A cheap and bad car
Front door lock jammed.
Driver door is very hard to open.
Rear door handle fell off after lock jammed open.
Trunk doesn't open without violence.
The hood doesn't stay open.
Door locks froze in the winter, the doors couldn't be closed.
Windscreen washer failed completely.
The driver's headrest fell off.
A side mirror broke with no reason.
The headlights died.
The doors freeze open in the winter.
The brakes shake.
Handbrake broke down.
The engine spills and burns lots of oil.
The engine jammed completely in the winter. (Well, it was -30 degrees.)
Incredibly huge gaping rust holes all over the car, despite of repainting, welding etc.
The whole rear end of the car deformed completely in a 5 km/h crash.
The car has terribly slow acceleration due to its small engine, and high speed handling is awful (especially in the winter) because of the swing axle rear suspension and rear engine.
The steering is light and very accurate, but the car has a bigger turning circle than a Volvo 244.
The interior is OK: seats are rather comfortable and easy to adjust, and the heater is very good. However, the soundproofing is minimal: the noise level at 80 km/h is nearly deafening. I had to actually use earplugs when driving on the highway.
The body panels are so thin that you can easily dent them by just pressing them with your finger. The doors rust so quickly, you can nearly see the metal flaking off.
Anyway, the car cost only 300 euro when I bought it, and the previous owner had just taken it to the inspection after spending over 200 euro in renovations, so it was a real bargain for the price. I still do not recommend a Skoda 105 for serious use, you never know what will break down next.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th June, 2003