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Old 16th January 2021, 21:30   #9586
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Very nice ownership report. I have two queries and would appreciate if you could reply them.
1. I have an 1.5 TDi 5 MT. The clutch is very heavy and I experience physical pain occasionally (once every 2-3 months). I disregarded it to be a general pain that goes away on it's own. Can you please elaborate on this medical condition. I guess low seating of Sedan and heavy clutch pedal is not a healthy combo in the long term.
2. "Bad experience 1 - Engine overheating to 95°" You have mentioned that the service centre took 6 days to diagnose and rectify the fault. But no mention as to what they finally did. Any idea on what was the actual problem that they worked upon and rectified?
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Old 17th January 2021, 06:44   #9587
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1. I have an 1.5 TDi 5 MT. The clutch is very heavy and I experience physical pain occasionally (once every 2-3 months). I disregarded it to be a general pain that goes away on it's own. Can you please elaborate on this medical condition. I guess low seating of Sedan and heavy clutch pedal is not a healthy combo in the long term.
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I had a Skoda Rapid manual 1.5 with the same heavy clutch issue. I got an ankle ligament injury while playing football and I couldn't bear to drive the Rapid anymore. Did it for 2 years but eventually gave up. After a 3-4 hour drive with that stiff clutch, my ankle would become sore!
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Thanks Achin.Jain for the precise and informative ownership experience. Though I own the Vento's sibling, the Skoda Rapid, my experience echoes your own.
Regarding the awesome mileage of your vehicle (1100Km with 50L), I have suspected , on occasions, there is something wrong with my Rapid, possibly one of the cylinders not firing, coz that is the kind of mileage I get at times.
I wonder aloud, why the VAG-India folks don't highlight the strong-points of their vehicles, instead of coming up with one laughable "VARIANT" after another.
Despite their age, the Vento-Rapid combi is the safest, best handling and best wearing car in its class. Once you buy one of these, the Jap-Korean-Chinese offerings would hardly ever gravitate to your shopping-cart.

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In March 2015, I bought the VW Vento 1.5 TDI with the 7-speed DSG. I believe this engine and gearbox combination was launched in the second half of 2014, so it was still relatively new when I bought it. I had a test drive and instantly fell in love with the driving dynamics of the car and the gearbox technology. I buy cars for long-term use. Previously, I had bought the trusted WagonR in 2009 which had done over 125,000 kms till 2015.
It was indeed a great choice, i too decided to buy one in Q1 of 2015, but waited till the facelift was around to jump. We have many things in common, even i owned the WagonR when the Vento was bought and, going through your service history (read:repairs) i could match with almost everything i experienced.

It was a really great car that gave really good FE. i used to get more than 21 KMPL on highway drives with a heavy foot. It's the only thing i miss about the car now.

Sold it off on 4th October 2020 with 1,28,500 Kms on the ODO and bought in a 1.5 TSI with the same 7 speed gearbox

Still, i miss the FE, currently getting 11-13 KMPL and filling up every 400-550 KMS (as opposed to 800-950 earlier)

Here's a parting shot of mine.

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Congratulations on completing the 6 digit milestone on thr Vento.

I can't help but notice how many non-scheduled replacements have been done and amount of each item. Volkswagen definitely are expensive to own.
True. And the number of repairs increase year on year. One of the reasons for doing this post was to highlight the repairs and how lucky I was to never let me warranty lapse. An expensive car to own but with warranty the cost of ownership comes down.

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Still, i miss the FE, currently getting 11-13 KMPL and filling up every 400-550 KMS (as opposed to 800-950 earlier)
Thank you for sharing your experience. This is going to be my first and last diesel car, so I am determined to squeeze as many kms from it as possible.

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I wonder aloud, why the VAG-India folks don't highlight the strong-points of their vehicles, instead of coming up with one laughable "VARIANT" after another.
Despite their age, the Vento-Rapid combi is the safest, best handling and best wearing car in its class. Once you buy one of these, the Jap-Korean-Chinese offerings would hardly ever gravitate to your shopping-cart.
You have hit the nail on the head. As a customer, I take the liberty to say that VW's marketing is an embarrassment. When I was buying the car in 2015, the TV commercial which aired was pathetic - the only message I remember they aired was that "Vento automatic is easy to drive." Nothing about mileage, safety, technology, driving experience, etc. The 7-speed DSG should be a bragging point but it became a liability. I have friends who have bought the competition cars (City, Verna, etc.) and they are always impressed with my Vento. But when they were shopping for their cars, they didn't even visit the VW showroom.

