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1982 Skoda Estelle 105S 1045cc 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1982
Engine and transmission 1045cc 4 cylinder
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Not much - exhaust & master brake cylinder.

General Comments:

Great fun to drive, especially for 150 quid! Interesting handling, but there isn't enough power to get into trouble so it doesn't matter!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 1998

1988 Skoda Estelle L 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Engine cutting out when idle - carburettor switch needed replacing (£5).

Slight oil leak.

Some rusting of rear suspension mounts (£70 fix for MOT).

General Comments:

Superb car, full of character & great fun to drive.

Unbelievably cheap to buy & run.

Not ideal on the motorway - lacks power & is quite noisy.

Very reliable - always starts & goes forever.

Forget the jokes, this is the most affordable form of motoring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1981 Skoda Estelle 120 Super 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1981
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

None - yet!

General Comments:

Bought as a second car for use in emergencies - but surprisingly solid and reliable. It also handles better than expected! Well worth a test drive if you have never driven one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 1998

1982 Skoda Estelle 105S 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Brake master cylinder, exhaust.

General Comments:

Solid, reliable transport, and a lot of fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 1998

1988 Skoda Estelle 105 Super Lux 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

It suffered periodic overheating in the last few months I owned it, eventually traced to a cracked cylinder block (probably due to previous owner not using enough antifreeze). Otherwise it ran well. Drivers side door lock broke on a frosty morning. Never seemed worth fixing.

General Comments:

A good car. A bit short on straight-line performance (the 1.2 would be better) but possessed of a good ride, good interior space, good seats and the best steering money can buy. A cheap fun car.

If you're only used to front-drive cars the handling can need care on wet roads. If you're used to rear engined cars it's a joy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 1997

20th Jul 2001, 00:26

If your 105 is overheating, try to turn the heat fully on and just open the windows. It is easy and it works. It is also good idea to make a switch to turn on the cooling vent manually.

Martin.

1st Jul 2009, 04:20

If the engine overheats, try replacing the cap on the expansion container next to the engine, or the thermostat. Both very cheap, and when done on time, it prevents your cylinder head from cracking. Most times these heads crack, it's because of not paying attention on these small details. The Skoda 105's we owned through the years, had nothing going wrong in years, and were incredible reliable and fun to drive.

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