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New Skoda Fabia Diesel 1.2 TDI

#81 23-Jan, 2011 09:19 PM
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Shailender- 

Its true that the features like- to change gear- which gear to drive and km's to empty etc like features are only in the Elegance(Top end model)- The Ambiente tells you the time/trip meter/when is the car due fro service-i.e in terms of days and Km's etc. 

Ideally the basic things are there in ambiente- The Classic or the lowest model has full dash coulr black- not too impressive- no power windows etc--- Hence on a economical sense you should go in only for ambiente or Elegance- 

The extra featues in ambiente are: All four power windows/ABS/Passanger Car height adjustable/Allow wheels/Fog lights/4 air bags/additinal details on speedo meter/ Auto lock key for doors etc... 

According to me the basis version of Fab does not make any sense- stretch for the Ambiente or Top end- I have gone for the Ambiente!!!!!!

Check this site for detailed feature diff. in all three models- 

http://www.newskodafabia.co.in/

Cheers



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#82 23-Jan, 2011 11:23 PM
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@ Shailinder

Your concern regarding the digital speedo is true. The detailed info is available only in Elegance & not in Ambiente.

It's true, they usually make the Elegance available for TD.

One more thing that will certainly disappoint you, all the features what Gursheetal claimed to be there in the Ambiente are NOT provided with the New Fabia 1.2 TDI. Though they were previously available there in the old Ambiente 1.4 PD!! So it looks, he has followed the feature list of the OLD Fabia & not of the New one. Even the site he has mentioned must not be updated after the launch of New Fabia 1.2 TDI....

So now, you won't need to check it again for all these features in Ambiente!

Actually the OLD Fabia Amb. was really loaded, whereas this NEW one lacks many of those, just to cope up with the price cut! The only good news that followed this new launch is Skoda has cut there spare prices & even the service charges substantially down!! And that is for sure, don't worry....

Even the rear wiper is not provided in the New Amb. And to my surprise, the reverse indicator light is provided on one (? Driver's) side only & on the other side there is a fog lamp in stead....  

Keep writing & Happy driving....



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#83 24-Jan, 2011 07:57 AM
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Hi all,

I had a technical problem in posting this table along with the matter at once..

Anyway, see the month wise total sales figures..

Try to understand how the sales are showing + ve & - ve swings & who is getting the benefits..

And also notice the increase in sales after the launch of New Fabia!!! 

For further details (Dec. '10 sales) follow the link given below

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian-car-scene/91499-october-2010-indian-car-sales-figures.html

 



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#84 24-Jan, 2011 09:44 AM
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Hi Dr- Vikas-

Thanks for ther correction - it was actually a typo error- i was referring the detailed features in Elegance-  Marked in bold. Sorry for the confusion

The extra featues in Elegance  are: All four power windows/ABS/Passanger Car height adjustable/Allow wheels/Fog lights/4 air bags/additinal details on speedo meter/ Auto lock key for doors etc... 

cheers



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#85 24-Jan, 2011 12:54 PM
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Dear Gursheetal and Dr. Vikas,

Thank you for your inputs but I know all about new and old Fabia and what all has been changed

I have a very specfic query, like all though the comparision available online (carwale). Are there any more features which are present in Elegence and not in Ambiente / Classic. See Classic is all BLACK interiors + 1 airbag and Ambiente is Beige + 2 airbags + front power window and that is it. Rest - AC, Rake and reach steering wheel, Power Steering is common in all three varients.

So paying roughly, 55K extra for Ambiente is not makring any sense to me. Beige interiors are prone to get dirty early due to Indian atmosphere (we all agree on this - I guess).

So please help me with specfic difference between Classic and Ambiente. I will buy Classic if there is not much of a difference or else Ambiente is there are

Help me guys. And post some pictures of Ambiente's speedo meter (close up), dash board and long short from back seat.

Thanks




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#86 24-Jan, 2011 11:22 PM
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@ Shailinder,

To be frank, I didn't focus much on the Classic, as I was looking for some higher/ premium version. And in fact it was the Jazz for which I was thinking before Fabia (& almost done) if I had gone in Petrol version. Now after the repeated petrol price hikes, I don't regret my decision & much happy with my Fabia 1.2 TDI.

Grossly speaking there is no much difference in the Classic & Ambiente, only there are few cosmetic changes. Besides the black or biege interior, I can recollect some more of those -

open glove box (upper side), height adjustable Driver's seat, some chrome here & there around the vents/ gear shift knob etc, Passenger Airbag, Front power windows, all Black skoda monogram on steering wheel, quality of fabric upholstery....

You really need to check it of your own at the dealer for all these small things & then compare amongst, considering the opinion of your family members also.. Even I still sometimes think that Elegance could have become a better purchase for me.. (though there is a difference of Rs.100k!!) 

So don't wait anymore, that will create more confusion,

All the best!!! 



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#87 25-Jan, 2011 09:42 AM
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i feel more research will lead to more confusion....always

1. new skoda fabia is a nice car to buy...so decide on this first

2. i strongly feel that either choose the option of going for classic or elegance. there is no meaning to go for ambiente...it is a half roti



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#88 25-Jan, 2011 10:42 AM
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Posted by rkrish

i feel more research will lead to more confusion....always

1. new skoda fabia is a nice car to buy...so decide on this first

2. i strongly feel that either choose the option of going for classic or elegance. there is no meaning to go for ambiente...it is a half roti



You are right rkrish. I also believe the same. I love Skoda Fabia because of interiors and road presence but due to lack of features and price tag I have started exploring other cars like. Punto Emotion, Figo Titanum, Polo etc (all Diesel). See my budget is upto 6 lakhs and I need some good features in this budget. Figo is under 6 lakhs and with all the features only rear power window is missing. Whereas, in other cars something major is missing.

Not sure what to do?




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#89 25-Jan, 2011 11:16 AM
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@shailender

I hope i will end your confusion right here and you will proceed with your final decision

1. Punto is loaded and good car, but the pricing i feel bit high and also maintenance is very high when i have seen this practically with my friends, hence this is ruled out

2. VW polo, ok good german tech car, but with the budget of 6 lakhs please do not think of buying this car as a person buy this should be ready for anything it comes up after buying, i mean for service or spares cost which will be very high. the biggest problem with them is they are not fully established them selves in india yet after launching this model, they got those sales numbers but also many problems also, so as a simple rule that when ever something is introduced first time in a new country it takes easily 2 to 3 years for them to settle down, so it is not a good option to go for this as a budget customer like you and me. this will not be so affordable

3. coming to ford figo titanium. me and my friend drove this car last week i got following findings

first of all i laugh at the thing that y this is choosen as best car of the year, i feel this may be a scam. becoz there is nothing much great about this. people say it is fully loaded what is mean by fully loaded they mean a stereo enough, front power windows, and funny thing is rear windows open only 60% and they say that it is child safety, i really laughed at it, becoz the car design is wrong on the back door, there is no scope for window glass to go inside fully, hence they say it is a additional safety feature...hahaha. other things of this car, where it is cheaper titianium diesel comes for 6.4 L after discount and bargain and i feel this car is not worth of such money. the plastics used on dash board or not at all good, what is fully loaded even this cannot come with stearing controls.?? and the seating looked as same as other low height cars...sitting inside a box..no comfort..no tilt stearing and it is not very responsive or power full when you drive this in 2nd gear and ground clearance is not good...and i really dont know y people r buying this useless car for such price. yes FORD FUSION was a very great car unfortunately it is withdrawn from indian market due to poor sales. and also FORD FIESTA is also great car but you need to increase ur budget, so according to me no fun in buying this car

at last i have two options for you

1. if you want a nice space and very good finish and german engineering, then go for NEW fabia either classic or elegance. i prefer classic becoz for those all features in elegance, i am not ready to pay 2 lakhs more. but when you look at it from outside the car is the same and people dont say this is classic or elegance..they say wow its skoda fabia..ok on their stability in india, in initial years they too had similar problems like vw polo, but they are streamlined now and their spares and service has came down drastically by 50% and also sales service outlets increased. so you can just go for this car...now problems..and regarding the driving feel and comfort none other car i liked over this.

