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Old 27th May 2008, 10:20   #331
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Well traveled 300 kms in my car in 2 weeks. still the fuel is slightly below 50%. the ac is good. but i am kinda not happy with the lights, taking the projected lights i expected them to be better but doesn't seem too. is it possible to get HID effect in the projection lamp of fabia?? the 1 st gear has less pickup. there is some light rattling noise from the front doors. is it that the suspension of skoda's really hard, can we make it soft???


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"Rattling Noise" That is annoying
We don't expect to spend 1 lac more than the current segment leader Maruti Swift and expect the same rattles as with Swift. I hope the problem gets solved

I'm planning to buy the petrol 1.4 Elegance. Has some one bought it already. Would like a user review on the same?
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Well traveled 300 kms in my car in 2 weeks. still the fuel is slightly below 50%. the ac is good. but i am kinda not happy with the lights, taking the projected lights i expected them to be better but doesn't seem too. is it possible to get HID effect in the projection lamp of fabia?? the 1 st gear has less pickup. there is some light rattling noise from the front doors. is it that the suspension of skoda's really hard, can we make it soft???


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ronnyquest:
Sir, while I'm happy to hear your feedback, please don't misconstrue it: I'm not some pervert who derives pleasure from your gloom- not in the least. I've actually awaited feedback on the Fabia's projector lamps all this time, and finally yours has come in. (My car doesn't have them, you see.)

It's sad that you find them inadequate. Perhaps there's a solution- I'll ask around in my small motor circuits, here in Bangalore.
Do you find the throw wanting? Is it the illumination that could be better? Is it focus? What would you say is the main problem? Have you tried adjusting them from the inside (my base model has a little control for this near the headlight switch, so I figure yours will, too).

Ride: please check your tyre pressures. Mine were way too high when I took delivery of the car, and the chaps at the dealer actually forewarned me. Once you eliminate this as a cause, you could explore other possible issues.

Take care. Drive safe, mate.
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Sir, i tried all the adjustments i.e. height adjustments with the knob. but sir the light distance is ok but the intensity of light very low. ie if the distance of light is long, the intensity is so low that it doesn't show as if the light is on. i hope i am putting my problem correctly in words. i figured out the rattling noise was due to the guys who had put the sun film, they didn't fix it properly so the noise was coming form the door. Ronny
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Ronny - I think the knob you have tuned is not for the headlights but its for the fog lamps. My car headlight has good intensity,perhaps check with your dealer.


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Sir, i tried all the adjustments i.e. height adjustments with the knob. but sir the light distance is ok but the intensity of light very low. ie if the distance of light is long, the intensity is so low that it doesn't show as if the light is on. i hope i am putting my problem correctly in words. i figured out the rattling noise was due to the guys who had put the sun film, they didn't fix it properly so the noise was coming form the door. Ronny
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Does Fabia use HID as source of light in Fabia ? Kindly tell me. How was the performace of A/C in the for rear seat passengers ?
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Does Fabia use HID as source of light in Fabia ? Kindly tell me. How was the performace of A/C in the for rear seat passengers ?
The A/c overall was pretty decent...comparable to my previous Accent (petrol). The effect for the rear is enhanced if you put the direction mode towards the foot also (anywhere between the face position and foot position) There are a pair of additional vents below the front seats which enhance the cooling for the rear section.

The second time round, I could a manage a mileage of 17..which is less than my first shot of 18+ I think it has to do with the 32-36 pressure that I had maintained in the tyres.....this time I will try with the (popularly) recommended 30-32 range....
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Sir, i tried all the adjustments i.e. height adjustments with the knob. but sir the light distance is ok but the intensity of light very low. ie if the distance of light is long, the intensity is so low that it doesn't show as if the light is on. i hope i am putting my problem correctly in words. i figured out the rattling noise was due to the guys who had put the sun film, they didn't fix it properly so the noise was coming form the door. Ronny
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Sir, you have explained it brilliantly. However, I must apologize for not being in a position to shed more light on the subject. I'm sure someone out there knows. Perhaps -like Amit_Mind suggested- it'll be a sound idea to check with your Dealer. You did pay them a King's Ransom for your wheels, and the least they can do is set the problem right for you, or come up with some explanation which holds water. Don't let them off the hook.

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Ronny - I think the knob you have tuned is not for the headlights but its for the fog lamps. My car headlight has good intensity,perhaps check with your dealer.
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My car has the ordinary headlamps and illumination is fine even by my fading eyesight. It's closer the yellow end of the spectrum than the blue, and I find it more than adequate: always thought the projector jobs were far advanced.

Sir, Pictures Pictures please.

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Does Fabia use HID as source of light in Fabia ? Kindly tell me. How was the performace of A/C in the for rear seat passengers ?
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Sir, my car being the base model hasn't rear A/C vents, and I haven't travelled in the back seat yet. I have been informed by my passengers that the cooling was efficient. Can't comment on your HID query as I've no idea. Sorry.

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The A/c overall was pretty decent...comparable to my previous Accent (petrol). The effect for the rear is enhanced if you put the direction mode towards the foot also (anywhere between the face position and foot position) There are a pair of additional vents below the front seats which enhance the cooling for the rear section.

