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Old 15th May 2014, 22:15   #376
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Updated this thread after a while, and another issue today. I get a call from my driver saying the temp gauge went into red, and a red light came on so he had stopped by the side of the road. The coolant was normal.

Got a flat bed sent there, to take the car to the workshop. Called the workshop manager and asked him to take a look at it. He called back later saying the scan showed no errors, but the cooling fans were off and they would have to look at the full wiring.
Been there, done that!!!

Looks like you have coolant so no leaks

It could be cooling fans but these do not throw a fault code at least in the old Octy vRS's. A key indicator that the fans are kaput is that the AC stops working. If you do not find it startng to overheat while cruising at 40-60km/h, it could be the fans. Check the fuses near the battery.

The only other culprit is the a non functioning thermostat or worse still the waterpump
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Agreed.. could be a failing waterpump as well.. easiest way to reproduce is take the car out and drive for an 45mins to an hour in bumper to bumper traffic, crawling speeds. That is when your waterpump is excercised the most. If its having issues, it will show up then.
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Been there, done that!!!

Looks like you have coolant so no leaks

It could be cooling fans but these do not throw a fault code at least in the old Octy vRS's. A key indicator that the fans are kaput is that the AC stops working. If you do not find it startng to overheat while cruising at 40-60km/h, it could be the fans. Check the fuses near the battery.

The only other culprit is the a non functioning thermostat or worse still the waterpump
Yes apparently just before the driver noticed the overheating, the ac cooling had stopped. The service centre said the fans weren't working, so it seems to be that. Had the thermostat failed I think it would have showed up in the scan.

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Agreed.. could be a failing waterpump as well.. easiest way to reproduce is take the car out and drive for an 45mins to an hour in bumper to bumper traffic, crawling speeds. That is when your waterpump is excercised the most. If its having issues, it will show up then.
The car runs on normal fuel, and is on a stage one map, a relatively conservative one. Don't think its the water pump. Though I'm just going to wait until their diagnosis tomorrow.
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Agreed.. could be a failing waterpump as well.. easiest way to reproduce is take the car out and drive for an 45mins to an hour in bumper to bumper traffic, crawling speeds. That is when your waterpump is excercised the most. If its having issues, it will show up then.
It will show up much earlier than than that, give it 10 min!!!

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Yes apparently just before the driver noticed the overheating, the ac cooling had stopped. The service centre said the fans weren't working, so it seems to be that. Had the thermostat failed I think it would have showed up in the scan.

The car runs on normal fuel, and is on a stage one map, a relatively conservative one. Don't think its the water pump. Though I'm just going to wait until their diagnosis tomorrow.
1:A failed thermostat will not show up in the scan. The thermostat only opens up to let waterflow after the engine has warmed up, nothing more. It is not connected to anything. The only coolant sensor is connected towards bottom of engine block to provide inputs to the fuel injection system

2: I was in denial when my waterpump went at 35000km but it was actually the case. Keep an open mind!
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Well it seems to have just been a loose connection somewhere. I haven't been able to visit the workshop, but I will get the car back in an hour. So luckily it wasn't anything big or major.
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Good that its nothing major. But bad that such a small issue can make the car undriveable and can leave you stranded on the road, esp if one is driving outside the city.

I had a fuel hose coming loose just a couple of weeks after service that left me stranded on the road. I think every time the car goes for service or for minor repairs, we need to keep our fingers crossed and hope that they don't mess with things that are perfectly fine .
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Update-

The vRS inspite of a couple of niggles in the middle continues to serve us well. The car has done 37,xxx kms and in line with my policies it will be going for a service in about a 1000 kms.

It still feels as good as new, and never fails to put a smile on my face everytime I get behind the wheel. After the remap the car is just a joy, with the extra power and the manual gearbox. I can go on and on about it.

A few weeks ago I decided to try Speed97 for the first time since I got the map. I had held off this long since I was worried if I liked it too much I wouldn't fill anything else. Had a drive to Pune planned, and tanked up. The car was certainly a lot smoother, and the acceleration seemed a tad bit better. But I guess for city use normal fuel is fine. On the highways I was able to appreciate the extra smoothness and accleration of the engine. Mileage on that trip was almost 12kmpl, which was decent for the way the car was driven.

Besides that nothing else to really report. This car may becoming my primary car soon, and I am hoping for that. If that happens I will do all stage 1 mods on the car.

Will update more on this car once the service is done.
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Another Update -

The car is at 44700kms today. Its been a while since the last update. The car was involved in an accident while I was driving, luckily it was only cosmetic damage and the car was restored to perfect shape. More on this incident later.

Besides that I was facing some knocking in the engine when it was under load. This was diagnosed as one of the ignition coils failing. As a preventive measure I got all 4 changed along with the spark plugs since I remember hearing that its better to change all together. The engine is absolutely perfect now, with no issues at all. It goes, and how!

