2001 Skoda Fabia Classic 1.9 SDI
Economy, but no more
The ABS-warning lights suggest there is a malfunction. They switch on every now and then.
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
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!
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.