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Old 27th August 2008, 15:43   #616
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Ho! That's a beautiful house you have there! And the car goes really well with it.

Oh dear, almost everything I read here about the Fabia says I shouldn't bu one, but I do like it a lot more than the swift.

Of course, I've driven a Swift for a year, and only seen a Fabia ---and there's no money unless the market recovers.
Hi sir, thanks for the compliments. as for the comparison between swift and fabia, it's unfair to compare. both are good in its own ways. i wouldn't say that fabia is a slow car, in the short time i've used, i've felt its eagerness to push more. but as always, i prefer a more sedate drive. the choice of a car is solely each persons decision. 1 shud buy what 1 like. in my case, there was a tough competition from swift. but fabia had some plus points which pulled me to it.


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finally got the seats done. but it's no substitute for genuine leather. would love to drool at Rakesh's seats one he gets his seats Stanley-ed there's a news in todays rediff column that SKoda has been selected by JD Power Asia Pacific 2008 as India's most popular car manufacturer. Skoda emerges India's most popular car
How come, they left us TBHP-ians out of the survey????grrrrrrrrrr... we definitely would want to say something about the mudflaps and floormats. i doubt whether this survey inludes dealer experience as a parameter

speaking about mudflaps, i couldn't get my baby fitted with mudflaps last week. well, the reason they quoted was that 1 of the mF in the set was broken. so they didn't put in.coming from the same dealers, it sounds so trustworthy since i parked my car with them for a full day to get it fitted. instead they gave full body wash as compensation
Hey Cool man...the car looks gorgeous...and your house(whatever little can be seen in the pic) complements it perfectly...
I should remember to check with you when I go about designing my home - someday soon hopefully....
Regarding the leathers...I dont know when thats going to happen..I am not finding a weekend since the last few months when I am in Tvm....as for the mudflaps, I was out of Tvm last weekend...and the next one too Art is not that bad...and after all I might go for a Nappa+Art combo...
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thank you RR, it was done at Motor Plaza and coordinated by Sajan. He was very helpful. should mention that i got a small Gapathi idol and a perfumed doll as compliments

Homeeee..chweeeeet home, ther's no place like home and that's exactly why v are sticking to good ol' trivandrum. you can still be a bit lazy in life staying here.

The display of Dance set reminds of the Nokia 3310 time (again memories of good ol' days) By the way, can anyone sugegst the apt tyre pressure?the dealer told that its 26-28 for all.
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[quote=Mysticeyes;954829]finally got the seats done. but it's no substitute for genuine leather. would love to drool at Rakesh's seats one he gets his seats Stanley-ed there's a news in todays rediff column that SKoda has been selected by JD Power Asia Pacific 2008 as India's most popular car manufacturer. Skoda emerges India's most popular car
How come, they left us TBHP-ians out of the survey????grrrrrrrrrr... we quote]

Mysticeyes: Supreme, Sir. The art leather could have fooled me. Your Fabia looks scrumptious and in very good taste.

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Ho! That's a beautiful house you have there! And the car goes really well with it.
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Thad E Ginathom: I agree on both counts!
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well, I got my ECU upgrade message today from the dealer, have booked a tuesday morning slot. But am going to ask them, if they really know the impact before they do it... Just hope it doesnt affect the low rpm grunt, which is not the best anyway.
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well, I got my ECU upgrade message today from the dealer, have booked a tuesday morning slot. But am going to ask them, if they really know the impact before they do it... Just hope it doesnt affect the low rpm grunt, which is not the best anyway.
I got my 1200cc recently. Do you know if this ECU upgrades apply to all models? and if there is any date criteria (cars brought before so and so date need upgrade?)
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you can do the ECU upgrade anytime. it would bring the car to optimal setup and moreover, its FOC. There's no date criteria for the upgrade
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well, I got my ECU upgrade message today from the dealer.
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I got my 1200cc recently. Do you know if this ECU upgrades
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you can do the ECU upgrade

Guys: is this what the recall was for?

