|4th April 2020, 19:07||#91|
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Re: Advice on buying a Used Skoda Superb (2nd-gen)
Pros - The BIG car feel, the power, excellent driveability, comfort, for a big car it is actually fun in the ghats as well, superb long distance cruiser (yes even on some bad roads).
Cons - The BIG car feel, expensive spares (if something breaks) and the dismal FE for the petrol (a friend had it) - the Diesel is frugal (12-14 in city, 20-24 highways).
Why, have I put BIG car as a con - it spoils you. The issue is if you want to replace it 'every' car (esp. new) will feel a downgrade. I am suffering from that right now. The only cars that you will feel like a good replacement will be another Superb/Passat or A BMW 5 series & equivalents).
Service costs - are not very high - for regular services that is. It should be in the range of 12-14K (You can use the Skoda service cost calculator)
The issue is with parts - most parts 'will' be expensive. Suspension generally gives way around the 60-70K mark in India for most cars of this category. A r suspension replacement will be about 45-80K (depending upon which supplier you use Meyle/Sachs are more expensive than others).
Also a new battery is expensive, so are tyres (preferably use Michelin Primacy or Conti5 - a friend brought Perfinzas at my recommendation and is happy).
About the bank balance - factor in about 25K per quarter for parts and about 10K for labour expenses. This is true for all cars that are of this vintage and price range. Also keep about 1 Lakh aside for 'emergencies'. Insurance will be about 20K per year.