The Michelin PS3s had done almost 25k kms, and were wearing out. In first and second gear anything more than a little throttle would mean just wheelspin, with no traction. I knew a tyre change was due. The PS3s being sport oriented tyres were getting a bit hard and noisy towards the end of their life and the ride was unsettling. I wanted something a bit more comfort oriented this time, so picked up Yoko ES501s in 225/50 R16. First impressions are that the comfort level has gone up a bit, and the road noise is similar to the Michelins. Also saved about 2k per tyre getting these. Hopefully they are a good choice.

Besides that I've been having a ball of a time driving this car around, it never ceases to please me - the smooth manual and the little powerhouse of an engine.
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The vRS is not at 48 odd thousand kms, and I am a bit unhappy. While the car drives like a dream and has never given me any issues mechanically, I am now facing 2 irritating issues which will cost a bomb to fix.

The needle for the tacho has lost lighting, and for this according to Skoda the full cluster has to be changed. That is definitely going to be expensive just for one LED.

Also the Bolero system shows an error for all CDs. But if I remove and re load the CDs they work perfectly for a day or two, and then the same error. Don't think this will be major, but then Skoda will advise to replace. I will get it opened up and the get the CD tray cleaned by a local music system specialist first and hopefully that will fix it.

Besides these two issues I am loving the car. The running will come down slightly since the Yeti has exchanged roles with this at home.

A service is going to be due in 2-3k kms, and I will keep you guys updated on how that goes.
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Also the Bolero system shows an error for all CDs. But if I remove and re load the CDs they work perfectly for a day or two, and then the same error. Don't think this will be major, but then Skoda will advise to replace. I will get it opened up and the get the CD tray cleaned by a local music system specialist first and hopefully that will fix it.
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I guess you're not alone when it comes to Bolero system failures. I too faced a similar issue with the CD changer. It will be an easy fix though, if the specialist has the correct spares, they can salvage stuff from old pieces and put in your system. They might have to replace the CD housing altogether. It cost me about 3-4K including labour if I remember correctly. Well, may be you can consider an upgrade to Dynavin N6 or something if the costs are north of 5k to repair, the repair will be kinda unreliable in the long run.
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The needle for the tacho has lost lighting, and for this according to Skoda the full cluster has to be changed. That is definitely going to be expensive just for one LED.
Don't know anyone else other than Sugesh (Vagtune) who might be willing to accept the cluster for repairs. Do check with him. It might be expensive but will be a lot less than paying for a new cluster or even sending it overseas for repairs.
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Don't know anyone else other than Sugesh (Vagtune) who might be willing to accept the cluster for repairs. Do check with him. It might be expensive but will be a lot less than paying for a new cluster or even sending it overseas for repairs.
So the light in the tacho started working for a day or two, and I was getting impressed how Nissan is not the only company who makes self healing cars (or paints, was it?). But then it went off again and hasn't come back on.

I'm just wondering what to do, the service is due next week. With the Bolero I just take the CD out and put it back in and it works. When I have time I'll take it to an independant shop.
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The vRS has touched 53.6k kms as of today, and it sure has aged well. 3 and 1/3rd years on, it still feels pretty new in terms of driving and the interiors, etc. The tacho needle still comes on and goes off, and the Bolero seems to be behaving itself now. Besides these there is not much to report as such. Night drives in this car have increased a bit and I've really been enjoying it.

Just got it detailed, and have attached a few pics since I've not posted any in a while.
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Not so great news guys. Looks like buying a Skoda which sells even less than the rest does have its downsides.

The car developed an issue 3 weeks ago. After driving the car for a while, the car was stopped for about 15 mins. After that when my driver tried to start the car, it just wouldn't start. And then it started once, but died as soon as he tried to accelerate even a little bit.

Sent it to the service centre, where they tried to replicate it and they returned the car saying all was well.

I thought it was a one off. But no, happened twice to my driver in the next week.

Whats weird is that, after letting the car sit idle for an hour it would start just fine. That is after cooling down a bit.

Sent the car back, where its been for about a week. The dealer is in touch with Skoda, and they still have no clue till now. They asked me to take the car back again under observation, to which I asked them under who's observation since I had seen the issue but they hadn't. So the vehicle is still there.

There was an error with the diverter valve, and they have ordered a new one. Also the tie rods were worn out, and have been ordered over 2 weeks ago but no sign of them. Also Skoda agreed to cover a major cost of the Bolero system and the instrument cluster due to the faults. While that is good, the parts still are nowhere to be seen.

The Autobahn Kurla guys are prompt and polite, and seem to want to sort it out. But I'm not sure they are getting proper support from Skoda itself since they are pretty clueless about the issue. Guess it may be time to write to the MD.

Honestly after a great few experiences with Skodas service, I have started getting a bit tired of them recently.
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The car developed an issue 3 weeks ago. After driving the car for a while, the car was stopped for about 15 mins. After that when my driver tried to start the car, it just wouldn't start. And then it started once, but died as soon as he tried to accelerate even a little bit.
Sorry to hear the issues Akshay.

What does the VAG COM say when hooked up? Any error codes?
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