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Old 20th January 2022, 07:54   #5056
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Yes they’re the bluearth GT tyres AE51. Been using them since about 10k kms, already had two punctures and a sidewall tear. Tyre was replaced on pro rata basis. Not as good as the michelins, but no other option right now.
Adi, would you recommend moving to 225/50/16 in Blue Earth or sticking to stock 205/55/16 in Michelin PS4 or P4ST?

My Octavia is now reborn as a chauffeur-driven car, and hence ride quality plays a bigger role than earlier when it was my primary vehicle.
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My Octavia is now reborn as a chauffeur-driven car, and hence ride quality plays a bigger role than earlier when it was my primary vehicle.
If ride quality is the key, then stock size P4ST is a better choice.
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If ride quality is the key, then stock size P4ST is a better choice.
Normally, I'd agree eyes closed.

Only issue is that my 3 year old 28K km run P3ST has become noisy with an irritating humming noise at high speeds. Just wondering if I should give any other variant or brand a try?
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Only issue is that my 3 year old 28K km run P3ST has become noisy with an irritating humming noise at high speeds. Just wondering if I should give any other variant or brand a try?
May be the issue is not with tyres, but with something like the wheel bearings / hubs, improper balancing / alignment, etc. In my experience, Michelin Pilot Sport 3ST, tyres started losing grip around 35K kms. Where as Primacy 4ST on the Crysta are superb! At 50K kms, I still have some tread left and no noise or vibration issues. Globally they have launched Primacy 5 as well, don't know when this will come to India. But for now your best option is the P4ST if you want to maintain stock size. As such I dont recommend upsizing to 225/50/16 on stock rims. Its not stable. Yokohamas are good for grip, noise levels, comfort. But I'd pick P4ST stocks over those. Since I had the wider BBS rims, I opted for Yokos 225/50.

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If ride quality is the key, then stock size P4ST is a better choice.
Completely agree. Ride quality as well as longevity as his is now a chauffeur driven ride, needs hard wearing tyres.
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1. Get your engine bay professionally cleaned with something like a 3M engine treatment. They generally leave a chemical glossy residue which will automatically deter rodents

3. Buy tobacco leaves and keep them on the engine cover.
Let us know how it goes!
Thanks everybody for the tips.

Finally followed the easiest way of the 'Desi Jugaad' to counter-attack the unwelcome entry of the intruder/s.

1. First thing first, today I got the engine bay cleaned by removing all the dust using high pressure blower. Still I'm not much convinced about going for a thorough 'wash'. Perhaps will get it done from a professional detailer some day.

2. As per the suggestions here and also by an FNG owner, bought some tobacco from a nearby Paan-Shop, prepared 4 small pouches out of it, after making perforations in to all punches, got those covered in small netted bags and tied in the engine bay at conspicuous places.
(Refer to the pic attached.)

3. Finally after parking the car at the regular place, spread some Follidol powder near the tyres and also around the car.

Hope, this 'Double' layer security system works effectively and efficiently.
Will update the result/s later.

Cheers !

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Hi everyone. Kindly help me out here. I've come across a used (2nd owner) 2017 Octavia 2.0 TDI facelift Style Plus variant. The car has done 75k kms so far and is under extended warranty till August 2023. I've checked out the car. It's neat and drives really well. Haven't noticed any major issues during the drive.
Loved the car. My only apprehension is whether the car has any underlying mechanical issues that might creep up soon since its already done 76k kms in 4 years.
The asking price is 17L. I'm yet to meet the owner in person and check out the service records and other papers. What price would sound like a good deal if all the records are clean?

