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FORTUNATE SKODA RAPID Tdi CUSTOMER

By S S SETHUMADHAVAN on 09 February 2013

Dear Friend, I purchased the Skoda Rapid TDi on 6th Oct 2012. I had Dzire Vxi (k) earlier. The skoda Rapid till date given me a good service. The dealer Vision Motors, Thrissur, Kerala is very cordial till now. Their service also is good.
The pick up of the vehicle is fantastic. Since the spares are costly and the service stations are rare unlike Maruti Suzuki I am very careful in driving this car. I have driven up to a max speed of 140 Km/hr where as in Dzire I could easily drive at 160. The confidence in high speed driving is missing in Rapid. May be because of the delicate spares and service cost. The mileage on highway with A/c is 18 Km/l and 20.7 w/o A/c. The worst mileage I got in city is 14.8 km/l. I have driven the vehicle 5500 km till today.
Main deficiency of the vehicle is low ground clearance. I have already replaced my mud flaps. Now both the front mud flaps are trimmed by two inches and refitted to avoid scratching on the road humps. One of the new rear mud flap are broken during the journey from Kuthiran climb to Thrissur ( NH 47) last month. The fuel gauges are not reliable. A thud is heard from the back when the vehicle is driven on un- even roads. The suspension is too soft for Indian roads. The Audi symbol OOOO is marked many a places including suspension. The vehicle is money worthy at least it carries a SKODA logo. The resale value
also may be better as the old Octavia still fetches a good resale value.

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