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Old 21st May 2020, 12:12   #16
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Thank you for Sharing. I had owned a Vento for about 5 years. I had a complete “stock” setup with oem wheels and headlights. The only mods I did were philips xtreme vision bulbs and Yokohama s-drives. Drove from Bengaluru to Goa a dozen times, to my home in Kerala a dozen times, Chennai and ooty a couple of times. And once to Mumbai (crazy drive, started in morning hit Mumbai by evening, same story on return journey). She was a real highway monster. Very calm and composed even it at very questionable speeds.
I still miss my car, thanks for reminding me of her.
Oh by the way, like you, i upgraded from a Suzuki (in my case a swift zxi)
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Old 21st May 2020, 12:49   #17
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NTO, that's an amazing thread!

I believe the biggest flaw in the entire package was the stock tire size. There's hardly any performance options in the 185/60 R15 size and ABS kicks in quite early on braking hard. An upgrade is required to exploit the full potential of the braking hardware and engine. With the bigger tire sizes offered today, it should be much better.

I was crazy at one point of time to make the suspension stiffer. Researched a lot about it. The bouncy rear was annoying on undulated roads. After trying out the Harrier with its stiff suspension, I decided that ride quality is far more important especially with our imperfect roads! EcoSport suspension tuning I feel is perfect though.

And I totally agree with you on retaining this car! Too hard to justify the amount needed to have a proper upgrade! With a far smaller amount, this car can be run for another 4-5 years! And it stays timeless
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What a brilliant choice!!Thoroughly enjoyed reading your review.
No doubt, Vento is a well built car and will serve you a long time if you take good care of it. A gem of a car, perfect sedan one can get it in that price range.
I wish you many many happy memories in this wonderful car.
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Old 21st May 2020, 15:30   #19
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Hey there NTO!
Thank you for the superbly detailed review of your 'Indisches-Deutsches auto'.
Your review has now made me think of penning down the Long-Term Review for our Vento soon. Keep a lookout for that!

Also, where did you source the RCD340G from? Was it on AliExpress or somewhere in the country itself?

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Wonderful Review sir. Even after 10 years Vento still looks good. Especially because of German paint quality, elegant and understated design. Keep the car.
By the way, I have one question - did you remove that Blackened roof? Does it quickly heat up the car under the sun ? It looks gorgeous on a white car indubitably.
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Old 21st May 2020, 16:53   #21
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Nice to read a good write up from a Vento enthusiast.
I too was a Vento lover for 5 years having bought a Tdi in Nov 2010. Then the injector issue came up and my appreciation for the German car went down drastically. I was enjoying the long drives without issues with only annual services till the first injector failed on a Rameshwaram trip in mid 2015 and the second in early 2016 on a Kodaikanal trip. Both times with family.
The issue of faulty injectors in 2010/11 models, was well known to VW and me (through BHP forum) and despite prolonged arguments at various levels, I had to pay up for the manufacturing defect of the German company on the excuse that warranty was over in the 4th year.
Thereafter I took it up with the top brass in VW and the new French CEO who came in after the Diesel gate scandal, agreed to replace all the 4 injectors for free in 2016. I had made a 9 state drive of 7500 kms with the Vento in 2013 and did another one in 2017 for 5000 kms. But then I had lost faith in the German quality and durability and their lop sided attitude to Indian customers. My main negatives other than the injector issue were low under body clearance and low seating. I loved the torque the Diesel engine gave.
I sold the car I purchased for 9 lakhs in late 2010, in June 2017 for 3.95 lakhs. It had by then run around 76000 kms and tyres were due for replacement too.