2. if you are careful about budget and service cost, then go for RITZ this is a VFM car with good space inside and you can get this car for 5.8 with bargain..good mileage,service back up,cheap spares,easy to maintain....

hope i made things clear for you and wish all the good luck...for your new car decision

regards

Ramakrishna reddy



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#90 25-Jan, 2011 11:40 AM
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Rkrish,

 

I have a difference of opinion here and would like to tell you that most of the rear window in present day hatches open up to 60-70% only. You check Fabia, Punto, Polo, Figo or Vista etc.

 

Secondly, ground clearance of Figo is 168mm, Punto is 171mm and Fabia 158mm. So it is higher then Fabia. You check any site and you will find people going GA GA about Figo non existence turbo lag, which makes this car a very good city car.

 

Yes, Polo, Punto and Fabia are sturdy cars in comparison of Figo but Figo is not far behind. Figo offers, keyless entry, stereo with blue tooth connectivity and you can make / receive calls, ABS with EBD, dual airbags, front power windows, Premium seat fabric on top end version, rear washer / wiper, defogger, parcel tray and what not.

 

In fact, Punto Emotion offers ABS with EBD, keyless entry, stereo, front and rear power windows, rear washer / wiper, defogger and parcel tray.

 

Whereas, Fabia Ambiente has dual airbags, front power windows, parcel tray and that’s it. As far as budget is concerned in Delhi Figo is roughly around 5.85 lakhs without any discount. For Fabia and Punto I need to stretch a little.




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Last Updated: 25-Jan, 2011 11:41 AM, by Shailinder
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#91 25-Jan, 2011 12:30 PM
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dear Shailendra

I agree with you observations, where i many not have gone thru' somany details of ford figo and the prices may vary from city to city.

i have given my first hand experience of driving figo and my feel about the same

at given details of these all the cars i vote for new fabia in terms of all aspects. more importantly it is a pride on the road to sit and drive such beautiful finish german car.



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#92 25-Jan, 2011 11:02 PM
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Hi friends,

You people didn't comment my post on the sales figures of last 3 months...

Fabia sale has gone up by 1097 nos. (1853 - 756) in 3 months, whereas Figo has come down by 5538 nos. ( from 7419 to 1881).

BTW, do you still need to consider Punto even after it's poor show???

That's the major change observed in the market after the introduction of New Fabia! No need to explain or understand the meaning of all that....

In simple words, New Fabia is emerged as a better option in this segment ....  

Survival of the fittest is a law of nature, and it can be applied over here also ...

@ Shailinder, 

I test drove Fabia (old) first in Mar. '10, took my time to have a test drive each & every hatch not only once, again tested the New Fab twice before coming to the final decision!!! Then only purchased it on 20th Oct.'10 & now very happy with my decision & with my car also.... 

IMP- Don't forget your family members while the test drive, they also can add their valuable observations & make it easy for you to decide....

Best of luck once again...



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#93 27-Jan, 2011 11:15 AM
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i am new to share my views about my FAB 1.2 TDI ELEGANCE . i am driving this for last 40 days.i am fully satisfied with it's performance.it has given me milage of 19-20 km/l in total running of 2400km.

It is my son and my decission to have this car.I have read all the opinions written in this forum by the members. and that only made my decission  solid about Fabia.My special thanks to Dr.VIKAS, KUNAAL SAIGAL, CALVIN & SURESH VARMA



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#94 27-Jan, 2011 12:01 PM
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hi Dr. Vikas,

I am also planning to get my new Fabia Elegance from Shrine - Kolhapur. How has the A.S.S being so far? how much discount did he give or additional accessories he provided? how much did he quote for ex showroom? he said 6.54 ex showrrom for Elegance. I am planning to register the car in Karnataka - Belgaum. how much did you pay for insurance & road Tax??? RT in Karnataka is almost double of Maharastra



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#95 27-Jan, 2011 11:56 PM
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@ kk9974,

Congrats on your purchase & welcome to the thread... Fabia is fabulous!! 

The mileage you are getting is great.. though there is still a scope for doing a little better .. and with some experience you will certainly have much pleasure & satisfaction in driving Fabia..

Enjoy your Fab & happy driving ...

@ shreya,

I paid about 5.73 to Shrine, did the Comp. Insurance of my own with Bajaj Allianz, (appr. for 20,687 with Drive assure, but without Extended warranty). But in my opinion, one should always have the extended warranty, as it gives a little more security & assurance! I got my vehicle registered at Sangli RTO ...  (I'll elaborate later about the Reg. charges in details.) 

The registration charges in Maharashtra are 7% of the Invoice price, whereas in Karnataka it is 14%, if I am not wrong... So get it checked before your final decision...

The ASS at Shrine Auto is quite good nowadays. Though there are people finger pointing at the service of Skoda, my experience with the dealer is much better in all aspects.

In fact, I had to go to the workshop also for minor problem/ queries twice, they attended & helped me quite satisfactorily .. So, IMHO, there shouldn't be any problem for you to go ahead with Shrine ... All the best!!!

Keep writing & sharing info...



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#96 28-Jan, 2011 12:37 AM
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hi,

thanks ,all of you for info on this thread

i have booked 1.2TDI fabia in mumbai .i thougth to go first for petrol ambient .but decided with diesel Classic thanks to all of you.the colour decided is white.

i got 10k discount for corporate .planning to get reverse parking sensors fitted any comment on it please advise.

also, i want to know how useful is the seat adjustment option given in the other models.



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#97 28-Jan, 2011 08:00 AM
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Posted by mohsinsFAB

i have booked 1.2TDI fabia in mumbai .

Congrats!! Which showroom did u book it at? How was the pre-sales experience?

Posted by mohsinsFAB
the colour decided is white.

i got 10k discount for corporate.

white looks really gorgeous.. i have personally booked capuccino beige, but everytime i see a white fabia on the street i get tempted to change my colour pref  



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#98 28-Jan, 2011 09:40 AM
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hi 

i booked at JMD thane.the pre sale exp is good so far .the manager Poonam has been very generous .

 its white and silver one should go for Fab.as other colours which were ther in fab of 08 launch wer all gordy dark colours and they now after 3yrs look very odd fade.white and silevr are evergreen and they will fetch easy and good resale in future.



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#99 28-Jan, 2011 10:18 AM
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Hi MohsinFAB,

Congrats on your purchase!!! 

