Hello Membes, here comes the post delivery, 7000 KMS ownership review and mileage tracker as promised in first post.
Post delivery of my car, it was time for accessories. Here again the Sales Executive helped. He referred me to one of the after market shop who would give me good deals with good quality. Before goin there did all market analysis and found this guy OK (would say not highly priced but charges premium for few parts). Fitted the car with sound system, tinted all the glass (yet to be cought by Police so continuing with it) and did the boady coat. Sound system config -
1. JVC 2 DIN HU with USB and Bluetooth compatible
2. Rockford Components in front
3. Rockford 3 way speakers in rear (Again cost cutting)
This configuration was enough for me to enjoy good music as of now. Will add the amp once I get some additional variable pay in my salary (IT guys might know this trick) Next planned things are to add the mats (continuing with Old mats from my Indica (Jugaad)- cost cutting frinds :)) , reverse parking sensor and seat covers in next month.
Then started my transformation from Petrol Hatchback to Diesel sedan. Wowww what an experience. The car is like point and shoot. The steering is great and breaking is as confident as it can be. During my first 1000 Kms drove the car through bumper to bumper traffic only. Could not help as I dint had any time for long drives. Post 1000 KMS we took this car on Pune - Satara Highway for Shri Balaji Darshan in Ketkawale. That is where I felt that this was something I was looking for. The car zoomed past every other car though I was not pushing the car hard. It was smooth sailing experience. We touched 140 KMPH and stayed there for a while and then drove around 100 KMPH for safety. (Though it is little higher but can consider it as safe on that road)
I used to travel a lot through city and city driving was something I really hated. Thanks to Rapid, now I do not hate it. Also, felt like that PMC worked overnight to improve the road quality but then realized it is my ride quality not the road. Also the car just helped me to keep my cool with silent (not soundproof) cabin. The gear shift is very smooth with small throw which helps a lot in city. Though the clutch could have been a little softer. This is one of the things that I would like Skoda to improve on. (Again this is personal wish).
Till now I clocked 7000 KMS with my rapid. Did some trial and error for getting best seating posture for best FE. Believe me it helpmed me to increase the FE by almost 2 KMs / Ltr. Following is the summary of my FE calculated with Full tank to full tank method.
1. First 1000 Kms in city traffic, 100% AC - 12.6 KMPL
2. Highway Drive, 100% AC - 22+ KMPL - Went to Kolhapur and Back. The fuel used for 500+ Kms is less than 20 Ltrs. Will post the picture of fuel indicator touching the half tank after 600 Kms. Is this a record for Rapid ???
3. City Traffic Post 1500 Kms in Odo - 13.5 KMPL - I think with time and with good driving practice this can go up to 15 KMPL.
4. Till now overall average FE is 14.36 KMPL. (Till 6800 Kms with 100% AC, 60% City and 40% Highway drive)
Overall satisfaction level with this car is 4.5 out of 5. I kept 0.5 for Audi Q7 (my next car if I could afford it any time)
During the ride, I found few things which really annoyed me.
1. The headlights – These could have been better. With the original in stock, the light is not sufficient. Planning to upgrade to Philips Xtreme Lights (55/60)
2. Horn – Why did they changed the Skoda trademark horn. Again will change that to Hella horns in near future.
3. Driver side wiper cannot be folded – How can someone miss this point at Skoda Design center? No solution as of now or workaround. Living with it.
Apart from above, really satisfied and hope to get good after sales service. Will take my car to Asset service station for planned 7500 kms check up. Following are the things that I planned for this service
• Wheel Alignment and Balancing
• Engine oil top up
Guys any suggestions on this service cum check up that I should take care of apart from above 2 points. Do pour in your suggestions.
Next to come -->> Few Snaps of the beauty, Long drive experience (Race between beauty (Rapid) and beast (Safari)..