In another vein, I plan to rotate my tyres to even out wear and tear. Any recommendations as to what kms to do this at? I figured 5K originally, but that milestone is just 'round the corner now and seems too soon. Besides, there's no sign of any wear at all. How does 10K sound?

New FABIAS:
Have any of you 'newer' owners got a different brand of tyres from our 'Matador'?
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yes, this is the recall thingy, tho it also said they wanted to lighten the brake pedal, which actually is very heavy when the engine if off, say in a traffic light on a sloping road kinda situation...

skoda people mentioned nothing of this in the sms, so will check with them
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Guys:
A new section is added to the website The new Skoda Fabia - Feel Special. It lists the accessories available for Fabia. But I should accept that the prices are too high. The Dance HU costs 36K. Can you believe it?

Anyway, have a fab(ia)ulous drive.


Note: The website also has a new Fabia film (advt.). I'm not sure whether it featured in any TV already.

Regards
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yes, this is the recall thingy, tho it also said they wanted to lighten the brake pedal...
nipunkul: the brake pedal is 'heavy' on my machine as well- I just put it down to standard on servoed systems (it was the same on my Cielo- on which the steering too became all but impossible). After a point, the brake ceases to work, period.

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A new section is added to the website The new Skoda Fabia - Feel Special. Note: The website also has a new Fabia film (advt.). I'm not sure whether it featured in any TV already.

Regards
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MadRash: Thanks, Mahesh. I must get 'round to watching their film- given that I'm in the racket , an understandable interest?

Inputs on tyre rotation? Anyone?
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hi netchef ,

I think the service crew will let you know about the Tyre rotation when you leave your baby for service .

Had been to mangalore last week , the roads were bad but drivable with minor potholes but not too deep until hasan , and i must say the fabia socks up the bumps REALLY REALLY well.

One of my friend bought a red fully loaded model recently and one thing i noticed is the noise compared to the initial batch of Fabias the newer ones have very less noise.
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Talking First Long Drive

had a chance to take fabia baby for a long drive on saturday from trivandrum to cochin. the total trip was around 500kms, and thanks to some arrangement, i could fill the baby upto brim FOC(filled in near 35litres) on friday evening. usually the journey used to take only 4 hours by car even if the pedal is kept steady at 100kmph. but thaks to the congested 'highway', the onward journey from trivandrum took more than 5 hours, of which almost 1 hour was 'dedicated' to cover the 8km (approx) Cochin NH Byepass. The return journey took more than 6 hours but was made enjoyable with the steady rain from saturday afternoon and it's still going on.

driving the fabia was a treat. i should once again give an ovation to those who designed the suspension. even in the potholed highway, the effect was only a mute 'thud' and if you could look at the eyes of fabia, you could see the sarcastic smile while running over the gutters. i've read all over various discussions and reviews about the lack of power in overtaking. considering the situation in Kerala, where the highway is sometimes only 1.5 lane road, i felt no problem in pulling away in 5th that too with 4 adults burdening the baby. there was definitely the urge from engine to push more in 5th. but being new, i sticked onto 90km/hr at the max. the steering was so steady and required the lightest touch.

one thing i had noted is about the brake. the pedal was light from the day i took delivery and there were no rain or bad roads till the day of cochin trip. while going through some bad patches in highway, i felt that the brake pedal was giving bit more tight/heavy and the braking increased. this was apart from the familiar ABS which comes with the vibration in pedal. is this normal thing? (exclusing ABS vibration). once back in good road, the brake pedal got light again. on the return journey, as the rain started, the brake pedal got heavy even in good surfaces and the braking increased. anyone got similar experience? in the brochure, there are quite a few goobblegeeklydewikromatic terms mentioned in the 'Safety' features. is this the way the Brake Assist work? experienced guys please do enlighten me.