Hope you have gone thoroughly through this thread ... so many of the new buyers are getting benefited with the info shared by the members ... it's amazing...

@ Kunaal,

Where are you, man? Haven't seen any post from you these days... BTW, I am going to get the floor carpet of my Fabia laminated very soon.. approximate cost is 1800- 2000 at Sangli.

Keep sharing some info  



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#100 28-Jan, 2011 10:19 AM
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hi 

i booked at JMD thane.the pre sale exp is good so far .the manager Poonam has been very generous .

 its white and silver one should go for Fab.as other colours which were ther in fab of 08 launch wer all gordy dark colours and they now after 3yrs look very odd fade.white and silevr are evergreen and they will fetch easy and good resale in future.



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#101 28-Jan, 2011 02:37 PM
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hi dr. Vikas!

thanks for the info! I am going out tomorrow to check out the price, discounts & accessories being offered in Bangalore(although ll buy it from Kolhapur only) Also can I get the insurance done from Belgaum(Kar) as insurance in Kar is cheaper compared to Maha? whilst registration is double cause of registration I might end up paying 40-50k more :S

Also wanted to ask if the parking sensor is of any help??(I mean absolute necessity?? makes things very easy??) and how much will he quote for it?

I am not able to choose the colour also as my wife does not want white & shes more interested in black.. I like the red but just wanted to know if colours fade after 3-4 yrs & if white is the best???



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#102 28-Jan, 2011 04:20 PM
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Hi shreya,

I am sure red colour will not fade atleast in Fabia, since all Skoda cars come with paint warranty.

although silver looks very elegant on skoda cars.



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#103 28-Jan, 2011 05:13 PM
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Shreya

Nothing can beat black color if you can maintain it

morever skoda fabia looks very beautiful in black and white colors

all the best

regards

ramakrishna reddy



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#104 28-Jan, 2011 05:17 PM
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Posted by manishbajaj

Hi shreya,

I am sure red colour will not fade atleast in Fabia, since all Skoda cars come with paint warranty.

although silver looks very elegant on skoda cars.


How about beige colour ? It is actually not beige like beige interiors but very top class colour as such.




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#105 28-Jan, 2011 07:06 PM
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Hi Shreya,

Mine is Briliant Silver!!

To see the pics you may follow the link : 

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=100000800747710&aid=24841

BTW, one of these photos was winner at the FAB moments Contest by Skoda Fabia India.. and I got a prize of a sleek 4GB USB Flash Disk...

follow the link to see the Skoda Fabia page:  http://www.facebook.com/SkodaFabiaIndia

Keep writing,



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#106 28-Jan, 2011 07:23 PM
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hi  shreya,

there is lot of confusion in colour  choice.my wife was also in favour of white color but as we gave two colors (white and c. beige)for option,c.beige was only available at the time of delivery and we had it.FORTUNATELY, everybody appreciated it.Though my wife has not allow me to take out the white tape from bonet and roof as she likes  white the most.

FAB LOOKS FAB -ULOUS IN C.BEIGE.



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#107 29-Jan, 2011 09:47 AM
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Posted by kk9974

FAB LOOKS FAB -ULOUS IN C.BEIGE.


 Can u share some pics?



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#108 29-Jan, 2011 11:27 AM
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Hi All,

The Award winning pic of my Fab...

See the hoarding behind- 'The Energy to Fly to the Newer Horizons.'

And pic of Ganesh Idol presented by Shrine Auto, Kolhapur- It's Gold plated!! 

Regards,



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#109 29-Jan, 2011 12:00 PM
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Hi Everyone..

@ Dr Vikas : was travelling so have been out of action.. Nice to see so much activity on the thread ,

@ Shailinder: Well its a complete Deja Vu reading about your decision making process. I went through the exact same transition. I had almost booked a Figo diesel Titanium. Just then a friend strongly recommended that I test drive the Fabia before taking the final call. 

The Figo is a great car, it may not enjoy the premium tag of the Fabia but then its not even pretending to be in the same league. Things changed for me the moment I sat inside the Fabia. It just felt so much more grown up than the Figo, however I still feel the power delivery of the Figo diesel is a lot more linear compared to the Fabia. 

Other than a small turbo lag (which is no big deal in the city) I have absolutely no complaints with my car. I first decided to buy the Classic variant - power windows at least in the front were an important factor to me so I upgraded to the Ambiente.

Another thing - My Ambiente does feature a gear change indicator on the instrument cluster. 

All the best.


Hi Kapil,

Congrats.. C Beige is a very elegant colour  




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#110 29-Jan, 2011 10:28 PM
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hi mr kapil

 let me give some suggestions of choosing the fabia colour . i personally thought of folowing reasons...i have a candy white fabia now 2yrs+.

1. white looks cool and i ll say really cool not just for looks but i swear even during summer months.( rule of physics..white reflects).i found that if you just keep the window glasses little bit down and park it ( for hot air to go out) you will further decrease the heat build up inside the car. make sure you have rain guards fitted in case if it rains/rainy days. i have a red wagon R and despite the same measures  it remains terrible hot- as if i am in a hot oven.

2. in case you drive in highways or night white always helps-safety first- as otehr vehicles can see you better.

3.it is easy to maintain and repair from scratches/ dents.  the paint quality used in our fabia is top class. even today many of my friends thinks i bought it few months back. compare it with any other white colours cars in the market today and might be after few yrs..

3.the overall contrasts/ character of the car stands out in white.

4.finally you feel in full peace in white...ha...ha...

 this is not to offend other friends in the forum who have choosen the other colours. might be they have their own reasons,..please do add...



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#111 30-Jan, 2011 01:09 PM
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@ Kunaal saigal,

thanks for your appreciation.because of this thread today FAB is one of our family member .

@Hello Dr. Vikas,

thankyou for your reply.please give me some tips to get more mileage.

i would like to know that when i start my car a sound KA-AR use to come just for a second ,is it with all these cars or there is some problem in mine only.

before, i was driving U-VA and its cabin was super silent.but in fab sometimes  i feel cabin noise is more .Is all diesel cars have  such noise?

@hi Dr. Pakha,

i am not against white color.My first choice was white but it was not available.so i had my second option c-beige and this color is GREAT in itself nodoubt.

@ hi anshuman,

within aday or two , i will definate send you some beautiful photos of my beautiful fab.

  



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#112 01-Feb, 2011 11:51 AM
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Hi All,

thanks for all your inputs & feedback! really happy to hear from you all.

this weekend we are going to decide the colour & book the car

however the TDI Elegance is crossing my budget of 7.5L also taking a look at DZire & Manza..

I know these are totally different segments all together but would just like to TD them once..

Any idea how the Fabia will perform against these two??

and how has the highway experience been so far?? is Fabia passed by Sedans or it holds it own on high speed ???

Cheeers!!!! 



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#113 03-Feb, 2011 02:46 PM
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Fabia will out perform or under perform but it depends on you. They are from two different leagues, Manza and Dsire themselves are from different league. 

TD them and you will understand what i am saying. Difference is what you want to see in them rather than anything else.




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#114 03-Feb, 2011 06:27 PM
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@ kk9974,

IMO, getting good mileage is a result of your driving style & fuel quality you use for the vehicle!!

