2002 Skoda Octavia SLX 1.9 TDI
Reliable and quick!
Only some "serpentine" something (I dunno the name) got clogged and did not let the transmission fluid to get the proper cooling, and therefore it couldn't pass from first gear one day because it was un "safe" mode. They unclogged it and never happened again.
I owned a 1999 Ford Explorer, which is way roomier and much more comfortable. The problem was fuel economy. I had an LPG system on it, but I was scared of having an LPG tank on the bottom of the truck. I know that it was safe, but I sold the darn thing.
I was about to buy a new Nissan X-trail, but when I got the credit approved I gave it tons of thoughts and rejected the loan! Best of all is that I bought the car with the same money I got for my Explorer so I don't owe anyone NOTHING!
Started looking for a couple of Skoda TDi's and the minute I drove one I fell in love with them! They are comfortable, fast (for a diesel), and I get approx. 50km/gal in daily bumper to bumper creeping through traffic!
The one I bought is the SLX Elegance with leather, climatronic, auto., sunroof, cd changer, etc.
The other day I was on a highway going @ 130km/h and stepped hard on the gas and the car was in 190km/h in NO TIME! Unbelievable for a freakin' diesel!!! I was amazed that the car did not shake at all and it still wanted to go faster!!!??? How come??? I know that the last owner did not put in any performance parts or anything like that, but how come a diesel be this agile???
So far, I am amazed with the stability of european cars and will keep this car for about one year, and probably buy a new Octavia A5 TDI.
Hope everything works out just fine...
I recommend this car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th November, 2007