2001 Skoda Fabia Classic 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Good overall car - probably would go for a Golf / Fabia 1.9 Tdi next time
The seats in the Fabia are extremely uncomfortable, resulting in bad backs even on short journey's.
The temperature gauge constantly alters its reading. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. And when it doesn't work - the car doesn't seem to warm up at all. Been back to the garage, replaced once, worked for a short while, but now is playing up again.
When using the locking facility from inside, rear door re opens itself so you have to manually push the the button down from inside - not serious, but just annoying.
The 8V 1.4 petrol very sluggish and not very economical - would definitely recommend a diesel - and will be going back to a diesel next time around!
The 1.4 8v also has narrow tires, which limits its handling capabilities - can feel a little like a bowl of jelly around corners! - yet the 1.4 16v has better wider tires - is there really that much difference between the two engines to warrant putting different tires on them!?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th November, 2007