Now, fuel quality is not at all in our hand, but anyway with adoption of some tips, one can practically get better mileage.. I would suggest you a link of such an article, you may follow it for the tips-

http://www.team-bhp.com/web/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=23  

Regards, 



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#115 03-Feb, 2011 06:38 PM
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@ Shreya,

Don't get confused..

First you decide about the segment which suits your requirements- practically... Do consider the opinions/ views of your family members.. And then plan your budget accordingly...

One can't replace the car very often (under normal conditions), so be focused on what you really need & then think about which options you can have... 

Regards,  



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#116 12-Feb, 2011 11:28 PM
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Hi everybody,

Where are you all??

Looks the thread has entered into some boring discussions.. Share some informative posts. 

@ Shreya, 

What's the recent development in your purchase? Do share your experiences..

Regards,



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#117 18-Feb, 2011 07:49 AM
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Hi Guys

Dont know if this post belongs here or not. But I am not sure too many Fabia owners may be tracking other threads..

Getting delivery of my Fab in 2-3 days. Payment has been already done and registration process just started. 

I havent been able to get any reduction in any price anywhere (jncluding depot handling charges of 4k). however the dealer has agreed to fit the accessories for me even if i dont get it from him.

I plan to get rear speakers and rear parking sensors fitted. The dealer has said that their listed accessory is JBL GT5 S265. My doubt is that I read that the impedance is 4 ohms for these speakers, so will they work fine with the standard HU or do I need to shell out more for an amp.

A quick response will be great!! 



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#118 18-Feb, 2011 12:10 PM
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Hi Anshuman,

hey, I'm not a experience person in this matter but I had comeacross a very similar query. In that case the person was hesitant in installtin speakers having 4ohms and the standard (or the one compatible with music player) was 2ohms. It could be vice a versa also. But the conclusion was that the difference of 2ohm does not hamper either player of speaker.

Still beeter to have an expert advice in such, lets see we have anybody here to answer your query with confidence.




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#119 20-Feb, 2011 10:37 AM
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Hi Guy,

happy to inform that i got the delivery on friday of my Fabia (White, TDI ambient)

done 200kms in city so far.most of it was take on small rides to lot of close freinds and relatives.

very excited .the city ride is very smooth with lot of ease and comfort, no pot hols are experienced atall.

the adjustable steering gives really a different feel to the drive.

lot of people who sat in as every one wanted to have a look in, from my office any from my family .all were impressed on the steating comfort, leg room, interiors and the ride quality.

White colour really makes the car as richness personified.

i discovered that the car has gear shift indicator that was a surprise.

will update once i come from a long drive trip.may i will be going to mahabaleshwar in next 10days.



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#120 20-Feb, 2011 10:58 AM
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Hi Mohsin,

Congratulations for the new Fab you got in Feb!

Actually I'm bit confused between the Petrol Elegance and Diesel Ambient models, since the difference is about 25K on road prices in pune. As some of the basic features like music player, rear power windows, ABS, etc. are not available in Ambinet version, I'm not sort of fully satisfied with Ambient. But when it comes to FE, I think I should go for Diesel Ambinet rather than fully loaded Petrol Elegance, because I heard the TDI gives too good FE. Good to know that you got Ambient, now I can clear some of my dounts with you.

Please share all your experiences with us, whether you miss any Elegance features in your Ambient.




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#121 21-Feb, 2011 02:08 PM
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@ mohsinsFAB,

Congrats on your purchase!! No doubt, it's a very good decision...

It's a fact that many of the prospected 'Elegance- petrol' buyers are shifting towards 'Amb- TDI' model. And that's quite obviously because of the regular hikes in the petrol prices. But that couldn't be the only reason. In fact, Fabia TDI has now proven its ability & quality in every aspect- ride quality as well as engine performance. Comfort in Fabia is always at top class in its category.

My Amb. TDI is giving FE of about 20 kmpl with A/C on to me & that's going to be improved for sure as I am going to install a good quality Sun films all over (4 windows & both wind screens as well) this week.

I'll share my exerience in details very soon..

@ Nakum,

No need for you to be getting confused here. Just follow a simple theory- if your monthly running is a bit on higher side (say 1200+ kms), blindly go for a TDI. And if it's below 1000 kms per month, petrol could do the job for you... All other factors are subjective & depend a lot on your personal requirements & thinking etc. All the best!!!

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#122 21-Feb, 2011 02:53 PM
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Hi

I am about to get delivery of a Skoda Fabia petrol Elegance. Can anyone help out on the following query although this thread is meant for a different fabia variant.

I was quoted the cost of fitting rear speakers as Rs 6k by the dealer (Autobahn Prabhadevi). I got the same speakers from outside @ Rs 2.4k. Initially the dealer had confirmed that they will fit it for me. Now they are saying that the rear speakers fitting charge is 3k. When I confronted them that Vinayak Skoda Bangalore has charged someone Rs 300 recently for the same task, they backtracked saying that Fabia Elegance model doesn't support rear speakers (JBL GT5 S265).

Can anyone confirm or  refute this please?

Rgds

Anshuman



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#123 21-Feb, 2011 03:02 PM
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Posted by dr.vikas

It's a fact that many of the prospected 'Elegance- petrol' buyers are shifting towards 'Amb- TDI' model. And that's quite obviously because of the regular hikes in the petrol prices. 

My Amb. TDI is giving FE of about 20 kmpl with A/C on to me & that's going to be improved for sure as I am going to install a good quality Sun films all over (4 windows & both wind screens as well) this week.

I'll share my exerience in details very soon..

@ Nakum,

No need for you to be getting confused here. Just follow a simple theory- if your monthly running is a bit on higher side (say 1200+ kms), blindly go for a TDI. And if it's below 1000 kms per month, petrol could do the job for you... All other factors are subjective & depend a lot on your personal requirements & thinking etc. All the best!!!

Regards,

Hi Dr Vikas,

The monthly running thing comes to play only if one is comparing same model for Petrol & Diesel engines e.g. Elegance Petrol or Elegance Diesel because the difference in price among the same varient is huge (90K to 1L). But here difference is only 25K and I dont mind in spending this much if I will get that super 20+ kml FE that too for 42/-Rs a litre of Diesel! Of course I will lose some good features of Elegance, but those are not very essential features except ABS/EBD.

What you think of it?


Posted by jamchamp

I was quoted the cost of fitting rear speakers as Rs 6k by the dealer (Autobahn Prabhadevi). I got the same speakers from outside @ Rs 2.4k. Initially the dealer had confirmed that they will fit it for me. Now they are saying that the rear speakers fitting charge is 3k. When I confronted them that Vinayak Skoda Bangalore has charged someone Rs 300 recently for the same task, they backtracked saying that Fabia Elegance model doesn't support rear speakers (JBL GT5 S265).

Can anyone confirm or  refute this please?

Rgds

Anshuman

Hi Anshuman,

Is your dealer fitting the JBL or something like original Skoda accessory (I'm not sure which make Skoda original accessory speaker comes from). Because I can see from the Skoda Inida, New Fab website Accessory list that rear speaker kit costs something around 7,729/-Rs. They dont mention about the vendor, but you should check with the dealer which company speaker they will fit. Also check whether the dealer prvodies the original speaker, in that case I can say that around 6K for rear speaker is reasonable.