My advice to you NTO, would be not to hang around with the car for long. Now BS 6 norms are in vogue. My strong feeling is that the injectors in my car were BS 3 compliant only and started failing when BS 4 diesel fuel came in India . The Germans were fooling us all along. 2014 model would be of course BS 4 compliant. Still after 100k, the car will need costly replacements and resale value on VW cars are low because of the widely held notion of high maintenance.
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Old 21st May 2020, 17:09   #22
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What a great thread. The Vento is seriously underrated and is probably the best cars in its category especially from a drivers car point of view. I recently sold my white 2012 1.6 TDi Vento and am regretting every moment. But yes, the heavy clutch was one of the major reason that I sold it hoping to get an automatic next.
Some modifications I did on mine:
I upgraded to identical tyres as yours and they are superb.
I initially got Phillips 100W bi-xenon headlights with relays etc but they produced so much heat that the damaged the reflector and the seal around the socket which caused repeated fogging of the headlight. Got a new headlight unit and later changed the bulbs to LEDs which are simple plug and play and don't need any relays, are super bright and cost only around 7k.
I upgraded to RCD 510 and that was good enough for me but your unit is even better.
I can't make out if you have put window film as your windows do look dark but I installed 3m cr7 film to cut out the UV light and it sure helped reduce the burn on the forearms. They are illegal but have close to no tint and worked ok.
I also got an autodimming RVM from Ali express and got it installed. It is very easy and inexpensive and is really worth it.
Hope you get many more miles in your Vento.
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Old 21st May 2020, 18:37   #23
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The secret behind the reliability of Vento is limited electronics. I am sure certain brands are still reliable in spite of having a lot of electronics. A good upgrade to this will be a F10 530d or F30 320d LCI or a 3 series GT diesel.
Nice style of writing, enjoyed reading your thread.
Why not consider a C300d along with the others ?
http://overdrive.in/reviews/comparis...-benz-c-class/

530d is in a different league compared to the 4 pot diesels and a dream machine for many, popularized by GTO
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As an owner of a 7 year old Rapid TDI, it's déjà vu when I read your post. It's well-written and covers all the positives as well as negatives. I've rated this thread 5 stars.

Your drawing of the Vento beauty looks pretty good. I assume you draw frequently and if not, please do!
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Old 21st May 2020, 20:08   #25
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Thank you @NTO.

It was an absolute delight to read this.

I jumped on to reading this article because I have very recently picked up a VW from a friend in Delhi.

Blue Color and Alloys, This car is Pete's tuned too and is literally driving me nuts over it.

I have been driving a swift from a decade and is new to the Sedan world, the TDi is just amazing and addicting.
The plus and minus in your first post are all of my observations, and I abso-absolutely love the power, it is enough to overtake on any gear.

I needed one piece of information, which is that -THUD sound you get from the rear suspension when you drive over a speed breaker, Yes I have started to slow down.
Tell me something else please.

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Old 21st May 2020, 21:47   #26
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It is very very difficult to upgrade from the Vento to anything else that is sensible. No car in its category even comes close to what you have right now.
On the other hand, the prices have already dropped since the BS6 switch and we don't know how the injectors will behave with BS6 fuel. They are an expensive replacement. I'll be very surprised if you get 5.5L. I sold mine for which was older yes (2012) with 60K miles for 3.2L. I saw 2015 Ventos in the market for around 4L.

The Beemers and the Mercs are 3-4 times more expensive new and even if you get a good used deal, cost a lot in servicing and maintenance. And god forbid if you need any spares.

This is where the Jetta used to fit in perfectly. Was a great upgrade for the Vento but I wouldn't buy any BS4 diesel now.

IMO, there is only 1 car which will feel like an upgrade and be sensible in servicing and maintenance costs and that is the Skoda Octavia. The 1.8 petrol is great ( though I don't see it on their website now) as is the RS( which has been sold out). Even used will be fine if you get a well maintained one. If you have a reliable mechanic who deals with these cars regularly, that is.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 07:46   #27
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Excellent read!! My close friend has a Vento 1.6TDI that I drive regularly and love it.

Which headlamps are those? I would love to know where you got them from and the cost of them.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 15:30   #28
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Well they say "Third time lucky". In this case, "Your third time - we are lucky!".
I somehow always remember that picture of your Vento and WagonR since many years now.
And 6 years isn't much for a solid VW car at all. Its just entering teens! Prime is to come. Keep it!
Thank you for such kind words sir. I am glad that you took the time to read it fully while you also enjoyed it. I remember posting the WagonR with vento picture in the "Which car/ bike do you miss" thread a couple of years ago. Great memory sir :-)
With the current Covid situation questioning the mere existence, I will not simply throw away my money and will retain Vento for the foreseeable future. Vento even today feels brand new mechanically and you are absolutely right about it being in its prime!

