Gurkha

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  1. Also lets not go by the logic about number of cars running, in that sense, there are many Indicas running on road as well with daily patch repair. We have to see what the major industry stalwarts indicate. CR gives detailed report on each and every issues faced by a car during its total ownership. Anyone with basic knowledge can make out the weak points of the vehicle, don't have to be a rocket scientist. Just because your limited use vehicle runs for one doesn't mean it defies industry average against it. I have repeatedly posted verified links, testimonials as well as lawsuit reports on the fallacy of VW products.

     

    Skoda India sells its vehicles at a seriously inflated price to people with the premise of quality uber alles which I feel is total cheating and hype. Unless they can prove to all with mathematical average that they are indeed a cut above the rest in terms of reliability and quality, they deserve to be scrutinized with a big lens. RishiRich feels cheated as he paid a huge sum for the Skoda expecting it to deliver its promise which it hasn't. MB and BMW have done the same, when people pay twice the price of an equivalent vehicle, they expect the Sun and the Moon. MB and BMW are gathering same number of complaints in China which is a bigger market for them than India.

     

    Need I remind that a 7 series BMW was dragged by Ox on Shanghai streets by its owner frustrated with myriads of failures on his super expensive German engineered pride and joy. For the last 30 years or so, the Japanese made steady rise to come at top of the reliability and quality and what is more amazing is that they don't get complacent, they manage to stay at the top. One of the reasons is humility which the Germans totally lack. The Germans have severe superiority complex. They think because of their race and their origin, products made by them are superior to others.

     

    You should go and hear what they say about the Indians and their products. OTOH, Japanese remain humble. Toyota recalled Land Cruisers for fading tail light lens, this on TLCs older than 10 years, fading is a normal UV process on the plastic used for lens and yet they did so on their own. These small facets make the difference. The Germans through their own complexes would go in denial mode even when a genuine mechanical issue is hand. My Mercedes Turbo Diesel is a rare 5 speed Euro version. Due to its inherent design weakness it came with a weak slave cylinder which would lead to premature clutch failures. After warranty was over, I had to pay $4500 twice to get the clutch fixed and finally had to take MBUSA to court to get the issue highlighted and resolved.

     

    Seems there was a TSB issued in Germany about the failure but MBUSA never acknowledged or alerted their customers. For a car costing 300% more over its Japanese high quality counterparts, this was certainly inexcusable. I won the suit and they settled and compensated but it sure left a sour taste in my mouth. I have kept that car as you can see by my signature.

    I would also tell RishiRich to check if the slave cylinder for the clutch is overheating, in that case, it doesn't engage the pressure plate properly which leads to premature clutch failure.
    FuelRunGod2008-01-19 04:16:39

  2. Fully agreed, I have pleaded and coaxed out here to bring it back to topic. Problem here is that anytime someone gets a genuine issue with a particular brand, all the brand loyalists start their rants against the posted which not only dissuades the posted from participating but also defeats the entire purpose of this forum. Let me reiterate, do your loving in threads created for it. In threads like this, either have an objective perspective or stay out of it for good if it hurts to see your favored brand in action. As Sgiitk points out above, industry average indicate that Japanese are superior to all in terms of quality and reliability so please don't bring in Mera Bharat Mahaan type illogical arguments. If you can bring in genuine counterpoints to that fact, by all means do so.

    Now lets see how RishiRich can be helped out here. If you are still following this post, word of advice. Next time take snaps of parts which have been replaced. At least that way we can try and deduce where and why the part failed initially.


  3. I am sure you are aware that Carol Shelby made some very interesting chassis using US muscle and coined the term, there is no substitute for displacement. This Corvette is no ordinary ZR-1 which was no slouch in straight line or corners, this is a statement car, probably last of the Corvettes and last of the gas powered greats before $200 a barrel of gas brings all muscle cars to permanent halt.


  4. Que Sera Sera..........

    Now back to the issue, early syptoms and warning of pressure plate failure is jerky release, specially during heat inducing traffic drive, your you get clutch judder frequently or get jerky release and hard shifts, take the vehicle back to the dealer before the pressure plate gives and you get costly flywheel damage. Also keep an ear out for release bearing noise, if you depress the clutch and you get a grinding noise, thats your sign that release bearing is on its way out.


  5. Sadly due to the Indian market perceptions, we will never get to see this true genuine off roader, at 15L its far better and true off roader with the wonderful Prado V6. I have driven it off road extensively in Philippines as my brother in law owns one, I can tell you, its loads of fun and far better off and on road than its counterparts.