But if the dealer is fitting JBL for 6K and the same you are getting from outside, simply go the outsider. Just make sure they install it without cutting the wires and voiding the warranty!




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#124 21-Feb, 2011 03:57 PM
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@ Nakum: I took the same model which dealer was going to fit in my car. he was charging me 4.5k (mentioned 6k by mistake). Even for reverse parking sensors, I got the same model (Xenos) he was going to fit. The dealer quoted 6k plus taxes for it and I got it for 2.8k with warranty.



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#125 21-Feb, 2011 10:19 PM
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Posted by Nakum

Hi Dr Vikas,

The monthly running thing comes to play only if one is comparing same model for Petrol & Diesel engines e.g. Elegance Petrol or Elegance Diesel because the difference in price among the same varient is huge (90K to 1L). But here difference is only 25K and I dont mind in spending this much if I will get that super 20+ kml FE that too for 42/-Rs a litre of Diesel! Of course I will lose some good features of Elegance, but those are not very essential features except ABS/EBD.

What you think of it?

Hi Nakum'

You are taking it on a wrong note, as choosing a petrol or a diesel variant has nothing to do with the price of the particular vehicle.. It has been discussed many times in this thread only in the past also & people had been benefited with that during their state of confusion.. 

It's something like normally a diesel vehicle should be preferred by those having more & regular running only; due to its comparatively high maintenance cost & not only because of the basic price difference in the two. As it's quite obvious, with minimal total running (say per year), the benefit in terms of the running cost (cost per km in Rs.) will ultimately be lower. So calculate the comparative plus & minus points & then decide. (Refer to the discussion in the previous posts to get all the doubts cleared)..

I still remember, Dr.Raja from Chennai had same confusion like yours & he eventually ended up in purchasing Petrol variant of Fabia.. Hope you have got the point, I want to make..

Thanks & regards, 



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#126 23-Feb, 2011 07:54 PM
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Hi Every one- 

I have been driving my fabia for a month now and the experience has been outstanding!!!!... The drive feel is just too good. 

I was checking the rear a.c vents beneath the front seats- the observation was that the outflow from those vents is very less... is that the experience with other car owners as well???

Cheers



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#127 23-Feb, 2011 10:53 PM
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HI 

Got delivery of the car today I didn't find any manual/instructions for Beat Music system. Is that normal? The car manual says refer to Music system manual for the music system.

Guess will have to call the dealer and find out tomm.


@ dr.vikas: how much did your 3M films cost you?



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#128 01-Mar, 2011 10:30 PM
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Posted by jamchamp

@ dr.vikas: how much did your 3M films cost you?


Hi jamchamp,

I paid Rs.13.5K for 2 sets of 3M complete car kit (RE50 for sides and RE70 for front & rear wind shields). (the otherone for Linea of my friend)...

He had gone to Delhi. I placed the order on phone with Mr.Rajiv, who arranged doorstep delivery at the hotel. It was a very smooth & hassle free deal.. Smile

Had got it installed yesterday only (along with the rear speakers/ tweeters also) at Sangli.

Speakers- Sony XS GTF 1626 (16 cm Coaxial) & Tweeters- Power Bass (sound just ok for my taste)

Paid a sum of 3.7K towards film installation & the audio components in all

Writing about the experience very soon...

 Regards,



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#129 02-Mar, 2011 08:12 AM
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I got rear co-axials (JBL s265) but then discovered that the beat music system doesn't have rear pin outs..

sunfilm: should get installed today, planning for V-Kool for sides and rear and maybe 3M for front.. expect package not to exceed 10k (vis-a-vis 15k if i opt for v-kool only)..



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#130 07-Mar, 2011 07:00 PM
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Hi Vikas,

I'm too impressed with the new Fabulous Fab1.2TDi. Planning to buy a one. But its going beyond my budget (which is stretchable upto 6 )

I live in Pune and The 1.2 TDi Ambiente is costing 6.7 On road.

They are offerring a corporate discount of 10K..thats it ..SO it is 6.6 on road ( without Music System )

How can we reduce it further ? I mean if we dont opt for Skoda shield and take the insurance from outside rather than the dealer

Please guide.

Regards,

Anant



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#131 07-Mar, 2011 11:08 PM
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Posted by anantjoshi

How can we reduce it further ? I mean if we dont opt for Skoda shield and take the insurance from outside rather than the dealer

Please guide.

Regards,

Anant


Hi Anant, 

Good to see you on this forum.

Within your budget, I would rather suggest you to think about 1.2 TDi Classic. And for that you'll have to sacrifice some of the features though.. IMO, to cut down the price further, you can do few more things-

1. Get the delivery of the car out of corp. area (out of octroi), if you have/ can produce the necessary docs (say residence proof etc). 2. If you do the Comp. Insurance personally with Skoda shield, I don't think you could save a sizable amount, even though you may try & calculate the plus/ minus points accordingly. 3. Do check out the relative prices at other dealers in Pune also. And don't hesitate to bargain, you may try to get some extra discount/ freebies..

BTW, with which dealer you are having talks right now? 

I had a visit to Asset skoda, Bhandarkar Road. My experience with the sales people is really good. They always seem to be cooperative enough to help anytime (even on phone also for my queries & concerns). Though I had purchased mine from Shrine Auto, Kolhapur.. 

In fact, I didn't go for the extended warranty, but I still sometimes think, I should have gone for it!! One can always have a complete peace of mind with a little extra money spent ....  

Thanks & regards,



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#132 08-Mar, 2011 01:51 AM
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Hi Dr. Vikas,

Just read entire thread and impressed with the discussion on Fabia. M bit confuse in selection of i20 and Fabiadiesel version. My daily travelling is almost 120 kms and bugjet is in between 6-7 Lac.

Look forward to get the suggetion to select the model.

Regards,



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#133 08-Mar, 2011 01:39 PM
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Hi santosh.mum,

Being a happy FAB owner since 4+ months (with 7500+ kms of driving), obviously I would like to give my verdict in favor of-

New Skoda Fabia Diesel 1.2 TDI ..  without any doubt..

The Fab 1.2 TDI Ambiente suits/ fits to your budget too & IMHO, that would be the best buy for you.. after all only if you don't have any different idea..

Before going for my FAB, I did a thorough research of the prevailing market in this segment..

I would suggest you to have a thorough test drive along with your family members & consider their suggestions also, taking them into confidence.. Then only decide- you won't need to regret for your decision by any means then...

Bye,

  



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#134 09-Mar, 2011 11:15 AM
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Posted by anantjoshi

Hi Vikas,

I'm too impressed with the new Fabulous Fab1.2TDi. Planning to buy a one. But its going beyond my budget (which is stretchable upto 6 )

I live in Pune and The 1.2 TDi Ambiente is costing 6.7 On road.

They are offerring a corporate discount of 10K..thats it ..SO it is 6.6 on road (without Music System)

How can we reduce it further ? I mean if we dont opt for Skoda shield and take the insurance from outside rather than the dealer

Please guide.

Regards,

Anant

Hi Anant,

I too am researching for my first car (as of now considering Fabia Elegance petrol) to buy from Pune. I heard from a Skoda owner in other forum that Asset has their TD cars registered from Nagaland, that seemed fishy to him and he finally brought one (Superb or Laura dont remember exactly) from Europa, Wakad. Contrary to this, he suggested that Europa has very small service bay and he moved to Asset, Wagholi for services as it has a huge and well equipped service station there.

