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Old 3rd November 2011, 19:42   #76
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i have abandoned my goal of buying the new Verna , drove one for close to 2 days and i was just not comfy with the size in Delhi traffic , too cautious to really have fun with it plus the Missus says there is no need , so no moral support either

picking up a hatch now to tide me over the next 2-3 years , i20 and fabia are in the running , getting a TD of the Fabia 1.6 on Monday , did a detailed inspection of the car today though. solid build , decent space and i am sure the 1.6 engine will not dissapoint either , but missing some features with respect to the I20 - most relevant to me are the steering controls.
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picking up a hatch now to tide me over the next 2-3 years , i20 and fabia are in the running , getting a TD of the Fabia 1.6 on Monday , did a detailed inspection of the car today though. solid build , decent space and i am sure the 1.6 engine will not dissapoint either , but missing some features with respect to the I20 - most relevant to me are the steering controls.
Strongly suggest a longish TD on all cars in the zone - preferably on a stretch that allows you to speed up a bit. See if TD can be done on Sunday.
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Definitely , Monday is a holiday for ID , so roads should be empty enough , otherwise would only have taken it over the weekend. Planning to throwing it around inside some colonies and then doing a few straights between Moolchand and Sarojini Nagar , if not DND.

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Strongly suggest a longish TD on all cars in the zone - preferably on a stretch that allows you to speed up a bit. See if TD can be done on Sunday.
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Definitely , Monday is a holiday for ID , so roads should be empty enough , otherwise would only have taken it over the weekend. Planning to throwing it around inside some colonies and then doing a few straights between Moolchand and Sarojini Nagar , if not DND.
Well, you now have a new animal for a TD. The Rapid.
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Hi rajcs,

It must be around 9 months since you have have been dricing the Fabia. I am curious to know your experience of the car and A.S.S in particular.

I am looking for a new car and had tested the Fabia 1.6, Polo 1.6 and Fiesta Classic (based on a suggestion in of the replies in this thread). I liked the insides of the Fabia more than Polo, though there are a few disappointments like they don't have EOVRMs, rear wash wiper / defogger (new stock has it but may not get the discounts quoted) when compared to the other 2. But overall I felt comfortable and liked the space etc in Fabia.

The only thing holding me back was the horror stories on the service support (or lack of it) from Skoda.

Otherwise i felt Fabia was a well packaged car compared to Polo (the breeze offer is quite tempting though!!).

Fiesta CLassic is a different segment altogether and the choice would be on wether i need a spacious hatchback or a even more spacious sedan. This is a personal choice i have to make.

I will appreciate your inputs on the Skoda service front!!

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Service at Fahrenheit Auto, Delhi has been spot on so far. I've done 14500 km so far and should be getting 15k service (first service) done by end of the month. That should give a fair indication of the response, costs etc. Will update the thread post service.

The car, BTW, has been fabulous in plains and hills.
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An Update on First Service

Got the first service done at Fahrenheit Auto, New Delhi at 14850km. Here are the details:

Cost

Labour: Free
Shell Helix Ultra Oil 4.5 ltrs @ 846/ltr = Rs 3806
Oil Filter = Rs 370
Wind Screen Liquid = Rs 102
VAT = Rs 820
Total = Rs 5099

The service agent offered me following additional jobs which I refused.

- Wheel Balancing / alignment, tire rotation : I had got these done at 10000km as prescribed. At Fahrenheit I had paid Rs 1650 for these. I suggest these jobs be done at third party being cheaper. Incidentally, the alignment values were well within limit even after 10000 km.

- "Rubbing and Polishing". The original Skoda paint is shiny enough as of now. Anyways its better to get these done at third party.

- Underbody coating. I reckoned the original coating still good enough.

Just to please the service advisor (who looked crestfallen that I was sticking to just the Skoda service instructions) I opted for a "Lubrication Package" which cost me Rs 966 incl tax. A bit of lubrication didn't hurt anyone, I told myself.

Coolant top up was free. So was a 15A fuse, which I requested as spare since I had used up one. Car was washed clean, with dash and engine bay polished.

Time Taken

2.5 hrs (1030-1300). I had booked the service in advance.

Experience

Pleasant. Car was delivered on time and estimate was fairly accurate too.

Driving before and after service

No change. I had no complaints any way.
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Old 25th December 2011, 22:34   #83
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Souped up Fabia

While at Fahrenheit Auto for service, strolled into their show room and saw a souped up Fabia 1.2 Ambition. Looked cool; so clicked some snaps...

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Fog lamps (not as good as the OE though)
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The alloys look great but i am quite happy with the 15 inches that i have.

Oh yes , i finally picked up the Fabia 2 days back , ownership thread coming soon!!
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A noise from the suspension

Since a few days I noticed a minor noise when negotiating poorly surfaced roads. It sounded like from somewhere in the rear underbody - like a loose fitting. It was not loud but could be noticed with music off and wimdows rolled up particularly since there is no other noise from the chassis.

