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Old 25th February 2022, 17:42   #5086
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Hey fellow owners, the ASC diagnosed it to be a leak from the cooling coil. But they didn't sound too convincing. Upon asking for an estimate, I was told it's going to cost ~25k and the parts need to be ordered. Does this sound proper? 25k is a significant amount of money. Moreover, a casual search on GoMechanic lists the part at 3800 INR and it's 2915INR on Boodmo. Is there any competent independent mechanic I can get a second opinion from in Navi Mumbai? This sounds very fishy.
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Hi friends,

I had been in Goa for 2 days for the #DriveWithSLAVIA event arranged by SkodaAutoIndia for the 15 'Founding Members' of the #FansOfSKODA group formed recently..

It was a great opportunity for me to meet some excellent Skoda fans across India and the best part being brief interaction with none other than Zac Hollis himself. Driving the all new Skoda Slavia, of course was the star attraction of the event.

The event was well organized by Skoda India with wonderful hospitality, superb planning and greatly executed at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa. May be rated as a once in a Lifetime opportunity !
By the way, I have suggested to arrange an exclusive Plant Visit some day for the Skoda lovers pan India. Will sure let you people know about any development in this regard !

My Octavia returned a wonderful FE of 18 kmpl on my way to Pune during late night drive ! Thanks to the speed violation challan received recently & then followed by some sedate driving by me also.

While returning back from Pune yesterday, I discovered Skoda's one more 'Simply Clever' feature regarding Drivers Fatigue Alert

On my way back it was just after the dawn, I wished to give my 'Better half' a demo about the Alert message in the MID for a 'Tea Break' ☕ by deliberately pretending to doze while driving, expecting that the system will recognise it and would shoot the Alert smartly.

I tried for a long time but alas, to my surprise, nothing had happened.

I guess, that's more than just 'Simply Clever' by Skoda, as the System might have had recognised that I was pretending and was deliberately playing a mischief so as to fleece her.

Cheers, have a fun !!
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While returning back from Pune yesterday, I discovered Skoda's one more 'Simply Clever' feature regarding Drivers Fatigue Alert

On my way back it was just after the dawn, I wished to give my 'Better half' a demo about the Alert message in the MID for a 'Tea Break' ☕ by deliberately pretending to doze while driving, expecting that the system will recognise it and would shoot the Alert smartly.
The system takes in to account erratic throttle and braking, erratic steering input. It doesn't have a sensor to judge your eyes are open or closed. Just hope that the feature never triggers as it could be really dangerous to doze off, and what if the alert doesn't make you alert, wouldn't it?
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The system takes in to account erratic throttle and braking, erratic steering input.
Just hope that the feature never triggers as it could be really dangerous to doze off, and what if the alert doesn't make you alert, wouldn't it?
Hi Adi & thanks for your concern & apt reply.

In fact, I was just making fun out of the boring highway crowd early morning. You just missed the sarcasm intended.

I've travelled a lot during nights/ in fact did few overnight trips too but never have observed the Drivers Fatigue Alert in my Car as I always tend to pull the car aside especially at toll plazas whenever I feel sleepy and have a nice power nap irrespective of whatever hurry I may be in.

In fact, after the Skoda event at Goa, I just thought to share this twisted sarcastic story. Anyway, everyone needs to enjoy driving Skoda sensibly with buckles up!
Finally, Safety first should be our motto on roads.
Sharing a random click of my car !
Thanks again,
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Hey fellow owners, the ASC diagnosed it to be a leak from the cooling coil. But they didn't sound too convincing. Upon asking for an estimate, I was told it's going to cost ~25k and the parts need to be ordered. Does this sound proper? 25k is a significant amount of money. Moreover, a casual search on GoMechanic lists the part at 3800 INR and it's 2915INR on Boodmo. Is there any competent independent mechanic I can get a second opinion from in Navi Mumbai? This sounds very fishy.
What evidence do they have to support the fact that it is the cooling coil? Did they do a leak test on the system by evacuating it completely and seeing if it holds vaccum for an hour or more? If yes and if it did indeed fail, did they check all other suspect areas such as the schradder valves, the high pressure switch and the condenser to ensure none of those are leaking? If both these things are done and no leaks are found in the condenser and the plumbing within the engine bay, then yes it has to be the cooling coil that is the culprit. Unfortunately, it's nestled behind the dash in the HVAC console so you can never do a conclusive test unless it's opened up and checked.

The OE VAG cooling coil according to boodmo is around 17-18K. A labour of around 6-7K for dismantling the entire dashboard and evacuating and recharging the system takes it to 25K. I would say it sounds about right.

