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Old 7th November 2020, 14:27   #331
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After a recent detailing session which included claying, decontamination and a wax coat.
Wow! The car looks as if it is just out of the showroom. What a fantastic maintenance you have done on this car Hats off!
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Your car looks fantastic, almost showroom condition.
Only give away is the after market alloy wheels. Your suggestion to replace the several types of mounts, is it applicable to all SKODA cars ?
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Pictures only // 157000 kms

After a recent detailing session which included claying, decontamination and a wax coat.
Holy !!! What an amazing well maintained car. 157000 kms and it stil looks pristine and fresh out of the showroom. I really wonder have you been able to maintain it to such brilliance.

- is it regular detailing, ceramic sessions?
- or any major repaints done recently?

Wishing you many more miles with the black beast. It is one amazing car.
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- is it regular detailing, ceramic sessions?
- or any major repaints done recently?
Thank you. Mainly just maintaining it myself. A few parts have been repainted over time, nothing major only a few chips and scuffs on the bumpers. Doing a wash once a week with Optimum No Rinse and one bucket water, using Jopasu duster every other day, pressure wash and foam wash once a month, using Carpro Ech2O diluted 1:10 with distilled water to wipe the car after every wash or at least thrice a week.

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Your suggestion to replace the several types of mounts, is it applicable to all SKODA cars ?
Well all modern cars these days have hydraulic mounts and they do wear off with time and mileage. Recently got them replaced on my 2012 Vento as well, so should hold true for other Skoda cars such as Rapid, Fabia, Superb and the Kodiaq. My brother's 2011 520d has also got the mounts replaced twice and the car drives and feels like day one.



Coolant low warning

All this attention I gave to the car, came with a cost. Every time I take utmost care for the exteriors of the car, the engine compartment starts feeling jealous and succumb to attention seeking behaviour. This time during a late night drive of about 70 kms, I got a coolant level low warning. Since I was on a secluded and unlit highway, I could not stop and trusted previous such issues for me to safely reach home. I was shocked to see that the coolant expansion tank was nearly empty. But the engine was not over heating, the temperature was right at 90 degrees without any palpitations. I had about a litre of G13 left with me, and I topped it up. The level was still below the minimum mark in the expansion chamber. Saw some coolant dripping continuously from the bottom, I had almost zeroed it down to a defective hose connecting to the radiator. Flat bed came the next morning and car was towed to the service center. I reached along side too, and we put the car on lift, only to see the coolant continuing to drip from the protection plate. It was quickly noticed that the coolant was indeed leaking from the top of the radiator. Simple solution, change the radiator they said, do you have it in stock I said, no sir, it will be ordered they said.

I was pressuring them to check for other parts like the thermostat or water pump, as due to the lack of coolant in the system they too might have been running under stress although only for about 100 kms, but still, they did not find any issues with the cooling system besides the radiator.

The part arrived in 2 days, car was ready on the third day but I could not collect it sooner as I was travelling. Driven 600 kms since, no issues to report as of now, but keeping a very close eye on the coolant levels.

Besides this, the car suffered blemishes on the exterior due to the flat bed process. I had put my car cover on the car, as the journey was more than 100 kms, to protect my recently detailed finish. But to my surprise when we removed the cover at the dealership, I could see small spots and scuffs all over the body. These were formed due to the cover itself which was shifting in the wind, and left horrible blemishes on the hood, roof, side pillars and doors. A bit of polishing will clean these off, but I haven't got the time to do so yet.

I thought a black car would never need an evil eye, but I am not posting pictures of my car anywhere now, ever!! (only joking, I don't believe in this logic) Here's one, drool over it, dream about it!

Love Hate Relationship: My Magic Black Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI Elegance. EDIT: 155,000 km update!-img_9684.jpg
My Race Blue beast

Love Hate Relationship: My Magic Black Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI Elegance. EDIT: 155,000 km update!-img_9683.jpg

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Old 12th February 2021, 20:20   #335
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162000 kms update: a scary one

After the radiator replacement saga at 158500 kms, car is performing well on that front. Haven't seen any coolant loss or irregular levels or temperatures. (fingers crossed!!!)

ODO @ 160500 kms: As ambient temperatures started to rise with the winters fading away, the AC in the car would tend to run at higher speeds after parking under the sun for sometime. I started noticing the fan would pause and was working intermittently. The speed was half of what the actual indication on the dial was. I had then removed the blower, cleaned and lubricated, although it worked but only for a week or so. One day it finally decided to pack up entirely, leaving me with no air whatsoever from the air ducts. I could hear the motor whirring, but no air. Hence a blower replacement was needed immediately. Same was ordered and replaced for INR 12000/- including taxes and labour. Part number: 5Q2819021D Make: Valeo

ODO @ 161666 kms: 75 kms in to my routine Monday morning commute, I put the car in to manual mode to overtake a few lorries. As soon as I did that, I noticed a slight dip forward, error saying not to exceed 4000 RPM, and the EPC light permanently on in the cluster. I was about 10 kms away from the nearest Skoda workshop, so I kept driving gingerly, keeping the RPMs at under 2000. This was a "yellow" error, so I take it that its safe to drive with this. A "red" error means you need to stop immediately and flatbed the car.

