Skoda Fabia Reviews from Belgium

2001 Skoda Fabia Classic 1.9 SDI

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 SDI Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 kilometres
Most recent distance6500 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 460

Summary:

Economy, but no more

Faults:

The ABS-warning lights suggest there is a malfunction. They switch on every now and then.

General Comments:

Nice car to drive, driving comfort is better than in a VW Polo, but the interior is very spartan. No luxury at all!

The engine is way too slow. If I have the aircon on, I have difficulties accelerating faster than trucks or large vans.

A very dangerous car for people with an active driving style: rear wheels will easily lose grip in a fast turn.

Very dangerous road behaviour in bumpy turns.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2001

26th Aug 2001, 07:00

I have the same car and you must have a 'dodgy' engine! I have done 31,000 miles in mine in just over a year because I commute 110 miles each day to work! The engine pulls very well even with the air con on!! (In fact I don't notice any change in performance) You have to use the engine well and maybe yours is still a bit tight. My wife is forever telling me to slow down and I am always overtaking unsuspecting cars!

I agree that the interior is a bit vacant but is functional and I have no complaints.

The road manners are very good but I have also noticed that bumps and manholes can unsettle it whilst cornering. Just be ready for it! It's all good fun!

18th Jul 2003, 19:27

I'm thinking about buying a Fabia, and your comments are interesting. As far as the Air Con problem goes, Air Con takes about 7bhp (max) - so it will reduce power, but it shouldn't be critical. I was interested to read the comment about the rear wheels 'skittering' on uneven surfaces... 50kg of concrete in the back would probably sort that, (quick & dirty fix) but otherwise, you should take the car back to the dealer and have him adjust the rear suspension. - I will probably use mine with just one or 2 people. so that's valuable info.

2001 Skoda Fabia Classic 1.4 75 hp

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 75 hp Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance11000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

Great car, but the turbo diesel seems to be the best choice

Faults:

Engine seems to fall out sometimes for something like half a second, and then just goes on, slowing the car down briskly. Dealer couldn't solve this problem yet, car has to go to VW for a check-up.

General Comments:

The car suffers from a delay at the throttle: when you put your foot down, it takes a while before the engine reacts, which is annoying when taking off. The diesel models do not suffer this problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews