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  #1772013 28-Apr-2017 16:34
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I have the diesel vRS and it goes like the clappers.

 

 

 

 

Got the petrol version and yes - it ain't sluggish, though it does spin those front wheels pretty easily if you are heavy on the gas :D

 

Overall I am very pleased with it EXCEPT the road/cabin noise. You can tell where they reduce cost vs the Audi and Golf equivalents and the sound proofing is definitely sub-par IMO. I am sure the 19" wheels plus the OEM Pirellis don't help and I am looking forward to replacing the tyres with something better and quieter.

 

 

 

 





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  #1772019 28-Apr-2017 16:41
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Got the petrol version and yes - it ain't sluggish, though it does spin those front wheels pretty easily if you are heavy on the gas :D 

 

 

Yeah so the same as the diesel one.  You in Auckland by any chance? I'd be keen for a ride along if I could (swap for a beer or ten), be nice to compare to the diesel one.


 
 
 
 


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Got the petrol version and yes - it ain't sluggish, though it does spin those front wheels pretty easily if you are heavy on the gas :D 

 

 

Yeah so the same as the diesel one.  You in Auckland by any chance? I'd be keen for a ride along if I could (swap for a beer or ten), be nice to compare to the diesel one.

 

 

 

 

Hah - sure! Be interesting to compare both pluses and niggles with someone.

 

In Auckland and happy to arrange something for one weekend - PM me.

 

 

 

Are you on https://www.briskoda.net/forums/forum/235-skoda-octavia-mk-iii-2013-onward/ ?





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  #1772028 28-Apr-2017 16:54
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nate:

 

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Got the petrol version and yes - it ain't sluggish, though it does spin those front wheels pretty easily if you are heavy on the gas :D 

 

 

Yeah so the same as the diesel one.  You in Auckland by any chance? I'd be keen for a ride along if I could (swap for a beer or ten), be nice to compare to the diesel one.

 

 

 

 

Hah - sure! Be interesting to compare both pluses and niggles with someone.

 

In Auckland and happy to arrange something for one weekend - PM me.

 

 

 

Are you on https://www.briskoda.net/forums/forum/235-skoda-octavia-mk-iii-2013-onward/ ?

 

 

Saweet. 

 

No, didn't know about that forum, will have to check it out.

 

 


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  #1772031 28-Apr-2017 17:00
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No, didn't know about that forum, will have to check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Has a UK bias but a few Kiwis active there and a bunch of Northern Europeans. Pretty good resource for technical help and general musings





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TimA: 320I is a shocking engine, The N42 can go die.

 

@TimA - Interested to hear your views on the N20B20 engine if you are familiar with it?

 

 

Have a read here... http://www.unixnerd.demon.co.uk/n20.html

 

 

 

Problems

 

As this is a direct injection engine the intake valves aren't cleaned by fuel. They will build up carbon deposits which need to be cleaned by removing the intake manifold, possibly every 40,000 miles. All GDI engines do this, not just BMWs - it's the price we pay for lower emissions. It'll be worse on engines that don't get revved much and do a lot of short trips.

 

Turbo engines need clean, good quality oil in order to have a long life. Consider changing the oil before the factory recommended interval. Keep an eye on the oil level and never let it go below minimum.

 

There was a recall for oil starvation on the brake vacuum pump, without this brake servo assistance could be reduced. Valvetronic engines need a vacuum pump because they have no throttle plate so don't create much intake manifold vacuum.

 

Tuning one of these engines for more power is not a bad thing, so long as it's done professionally on a rolling road. Beware of "wonder chips" and miracle power chips from ebay.

 

There have been reports of cracked heads due to heat problems if after market tuners push things to far, a limit of 330lb/ft of torque has been quoted by several sources as a figure not to exceed.

 

In January 2015 BMW redesigned the timing chain to cure a problem found on some engines where it stretched. There was a TSB in 2012 to replace the oil seal on the chain tensioner.

 

There was a recall for 2014 model year engines due to failure of the high pressure fuel pump. Nickel plating inside the pump was not to the required standard, a supplier problem affecting several car manufacturers. Pumps in these engines seem to fail less than in the N54/N55 three litre engines.


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Mazda MX 5 or Honda S2000 if I had no other requirements.






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