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    Fabia vRS Estate

    Hi, Just bought a 2011 1.4 TSi DSG. It's a joy! Lovely drive home in the pouring rain. It behaved _so_ well. Just one thing...

    Should I be worried about the mechatronic? I guess the DSG is due for an oil change at 43k so I better get that done. Anything else I should check/do? TIA
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    You neeed to find out if the recal has been done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    You neeed to find out if the recal has been done.
    Will do with Skoda dealer. Thanks.

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    As far as I can see there is no recall for the typical type 5455MD Fabia VRS with the CAVE engine and one of the the DQ200 variants of the 0AM series box such as the MLH, MPP, NAY or NQH so I don't think they will be able to tell you. What I can tell you personally is we have replaced a couple of Mechatronic units on VRS estates now and they are quite rare cars so that does not bode well. The first sign of trouble is complete loss of drive. I was talking to my gearbox specialist (whilst setting up a 2014 Audi S3 replacement Mechatronic unit on ODIS for him) and has replaced a lot, it is not an easy job and it requires a couple of special tools such as the clutch for positioner and patience is required when setting up the shift arms.

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    Thanks Crasher. Serviced and no recalls due. It seems the gearbox is the DQ200 - with its press reports. However, I read that using N when at long-period traffic-lights and in stationary traffic is probably the best way to save fuel and avoid overheating. Thanks for opening my eyes to all this again. I think you've allowed me to find a suitable answer.

    It seems there is a gearbox oil issue. This article explains.
    http://www.motortrader.com.my/news/v...ices-underway/
    I better get Skoda to tell me what oil is in my gearbox
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    Thanks Crasher. I read an article that says there were many problems in Malaysia with this gearbox until the synthetic oil was replaced with mineral oil. I guess I better get that one checked too. Thanks for getting me to investigate further.

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    Keep us posted.
    2003 Skoda Octavia VRS Estate. APR 98RON remap, APR R1 diverter valve, Jetex exhaust, K&N panel filter, 7.5x18 Alutec Monstr wheels with 225/40 18 Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres.
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    Well, my skoda shop says the oil problem was a tropics only situation. They fitted a different oil for that climate. I shall use N as much as I reasonably can.

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