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Old 14th January 2021, 11:38   #106
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Not much of an update except for the fact that the car has gone past the 80,000 km mark now.

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As usual, the car doesn't fail to amaze me, what with the FE number still holding its own very well

Due for the 10th service visit now, will update on that one later.
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Nice to see a DQ 200 TDI closing in on the magic 6-figure mark. Bring it on!
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Service update
It had been over a year since the previous service update and the car MID had now started flashing the INSP (inspection due) message.
I had the option to delay the servicing for some more time (given that I had not driven much in the last year due to lockdown) but then I thought it prudent to follow the servicing appointments regularly.

So, this time as per schedule it was the 90,000 km maintenance service mark even though the actual odo showed 80,000+ km only. Another major milestone in terms of the service calendar. Thankfully, it was without any major surprise.

There was one major expense but I had been advised to plan for that since the last visit, so the entire servicing experience + expense was predictable.

After my last visit, I was advised to check and plan for the steering box replacement due to play developing in the assembly, resulting in occasional stiff steering, specially on U-turns. Since the problem only accentuated over time, I thought it best to get the replacement done with.
The steering box itself costs Rs. 10,390 but it comes with a set of few other items including mounting & other components which cost another Rs. 2700. The labor for this replacement activity is at an additional Rs.2,200.

Overall, the steering box replacement set me back by Rs. 15,000 and some small change.

As for the standard servicing schedule, it comprised of the regular filter replacements (pollen, fuel, air etc.), VW-spec 5W40 synthetic oil change and a detailed check given the high running of the 90,000 km maintenance - all costing about Rs. 13400.

If I add the above to my previous servicing schedule costs of approx. Rs 67700, then the total amount comes to about Rs. 95,700, averaging to approx. Rs. 15950 for 6 servicing schedules & few running repairs.. Seems reasonable, I would think, over an ownership period of 5.25 years.

Next up, I am availing of the second annual add-on warranty for another peace-of-mind yearly ownership.
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Ambition

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Next up, I am availing of the second annual add-on warranty for another peace-of-mind yearly ownership.
Bought the second add-on warranty few days ago with 10% discount. Wallet lighter by Rs. 26,440. Getting costly with every subsequent year, courtesy VW's weird policy to jack up the prices every few months or so.
This time round though, had to haggle a lot with the dealer due to the RCD 340 fitment. Looks like some error had cropped up during the scan and they were hesitant to go ahead with that. But sense (am assuming the margins on the warranty must be good) prevailed later and the warranty was issued with the disclaimer that any future RCD problems will be kept out of the coverage.

However, with the annual add-on warranty now secured, I am looking at the bigger picture of yet another comfortable, delightful set of 365 days ahead

Currently, am in the 6th year of the fuss-free ownership for the beautiful TDi DSG Vento.
Everything's like clockwork so far
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Over the weekend, drove down to the Tikona fort, about 1.5 hrs drive away from Pune.

Took the Pune - Paud - Hadashi - Tikona route. Road conditions were good in some areas and patchy for some. Concretisation underway at some places.

Just near the base of the fort, there are 2 parking spots, took the one closer to the actual base. Couple of local food serving eateries around, decent enough to have breakfast and lunch. You have to pre-order lunch by the way.

Parking accommodates about 20-25 cars.

Here’s mine getting baked under the sun, in the backdrop of the fort side:-

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Had company of the monstrous Lamborghini Urus:-

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Was told that the owner was one of Pune’s most respected business man, residing in Kalyani Nagar area of Pune.

Anyways, the trek level was considered to be a “medium” difficulty and we were prepared.

Few pics from the trek...

Sizing up the climb from the base:-

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Afterwards, when I checked, the elevation turned out to be approx 1034 metres.

Somewhere midway during the trek, we stopped for a some refreshments (cool cucumber and lemonade), the summit still some distance away:-

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And then after the final summit, beautiful views everywhere:-

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Overall, we made it to the top in about an hour’s time or so. Stayed there on the top to soak in the sun and some nice breeze!

When we came down, lunch was ready comprising local food, very tasty and fresh.

After a sumptuous meal, we bade goodbye to our co-trekkers and proceeded back home.

Again on this trip, like so many other trips, the Vento was solid and sturdy throughout.
Not once did we feel the strain of the road undulations.

All in all, another set of fond memories for us, courtesy the ever reliable DSG Vento
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* Trip to Shrivardhan (God's own courtyard)*

Did a weekend trip to Shrivardhan (wiki).
This is the 2nd time in as many years that we have visited this place.

Such is the tranquility and quaintness of this place, that I have to label it as God's Own Courtyard!

Here's what I mean by tranquility:-

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Along with the soft lull of the gentle sea waves lapping on the beach:-

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The mesmerising pattern created by the withdrawing sea water:-

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Or the warm radiance of the setting sun:-

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Beautiful, ain't it!

We stayed at the same place as last time round - Hotel Sea Wind beach resort (website). One of the very good hotels in the region, must admit.
The place is run by former city administrator and has staff brought in from Nepal, Uttar Pradesh. A dedicated and courteous lot.
Super experience staying at this hotel.

This time round, my brother (+his wifey) and my folks had also joined us for the trip. Had good fun just roaming around the quite places.

Enjoyed classical local food, however it was not what we expected in terms of the taste.

Went to Harihareshwar temple as well, which is just 30 min drive from Shrivardhan.

And just like every single time, the Vento took all in its stride. Without flinching a bit. Kudos to the solid engineering that we enjoy our road trips without any hassles

Parting shot:-

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