1997 Skoda Felicia 1.3 LXi
Great build quality, bad engine
After a week the first problem appeared: the battery. This was normal maintenance.
1500km later followed a new thing: the valves are making a noise; so had to adjust them.
750km later it was leaking oil. A new seal needed to be fitted.
And at last the spark plug broke and fell in the cylinder.
The build quality of the car itself and looks are great. It's uncomfortable, not economical, and has a bad engine. I would go for the 1.6 VW engine if I could choose again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2012
7th Apr 2016, 08:13
You've been very unlucky and seem to have got a lemon as these engines have generally proved to be very reliable and robust. I have one and have done 20k in a year with no problems whatsoever. I would prefer the 1.3 Skoda lump to the VW 1.6 one without a doubt. The 1.3 or the 1.9 VW diesel are the 2 to go for in my opinion.