You can take a second opinion for sure from a trusted AC mechanic. The only thing I would want you to be aware of is that ac systems in general are very finicky and need to be worked on carefully. Whenever you recharge the system (which has to be done in your case), the job needs to be done with precision and using good quality equipment and refrigerant. Any moisture or contaminants introduced here will harm the compressor in the longer run. If it is indeed the cooling coil, I would advise you cough up the 25K and get it done through Skoda. The entire dash also needs to come off for this job, so it's better to have the ASC deal with this if you don't know a trusted FNG or AC mechanic.
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At last took the plunge
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Upgraded alloys to 17 inch Momo Rush and tyres to 225 50 R17 Michelin Pilot sport 4. Drove on 34psi.
Differences noted
- Steering is 25% tighter
- Ride has become a bit more “crashy”
- Grip is vastly improved
- Tyre noise has increased a bit compared to Goodyear eagles
- Body roll has reduced though I am riding a bit higher now
- Will have to see the real world FE drop. Felt it has dropped by 1kmpl. I will have to wait and see the results.
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For past 2 days, ie 4 days after tyre upgrade I am getting all sorts of errors, errors of ABS, TCS, Power assist for steering, TPMS, Park pilot and manoeuvre braking. All these disappear after engaging in park mode with engine on for 20 -30 seconds. Should I be worried? What is the fix?
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For past 2 days, ie 4 days after tyre upgrade I am getting all sorts of errors, errors of ABS, TCS, Power assist for steering, TPMS, Park pilot and manoeuvre braking. All these disappear after engaging in park mode with engine on for 20 -30 seconds. Should I be worried? What is the fix?
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Mostly the ABS sensor would have gone kaput. Or some dirt in the sensor.
If your vehicle is not under warranty, get it done from a FNG. Else take it to the service center, but they might ask to change wheel bearing too.

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Mostly the ABS sensor would have gone kaput.
In addition to the above advice, how old is the battery? VAG cars are notorious for flashing multiple error messages if the battery is weak (i.e. > 2 years). Further, did you by any chance disconnect/reconnect the battery or water wash the engine bay?

Do get the battery voltage checked and ensure a tight fitting of the terminals. Don't stress - do the above few checks and all will be fine.
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Re: Review: Skoda Octavia (3rd-gen)

Hi guys. I'm looking at two used facelift octavia 3rd gen 2.0 TDI DSG, 2018/2019 models. Is there any great difference between the 2018 and 2019 models ? Both are L&K and i see that the 2019 model has got the virtual cockpit compared to analog dials in 2018 model. Any other major difference i should be aware of ? Thanks.
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Hello All,
This is about the Skoda One app that was available until few months ago in IOS (and hopefully) in Android store which was available to plug in and use. This Skoda proprietary app was kind of fun and snag free to follow technical performance with some fancier widgets too. This app is now withdrawn from App stores.
Have not got any suitable reply from Skoda Support. Retracting a functional value addition isn’t pleasing.
Has anyone here felt the void and found a suitable alternate for it. I wish to tweet Mr Zac about it if we don’t have a solution.
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All looks good to me. But I don’t see any mention of radiator flush. That needs to be done when you have oil in coolant. And I’d recommend getting a new radiator as that was the next thing that failed for me, and finally the radiator cooling fan. I wouldn’t go as far as the fan replacement with your car but try to get the radiator replaced, then all your coolant system is new. Do note, water pump is also a wear and tear item, do get it checked during next visit.
Sorry for late reply. The radiator was also flushed. Its been 2 months since the work and the car has really upped itself with very smooth drive. I should say the SA did a real good job. No issues so far.
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For past 2 days, ie 4 days after tyre upgrade I am getting all sorts of errors, errors of ABS, TCS, Power assist for steering, TPMS, Park pilot and manoeuvre braking.
Were you able to resolve these issues? I would blame it partly on the tire / wheel upsize. The correct upsize should have been 225/45/17. You have increased the wheel diameter by quite a lot. It could be one of the reasons why these errors are popping up. If its not too late get a set of 225/45/17 tyres. Your tyre shop might take the current tyres as buy back for almost the same price as you bought them, assuming here that you wouldn’t have clocked a lot of kms on them yet.
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Hello All, to the experts - what is the correct tyre pressure for the Octavia TSi with stock Goodyear Eagle tyres. We are 90% of the time two people in the car driving urban and semi urban roads on Tamilnadu, Kerala.

Until Last Annual Service in December 21, we had no complaints with 32 psi. The ride was smooth, good fuel economy of 10KMPL in City and 15/16 KMPL on highways.

Post the service, I found the ride was tougher than ever on the same roads. Fuel economy has dropped considerably. The servicing was was done without Wheel alignment or balancing.

In March 2022, the battery was changed to an OEM Varta Battery.

As a double check, car was taken last week to SGA Coimbatore to understand/investigate this issue. They kindly used VAG, checked Air Filter and battery.

They advised to me conduct a 100KM ride and give them a feedback.

By our calculations; as well the onboard computer indicates a 20% reduced fuel economy. We are looking for solutions to improve the ride quality and to restore fuel economy.

My suspicion is on the spark plugs or on the Coimbatore traffic which is congested than Chennai.

May I ask for inputs that could help us, Briefly the car has clocked 21000 Kms in 2 years and 2 months.

Thank you all

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