I had already scanned the error and it showed me an "oil pressure switch malfunction code P164B00". Same result with the workshop's VAS. They checked oil level and found it to be slightly under the recommended mark. Topped up with 250 ml, and with the error erased, I was sent on my way. As soon as I left, I kept the car in manual mode and revved it to 4500 RPM, and the error was back. I decided to drive back to the main service center in Ahmedabad, as this did not require me to flatbed the car. The car wasn't losing oil or coolant, and was smooth on idle, unlike when the oil control valves had gone bad and the engine jerked violently on idle.

Day 1: There are two oil pressure switches located on the engine block, they replaced both, took pressure readings, but the pressure won't rise. A small 1 km trial revealed the error again. Back to the drawing board.

Day 2: They were told to check oil quality, inspect oil filter, open the oil sump and check the crank bearing. Now this made me furious because there's at least 3 critical parts that need to be replaced with opening-refitting of the oil sump. Dont even get me started on the crank bearing. The car had its last oil change only @ 152K kms, thats about 9.5K kms. So surely the oil couldn't have gone bad already, right? Did some research about this error on Google and Skoda forums, found it to be an issue, and one article mentioned the the same order of inspection, I was relieved. I gave the green light to carry out these steps, meanwhile escalating the issue to Skoda higher authorities and requesting them to kindly depute a factory tech as they have done in the past on mysterious issues with my car. This issue too was "sir first time hua hai TSI mein" for my dealer.

Day 3: no further updates

Day 4: They had inspected the oil and oil filter. They opened the oil sump, and reported the findings to the factory.

Day 5 (today): They called me to inform that they have fixed the issue and come take a test drive. According to them, they put in new oil and oil filter, replaced the sump gasket, baffle plate and 'O' ring (all compulsory if you open sump). They have taken about 20 kms of further trials but the error has not appeared and the car is running smooth at all RPMs. They invited me for test drive today but I have scheduled it for tomorrow. So I hope they have fixed this issue, but I still need to investigate, what did they find in the oil sump. According to them, the oil quality was not as per requirement. They have changed the oil spec some time back which came as news to me today. The new spec / name is called "Special G" and is SAE 5W40, VW 502 00 (same as before). It is manufactured by Shell, earlier they were always using Castrol Magnetec Pro from a barrel. The service manager has insisted I use this oil, instead of Motul 8100 which I was using since last 4-5 oil changes. Final word only after tomorrow's test drive. The manager assured me that I will smile while driving, the car will be so smooth. I sure hope that happens!

While chatting with him today I asked him how tedious it is to change the DSG oil? He said its very simple, will do it right away if I wanted to get it done! I told him to go ahead, and after an hour or so he sent me a video depicting the draining and refilling process! Mighty impressed with them. He did give me the obligatory mention of the lifetime oil in DQ200, etc. but at the same time clarified that they will change only the gear oil, not the mechatronic oil, to which I agreed. Oil spec used is G 055 512 A2, about 1.7 litres. My gearbox code is 0AM, which specifies that it doesn't have an oil filter element, so that was that.

Tomorrow is a big day. Shall update after hopefully driving the car for 1000 kms post delivery tomorrow. I was actually supposed to take this car on a 2000 km road trip. But given the timeline, the car does breakdown every 2000 kms, so thats not happening.
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After taking delivery of my car with the issue seemingly fixed, I have driven the car for about 200 kms. The issue hasn't come back yet. I drove at varying speeds and gears above 3000 RPM, the drive is smooth with no loss of performance or jerks.

When I discussed with the service incharge, he advised me that the issue was with deteriorated oil quality. I was shocked to know this, because the last oil change was only about 9000 kms ago. I generally service the car at 12-13000 kms depending on the urgency or any planned trip which can pre-pone this by a 1000 kms or so. But now I think I will need to stick with 9-10000 kms as my standard oil change interval.

Along with the oil change, since they had opened the oil sump to inspect the oil strainer, they have to change the oil baffle plate (part number 06K103138E) and the sump gasket (part number 06K103649J). My fingers are crossed, this be the end of engine issues.

Its too early to pass my judgement post DSG Oil change. I wish I knew the procedure was as simple as filling engine oil; drain and refill from top. They dont change the mechatronic oil as there is no fool proof method to carry out the task at the dealership. According to them, fluid is stored in the mechatronic from the assembly line, and is not supposed to be serviced by the dealer, unless asked by the technical superiors, in which case they would be investigating a faulty mechatronic and its subsequent replacement. In most cases if the issue has come down to investigation of mechatronic fluid, it will warrant a replacement of the part in its entirety.

I recommend fellow 1.8 TSI owners with the DQ200 box, please do carry out the DSG oil change once in four years or 60000 kms.
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