2003 Skoda Octavia Laurin & Klement (Hatch) 1.9 TdiPD 130


Fantastic...I picked up a new 2005 Octavia Laurin and Klement Tdi on 20 Dec 05 and its amazing


It needed a rocker cover gasket at 68000. I didn't even know there was an oil leak, but the dealer picked it up during a service and it was all done under warranty. Other than that it was routine servicing (laughably little required), 4 tyres and absolutely nothing else.

General Comments:

The car was collected new in Dec 03 and has completed almost 80000 miles in exactly 24 months. Many motorway miles, but also a high proportion of urban and "A" roads also. The car was subject to variable service intervals based on the sensed operating profile of the vehicle, this resulted in an average 23000 between services. Performance and economy improved initially and then remained constant for the remainder of the time in ownership. Economy rarely averaged less than 50 from full to empty; and performance was simply amazing (ask the driver of the Jaguar S Type who found he was slightly slower from 30 to 110mph!! on a private airfield obviously). There is so much torque that putting it onto the road can be a problem (what would one of these be like with four wheel drive?). The level of standard equipment is epic; I kept thinking back to my old Lexus LS400 which was hugely expensive, but had not much more in the way of equipment (and was much less satisfying to drive). I had a look at countless cars (BMW, Merc, Honda, Volvo, Mazda, VW, Audi) when the time came to change, but nothing could match the value and spec of the Octavia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2005

17th Jan 2006, 12:53

Like most of your reviewers, I have been delighted by the style, performance and economy of my 2003-reg Lauren and Klement Octavia 1.9Tdi. saloon to date.

However, four days after the warranty expired, I have been told by my Skoda main dealer that with fewer than 32,000 miles on the clock, all four brake discs are badly corroded and will shortly need replacing.

When I expressed surprise that the discs need replacing on such a low mileage (and some dismay at the prospect of a bill for approx £400), I was told that this was unexceptional.

If this is correct, it does little to explain the popularity of the Octavia among taxi drivers. Have other owners had to replace all the discs on this sort of mileage?

25th Jan 2006, 02:28

My first Skoda was the bomb as it kept blowing up parts, it took 4 months for them to sort it and never gave a days worth of problems after that. Still, it’s not that good.

I went through a series of cars after that Citroen and they all served me well with only minor problems. Than I did the big bad thing, I got a BMW which was the worst car I have ever owned. 8 months later I trade it in on a Skoda (Octi) at a massive loss. The Skoda served me well for 3 years (now 140 000 Km) and today I went to pick up another one and what a treat the deal was - it depreciated with 47%, leaving me with a good deposit for the new one. It took my big grand BMW 8 months to lose 35%, hell 12% is not that much considering it cost 1/2 of what I paid for the BMW.

Bash the Skoda all you like it, is still the best value in a car I have ever had.

2003 Skoda Octavia vRS 1.8 turbo


Quick, reliable, comfortable and cheap


A few minor issues with rattles, but nothing major.

General Comments:

A good car with great performance at the price.

The handling could be improved, but is more than adequate for my limited ability.

VW Audio group quality is very apparent throughout.

So far reliability is flawless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2005