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For instance a Toyota Innova will easily cost 20-22K for every 20K KM's, so I think a 15-16K bill on VW is perfectly okay.
As long as there are no part failures, Vento's maintenance is at par or sometimes less expensive than competition.

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She was a real highway monster. Very calm and composed even it at very questionable speeds.
I still miss my car, thanks for reminding me of her.
Yes, she definitely is a highway monster. I once kept up with a 520d. May be an incompetent driver but, Vento really gave that car a run for its money.

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NTO, that's an amazing thread!
Thanks for all the help down the line man. Hope we meet soon for a drive or something!

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What a brilliant choice!!Thoroughly enjoyed reading your review.
No doubt, Vento is a well built car and will serve you a long time if you take good care of it. A gem of a car, perfect sedan one can get it in that price range.
I wish you many many happy memories in this wonderful car.
Thank you very much :-)

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Hey there NTO!
Your review has now made me think of penning down the Long-Term Review for our Vento soon. Keep a lookout for that!
Also, where did you source the RCD340G from? Was it on AliExpress or somewhere in the country itself?
I will be waiting for your review. Please do post one. The RCD 340G+ was sourced from a guy in Kerala. PM me for contact details. I got it home delivered and installed. Pure plug and play and such an easy install.

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Nice to read a good write up from a Vento enthusiast.
My advice to you NTO, would be not to hang around with the car for long. Now BS 6 norms are in vogue. My strong feeling is that the injectors in my car were BS 3 compliant only and started failing when BS 4 diesel fuel came in India . The Germans were fooling us all along. 2014 model would be of course BS 4 compliant. Still after 100k, the car will need costly replacements and resale value on VW cars are low because of the widely held notion of high maintenance.
Sad to hear the brief ordeal you faced and I am really impressed with the way you managed to deal with it. However, I believe, fixing the problem, as they may arise and retaining the vento will still be significantly (or multiple times) cheaper than upgrading from Vento.

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I can't make out if you have put window film as your windows do look dark but I installed 3m cr7 film to cut out the UV light and it sure helped reduce the burn on the forearms. They are illegal but have close to no tint and worked ok.
I also got an autodimming RVM from Ali express and got it installed. It is very easy and inexpensive and is really worth it.
Hope you get many more miles in your Vento.
I am surprised by your keen eye. I have installed CR 70 films for the windows and rear windscreen. Also an ice cool tint from garware for the windscreen. It was more of a necessity with the inadequate A/C in the Vento. I still did not find the need to install an auto dimming IRVM.

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Nice style of writing, enjoyed reading your thread.
Why not consider a C300d along with the others ?
http://overdrive.in/reviews/comparis...-benz-c-class/
530d is in a different league compared to the 4 pot diesels and a dream machine for many, popularized by GTO
BMW fanboy alert! If everything goes well, a pristine used 530d will be my next ride.

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As an owner of a 7 year old Rapid TDI, it's déjà vu when I read your post. It's well-written and covers all the positives as well as negatives. I've rated this thread 5 stars.
Your drawing of the Vento beauty looks pretty good. I assume you draw frequently and if not, please do!
Thank you very much. If there had been one other Skoda dealership in Chennai, I would've bought the rapid, as mentioned in my review. Yes, I do draw regularly. It is one of my favourite time pass activity.

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Thank you @NTO.

Attaching a picture for a treat!
Your car looks beautiful That was the exact color I wanted to buy. Shadow Blue!

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It is very very difficult to upgrade from the Vento to anything else that is sensible. No car in its category even comes close to what you have right now.
Yes you are right. It is difficult to upgrade from Vento without spending 3 - 4X and the Jetta being absent. As far as I know, the 1.8 TSi is also plugged after BS6. The new Octy will come with 1.5 TSi.

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Which headlamps are those? I would love to know where you got them from and the cost of them.
Mine was imported from Thailand. Now I believe they are making it in Delhi. Any after market accessory shop should have them. My unit costed 28K for the assembly, and 11K*2 for the HID kit and installation was free of cost.
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