Some minor faults:
Right front door lock jammed (someone else shared this experience?). Central locking still operates though.
Extra brake light dropped off.
Front brake pads replaced.
Block heater does not work.
Front left ball-and-socket (or whatever it is in English) replaced. Right next to front left tyre anyway. It was a bit loose and worn out.
Engine running cold at this moment, way below 70 C, I have to replace the thermostat (I think).
No major problems so far. I've driven the car from 66000 to 85000 now.
The car is much more roomy than other cars this size. A good car to travel. If you have good tyres, nice to drive on the highway, feels like a medium-sized car.
Not enough air comes to the windows in the winter, and the winter is rough in Finland, so you have to drive "blindfolded" the first 10 minutes if the car is running cold.
The seats are a bit short and hard, but you'll get used to it pretty soon.
In general, the car and the engine seem to run very steadily and smoothly. It is very likely that my next car will be Octavia.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2006