Hey Netchef, usually, the tyres get roated at 10,000km if there's much wear or tear. The tyres are still 'Matador'. I think Skoda got the right brand here since we indians need to tame the 'wild bulls' in the form of potholed roads. it may be an irony, but hats off to Skoda. National Highways (NH) in this part of the country should be termed as National Hell-ways, which i presume, devil himself would be scared to travel on

Met our beloved Rakesh Raja & family yesterday evening and again, this time, my better half was doing some research on 'Continous Improvement' on making the hole in my purse bigger. After all, its the festival time here and it seems i would be needing more purses..DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. Well, this is the 3rd time that i've seen his car in the same shop as we went and 2nd time we were in same shop at same time. Seems a case of 'Black Magic'.
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hi netchef ,

I think the service crew will let you know about the Tyre rotation when you leave your baby for service .

Had been to mangalore last week , the roads were bad but drivable with minor potholes but not too deep until hasan , and i must say the fabia socks up the bumps REALLY REALLY well.

One of my friend bought a red fully loaded model recently and one thing i noticed is the noise compared to the initial batch of Fabias the newer ones have very less noise.
chetan: thanks. good to hear they've sorted the NVH thingy as a couple of disgruntled folk had begun to rear their heads- including one that went and sold his Fabia down the river.

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had a chance to take fabia baby for a long drive on saturday from trivandrum to cochin.
driving the fabia was a treat. i should once again give an ovation to those who designed the suspension.

one thing i had noted is about the brake. the pedal was light from the day i took delivery and there were no rain or bad roads till the day of cochin trip. while going through some bad patches in highway, i felt that the brake pedal was giving bit more tight/heavy and the braking increased. this was apart from the familiar ABS which comes with the vibration in pedal. is this normal thing? (exclusing ABS vibration).

Hey Netchef, usually, the tyres get roated at 10,000km if there's much wear or tear. The tyres are still 'Matador'. I think Skoda got the right brand here since we indians need to tame the 'wild bulls' in the form of potholed roads. it may be an irony, but hats off to Skoda. National Highways (NH) in this part of the country should be termed as National Hell-ways, which i presume, devil himself would be scared to travel on

Met our beloved Rakesh Raja & family ... Well, this is the 3rd time that i've seen his car in the same shop as we went and 2nd time we were in same shop at same time. Seems a case of 'Black Magic'.
Mysticeyes: Great write up.

Chaps on this thread had discussed the ABS syndrome so you might find some wisdom there.

My regards to RR (and an aside that we need his pen and pixel!).

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one thing i had noted is about the brake. the pedal was light from the day i took delivery and there were no rain or bad roads till the day of cochin trip. while going through some bad patches in highway, i felt that the brake pedal was giving bit more tight/heavy and the braking increased. this was apart from the familiar ABS which comes with the vibration in pedal. is this normal thing? (exclusing ABS vibration). once back in good road, the brake pedal got light again. on the return journey, as the rain started, the brake pedal got heavy even in good surfaces and the braking increased. anyone got similar experience?
I don't know how that works exactly, but I have noticed too that when you are on bad roads, the brake pedal tightens up, its probably the abs functioning on some pre-abs setting. about the brakes (don't) lose control of your car, and the car will apply perfectly balanced braking to get you back in a straight line, but it only works if you tap the brake pedal, if you don't you'll probably crash.

The first service:

I have finished 7450 km, and took the car for its first service today at Autobahn, Mumbai, opted for dropping it there myself, since I wanted to see the setup and speak to the service guy myself, the bill for the service was Rs. 4000, and I wanted to get the interior cleaned so they did that for me for an additional 2500 anyway, the car has been cleaned really nicely, and It now vibrates much lesser than before, noise is down many notches and the pickup is like the swift d now, only a lot more confident. they tightened several things in the car, and I found many very minor dents and scratches (caused by idiots when the car is parked). The service advisor, asif was very nice and he got my car ready before the promised time, billing and other formalities were decently laid out. overall a good expierience.
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