Got the car checked at Fahrenheit Auto. A few hundred meters into test drive on a dirt road and the mechanic (Hassan) said this is a common noise in Fabia which most people don't notice and it comes from the engine foundation. The engine mount can be adjusted to eliminate the noise and the job required engine weight to be taken onto a pulley in the shop floor. It was hard to believe since the noise seemed to be from rear part of the car. Any way dropped the car for the work yesterday and got it back after four hours.

Took a test ride with the mechanic and presto the noise had vanished! It has not appeared again in last 24 hrs and some 100 km. So seems like a correct diagnosis by the mechanic. The work was done free under warranty. They also topped up the coolant a little above the max mark

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A noise from the suspension
Thanks rajcs. I think this is exactly what needs to be done on my Fabia too. The last time I paid a visit to a Skoda servce center, they said, it's normal. Instead of trying to identify what's the reason and whether that 'reason' is normal, the response was sheer ignorant.

Btw, that squeaky noise from the rear right door catcher has resumed, and needs a visit to the service center soon.

Thank you for sharing this information.
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20000 km update

After some 21000 kms, I can safely say, its been a good buy and I'm satisfied with Skoda service at Delhi,

Car Performance:
The car still feels, sounds and runs like it did the first 100 kms. Same smooth power delivery, precise steering and no unusual noises.

FE in Delhi has been consistent : 12.5 in summer; 14 in winter.

Service:
Service at Fahrenheit Auto has been very good - only complaint is the it takes pretty long for any work to be done and paper work completed. It is better to leave the car for a day even for small check ups.

Was called in for an unscheduled service check at Fahrenheit after six months - they said Skoda has introduced a free preventive check up after every 7500 km or six months. General check up, air filter cleaning and washing was the highlights of this free service.

Defects:
Left front door power window switch malfunctioned after 21000 km. This happened soon after I did an internal 'dry cleaning' of the car. The switch was replaced free of cost under warranty.

Features that delight:
1. Window wiper: The bracketless 'aerotwin style' blades are great and work without any streaks even after 18 months in pretty harsh summer and winter.
2. Smooth engine : Even and adequate power supply for any occasion.
3. One touch comfort windows : roll up and roll down for all four windows at a touch is a great feature. Remote opening / closing of windows is great for summers to relieve heat prior to entry.
4. Door opening / locking button: Since doors autolock at 20 kmph the manual button is useful for letting in passengers or opening boot for security check.
5. Wide 185 tyres : Great grip even in sand / snow.
6. MFD : Two trip meters, FE indicators, DTE, Ambient temp, Av speed.... great info at the press of a button
7. Speed warning: Help me keep within speed limits in city and highways around Delhi, where there seems to be more radars than signals.
8. Handling: Great stability at all speeds.

Features that irritate:
1. No Rear Window Wiper: Sorely missed. Envious of 2012 model.
2. Engine Hood opening lever: Placed on left hand side like in European models. Difficult to open for security check.
3. Turn indicator stalk: Positioned on left side of steering column. Should have been on right side for RHD version.
4. High wheel arches in boot: Wheel arches meant for 17" wheels eat into boot width. Can't hold golf kit.
5. FE is indicated European style : ltr / 100 km. 2012 version has FE in kmpl. Wonder if its possible to reprogram thru VAG.
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20000 km update

After some 21000 kms, I can safely say, its been a good buy and I'm satisfied with Skoda service at Delhi,

Car Performance:
The car still feels, sounds and runs like it did the first 100 kms. Same smooth power delivery, precise steering and no unusual noises.

FE in Delhi has been consistent : 12.5 in summer; 14 in winter.
Thanks rajcs. Short, precise and to-the-point.

I agree with you on the delays at the A.S.S. I think it's standard for most, mine being TAFE in Bangalore - where a simple mudflap replacement took time from 10am until 2pm in the afternoon. When asked, they said there's a 'process' that needs to be followed. OK. Agreed. Sigh!

That apart, I agree with you on FE, performance, handling, comfort and features which may not be next-gen but does the job neatly and comfortably.
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Rajcs
First of all thank you for your thread as the story of your wolf was one of the threads I followed before buying the fabia 1.6.
Good to know that your ride has kept you satisfied.
In general I would say that so far ( in about 5000 kms) mileage in the city with bumper to bumper traffic most of the time it get a fuel efficiency of about 12 whereas in highways it easily manages 17-18kmpl based on full tank to full tank and all figures are with 100% AC.
Wish the MID display could read in KmPL instead of L/100 km.(can this be changed using Vag-com??)
I think i will reach the one year before I hit 15000 kms.
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I think i will reach the one year before I hit 15000 kms.
Tell me about it! , i dont think i am going to touch 10,000 either. I am not going to wait around for 1 year to get the car serviced , in fact planning on taking it next month itself because i think the car needs it now , 15000kms is too long a gap in my opinion.
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