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Very nice ownership report. I have two queries and would appreciate if you could reply them.
1. I have an 1.5 TDi 5 MT. The clutch is very heavy and I experience physical pain occasionally (once every 2-3 months). I disregarded it to be a general pain that goes away on it's own. Can you please elaborate on this medical condition. I guess low seating of Sedan and heavy clutch pedal is not a healthy combo in the long term.
2. "Bad experience 1 - Engine overheating to 95°" You have mentioned that the service centre took 6 days to diagnose and rectify the fault. But no mention as to what they finally did. Any idea on what was the actual problem that they worked upon and rectified?
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First. I am not an expert in this medical condition. I had gone to the doctor as soon as I developed the pain in my knee and replaced my car within days. However, the pain is an outcome of knee joints rubbing excessively; and that is a result of frequent pressing of the clutch pedal in city traffic. Things that help are: Firstly, sit up straight (not leaning back). And secondly, your seat should not be too far back, so when you press the pedal, your left leg should not extent all the way.

Second. "Bad experience 1 - Engine overheating to 95°." The problem in this case was a small part - the engine thermostat. It took the service centre 6 days to fix the problem because they were in denial that there's anything wrong at all. Once they figured out the repair, they waited another 2-3 days to get the warranty amount credited to their account before handing over the car.

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1. I have an 1.5 TDi 5 MT. The clutch is very heavy and I experience physical pain occasionally (once every 2-3 months). I disregarded it to be a general pain that goes away on it's own. Can you please elaborate on this medical condition. I guess low seating of Sedan and heavy clutch pedal is not a healthy combo in the long term.
More than the low seating, it is the hard clutch and the long travel of the pedal combined with the clutch riding one has to do while negotiating city traffic. This is more so if you studiously press the clutch pedal to its full extent like I do.This preserves the clutch at the expense of your left knee and ankle. Add to this the damage already done if you are overweight ( osteoarthritis) and you have a recipe for disaster.
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You can also buy a Service Value Pack from the dealer and prepay for two services at ₹2,000 to ₹4,000 discount. The service pack will also give you added coupons for interior dry cleaning, 50% off on labour charges, 50% off on wheel balancing and alignment, 25% discount on body workshop, etc. I used the 50% discount coupon at the time of timing belt overhaul. Below a few pictures of car’s interior after using the cleaning coupon at 106,559 kms:

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Hi Achin,
That was a wonderful write-up on your experience with your lovely Vento.

I recently bought a Pre-owned 2015 HL Jetta and would like to know more about the Service Value Pack. Is this available across all their (VW) cars or specific to Vento? Please throw some light on this.
TIA.

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I have an 1.5 TDi 5 MT. The clutch is very heavy and I experience physical pain occasionally (once every 2-3 months). I disregarded it to be a general pain that goes away on it's own. Can you please elaborate on this medical condition. I guess low seating of Sedan and heavy clutch pedal is not a healthy combo in the long term.
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I had the same car. It is a well known problem of the 1.5 TDI Mt that the clutch becomes heavy after some time. Im not sure of the exact reason for this but the SA also told me this. This was one of the only problems I had with this car which otherwise is a gem to drive and very hard to replace. I reluctantly let go of it for various reasons but one of them was that my clutch foot used to hurt so much after driving in stop-start traffic that I decided to get an auto!
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Overall, I am incredibly happy with my 2015 Vento. It is been rock solid and dependable for last 6 years. I hope I can get another year or two out of the car before replacing it with something new. There are not many diesel options available now a days and I am not keen on the mileage of a petrol car. Hopefully, the electric cars market would ripen in the next two years and offer many affordable models. For now, the cost of running my 2015 Vento is significantly low and it is still covered under add-on warranty until Sep. I hope this experience is of use to people who wants to know more about ownership cost of a VW. Please let me know how I did on my first post.

Lastly, my knee is alright for last 6 years.
Your post has inspired me to update the ownership thread of my 2011 Vento, Now 9 years old and 1 Lakh KMs up. I love her so much that I feel it has become an eternal love with her. I have had some expenditures to make for her up keep, but saying that it still drives like it was new will be understatement. It drives better!!

Thank you for the update!!

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Finally, created an account and writing my first post
And what a great first post it is

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Now almost 6 years have passed, and there are two things about my Vento that have fascinated me all these years. Firstly, the 7-speed DSG. Secondly, the mileage of the car.
You couldn't have been more honest in these observations.
Although, may I add one more - the excellent, firm yet pliant ride quality!
Am saying this on the back of 5.25 yrs/80,000 km experience with my own TDi DSG Vento.

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I wonder whether any other engine and automatic gearbox combination can deliver such high mileage figures
Very difficult, I would think.
I occassionally get close to 27+ km/l even after a solid 80,000 km on the odo.

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So, in theory, one can avail manufacturer’s warranty till their VW is 8 years old or up to 145,000 kms on odometer, whichever comes first
You sure about this? I was given to understand that the coverage expires once the car completes 125k km. I need to check again from the SA.

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I hope this experience is of use to people who wants to know more about ownership cost of a VW.
Has been a great help to know your experiences from a long-term ownership of the TDi DSG Vento. Thanks!
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