has my eyes watered after that with the air-con on.
Thanks to a friend who suggested that I try this.
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CO is a silent killer. It would affect everyone in the car. symptoms are drowsiness and sleepiness and finally people are induced into a sleep from which they never recover. If its CO its not going to affect only the back seat folks.

Low seat settings, glass rolled up, high speeds, torque, sudden breaking due to discs can all cause car sickness. Roll down the glasses when possible, do not read in the car, always look outside the car preferably at the horizon or at stable objects outside.

Travel sickness or motion sickness is caused due to a mismatch between what a person sees(visual) and the balancing act that the inside of the ear does. Can be caused due to the actual movement of the body or purely due to visual stimuli. For example playing first person video games or sitting in a roller coaster.

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Travel sickness or motion sickness is caused due to a mismatch between what a person sees(visual) and the balancing act that the inside of the ear does.
So if you close your eyes, the problem will disappear!
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