Used Skoda Excellent L&Ok 2.0L TDI AT with 104,000 km on the odo


Plus I’ve by no means favored the thought of taking the large hit in depreciation {that a} new automotive comes with.

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I’ve been in search of a alternative for my Volkswagen Vento Highline 2011 for some time as a result of she has began to feel and look her age now and has coated over 140k kms.

Plus I’ve by no means favored the thought of taking the large hit in depreciation {that a} new automotive comes with. This ideology (for lack of a greater phrase) has been strengthened by this discussion board. For the fitting worth, I at all times thought that the rewards ought to outweigh the dangers.

Few days in the past, going by way of the native, adverts I occurred to return throughout a used Skoda Excellent L&T 2.0L TDi AT, 2016 mannequin on the market. I favored it sufficient that I went forward and took a take a look at drive.

Issues that I like concerning the automotive:

1. Single proprietor (although its registered to a agency, extra about that later).

2. Full service file out there. The automotive has at all times been serviced at Skoda’s dealership, although I have never verified the data on the dealership but. I even have by no means achieved that earlier than, and I’m not positive what the proper means is. Ought to I simply present up on the dealership? The unique proprietor has no problem with me going by way of the data.

3. Nonetheless underneath prolonged guarantee. The usual guarantee expires this month, nevertheless, the proprietor did buy Skoda’s prolonged guarantee (150k km/6 years) on the time of buy.

4. Open and upfront proprietor. He has shared numerous particulars concerning the automotive’s historical past itself, together with particulars of a minor accident restore achieved to the entrance left bumper which incorporates the alternative of the entrance left headlamp.

5. Main service hurdles together with change of timing belt have been crossed.

6. Physique is essentially scratch-free and with out dents (Par one, see pic beneath).

7. All unique fitments and equipment are with the automotive. Spare tyre exhibits no/minimal use.

Issues I do not like or have considerations about:

1. Excessive ODO. Because it stands right now after my take a look at trip, it learn 104k odd kms. These are numerous kms, for a 4-year-old automotive. Having stated that, my take a look at trip was for a superb 30 minutes with a mixture of metropolis and freeway driving. I did not really feel any vibrations on the steering column, brake/accelerator paddle or the gear column. I’m actually undecided tips on how to ‘learn’ the ODO studying. The automotive was reluctant to downshift between 3/4 at 40 km/hr when one transits between metropolis to freeway site visitors. Apart from that, it responded properly to accelerator inputs.

2. The left-hand facet steering wheel management is free with a visual crack on the toggle wheel (I did not discover this, the proprietor pointed it out to me halfway by way of the trip). Estimated restore invoice is Rs. 20k. Sorry concerning the pic high quality.

3. Future value of possession. The automotive is meant for long-distance/freeway driving and won’t see numerous metropolis use. And I intend to maintain it for 10 years if I can. Perhaps a long-term Skoda proprietor can weigh in right here on the prices concerned. I’d recognize that.

4. RC in a companies identify. This isn’t actually a priority however extra of a lack of awareness/data. I’m not positive concerning the paperwork concerned with the change of proprietor on this specific case. Native RTO registered in order that half is straight ahead.

5. Value? How do I arrive on a wise residual worth of this asset? I actually am out of depth right here.

So there it’s. My first severe dive into the world of second-hand vehicles. Although my coronary heart says sure, my head shouldn’t be so positive. What do you assume? Is that this definitely worth the bother or ought to I hold wanting?
Any recommendation will likely be appreciated. Thanks.

Here is what BHPian vishy76 needed to say on the matter:

All of it will depend on your threat urge for food and the type of money and time you might be prepared to place in. 104K km for the two.0L TDI is not all that a lot, however I’d be extra nervous concerning the electricals that are aplenty on these MQB platform vehicles and the final put on and tear of the suspension and timing equipment which might set you again good cash. I’ll checklist down the factors of failure on these vehicles:

  • Water Pump is one thing which can provide up on these TDIs. Although the failure price on the EA288 collection engines is lots lower than the EA189s, it nonetheless is not bulletproof by way of reliability
  • If the suspension hasn’t been touched, the management arm bushes, struts, hyperlink rods and subframe bushes would possibly want wanting into
  • One other identified problem on the Superbs and Octavias is the DRLs conking off. They ultimately fade to a yellowish shade after which go dangerous utterly. Examine if this automotive has that problem. Your entire headlamp wants changing for this and it is round 1L+ for the pair.
  • The odd niggles equivalent to damaged steering mounted controls (such as you talked about on this automotive), a nasty begin/cease button, damaged ac vents are frequent. Maintain an eye fixed out for these on each instance you see.
  • You’re additionally a DSG fluid change across the 120K km mark. That will likely be round Rs. 8-10K

All in all, I’d recommend you discover an FNG if you’re decreasing possession prices. Dealerships are royal ripoffs for these vehicles put up 80-90K km on the subject of servicing. Additionally, name the closest vendor up and ask them to do an intensive as soon as over on the automotive. They’ll cost you a charge of Rs. 2.5-3K however do an excellent job of telling you what wants altering on this and what would not.

And coming to my private opinion, attempt to discover a automotive with a decrease ODO. Perhaps across the 60-70K km mark. That might be the max I’d be comfy with.

Here is what GTO needed to say on the matter:

NEVER! As I’ve usually stated on the discussion board, I do not thoughts proudly owning my very own automotive previous 200,000 km, however I’d by no means purchase another person’s 1-lakh km automotive. I merely do not know the way its been pushed or maintained, and 100,000 km is numerous operating for Indian roads. Merely 10% of BHPians would purchase a used automotive with 1 lakh km – associated ballot.

Do perceive that the Excellent is a extremely advanced automotive, its elements are very costly, Skoda’s after-sales is shoddy and the vehicles reliability is common at finest. It is a recipe for catastrophe.

Please keep away from and search for different Superbs with decrease operating. Additionally embrace the VW Passat in your search which suffers from large depreciation within the used market and is kind of a purchase!

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