1990 Skoda Estelle Super 1.1 from UK and Ireland
I'd sooner shove wasps up my backside than have another
Would not start every other day, despite having a Skoda mechanic look at it all the time.
Started to rust badly after only three years.
Passenger door handle fell off whilst driving down the road one day.
Radiator leaked after the second day, but put two raw eggs in it, which cured it for a while.
Would always stall when stuck in traffic and would backfire when tried to restart.
Windscreen wiper fuse kept blowing.
Gear linkage broke after 14,200 miles.
Heater jammed on hot (smells of rotten eggs).
Throttle return spring jamming after 14,420 miles.
Would you believe I traded in a tidy Triumph 2500S for this car as I needed something which was cheap to run.
After owning 10 odd cars prior, I can quite honestly say that this Skoda was the biggest pile of rubbish that I ever had the misfortune to drive, and it beggars belief that I paid money for it.
It wouldn't start nearly all the time, everything kept falling off and the road handling was abysmal. How Skoda got away with selling these death traps beats me...
Alas, with only 16,050 under its rusty belt, the throttle jammed once again (had three springs fitted over 3 months by Skoda) so I just got out the car and walked away. There was a sense of exitement and relief as the engine went BANG! and then the Skoda was off to the scrapyard. Goodbye to bad rubbish.
I went and bought a Lambretta scooter after and that was 100% more reliable!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd August, 2005
The bit about adding 2 eggs to the radiator and then the heating smelling of rotten eggs was fantastic!
Excellent improvisation! Once cooked in the radiator, was there a time when the eggs were edible? Breakfast on the run?
I agree! Skodas - especially the earlier models- are GREAT cars. My numerous Skodas served me well over many years of trouble-free motoring. Problems with cars, generally arise due to poor maintenance by the owner. I must confess, I feel a bit sorry for the Lambo.