Skoda 130LSE Review

1987 Skoda 130LSE 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.5 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance47500 miles
Previous carMG Metro

Summary:

Keep it away from me!

Faults:

Engine, gear selector... read on..

General Comments:

Hi,

I had an 130LSE (yup, it had 5 gears, rev counter, alloys, vinyl and sunroof!). It was a D reg '87 with 42000 miles which we called 'Big Sko'

I got it from a long gone garage in Bideford in '94 for £800.

The gearbox was more a 'gearbag' - I had 'stirred' first gear at a junction, to find (to my friend's utmost joy) reverse - which was put down to the white nylon linkage under the 'stick - £24 a it was replaced.

It overheated regularly, although I flushed the system several times, and the clutch sounded like an elephant.

I took it to the garage I purchased it from to complain, and they threatened to beat me up.

The door pockets fell off - cheap plastic - more like service station sandwich containers, and the key snapped off in the door lock.

Mine would never start either - it had a prime lever on the fuel pump, but was never good. The car would start first time every time, then after 10 seconds it would stop - I had to suck the fuel up the pipe to get it running again.

I changed the fuel pump to an aftermarket one that was just as hopeless.

A pushrod fell out in Southampton (RAC back home to North Devon).

Distributer sheared off in London (RAC home).

Overheated in Cornwall (three times in all - RAC back home to Devon).

Head skimmed, new valves, regrind etc...

The RAC men knew my first name after a while. It was embarrassing.

The engine finally gave up the ghost on the A30 Oakhampton Bypass - oil light came on, black smoke, another a trip home by the RAC.

I changed the engine for one from a 120L (which I got for £70) by pulling it out on a skateboard, and it ran fine for a while, before losing compression.

I remember a strange smell of mushrooms, and the back seat was disintegrating.

I loved the secret compartment behind the rear seat, the heel mounted accelerator pedal, and the radio aerial was built into the sunroof - excellent reception!!

The ride was very smooth with light steering - it was like driving a magic carpet! It was bit tail happy in the wet, but I must admit to doing donuts in it on a gravel car park one Sunday afternoon, which was great fun.

I had a little mishap into the back of a restored '76 Toyota, when a 'friend' covered my eyes while I was driving along Bideford Quay, and the parts were incredibly expensive - so another donor was called for...

The joy for my friends made the whole experience worthwhile. I went to university, and it went a shade of green. My parents had a scrappy come collect it - they put a crane arm though the sunroof and lifted it onto a truck. It was never seen again. A sad day - but NEVER AGAIN!!!

(D694KRL ended with 47500 miles - what an adventure in so few miles!) A.L.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd April, 2006

Average review marks: 2.5 / 10, based on 1 review