Car : Skoda Octavia
Engine : 1.9 tdi 110hp (with petes tuning box)
ODO : 72,100 (approx)
So had a successful 12000 kms of driving after the 60k service. I know that 15 k is the service interval but wanted to stay on the safer side before going for a long drive. (and for some personal reasons).
What was done?
- Timing belt with 5 tensioners.(will hold good for another 75k kms)
- New softer brake pads
- New Discs
- Engine oil (synthetic 5L)
- Full Wax coating
- General Service stuffs (gear oil, air filter , brake oil etc)
- Cleared Error codes from ECU
Total Cost : 26 k
26k might look like a big amount for a service but on the brighter side. The timing belt assembly itself costed (10k) and need not be changed for another 75k. Discs need not be changed for atleast another 30k kms. Full Wax coating for every 30K kms will be enough (more of time dependent than kms).
So next service should cost me less than half of the amount i payed this time.
Experience with Performance Automotive , porur , chennai:
In one word EXCELLENT. Thay are very knowledgeable guys and they charge very reasonably. To my surprise they charged less than my Mechanic who was my friend. Now i feel very relaxed about Skoda ASS
problem. First, who needs ASS
when you have a super Garage with all facilities at reasonable prices.
The performance automotive guys not only do general servicing , but also performance mods, i saw heavily modified Maruti Esteems designed for rally.
The best part. I got a call from the supervisor(of Performance Automotive) a week later, after the service was done. They just wanted to check if the car is doing well. How many of them who service the car care about the condition of the car after they get the cash? But the best part is yet to come. Again i got a call from the owner , with the same question. It might be the job of the Superviosor to check with the customers. But the owner also called me and asked about the satisfaction. Now who needs Skoda ASS
What was my Answer to the question?(from owner and supervisor)
I replied them with a Lethargic "yes, im satisfied". But the truth was far better than my answer . The car felt like it was transformed. There is no screeching sound from the Engine Bay(which used to be there till the engine reaches the optimal temperature). Turbo whistle is more audible now. Brakes tranformed from average to good. (not excellent due to lack of ABS
). Clutch was also a little different from how it used to be. Now the car starts to move with the slightest release of the clutch. Steering also felt lighter than it used to be(very heavy). May be due to lubrications.