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Old 18th November 2015, 12:04   #91
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30K service done at Pinnacle Skoda, Thrissur. Small facility but a refreshing change from Marikar Kochi.

There was a noise from the front suspension and they said the link rods need to be changed. They were not in stock though and will take two weeks to arrive.

The noise from the right rear view mirror was temporarily solved by some lubricant spray. It is back now.

They sneaked in the useless AC disinfectant treatment in the bill under value added services. Except for that the overall experience was above average.

Total Labour : 3473₹
Parts, oil etc : 8499₹
Total Bill came to 12,831₹ including 858 ₹. for the disinfectant.

The diesel, oil and pollen filters were replaced.

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The Yokohama Decibels have done 4k kms now and are performing admirably. Unfair comparison but noise levels are way too low when compared to the 25k run Goodyears. Grip levels are pretty good too.
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30K service done at Pinnacle Skoda, Thrissur. Small facility but a refreshing change from Marikar Kochi.
Thanks for the update. Is this is full-fledged showroom, or a satellite service centre of the Calicut showroom?
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Thanks for the update. Is this is full-fledged showroom, or a satellite service centre of the Calicut showroom?
I think this is a satellite service centre. They don't have a showroom but the SA said they are building one at Mannuthi byepass.
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The oil temperature sensor is very much there in my car but I just couldn't find the option to display it.
Joe, read this - Oil Temperature on the maxidot cluster (VCDS (Vag-Com Diagnostic System) for VW & Skoda - Discussion Thread)

Any idea if you tried this when you had the cable with you?

I enabled the option and even got the oil temperature option on the MFD but was getting a warning flashing on the MFD. Figured out later when the car was up on a ramp that since there's no sensor on the 1.6 TDI.
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Any idea if you tried this when you had the cable with you?
I think when I tried, that option didn't show up in the VCDS. The entire service interval options were missing. Not too sure now though.
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A few months back the car hit an unmarked speed breaker (a big one). It was at night and the visibility was low due to rains. I didn't notice any damages except for a small tear on the under-body lining towards the centre.

A few weeks after that, (long after I forgot about the speed bump jumb) I noticed a humming noise coming from the front whenever the car went over 50kmph. It increased when steered to the left. The Pinnacle service guys diagnosed it as a wheel bearing failure and ordered the part.

After 2 weeks of wait, the service guys at Thrissur said the part is probably in back order and that they have no idea when it is supposed to come. They also said that Manikandan Skoda service has opened. I cancelled the order and decided to try my luck at Manikandan especially because they had called a few months back and requested for a meeting as I was on some 'dissatisfied customers list'! Called up Manikandan and to my shock, they said they are not fully operational yet and does only basic service now. Parts availability are very very limited.

I tweeted to Rohin Nagrani about this when Skoda was having a press meet. That worked. I got a call from Pinnacle and this time they did a thorough inspection. The speed breaker had done some serious damage. The front left drive axle and an alloy were damaged. The parts were ordered and after two weeks, they were replaced along with tie rod end, wheel bearing, link rod etc. Total damage : 64,777/- for parts alone.

The humming noise is gone now. As a bonus, I now have a spare tire with a slightly bent OE alloy.

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54k kms done and the compressor has started complaining. There's a rattling sound when the AC is turned on and off. Manikandan Skoda said it needs to be replaced. Planning to do just that for the next service.

The Yoko Decibels are doing just fine, they should be good for another 5k kms. 29k kms done so far.

For the 45,000 km service, I think Skoda did the ECU remap. The bottom end seems to have improved quite a bit, especially during ghat drives. The car is pathetic on the highways though.
I think I can live with this state of tune. This is perfect for Kerala roads with all the speed cameras.
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For the 45,000 km service, I think Skoda did the ECU remap. The bottom end seems to have improved quite a bit, especially during ghat drives. The car is pathetic on the highways though.
I think I can live with this state of tune. This is perfect for Kerala roads with all the speed cameras.

You're one optimistic person! Kudos to you!

But, and its a big one. Howcome your ECU was remapped? The emission scandal concerns older EA189 engines not the new EA288 if I am correct.

If you do feel the car is performing poorly pls take it up to them.

Regarding AC, if your warranty is expired, you'll be better off with a third party fix for the compressor. It will cost under 10K to fix without any replacements. Happy motoring!
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You're one optimistic person! Kudos to you!
I hear Petes only charge 19k for a remap now. So that option is always there.

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But, and its a big one. Howcome your ECU was remapped? The emission scandal concerns older EA189 engines not the new EA288 if I am correct.

If you do feel the car is performing poorly pls take it up to them.
The initial throttle response actually improved after the 45k service. There was a lag between 2nd and 3rd when going up ghat roads. That seems to have disappeared now.

I noticed the lack of top end power only last month when I did a Coorg-Mysore-Coimbatore round trip. I'm not sure about the remap but there's definitely a change in power delivery.

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Regarding AC, if your warranty is expired, you'll be better off with a third party fix for the compressor. It will cost under 10K to fix without any replacements. Happy motoring!
Thankfully I still have a year more. But if the replacement under warranty requires the car to be with them for more than a few days I think I'll get it repaired somewhere else. Thanks for the tip!

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