2005 Skoda Fabia rs 1.9 tdi pd
Economical, well designed pocket beast
Nothing wrong with the car so far.
Works good, quite for a diesel.
Initially,I thought that this car would be faster.
After about 2 months I got it chip tuned from 130bhp to 165 hp
Took about 2 seconds from my 0-100 time. Before it was 9.5, now it’s 7.5.
Before I got the back seats, spare tire and the door panels removed it was 8.0.
Honestly I miss the sound of the exhaust. It’s now really fast for a diesel, but you can’t hear the power. I am not looking for that vulgar and “I have a hole in my exhaust” sound. I want a powerful sound that is kind to your ears…. Like a tune….
I also did not like the stock shocks and springs setup. It was too high and in hard braking the rear of the car would sometimes slide around. Got that fixed by installing bilstein after-market shocks and spring setup. Lowered the car for a 3.5cm in front and 3 cm the back.
Now it is fixed to the ground and corners really well. I would recommend everyone who has this car to invest some cash and do these modifications. It is now definitely not the same car…..
Fuel consumption in probably gone up for about 0.8l/100km.
City, normal drive- 7.5 City sport drive 11.0 (max- mostly between 9-10) …open roads- 5.4
Top speed is now 230kph because of the chip (+20)
P.S.: Should shift gears at or slightly below 3500 because after that the car looses power. (this is normal for a diesel)
Hope I have been helpful.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st June, 2006
Now this is a good review! I'm from Croatia too and have the Fabia vRS (I have my review down here somewhere on www.carsurvey.org ;) ). Everything you said is true, the acceleration time, the fuel consumption, handling... You keep thing objective, other like to exaggerate a bit (like a Fabia vRS doing 7s 0-100 or even less, LOL).
Mine does 0-100 in 8 seconds too, the fuel consumption in town is the same (mostly 9-10l/100km) and the open road is exactly the same, 5.4l ;)
The rear end likes to wobble around a bit if you go into understeer and let the gas pedal off too quickly. Nothing anyone should be concerned about. But the nose is heavy and there is a lot of tyre squeal when doing nimble corners. You get the best of two worlds, comfort and handling (although, neither is that good ;) ).
Oh yeah, the service shop is just horrible (stolen batteries from keys, 3 of 4 alloy wheels scratched...).