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.

General Comments:

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.

1999 Skoda Felicia LX 1.9D diesel


Good car, but gear is a risk


Serious gear trouble with loud rattling noise in gear 1 to 4. This is a weakness of the VW-Polo gearbox according to the experts. Often the crown wheel riveting fails. Costly overhaul of the gearbox between 1000 and 1400 Eu!

General Comments:

Handling, comfort and fuel economy are OK. It runs excellent on high contents of salad oil in the diesel fuel! For the given length certainly the most roomy hatchback.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th March, 2005

18th Aug 2005, 23:30

Hi Steven: My wyfe's family in Poland have a Skoda Felicia. The transmission broke and needs to be replaced. I wonder if there is a way to find this in America or Europe so that I can buy it and ship it to them in Poland. I am traveling to Poland next week and would like to help them with this issue. Thanks in advance for any help.

9th Nov 2006, 03:28

I have a 1999 Felicia 1.9d. It is perfect car now.. when I bought it had 40 000 km. now is 47 000 I haven't had any problems so far. fuel economy is nice...