  6. yaar why r u people(roomy te gurkha) grinding? against each other like clutch and pressure plates' date='roomy brother vw(skoda) might be making good quality cars,but i had once over rided my safari's clutch while making my way up on a very steep slope in ladakh,but did not have any issue like this,why only skoda and that also when they beat the quality drum so hard.u like skoda,even i ,may be even gurkha also,nothing personal,mere chachaji de company tan nahi hai na he bin laden de hai,if it give problem thats why im here,cool down,come to delhi both of u ,lets have a drink[/quote']

    Well since you had the gall to dis their favored concubine called Skoda, they challenged and questioned your driving ability. To them Skoda is all, its the best in world, no matter Toyota is number one manufacturer, Honda wins best car title since last 25years, no one else has had the chance to own, use or even come near the hallowed East Euro VW hype. If you dare criticize their ho, you will get presumptuous replies challenging your ownership of the Skoda or even the capability to own one. smiley4.gif


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    I have built engines in fact at Volkswagens factory in Wolfsburg. As for having cars as bedmates you seem to have discovered something yourself but please dont share your experiences with us

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  8. I have seen quite a few broken pressure plates. Most of them would break under hard race use but poorly designed ones tend to break due to immense stress beyond their design capability. No one here writes from wild imagination' date=' people should stop worshipping their choice and stop making assumptions about others. Mr. Skoda lover above mentions person living in states. Let me ask him, do you know me that well to know if I have extensively driven Skoda or if anyone in my circle owns one? Seriously doubt it. Are you aware of Team VW in SCCA or have ever in life built or race a VW engine, diesel or gas? Doubt that as well. As an ex VW owner and having friends and family here who are unfortunate Skoda owners, I not only have driven this East European junk for miles, but have seen its problems first hand as well. So keep ASS+UMING but facts will remain facts, Skoda fixation aside. I suggest if you are that passionaite about Skoda and its your only mate in bed, don't be hanging around at the forum and try put down others who have genuine case history of problems with your bed mate ie Skoda. smiley1.gif [/quote']

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    I have built engines in fact at Volkswagens factory in Wolfsburg. As for having cars as bedmates you seem to have discovered something yourself but please dont share your experiences with us

    You have built VWs at Wolfsburg, may I ask what was your designation there? smiley2.gif If that was the case, you must be well aware of the harmonic issue in the narrow angle V6 for which VW had to issue a recall or the fact that VW was peddling off cars to paying customers, these cars were returns from lemon law. As for bedmates, this is a clutch issue thread, there is a I love Skoda thread, may I suggest you post there or create a I sleep with my Skoda thread. smiley4.gif


  9. I have seen quite a few broken pressure plates. Most of them would break under hard race use but poorly designed ones tend to break due to immense stress beyond their design capability.

    No one here writes from wild imagination, people should stop worshipping their choice and stop making assumptions about others. Mr. Skoda lover above mentions person living in states. Let me ask him, do you know me that well to know if I have extensively driven Skoda or if anyone in my circle owns one? Seriously doubt it. Are you aware of Team VW in SCCA or have ever in life built or race a VW engine, diesel or gas? Doubt that as well. As an ex VW owner and having friends and family here who are unfortunate Skoda owners, I not only have driven this East European junk for miles, but have seen its problems first hand as well. So keep ASS+UMING but facts will remain facts, Skoda fixation aside. I suggest if you are that passionaite about Skoda and its your only mate in bed, don't be hanging around at the forum and try put down others who have genuine case history of problems with your bed mate ie Skoda. smiley1.gif


  10. So now you are telling me world leaders Japanese are behind in electronics, is your source the same as the one which claims that Skoda made the best tank engines? Have you seen a Lexus or an Acura, the Lexus was the first vehicle to feature automatic parking system. Japanese implement electricals thoroughly whereas Skoda has to sell electronic toys to justify its high price. Are you aware that Japanese were first to introduce all wheel steering or electronic torque distribution in production cars way back in 80s. FYI, all modern Mercedes, BMW, Bentley use NGK Japan spark plugs and ND electronics. Toyota and Honda electricals or mechanicals don't break period. You might not wish to acknowledge myvwlemon.com testimonials but please don't peddle this is India here, India is no different market than anywhere else and its the rigthful duty of any car makers to sell quality products for the price they charge. Denying faults won't make them go away. Its obvious you are now arguing on an emotional basis rather than any substantial factual based defense of your claims. Let me repeat, that won't hide the fact that VW has a long way to go up the reliabilty ladder. Lastly, do you play with your electronic toys or do you drive? If you can call the premature wear of flywheel trivial problem, you obviously have no real sense in the mechanical dynamics involved in a flywheels premature wear and its eventual impact. Flywheel also forms an important factor of the crank balance and harmonics. Any wear means engine crank throw in the long run.


  11. Not higher than Honda or Toyota and I have already explained that factor, no one is denying that rating, lets come to the mechanical aspects. VW platform suffers from many maladies as witnessed by the slew of lawsuits facing them under US lemon law. Also the customers here have complained so the numbers are against it as per the industry indicators.


