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Old 11th July 2007, 18:52   #16
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I thought the Octy takes in 4L of oil or is it 5L? 4l of Mobil1 = 2800 but if its 5L then your figure of 3500 is correct.

Are your front brakes stock?

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Old 11th July 2007, 18:54   #17
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4.5 liters. But you can't get Mobil1 in 500ml cans, so you need to buy 5L.
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Old 11th July 2007, 19:01   #18
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But, check the current prices of consumables. They are on par with the industry. And that is a fact.
I dont know about that but cars dont live purely on consumables alone - it is reasonable to expect wear and tear, minor accidents et al. This is normally where you get killed - brake pads, clutch plates, and if I remember right Karthik's headlamp washer (one side) alone cost him about 5k (not sure - JK will clarify). Now you'd probably say there arent many broken headlamp washers, but this is usually one of the first things to conk off when you have a minor bumper-impact. Similarly with ORVMs, or other such replacements which cars tend to consume over time.

When you look at total cost of ownership, its quite a bomb. And lets not talk about the 3 year service holiday that they've been forced to offer - their one year warranty was probably the poorest warranties on Indian cars.

It takes a lot more to offer a 3 year service holiday or warranty on a brand new car, than on one thats been selling for years - the first is offered without force, the second is offered to shore up falling sales.

I would instead compare the Skoda's maintenance costs and consumables to the Hyundai Elantras - a car that has a more advanced engine and several more standard features and yet offers service costs that are comparable to cars that are a segment below. The Magnum is as yet an unknown quantity as far as maintenance costs go, so whatever we've discussed here is pretty much speculation.
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Old 11th July 2007, 19:27   #19
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There is absolutely no point in comparing a car's routine cost of ownership with another make/model. Instead, the yardstick should be its sticker price.

That is if the sticker price of M800 is INR 2, 19,000 and that of a of Merc S350 L is INR60, 53,000 and the Cost of ownership for the M800 (ignore the warranty period for this e.g.) is 2200 and that of the Merc is 61,000 let us say both are comparable to each other, or the cost of maintaining a S350 L is comparable to that of a maruti, both are 1% of the sticker price.
People would laugh at you when you refer INR 2200 = INR 61K.
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Old 11th July 2007, 20:15   #20
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Well...the thing with Skoda is -

The car somehow looks very very beutiful.

That's it. Nothing else.

It does not have modern aerodynamic shape.
It's not a common rail engine (considering diesel).
It's not economical to maintain.
The rear seat disquailifies it from the luxury segment.

I am not able to reason with myself as to why I like it so much so that I keep thinking about it and like all of you, keep worrying about why it's so expensive (to own and to maintain)....

Looks like everyone (including me) is falling for the beuty...however skip deep it may be, but beuty...

I think the key to success in India is to make beautiful car. Engine/maintenance/comfort do not actually matter....so if tata could only arrange for the beuty....they already lack everything else which just fits the bill :-)
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here is a spare parts price list for skoda octavia rs.
(courtesy: AutocarIndia November 2006)

(All prices in Rupees, Price on the higher side are in bold)

Service Parts:

Air filter - 711
Oil filter - 374
Fuel filter -469
Wiper blades(pair) - 644
Spark plug(full set) - 1395
Timing belt / chain - 2048
Fan belt / drivebelt -1960
Front brake pads(set of 4) - 3902

Mechanical Parts:

AC evaporator coil - 17888
Radiator hose set - 2846
Front strut / shock absorber - 3704
Front brake disc / drum - 2559
Front suspension lower arm - 4748
Clutch and pressure plate - 13396
Clutch release bearing - 2553

Accident Repair Parts:

Front bumper - 10667
Front fender - 4838
Bonnet - 11822
Radiator - 7332
Front door - 20588
Bootlid / tailgate - 17555
Headlight assembly(each) - 32738
Tail light(each) - 3808
Front windscreen glass - 8625
Side mirror(with casing) - 5685

from this you can see that the skoda octavia rs is resonably cheap for regular servicing but if you ever have an accident then it can be an expensive issue. i don't think you can get duplicate parts for skoda octavia rs, atleast not in kerala.

all the best.
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