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1988 Skoda Rapid 136 1.3

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carFord Capri

Summary:

For a small cc car it has great performance, cheap economy and deserves a full thumbs up!!!

Faults:

Generally carburation, starter motor, master cylinder, clutch master and rear slaves.

Most of the problems were due to the car standing in my yard for a year and a half.

General Comments:

My Skoda has been lowered so it handles great on corners. The engine - I would give top marks for acceleration and economy, the car is very easy to service and very cheap as well.

I rebuilt the starter motor for £0.10 (the electricity to run the drill).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2000

21st Jul 2001, 13:09

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1988 Skoda Rapid 136 1.3

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carBMW 520i

Faults:

Head gasket. All year antifreeze/inhibitor is a must for these alloy head engines otherwise corrosion sets in and the head gasket blows. Carb needed setting up to achieve a good emissions/mpg/idling compromise.

General Comments:

More fun than a Mini Cooper. Handling on dry roads is excellent. On wet roads it's good but you need to concentrate! Performance is a puzzle. The engine spec is nothing to shout about but hell does it go! Typically 35 mpg on lead replacement petrol for my 58 miles per day commute. Unleaded can be used but advice varies so I'm playing safe. The 136 head was developed for the Favorit so some engine spares have to be for the later vehicle. Hugely underrated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2000

1988 Skoda Rapid 130 G 1.3 petrol

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10

Faults:

A mysterious hole appeared in the fuel hose, causing it to break down 4 times before it was discovered, otherwise this vehicle has been ultra reliable.

I do over 30 miles a day, everyday, and it never misses a beat. Cheap to repair at main dealers. True budget motoring.

General Comments:

This is a much underated true coupe. It is worth owning, if only on its timeless looks alone. It will also carry 5 passengers in absolute comfort. It effortlessly scoots along at 80 MPH all day if need be. At that speed, the cabin is surprisingly quiet. The handling is very predictable once you know how to drive one. Goodyear tyres a must for wet driving. Avoid cheap tyres, and make sure all wheel pressures are correct. Great coupe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1999

1989 Skoda Rapid 136 Sport 1.3 petrol

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Blown head gasket, carb needed cleaning (stalled when should be idling). Tyres needed inner-tubes putting in after slightly-rusted alloys started cutting a little into the tyre.

General Comments:

Fairly nippy when it wants to be - at times has a 'turbo-style' lag when accelerating with foot hard down. Not so good at speeds above 70mph, but excellent for minor roads. Also, this car has the best handling out of any car I've driven, and this makes it a pleasure to drive.

You may lose them on the straights, but you'll definitely catch 'em round the corners..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 1999

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 8 reviews