  12. Sure they have problems, how many Hondas do you see with severe mechanical issues like clutch failure and flywheel wear down in low mileage conditions. Have you gone across the vast extensive data bank that CR holds and checked which make has most severe mechanical issues. Don't be surprised to find the flag bearer of quality engineering that is VW at the top there. The Honda Accord and Jazz have bullet proof reputation, so does Toyota and other Japanese brands, do you think people just rate them for the sake of it?


  13. Clutch in my Accord is now 225000 miles old, car is driven in extreme NYC traffic regularly. Clutch on my MB 300TD is around 150,000km, vehicle was originally driven in US and has covered 42000km in traffic congested Kolkatta. The Gurkha has 100,000km on severely off roaded and also on road driven kilometers and the Jonga has original clutch at 178,000km of mixed on and off road. Not all clutches last 50,000km, some are over engineered and over sized and made to pull serious load and last for miles with just a bit of tender loving care.


  14. @gurkha    k i was not that clear so "sorry".... k k i said it.... now listen to the real crossed check stuff......

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    post independence importing cars & parts were banned so what people used to do is summugle them in boats.... or bring them in as scrap..... now skoda' date=' isuzu, merc engines were a some which were smuggeled in.... with skoda being quite famous.....

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    worldwide the skoda made tank engines and not tanks..... but they do made cars even then.... which were considered one of the most solid cars..... skoda was also famous in heavy towing trucks (the one towing tanks and all and heavy vehicles)......? they were in competion with MAN and tator(or something like that) and they made these heavy engines too.....

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    skoda originally was from?czech republic but was closed down later and latter bought by VW.....
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    Before going back to the subject some clarifications are needed here and this is my last take on this. Skoda made Panzer tank engine with Czechkosovakia under German occupation. Also the imported diesel engines from Middle East was invariable Toyota and then Isuzu and Daihatsu 3 cylinder, I never saw any other brands in Mubai and Chennai where they have the wholesale market for these engines.


  15. Clutch over riding means smaller size clutch/pressure plate combo used or manufacturing defect in pressure plate makes the clutch loose its grip over the flywheel, this is a common Skoda ailment and apart from Skoda getting its ass sued and acknowledging it, nothing else can be done. This isn't Toyota or Honda which in their humility will acknowledge their fault and rectify it. After all, its German engineered Skoda, superior to all, above fault and maladies. smiley2.gif


  16. The pressure plate problem is a common ailment with the VW/Skoda platform, check the myvwlemon.com site where you will see few with this ailment.There is another Skoda owner here with the same fault. Its is manufacturing defect and has nothing to do with driving styles, even Indica clutches last longer than this with abuse. Also hard shifting means syncro cones are bust, this is the long term result of the faulty clutch as well as the syncros have worn out due to that reason.


  17. Skoda is based on VW engine and platform so the problems at myvwlemon applies. Skoda engine used in the current Skoda is all VW and has no bearing to the so called tank engine that Skoda made. So let me ask you again, as per your father, what technical aspect makes this VW/Skoda engine fine, is it superior like the venerable OM616/617 from MB? Is it legendary like the Toyota 2C or 1C or the Honda NSX engine? Can it be used in multi environment like the HINO W04D?

    Lastly do upgrade your tank knowledge, if you are referring to WW-II, it was Germans who made the best tank and engines period, none other came close.


  18. The Japanese are rated higher overall and by miles, not only on whatcar but also on more objective and scientific CR. Have you cared to check VW's horror stories on the site I mentioned, all those reports are backed by documents and court hearings? Or the rating of BMW as well as sadly my ex favorite MB's position as per reliability factor across the globe? For the price German cars charge, its only brand naming and perception.

    As for your father being at EME, with due respect to your father, pray tell me how does he come to this conclusion from a scientific point of view? Has your dad ever built an engine or raced or for that matter worked for any major automaker? I have a Jonga as you can see from the signature. While at Jabalpur factory, I would hear horror stories about EME engineers destroying brand new Stallions and Jonga due to their ineptitude, this in no way is an attack on your father, he probably has enough knowledge due to his enthusiasm but to say he is the only experienced person here fit to make judgement over other persons is kind of immature. VW has poor ratings in US due to the myriads of reliability issues faced by loyal VW owners. From the famous Beetle which had a cult like following from the 70s hippie era, VW slowly and steadily lost all their loyal customer base to the Japanese and the only reason they did so is because of their extremely poor quality. As a ex VW GTi 16v owner who successfully sued VW USA under lemon law and won compensation along with many others, I would say Skoda/VW has a long way to go till they win the actual consumer confidence. Lastly What Car is based in highly protected and biased Euro market where Japanese cars are heavily taxed and European brands outsell Japanese due to that and other prejudices. The fact that Honda, Toyota et al still manages to be on top despite the odds speaks for itself.