I haven't visited the Asset yet, but my experience with Europa was bit ok ok, though nothing bad. But those guys haven't give me a call even after I personally visited their showroom twice, filled basic inquiry form and also called twice for some other queries. Yet their response is awaited!!!

Posted by dr.vikas


Hi Anant, 

Good to see you on this forum.

Within your budget, I would rather suggest you to think about 1.2 TDi Classic. And for that you'll have to sacrifice some of the features though.. IMO, to cut down the price further, you can do few more things-

1. Get the delivery of the car out of corp. area (out of octroi), if you have/ can produce the necessary docs (say residence proof etc). 2. If you do the Comp. Insurance personally with Skoda shield, I don't think you could save a sizable amount, even though you may try & calculate the plus/ minus points accordingly. 3. Do check out the relative prices at other dealers in Pune also. And don't hesitate to bargain, you may try to get some extra discount/ freebies..

BTW, with which dealer you are having talks right now? 

I had a visit to Asset skoda, Bhandarkar Road. My experience with the sales people is really good. They always seem to be cooperative enough to help anytime (even on phone also for my queries & concerns). Though I had purchased mine from Shrine Auto, Kolhapur.. 

In fact, I didn't go for the extended warranty, but I still sometimes think, I should have gone for it!! One can always have a complete peace of mind with a little extra money spent ....  

Thanks & regards,

I wont suggest to go for Insurance externally, rather go for Skoda Shield. As Vikas said, you wont save much by going for other insurance company. Skoda will charge more bt if needed to claim insurance in future we dont have to reciprocate between Skoda and that Insurance company.

Other options like registering vehicle outside city limit is the best one to save some bucks. I know even between Pune and PCMC you will save around 5000/- Smile

Happy Searching!




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#135 14-Mar, 2011 06:20 PM
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Dr. Vikas / Nakum

Thanks a lot for  your replies.

Those are really helpful

Actually Skoda seams to be the best bait in premium hatch

I have one more question regarding Music System. The Ambiente does not have the Factory fitted Music System. I want to have a integrated music system as it gives a great look and fill.

What are the options available. I asked Skoda guys, they told me it will be additinal 16K to add the factory fitted music system  to ambiente.

Another Skoda person told me that it will required 35K ( yes you are reading it correctly  ) its 35K..

Whats the actual charges for this integrated Music sys If i want to get it from Skoda?

Has anybody done this ?

Can I get music system fitted from outside and have a look and fill as nice as the factory fitted ?



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#136 14-Mar, 2011 07:19 PM
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@anantjoshi: fabia music system is a 2 DIN HU. That can be picked up from the market. Alternatively, if you want Skoda/VW specific HU, I had read in team-bhp forum that someone had ordered it from China and has installed it. It is the same type which goes into higher end Skodas/VWs at a lower price.

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#137 15-Mar, 2011 10:49 AM
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Posted by anantjoshi

I have one more question regarding Music System. The Ambiente does not have the Factory fitted Music System. I want to have a integrated music system as it gives a great look and fill.

What are the options available. I asked Skoda guys, they told me it will be additinal 16K to add the factory fitted music system  to ambiente.

Another Skoda person told me that it will required 35K ( yes you are reading it correctly  ) its 35K..

Whats the actual charges for this integrated Music sys If i want to get it from Skoda?

Has anybody done this ?

Can I get music system fitted from outside and have a look and fill as nice as the factory fitted ?

Hi Anant,

well, I haven't purchased the Fabia but doing extensive research, as much as I can. Yes, you got the right information that the original 2-DIN music system that comes with Fabia will cost your around 35K the name of the model is Skoda BEAT. I bet you will get a touch screen, large display LCD/LED system in this budget from any reputed brand.

The best option is to buy it externally BUT mind it not to play with the wiring, as it will VOID your warranty. As you too belongs to Pune, I know that guys working for Skoda showroom will arange for you to fit it outside of the dealer (at some accessory shop) showroom without cutting wires. I dont know but there must be some commission (or may be they will be getting it from accessory shop) involved. I could tell you all these things because I inqured with an accessory shop and he told me that the same guy who works with the Skoda dealer (Europa, Wakad in Pune) comes to our shop to fit the music system, so don't worry he knows how to do it without cutting wires.




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#138 15-Mar, 2011 05:00 PM
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Thanks JamChamp / Nakul

Actually I'm not particullar about the Skoda Music system as such. I'm more interested to have a integrated feel so that I can avoid the patchy looks which are there if we fit the Music system from external sources.

Can we fit the Musi sys from external sources and still have a integrated look?

If yes what could be the cost ? It should not be more than 15-20K.



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#139 15-Mar, 2011 05:17 PM
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Hi Anant,

I have two friends (total 3) interested in Fabia from Pune, we are reviewing it to make a group deal.




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#140 15-Mar, 2011 06:26 PM
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Hey Nakum

Thats would be great thing if we can get some deal.

I'll also check if I can get some friends along with us.



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#141 15-Mar, 2011 11:12 PM
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I can't PM you as my total posts < 100!

You are just 2 posts away!!




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#142 16-Mar, 2011 12:28 AM
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I'll contact you..you can search me on Facebook with my name 



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#143 16-Mar, 2011 10:30 AM
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Thanks for the mail  Smile




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#144 17-Mar, 2011 06:46 PM
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Hi All,

I'm Bala from Chennai. I have almost finalized to buy Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Elegance from Gurudev Motors. What is your take on the car so far. Any complaints with the vehicle. Do you recommend ME to buy this car.

Thank you.



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#145 17-Mar, 2011 07:29 PM
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Hi,

The car is overall good compared to japanese cars in all aspects. Drive comfort top class. But the after sales and resale value may not be as good. 



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#146 21-Mar, 2011 05:00 PM
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Hi,

Any Skoda Fabia 1.2 tdi buyers in Chennai. I'm really confused if I should buy the elegance tdi model.Please help and appreciate any contact

Thanks,

Bala



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#147 21-Mar, 2011 05:11 PM
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Posted by mbgr1947

Hi,

Any Skoda Fabia 1.2 tdi buyers in Chennai. I'm really confused if I should buy the elegance tdi model.Please help and appreciate any contact

Thanks,

Bala

Hi Bala,

What I understand from your statement is that you are confused about Diesel and Petrol Or if at all you should buy a Fabia.

If it is Diesel vs Petrol so calculate your basic running daily / weekly / monthly / yearly and calculate amount you would be spending on it. Keep a realistic figure as average under 80% or 100% AC on condition (because it is ChennaiCool). Once you reach to a figure then calculate how much you would be paying for Diesel varient of any car and how much time (KMs or Months or Years) you would take to recover that amount.

I am sure you will get your answer, still if you need any support. Just PM me your requirement, probabaly I will be able to help you out.

As far as Fabia is concerned, then it is a fantastic car and top end model is still loaded with features.

All the BEST.




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#148 21-Mar, 2011 05:27 PM
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Hi Shailinder,

Thanks for the reply. I'm looking for a Skoda Fabia 1.2 diesel elegance model. My concern and major apprehension is about the A.S.S and cost of spares. Is it still bad even with the new model

Appreciate your suggestions.