The second time round, I could a manage a mileage of 17..which is less than my first shot of 18+ I think it has to do with the 32-36 pressure that I had maintained in the tyres.....this time I will try with the (popularly) recommended 30-32 range....
rakesh_raja:

Ah, Sir, finally the gent with the Gorgeous Car, Camera and Scenery- I wondered where you'd gone. Glad to have you back, but please PLEASE pull out that camera before spiders build condominiums in it and Monsieur Zeiss returns to claim the glass bits. Point and Shoot. Just ensure the pixels include a touch of your Fabia and a daub of your Bucolic Scapes.
That'll keep me happy, for sure.
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"Rattling Noise" That is annoying
We don't expect to spend 1 lac more than the current segment leader Maruti Swift and expect the same rattles as with Swift. I hope the problem gets solved

I'm planning to buy the petrol 1.4 Elegance. Has some one bought it already. Would like a user review on the same?

SSM:
Sorry, Sir. Missed your post when I visited earlier this morning. Welcome to Team_BHP and a BIGGER welcome to our Fabia story. Thanks for stopping by.
I can't say for sure that one of the gang on board has the 1.4 petrol Elegance Fabia, but you're sure to hear from them in these columns as soon as they do- it's a fun, voluble group who love to air their views and show off their wheels. Also many savvy chaps offer trick ways to outsmart dealers, gas attendants, cops and more.

Needless to say, we'd love to read your views and philosophy, rants and raves, so shoot! And don't forget to put together your FIR and thoughts on your new wheels when you get them. Another world view is as welcome here as Spring. And Stolichnaya.
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The A/c overall was pretty decent...comparable to my previous Accent (petrol). The effect for the rear is enhanced if you put the direction mode towards the foot also (anywhere between the face position and foot position) There are a pair of additional vents below the front seats which enhance the cooling for the rear section.

The second time round, I could a manage a mileage of 17..which is less than my first shot of 18+ I think it has to do with the 32-36 pressure that I had maintained in the tyres.....this time I will try with the (popularly) recommended 30-32 range....
Nice. So the A/C is decently efficient with rear a/c vents. this might be a real boon for the rear passengers.
17-18 is a good milage you are getting. Looks like you have a relatively light foot.

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Sir, my car being the base model hasn't rear A/C vents, and I haven't travelled in the back seat yet. I have been informed by my passengers that the cooling was efficient. Can't comment on your HID query as I've no idea. Sorry.
No problem. I think that we will have this sorted out soon from other users.
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Nice. So the A/C is decently efficient with rear a/c vents. this might be a real boon for the rear passengers.
17-18 is a good milage you are getting. Looks like you have a relatively light foot.


No problem. I think that we will have this sorted out soon from other users.
From reports pouring in, the Fabia sounds like one healthy proposition in terms of her carbon footprint. Too, in light of imminent fuel price hikes, it's a darned good thing. Bless the Czech/German whizzes.
I'm eagerly watching for news of a 1.9 diesel launch.
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From reports pouring in, the Fabia sounds like one healthy proposition in terms of her carbon footprint. Too, in light of imminent fuel price hikes, it's a darned good thing. Bless the Czech/German whizzes.
I'm eagerly watching for news of a 1.9 diesel launch.
Netchef: Hello, sir! Not been able to visit tbhp much these days. About the expensive key - I feel there are a few things Skoda can localise and still maintain a high quality. Another example is the imported footwear. I'm sure they can source equally good tyres from India.

I've been thinking about the choice of engine too considering that the fuel prices are going skywards. The Skoda diesels I've heard are unbeatable in efficiency and reliability - probably why their petrols seem like a bad choice. I may even compromise on the "noise" if a more powerful 1.9 engine is offered. I'm okay with the cost difference between a petrol and diesel car, but given my low usage I'm wondering if there would be maintenance issues on these diesel engines. Never owned a diesel before!

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Netchef: Hello, sir! Not been able to visit tbhp much these days. About the expensive key - I feel there are a few things Skoda can localise and still maintain a high quality. Another example is the imported footwear. I'm sure they can source equally good tyres from India.

I've been thinking about the choice of engine too considering that the fuel prices are going skywards. The Skoda diesels I've heard are unbeatable in efficiency and reliability - probably why their petrols seem like a bad choice. I may even compromise on the "noise" if a more powerful 1.9 engine is offered. I'm okay with the cost difference between a petrol and diesel car, but given my low usage I'm wondering if there would be maintenance issues on these diesel engines. Never owned a diesel before!

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What a pleasure to hear your bytes, Sir. Please put Team_BHP into your Top-of-Mind Favourites. It is Top Drawer after all! Just joking- I'm sure you were sideswiped by dynamics of your own.

Tyres: IMO they could probably source Better tyres in India. Chap on our thread lamented how he discovered a 'bubble' on a tyre on his Fabia and had to get the dealer to replace it. Shoddy. Real shoddy. I haven't heard similar complaints of anything sold in India- in years.

Diesel Conundrum: Friend of mine used the logic that the money/interest earned on the differential cost between a petrol and a diesel variant would keep you in motion for years! I didn't subscribe. Another school says diesels are very expensive to overhaul, so one should clock Schwarzzenneger Miles to make up, but I think a huge overhaul will only come after xx miles irrespective of whether you clock them in 2 years or 20. I'm going for 20!

Same boat: Me too- never owned a diesel before. Me too low usage.

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Guys - might look like a stupid question, how do we set high beam for this car?
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Guys - might look like a stupid question, how do we set high beam for this car?

My low-end Fabia lets you flip beams via the indicator stalk on the left of the steering column. Towards you for low, and away for High. It should be the same on your car.
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Not sure if I asked this before, but does anyone find the rear door locks (or the lack of it) an issue?

When I had a look at the Elegance (comes with central locking), I felt the arrangement was a bit unsafe. Two tugs at the door open/close lever unlocks the doors even though the driver may have engaged the central locking.
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