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Hi everyone. Kindly help me out here. I've come across a used (2nd owner) 2017 Octavia 2.0 TDI facelift Style Plus variant. The car has done 75k kms so far and is under extended warranty till August 2023. I've checked out the car. It's neat and drives really well. Haven't noticed any major issues during the drive.
Loved the car. My only apprehension is whether the car has any underlying mechanical issues that might creep up soon since its already done 76k kms in 4 years.
The asking price is 17L. I'm yet to meet the owner in person and check out the service records and other papers. What price would sound like a good deal if all the records are clean?
Cannot tell you the exact price but 17L is a LOT. A LOT. For your reference, in Kolkata, there is a 2019 Style listed for 16L (by a premium dealer) that has run some 19k km and is a first owner car.
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Cannot tell you the exact price but 17L is a LOT. A LOT. For your reference, in Kolkata, there is a 2019 Style listed for 16L (by a premium dealer) that has run some 19k km and is a first owner car.
Woah that's a really good deal. This car seems way too overpriced in comparison. However Road taxes in Kerala are really high compared to other states and that also shows in the used car prices down here. I'm yet to negotiate with the owner though. I will definitely bring this up with him, to pull off a good deal. But i don't want to offend him with an unreasonably low price.
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Cannot tell you the exact price but 17L is a LOT. A LOT. For your reference, in Kolkata, there is a 2019 Style listed for 16L (by a premium dealer) that has run some 19k km and is a first owner car.
Is that Diesel or Petrol? If Diesel, its a really good deal as most examples in Bangalore for 2019 Diesel are 20 lakhs +

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Is that Diesel or Petrol? If Diesel, its a really good deal as most examples in Bangalore for 2019 Diesel are 20 lakhs +
It’s diesel. I was quite surprised too. The car has been booked so they have removed the price or else I would have pasted the link here.

P.S: my bad, it’s listed for 16.99L in Car Wale.

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My car is showing a "Check Third brake light" prompt on the MID. However, the HMSL is in proper working order. My dad followed me for a 30 minute drive just now and he did not notice any issue with the brake light, is there any way I can clear the code? It's very annoying to have the yellow warning light stay on all the time.
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My car is showing a "Check Third brake light" prompt on the MID. However, the HMSL is in proper working order. My dad followed me for a 30 minute drive just now and he did not notice any issue with the brake light, is there any way I can clear the code? It's very annoying to have the yellow warning light stay on all the time.
That’s strange. You’re sure he checked the light behind the windshield?

The bulb-out warning usually comes if there’s low or nil resistance in the circuit (meaning a fused bulb, cut wiring harness, halogen bulb swapped with an LED etc).
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That’s strange. You’re sure he checked the light behind the windshield?

The bulb-out warning usually comes if there’s low or nil resistance in the circuit (meaning a fused bulb, cut wiring harness, halogen bulb swapped with an LED etc).
Yes Sir, it's in proper condition. No problems whatsoever. Guess I'll call my SA. Is there any reputed garage who can handle gremlins on cars like these in Bombay or Navi Mumbai? I'm sick and tired of slow and negligent Skoda ASS.
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Oil Cooler failure, oil leaking into coolant.

Everytime the service is due, looks like its a nightmare for me. I am getting my 7th year service done and the PPS service executive calls me and says, oil is all over coolant path which is caused due to oil cooler failure, if not rectified will seize the engine. And the costing is shocking for that. I am incurring roughly around 50K - 60k every year since the warranty. Is this how the Skoda quality is built?

Any one faced this issue, just in Oct 2020, I had replaced the thermostat which costed me 35k on just the part. Now this is very disappointing. If parts keep failing for every 5k Km like this then its kind of bad automotive to own.
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Oil Cooler failure, oil leaking into coolant.

Everytime the service is due, looks like its a nightmare for me. I am getting my 7th year service done and the PPS service executive calls me and says, oil is all over coolant path which is caused due to oil cooler failure, if not rectified will seize the engine. And the costing is shocking for that. I am incurring roughly around 50K - 60k every year since the warranty. Is this how the Skoda quality is built?

Any one faced this issue, just in Oct 2020, I had replaced the thermostat which costed me 35k on just the part. Now this is very disappointing. If parts keep failing for every 5k Km like this then its kind of bad automotive to own.
Any of these European cars will have running repair costs as it gets older. I would suggest you shifting to a good FNG. Many a times these OEM service centers will push for additional repairs and it will also cost significantly more.
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