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#149 21-Mar, 2011 09:56 PM
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Hi Bala,

The cost of spares have gone down by 30-40 percent i heard. Still some major components like gear box and core engine components will be expensive compared to other vehicles. But i don't think you will face issues with these. Go ahead and buy it if you like it. I was using Figo diesel and upgraded to Fabia and i like the comfort and class.



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#150 21-Mar, 2011 10:44 PM
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Hi all,

This type of questions are raised so many times in this forum (also in some other forums as well).. I would rather suggest every newbie to go through the thread thoroughly well just before joining and raising a query.. Many times the same issue can be found here already discussed before also..

mbgr1947,

It's but natural for you to have such concerns, mainly because of the 'past' horrifying issues/ experiences regarding ASS of Skoda.. Fortunately, at least I didn't come across any new case since long.. Skoda might be improving on that ground & it has to be.. In the vast developing Auto market of India, no one would now afford to be 'careless' & stubborn.. Skoda has officially sacked few such dealerships after having complaints from the customers.. 

And about the cost of spares issue, I still remember recently, somebody (? Kunaal/ Shailinder) has shared a list of comparison regarding the cut down of spare prices especially after the introduction of New Fabia.. Skoda has now started localization of spares (production of many at Chakan, near Pune) that effectively resulted in the substantial price drop.. 

Following the regular increase in the monthly sell of Fabia, I won't find any reason there in rethinking while buying a New Fab...

So don't bother & even it is well approved that Fabia won't need change of spares so often.. All the best..

Thanks & regards,



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#151 25-Mar, 2011 04:37 PM
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Thanks, Vikas.

I have booked Fabia 1.2 TDI elegance today. BTW, i SAW 4 FABIAS getting ready for delivery today at Gurudev Motors, Chennai.


I forgot- the waiting period is 3 weeks



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#152 25-Mar, 2011 08:57 PM
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Posted by mbgr1947

Thanks, Vikas.

I have booked Fabia 1.2 TDI elegance today. BTW, i SAW 4 FABIAS getting ready for delivery today at Gurudev Motors, Chennai.

Congrates MBGR, I am sure you will have many miles on you Fabia...Do share your dealership experience and after delivery as well.




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#153 26-Mar, 2011 04:20 PM
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slightly OT.. mumbai ppl can help..

i got a few scratches on my side mirror. Can see white line (i think thats primer). Will the workshop (sewri/reay road) help in restoring it?

any body has resolved any similar issues earlier.

cheers



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#154 26-Mar, 2011 06:47 PM
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Hi,

Take it to 3M guys and they will apply rubbing polish it should solve the problem as it is not deep. Don't worry even if it has to be painted as the whole side mirror assembly need not be removed even if it has to be painted. The white part is a separate plastic piece which can be removed without touching the whole assembly.



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#155 26-Mar, 2011 10:21 PM
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Hi,

Firstly regret not being able to post on the thread for a while now. Work and travel has kept me a little busy. I have been using my Fabia 1.2 TDI Ambiente since early Dec 2010 and must admit I am very happy with my purchase. The car feels solid and has given no reason to complain so far. I have however still not been able to take the car out of Mumbai and plan to do so in the next weekends. Will write a detailed ownership report in the next few weeks. One thing I should mention is that the rubber on my wiper blades began to peel off - however JMD Skoda replaced the wiper blade set free of cost.  
The in city performance is very nice and the car has been returning a fuel average in the range of 12.8 - 14.5 Km/Ltr. Please keep in mind my running is largely in bumber to bumber Mumbai city during peak traffic with the AC switched on around 90 - 95% of the time. So I assume highway figures should be significantly better. 

02/02

Good Bits –

1)      Illuminated dual glove box

2)      Large and practical boot

3)      Gear shift indicator : helps fuel efficiency

4)      Height adjustable driver seat : Steering also adjustable for reach and height.

5)      Hand brake on warning light and warning chime : Very useful 

6)      Power windows – practical features : Auto up/down, can be operated even when car is switched off and can operate  them while locking the car from the outside too. 

7)      Powerful AC

8)      Conviniently located lever to flip front seats backrest forward: Access even from the rear seats.

9)   Rear AC vents : Not the as effective as a dedicated rear seat vent but does help in air circulation near the rear passenger seats. 

 

 Not so good Bits –

1)      Spongy brake feed back :The brake works fine but the pedal response does not feel that it bites the brake as well as a old Honda City or the Ford Icon. Not sure if its just my car

2)      Aircon circulation swich – fiddly : The circulation switches to the other mode the moment you rotate the thermostat dial.

3)      No grab handles above the passenger doors : Practical and useful touch 

4)      Fuel filler needs to be opened with a key:  Primitive.. why?

5)      No manual locking pin to lock/unlock doors from the inside: Just a matter of habit I guess, but I still miss it. 

6)   No rear power windows and rear wiper wash even on car costing 6.8 Lakhs on road in Mumbai

Hope this is of some use.
Regards,
Kunaal 



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#156 27-Mar, 2011 10:38 PM
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Hi Kunaal.

Welcome back once again to the thread after a long break... Your good work always make this thread live! hoping you must be in touch with the posts written by many new & old friends ... Do share your opinion/ suggestions on the older posts also, if any..

Hi every Fab lover,

I just had a one day trip to Mumbai yesterday only... Total 764 kms of travel including 4/ 5 hrs of 'exhausting' city drive & rest of it, sheer pleasure on the NH4 ... within 18 hrs in all.. with the highest speed achieved just below180 kmph (beating my previous best of 160+ on NH4 itself, on the way to Bangalore.. this time near Panvel on the express way..)  

No.. That's not the all what I wanted to share with you.. but a little guess work is also expected from all the Fab owners/ members .. I am still astounded with the performance of my Fab, Cool really gr8!!! (that's the only clue..) 

By now, all of you might be knowing, there is warning light / chime indicator as well for the fuel reserve indication.. On my journey back to home, I refueled the car with 4.85 ltrs (for Rs. 200/-) at HP pump at Ajinkyatara Sugar Factory, Satara. All I wished to check the FE of my car, taking the advantage of the reserve indicator.. The trip meter reading was 689.6, when the chime struck before refueling ..

Now, my simple question for all you there- what could be the trip meter reading when the reserve chime struck the next time??? (e.g. after consuming all those 'valuable' 4.85 ltrs..)

Any guesses????

I'll be disclosing the 'figure' only after having at least 5 replies here... BTW, no any prizes to be won for that ... Money mouth  

Keep writing, 



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#157 29-Mar, 2011 11:09 PM
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Dr. Vikas,

The reading shall be between 764 and 767.

I am very keenly watching this thread to finalize my next car. KunaalSaigal and yours input on the Fabia are very genuine and leading the customers towards Fabia.

Mainly waiting to get some more information regarding service cost of 1st and 2nd including the breakup of materials used and labor charges.



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#158 30-Mar, 2011 12:40 AM
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Thanks a lot Johnson, for your reply & for the compliments as well ..

I won't be commenting/ disclosing anything right now about the 'quiz'.. Let the others do try before the declaration... Keep guessing guys..

