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that is for sure very heavy traffic. It will be difficult to increase your milaege in this case but still if you try the method i told its a possibility that you may be able to increase the milaege by atleast 1-2 km/l

 

I hv driven 7500 kms. First 1000 kms was 9-11, than increased 14 and settled at 16-18, and reduced to 14 again at the time of service.

Haven't checked it after first service as yet. Will inform you in the other forum in our milaege section soon.

 

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Hi Aptsat / Uneet,

Thanks a ton for helping me in taking this decision. Finally I am convinced that Fabia is not as bad as projected by TBHP and other forums. I also asked my dealer to give me phone nos of 4 of his Fabia customers with whom I can speak ans take feedback. I spoke with all 4 of them and they gave excellent feedback about the car and the dealership. So today I cancelled my Swift booking and have initiated the loan formalities for Skoda. I had to forgo my deposit fo 5K with Maruti as they had already invoiced the car in my name and they had to pay some taxed which they are recovering from me. Do you guys have some idea around this i.e. whether they are being fair and just in retaining amount?

@Aptsat - I did check with the dealer and he has assured me that it'll be 2009 manufacturing and not a 2008. Is there any way for me to figure out from the VIN no. about the year and month of mfg? all dealerships in India are offering huge discounts on Fabia. Guess they have some plans for 2010 for which they might be clearing the inventory. But who cares, I am getting a good deal and am happy abt it. I am not sure what is mirror lock? The dealer did not mention to me about it.

Also wanted to check with you guys on the Insurance. The dealer is charging exuberant price for the Insurance i.e. Rs 23K. I am certain that I can get a less expensive insurance from the market, but the dealer is not agreeing to let me take the insurance from outside. Was that the case with you guys also? In fact the same thing happened with Maruti also and they were also not agreeing to let me take Ins from outside. I am sure they make some money from there also but is this a fair practice. Should I force them to let me take the insurance from outside? Pls advice.

I am really looking forward to get the car next week and thanks to you guys, I was able to make my mind. And yes, Aptsat its a SKODA smiley1.gif

Do send in your replies.

Thanks,

Gaurav

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Hi Congrats man.. for finally deciding it Fabia favour.

 

Reg. Insurance -- No way the amount should be 23 k and also the dealer has no right to force you to have the insurance from them. You may threaten them with the complaint in consumer forum and iam sure they will let u decide on the insurance.

 

Check the date of manufacture here at http://igorweb.org/vindec/

 

Also let me guide you that if at all the Maruti people would have invoiced you already than they would have forced you to buy that vehical also. Have you checked the invoice also. Also if iam not wrong invoice is raised once your car is registered in the authority.

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You are welcome Uneet. I did speak with my dealer on the insurance. He is acting smart. He says that its an overall deal.  If you want the insurance to be reduced, then your overall discount will be reduced by that much amount. I outsmarted him by going to another dealer and getting the insurance discount along with the overall discount and then told him to reduce else I'll go the other dealer. He is yet to get back to me on this but I atleast know that I've an option of going to another dealer, which I'll use to get the insurance premium down smiley2.gif.

 

Thanks for the link. I'll check the mfg year and mth once I've the VIN No.

 

Maruti guys are smart. They had mentioned it on the order form, which I had signed, that if the car is invoiced in your name, they'll deduct 5K of booking amount at the time of cancellation. And yes they have invoiced the car in my name as I had got a call from Maruti HQ in Gurgaon seeking feedback on the car and the dealership, which didn't even get delivered to me. So guess I'll have to bear the loss.

 

Any other tips that I need to keep in mind till the time I get the car.

 

And yes, what is the mirror lock?

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Hi Aptsat / Uneet' date='

Thanks a ton for helping me in taking this decision. Finally I am convinced that Fabia is not as bad as projected by TBHP and other forums. I also asked my dealer to give me phone nos of 4 of his Fabia customers with whom I can speak ans take feedback. I spoke with all 4 of them and they gave excellent feedback about the car and the dealership.

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Do send in your replies.

Thanks,

Gaurav[/quote']

It is good that you did not go by anecdotal evidence posted on the internet and you called up actual customers. I have read that thread on Team BHP community . I think its not a good enough reason to knock Skoda. Virtual communities can offer some leads but its for us to check things out in real world.

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Hi,

While this is not to dispute what your feedback has provided you, please be clear that a car owner is in a mid of 'Cognitive Dissonance ' he/she is trying to justify their investment and so are likely to give a positive feedback.

Fabia is a great choice, but remember that the consumables usually out weigh the cost of the car. So ask

1.What is the running cost of the car?

2. What is the regular maintenance cost ?

3. The Cost of common spares ( Bumper, tail lamps, head Lamps, suspension, and OVRMs)

If you have already checked all of thisbefore taking the decision...I wish you a very pleasant and memorable, safe and happy driving experience

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Hello Gops 2009

 

Running cost of the car - If it the FE - It is proven that it delivers good FE between 14 -15 in bumper to bumber with a engine size of 1.4 ltrs. Maintenance cost. My God it is sooo expensive You could end up paying at least 5 - 6 K in the first service. As against this there are other makes where you pay only 1 -2 K per service and then the service cost mounts with every successive service. By the end of the year in a Mariti or Hyundai, one would have already done atleast 3 services each with an average cost of 2 - 3 K. Ooops i forgot by the time the said three service is over, Skoda gets ready for its first.

Common cost of spares. Bumper, tail lamps, head lamps etc. One needs to figure out the quality. I suppose the cost of a padmini or a amby are lower than even a M800 and hence one should buy these cars only. If one needs premium  segment, he has to shell out more

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