Now this has been addressed before in other threads (like this one (Used Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI AT - Buy or run away?)
). But asking again, as the problems mentioned about the 1.8 DSG are generally for the older versions. I don't see any documentation around the 2018 or higher models. I have test driven the vehicle, drives excellent. Very smooth and silent. Interior, exterior and performance (break bite is excellent, accelerator pedal is slightly heavy, automatic gear box is really slick) speaks about how the car has been well maintained. The 5 year old car has done around ~32k kms. The owner has actually purchased an E-class in Bangalore from Sundaram motors and has exchanged his used superb. The dealer does not deal in non-mercedes vehicles except in this rare situation. The owner has retro-fitted infotainment system (I guess OEM system, will have to double check) to make up for few missing things in comparison to the L&K variant. The seats are also in very good condition, indicating the car has not been used rigorously.
Few things to note:
- Given the older superbs had a bit harder suspension, i could notice little jerks here and there and also some cabin noise when going through bumpy roads. The dealer's SA confirmed there is some work required in the engine mount.
- The 1.8 AT DSG Box is known for being notorious and having failures. (want to confirm if it was solved for 2018 and older versions).
- I'm pending detailed checkup at the skoda service station, but the SA has promised that the car has not been touched outside the skoda authorized service station and has full service history available.
- They are quoting 21.5 lakh (KA registered) for the car. I feel like not paying more than 14 (max 15 lakh) for the car to keep 2-3 lakhs in backpocket for sudden repairs and replacements and given the car is 5 years old.
- The car had some damages on the front bumper which was repaired before it was given to the showroom for resale. It has been painted outside skoda for one of the parts in it's history.
I've always been a fan of SUVs given i have done more than 30k kms of road trip in India in the past 2 years. I currently own a Nexon which is driven 37k in the last 1.5 years. I wanted to go for the harrier, almost booked it, as it's practical for Indian roads, specially in long trips. But the moment i laid my eyes on the superb, my childhood dream got revived, when i drove it, i just can't sleep without the superb in my garage. Awful feels like an impulsive decision, but just can't help it after driving the 1.8 TSI.
- Given the details of the 5 year old superb, should i go ahead and buy it ?
- If yes, what should be the correct price for the car ?
- Are the 1.8 AT DSG issues resolved for 2018 or higher models ?
- Without any warranty left on the car, is it practical to buy this car ?