BTW, few days back I have got the 5 wheel rotation, balancing & alignment of my Fab done for some 340+ Rs. after having completed 7600 kms.. (& that just before my Mumbai trip)

I called on to the Skoda service station before outsourcing the job at New International Tyres, Kolhapur.. They are the authorized distributors for Bridgestone.. Since last 4/ 5 yrs (or even more), I have been getting all the related work of my car done from them only..

And obviously there are reasons for that- 2 Well equipped showrooms, professional yet genuine service & nice quality workmanship at reasonable rates... Hopefully visiting them very soon for the free check up offered..

Keep writing,

Regards,



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#159 30-Mar, 2011 07:50 AM
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@drvikas: 765-770



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#160 01-Apr, 2011 08:51 PM
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Posted by jamchamp

@drvikas: 765-770

Thanx jamchamp for your reply, well try but that's not enough... Hmm, I still need to wait for another 2-3 guesses by our friends..

Let's see who comes closer... BTW you may go for one more chance....

What I could disclose right now is about the situation--

It was 12 midnight when I was there on NH4 near Satara (Anewadi toll booth)

Speed was constant at about 100 kmph

RPM was around 2-2.5K

AC was on (step-1)

Hardly needed to apply the clutch or break or to revv.. 

I'll give you the next clue (if required) which will almost get you up to the answer in my next post... 

Regards,



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#161 02-Apr, 2011 07:33 PM
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vikas,

my guess shld be around 780~790



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#162 02-Apr, 2011 07:42 PM
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Hi Fabians,

I'm eagerly waiting for my Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Elegance model from Gurudev Motors, Chennai. I was promised 24th April delivery. My dealership exp. so far has been good esp. with sales rep. Prabha. She went out of her way to explain me evrything i asked her. I bargained for few freebies for the first time in my 3 cars ownership YellWinkTongue out (learned from the fellow owners on this forum).

She instantly promised me free Teflon coating, underneath anti-corrosive painting, mud flaps and mats. I don't know the total value of the freebies but I'm happy.

Guys, did anyone in the forum got the first service of the new skoda fabia. 



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#163 02-Apr, 2011 08:39 PM
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I would like to tell you certain things

1.  underneath anti-corrosive painting : This is a clear cheating as the car itself comes with a underneath coating and 2 year anti corrosion warranty. Actually i too believed this and later i came to know that underneath coating cannot be done from their own service station as the car already has rubber like coating at bottom. Even if they do the coating it will not stick. I confirmed from both vadapalani and guindy service. Please argue with them with proof and take some other freebie like tank full etc.

2. Mud flaps and Floor mats : This is the local one which they offer as freebie. If you want original you will have to pay Rs2000 as difference. I am telling you this as out of experience.

3. Teflon is something which they do but not as professional as 3M. They are required to do this anyway i will tell you the reason. The roof and the bonnet and door handles are all covered with plastic cover stuck with glue when the car arrives from factory. When they remove the plastic cover they need to use the teflon substance to clear it.

You can actually bargain for the OE floor and mud flaps and tank full(20 litres comes with car and 25 Litres is the coupon which they give), 3M sunfilm.



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#164 03-Apr, 2011 12:42 PM
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Thanks mate,

very helpful and appreciate your detail reply on the so called freebies. I would negotiate for OE floor and mud flaps, 3m sunfilm and tank full. 



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#165 03-Apr, 2011 12:47 PM
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Posted by jamchamp

@drvikas: 765-770

i up my range by 14 kms, i.e. 779-784



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#166 04-Apr, 2011 01:20 AM
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Hey Guys,

Very anxious to receive delivery of my fabia 1.2 tdi elegance in the week of April 20th.

Happened to go thru OLD Team BHP ownership reviews on old fabia 1.4 mpi and 1.4 TDI today. Very very scary reviews on the OLD MODELS car stalling IN TRAFFIC AND HIGHWAYS from the 1st month itself. Legal battles with the skoda company by one HarishV and likewise many owners spitting venom on skoda.

As a future skoda fabia owner I'm really tensed if i have made the right choice. Any new skoda fabia 1.2 tdi owner from Chennai, I would be happy to call you or can reach me on 95000 23089.

Appreciate your advice.



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#167 04-Apr, 2011 09:49 AM
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Hi,

I bought 1.2 CR TDi on from Gurudev and i have done about a 1200Km. Don't worry you will enjoy the vehicle. Just make sure you check the vehicle thoroughly before taking delivery becoz i had paint issues with the left mirror cover and they replaced it. Also check for scratches etc. Best thing is to pressure the sales person to show the vehicle in the yard before registration.

You can meet Mr Vasanth in Arumbakkam branch service for any issues. He is a helpful person. Guindy is managed by Mr Sundar who is generally busy but on insistence will attend to you. Others are ok as they don't have full knowledge. This is just for information. Generally the problem with Skoda is they are very slow in doing things. For eg you ask a query they take their own time to respond. If they have to change something in warranty then they send mail etc and get the approval and then only proceed. But other companies simply change the part and then claim it.

I have heard from others that most of the parts are being manufactured in Pune plant unlike before where they were being imported and hence expensive.

Caution : Make sure you inform that you will make payment just before(2days) registration. As the sales people will try to push you to pay once the vehicle has started from factory(10-12 days earlier). I am saying this becoz sometimes the car get damaged/scratches during transport or last minute allocation to other influential people keeping you on hold or by simply pushing other color cars claiming that the factory didn't displatch your preffered color etc.



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#168 04-Apr, 2011 11:51 AM
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Thanks, man.

As always your suggestions are very helpful. I know these questions have been asked umpteen times in this forum. Jus wanted to check with fellow Chennaite.

1. Do you think they would allow me to check the vehicle before registration in their warehouse.

2.what is the city and highway mileage with A.C are u getting. 

3. Is ordinary Diesel good enough or should we use Shell Diesel which is little expensive.

4. Did u find any problem with the speed breakers due to low grnd clearance of the car ( I know the grnd clearance has been slightly increased from the old car).

Thanks in advance.

Bala



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#169 04-Apr, 2011 11:52 AM
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Hey,

Did anyone in the forum get the new skoda fabia 1.2 tdi 1st service done. If so, plse share your experience.



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#170 04-Apr, 2011 09:35 PM
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1. Do you think they would allow me to check the vehicle before registration in their warehouse.

They will not allow in a smooth way. Since they pressurized me to pay 12 days before i took it up with Skoda India and then negotiated with the dealer to pay balance amt (apart from advance) only after seeing the car 2 days beofre registration. The dealer deciding authority there is Paras and Moorthy. The car will come to vadapalani branch for teflon coating and thats wheeree i saw mine. Infact many companies allow you to check the vehicle before registration. I did that for Ford Figo my earlier car.

2.what is the city and highway mileage with A.C are u getting. 

This part i have not calculated exactly. I can say similar to Figo around 11-13 in city and 17+ in highways.

3. Is ordinary Diesel good enough or should we use Shell Diesel which is little expensive.

Just go only for ordinary diesel. Preferably BP company operated outlet.

4. Did u find any problem with the speed breakers due to low grnd clearance of the car ( I know the grnd clearance has been slightly increased from the old car).

Ground clearance is excellent. Though specification says 158mm it is far far better then my figo with 168mm ground clearance. It will neither scrap the mud flaps or the under chasis. This part i am very sure.



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