Skoda Estelle Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1985 Skoda Estelle 120 LS 1.3-liter petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3-liter petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired55030 miles
Most recent distance105987 miles
Previous carSkoda Rapid

Summary:

A much better car than the jokes suggest

Faults:

1) The brake fluid was leaking from above the clutch pedal and down into the driver's side foot well. It took nearly a year to put this right.

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2) The main light switch burned out after the car had been out all night for a drive in the countryside.

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3) The radiator fan turned itself on automatically during the night (when the heavy snow got in around it) and run down the battery. The thermo switch for the fan was at fault and needed replacing and I reconnected the supply wire for the fan to fuse no.2 (the fuse that's only live when the ignition is switched on) instead of fuse 1 where it was originally connected.

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4) The original four-speed gearbox gave up (several of the gears chipped teeth and wore away because of the lack of sufficient oil in the gearbox). This gearbox was replaced by a five-speed gearbox was (along with the engine) taken together with the engine from a crashed 136 Rapid). I had to make the gearbox tunnel bigger to get the five-speed gearbox to fit.

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5) When the original engine needed a cylinder head gasket, a distributor and a carburettor, I decided a more cost-effective method was to fit the engine from the 136 Rapid.

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6) Both sills had some welding done due to severe rust and the driver's side front wing had to be replaced - also due to severe rust.

General Comments:

The small 1.3-liter engine in this car gives good performance for all it's size.

The seats are comfortable and the driving position feels almost modern.

The handling is a bit too light, but otherwise precise.

This seems to be the only car of its type used everyday in the whole country now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

30th Mar 2007, 16:23

According to replacement of fan fuse "the fuse that's only live when the ignition is switched on" - it's bad. When car engine is stopped, the fan remains on for a while if temperature is high. When temperature go down temperature switch turn off the fan. So check temperature sensor and switch back fan on original fuse. regards B.Stefanovic.

1986 Skoda Estelle 105 L 1.0 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired84343 kilometres
Most recent distance85091 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Faults:

Rotten exhaust pipe, a rusty right headlight reflector, and bad sweeper blades.

General Comments:

Well, I think this car is really fun to drive, despite it's lack of performance. It's too early to judge about the reliability, but at this moment it is still running well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2002

1978 Skoda Estelle 105L 1..0 petrol from Malta

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1..0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance458329 kilometres

Summary:

The best built car ever!

Faults:

Apart from normal service and normal wear and tear like exhaust, speedometer, clutch, brakes and a couple of eletrical faults, nothing has ever stopped the 105 from completing it's journey.

General Comments:

I think that the 105 was the best built car in the world ever. Considering the high mileage and the jokes I had to go through, and that it has never ever let me down, it's just the best built car in the world!

Today I own other Skodas, but the 105 is just my pride and joy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2001

31st Jan 2002, 07:10

I totally agree with you, I also own a 120l from 1978. It's a very strong and cheap car, and I'm very happy that you are pleased too. No one can truly love a car until they don't get one

Vali, Romania.

1989 Skoda Estelle 105 Lux 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

I can't get enough of it

Faults:

You name it:

Cracked head.

Powderised 2nd gear sprocket.

Total wiring loom failure.

Seizing brakes.

Oil loss.

Spring collapse, etc, etc.

General Comments:

Girtie, as she's affectionetly known, has had a tough life, I haven't treated her very well, but after all that has happened, and all that I've done, I still love her, she's a good car deep down.

When the head cracked, I had my 6 week old daughter in the car, it was winter, we were at least 14 miles from the nearest safe place, where we could contact relatives, Girtie ran all 14 miles with no water, gave all that she had to get us there, the noise was frightning, finally giving up 15 feet from the phone box. Totally seized. With that amount of effort I had to keep her, and I will always do, no matter what it takes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 15 reviews