Rockstar29

Major expense after water entered the engine

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I hope this is the right thread to post my question.

One of my senior colleague who usually travels in a chauffeur driven VW Jetta. As many of you know due to this Nilam effect it was raining heavily on 31/10 in Bangalore.

He left office for his home around 8 when it was still pouring and as with the Bangalore roads it was a huge traffic the car was stuck in between the traffic.

It had been around half an hour the car did not even cover 100 meters the driver got impatient. Most of the vehicles were moving from the right side of the road because of knee length water on the left side of the road the driver got an idea:

Driver: Sir we can go from the left side, it is empty

Colleague: No, the water may get inside the engine and it may stop

Driver kept silent

Suddenly another office cab (Tata Sumo or something like that) passed through the water without any problem

Driver: Sir see everyone is going, I will follow any vehicle so that I do not go into deep waters.

Colleague: (Hesitating) Ok, but be careful

So after another vehicle passed, the driver followed that one

Hardly they just started moving in the water the car stopped suddenly

Colleague: Kya hua? (what happened?)

Driver: Don't know, shayad engine bandh ho gaya (The engine may have stopped)

After various attempts the car did not start and sadly my colleague had to take an auto and the car was towed to the VW service and was informed that there is some major damage with the engine assembly and have quoted him around 3 lakhs for repairs.

3 lakhs? is this a genuine estimate? Please suggest.

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Yes, i've also heard that such kind of repairs for Jetta might reach upto that levels.

Frankly speaking i've heard of upto Rs.1.5-2 lacs for Previous-gen Jetta, which have faced such kind of damage by water.

But again that depends on the extent upto which the engine is damaged, so Rs.3-lacs is a small amount for VW but is a huge amount for Indians for just repairs.

Btw, is your colleague's Jetta is latest

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or this old gen

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Edited by dr_nishu

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Thank God.

I do not own such expensive cars which charge Rs 3 lakhs for a stalled engine.

From now on, I will be bloody extremely careful and will not accept such cars,

even if they are gifted to me.

Again, I thank God.

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Thank God.

I do not own such expensive cars which charge Rs 3 lakhs for a stalled engine.

From now on, I will be bloody extremely careful and will not accept such cars,

even if they are gifted to me.

Even Japanese cars aren't far behind.

Honda CIVIC with same trouble costs around Rs.1.5+ lacs.

Repairs for even i20 CRDi also runs into lacs of rupees very easily, if its CRDi pump or injectors goes crap.

Injector/unit for almost every Common rail engine costs 13-15k+ rupees.

Actually the culprit behind such huge maintenance bills is their Imported engines, which are imported as pre-assembled units & here in India they're just bolted onto the chassis.

Its the actual area where Maruti Suzuki, Ford, FIAT, TATA, Renault-Nissan, Toyota Innova & Chevrolet scored ahead of their German rivals.

They started only when they've got the manufacturing facilities ready to manufacture the entire engine with localized parts, its only the Ford India which started manufacturing 1.4 TDCI engine at the time when they introduced Figo hatchback.

Edited by dr_nishu

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Thank God.

I do not own such expensive cars which charge Rs 3 lakhs for a stalled engine.

From now on, I will be bloody extremely careful and will not accept such cars,

even if they are gifted to me.

Again, I thank God.

Dude if you get gift, do let me know. I will accept it. :D C'mon who the hell won't accept a car as a gift. :o

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does it call for a need of specialised car insurance.

many insurance companies have zero dep policies which cover new car for such expenses , they provide various top up / rider plans to basic insurance , they may look a bit fancy at the time of purchases but come to think of it they could come in handy , particularly in these times.

do you have such insurance for the stalled car , people who have expensive car should go ahead and insure these to the fullest possible extent as these things are really expensive , consider it to be a heart transplant.

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