Recently was on the lookout for a good FNG in Hyderabad for my Skoda Yeti. Scoured through multiple TEAM-BHP threads to no avail. So had to do it the hard way, called many garages and visited a few but none convinced me. Almost two weeks later a friend of mine suggested German Motors in L B Nagar. This post is about this FNG.
The place is run by Srinivas, a 2007 batch mechanical engineer who has worked at Ford, Volvo and VW before starting German Motors in 2012. They have two branches, one in Mansoorabad near KBR Convention and the second one in Nagole behind Nexa Showroom (I visited this one). It was pouring when I visited
I stayed at the garage from 11 am to almost 9:30pm on the first day and spent another couple of hours on the second day as my vehicle was getting fixed. During this time the garage had an assortment of cars being worked on, barring one or two Hondas most of them are from German car stable. Most of the things that these German ASC’s say can’t be repaired and only replaced were being repaired here. There were a couple of Skodas(a Rapid and a Laura L&K) getting their DSGs repaired, a BMW 320d was waiting for some EGR parts, An Audi was getting some coding work done, some Mercs and BMWs were waiting to be checked. And then there a few VWs(Polos, Ventos and the lot) getting there general service done and moving on. There was a continuous stream of cars coming in with small niggles like side view mirrors not working etc. Most of these get replaced at ASCs but here there are being repaired and sent on their way for probably 1/10th the cost. Waiting to be fixed
The garage uses/sources largely OEM parts. They have stock of most fast-moving items – filters, lubs - 5w40, 0w40 oils, ZF DCT fluid et al. And the rest are sourced within a short time. The coolant of choice for VAG cars
To my pleasant surprise they even had G12 Evo coolant in stock. And that is something I had not seen in any garage, most stock Castrol, Golden Cruiser or Hella.G12 Evo is easily available online on Boodmo or Gomechanic, sometimes even on Amazon but in physical stores it is never available. I have some personal experience with this because I visited multiple stores in GP Road, Chennai and Afzal Gunj, Hyderabad to purchase G12 but had to return empty handed every time.
As soon as I entered the workshop Srinivas greeted me and took the car out for a spin. He listed most of the issues he encountered by the time we finished the ride. And then once we were back, he connected his tab via the OBD and ran a complete scan. After this he clearly told me which parts needs to be replaced, which can be repaired and which can be left alone. He left the choice to me to decide what I wanted to get done.
I had taken the Yeti to Skoda ASC for inspection just days before I visited German Motors. After a ‘preliminary inspection’ they gave me a quote running into a few lakhs, asking me to literally change every mechanical bit on the car other than the engine. But they completely failed to see that my drive belt and pulley were on the brink of failure. Srinivas identified this a couple of minutes into his inspection of the engine bay.
I wanted to get an engine flush done considering the vehicle has done 1 lakh kms but he discouraged it and told me it was unnecessary and stated that I can think of it after crossing 3 lakh km by which time there may be some carbon deposits. Same goes for brake pads and other bits which I wanted to change. He gave them a thorough inspection and said not needed for another few thousand kilometres.
I felt the A/C was not effective. And during the Skoda inspection they asked me to change the compressor and the blower. Srinivas told me the compressor was fine and just got A/C gas topped up. The blower has an issue at the highest setting but he suggested I continue using it for now.
Every time a part was removed or replaced it was photographed creating a photo log for future verification. Work was very professional and very neat. Car was checked thoroughly before hand over.
And at the end of the first day there was still some work left to be done on my car and it was raining heavily, Srinivas insisted and kindly dropped me back to my place.
The Yeti was always serviced at Skoda ASC and never outside. It costs around 16k to 20k per service. Just for general service – the usual oil, filters (oil, air, pollen etc.) change and other fluid top ups – gear, brake, coolant etc. At German motors I was charged 8500/- for the same. And for the rest as I have already stated above things which get replaced at ASCs are being repaired here, so costs will be way lower. Even if parts were to be replaced, I expect them to be cheaper. For instance, during my conversation with him about the compressor the price he quoted for Sanden compressor was almost half of what Skoda had estimated.
And finally, after my car was serviced, I drove down to Chennai from Hyderabad. Sometime during the trip my horn and steering wheel controls stopped working. So took it to a nearby garage in Chennai who said that the clockspring was gone and needs to be replaced. Took it to another garage and they said the same thing. Called Srinivas and told him the issue, he asked me to recheck saying that the VAG clocksprings don’t fail so easily and second he checked it during service and it was completely fine. He insisted it would mostly be an electrical issue. So I requested the garage to recheck and after sometime they reverted back saying it was indeed an electrical issue. It was fixed for 1800/- instead of the 8K they quoted for a used clockspring and 30k+ for a new one.
German Motors - L B Nagar, Hyderabad.
Contact Person - Srinivas
Phone - 63098 40143, 80963 06290