2001 Skoda Fabia TDi Comfort Estate 1.9TDi from UK and Ireland


Forget the badge, get the car!


Piece of internal trim came off.

Steering sensor needed replacing.

General Comments:

Very reliable and comfortable car, eats up the miles on motorways and extremely economical - I'm currently getting 55/57 mpg on a daily 40 mile commute using all types of roads. I've found everything is well built (that samll piece of trim is now back in place!) - and its been well used over the past 4 years and I've no regrets over buying it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2005

2001 Skoda Fabia Comfort 1.9 TDi from UK and Ireland


The Fabia is an excellent car, spoiled by persistent faults and poor dealers.


Persistent rattle from behind the dashboard. Various dealers tried to fix on 3 occasions, and one dealer told me that it was a known problem, and there was a modified bracket behind the dashboard that he could fit. It started rattling again within 6 weeks. It still rattles today.

The power steering warning light keeps coming on. On occasions the power steering fails altogether. Skoda claimed (whilst the car was still under warranty) that they couldn't find any problems with the system.

Headlights flicker when the steering is turned, which is irritating when driving on dark, unlit roads. Skoda checked the charging system, and said nothing was wrong.

The rear door trims were soaking wet after heavy rain. The door seals were replaced / modified.

The electric windows swap sides (left hand switch operates right hand window). Skoda don't know of a fix.

The front suspension clonks/knocks a lot on bumpy roads, and although the dealer claims there is nothing wrong, it never sounds right.

The central locking switch sometimes doesn't work. Skoda don't know of a fix.

Various rattles have started in the area of the rear seats.

General Comments:

The Fabia, with the 1.9TDi engine, is a surprisingly quick and economical car to drive.

The handling is sharper than the equivalent Polo, and it comes across as a solid and good value for money car.

However, the dealers I have experienced (and I have tried 4 different ones) have all demonstrated various degrees of incompetence. Of the list of faults that the car developed during its warranty period, hardly any were acknowledged (let alone fixed) by the dealers.

It is one thing to have a "rogue" car, which is plagued with defects. However, my research so far has shown that the faults experienced on my Fabia are by no means uncommon.

The fact that the existence of most of these faults have been ignored by the dealers I have approached says to me that Skoda is shirking from its responsibilities to its customers.

Therefore, in spite of the car's apparent strengths, I shall not be buying another Skoda (or indeed another product from the Volkswagen group).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th September, 2004

29th Sep 2004, 10:36

I had a similar knocking in the front suspension and it was a fault with the front anti-roll bar. The driver's side bush that holds the anti-roll bar in place had partially failed. It was replaced under warranty, surprisingly the dealer had the part in stock. (Car Fabia 1.9TDI Comfort estate)

2001 Skoda Fabia Elegance 1.9 TDi from UK and Ireland


Refined and fast super mini


Alarm control unit needed to be replaced when new, otherwise no faults at all.

General Comments:

Pocket rocket, excellent long distance cruiser and quiet at all speeds. Great steering, brakes, and taut body control. Amazingly frugal engine keeps getting better as it "matures" eg now averaging over 65mpg on daily country commutes. Seats very firm, but comfortable. Compact and super efficient air-con does not affect performance or consumption. Heated seats perfect for winter. Rock solid construction enhances passenger safety.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2004

2001 Skoda Fabia Elegance 1.4 MPI from Romania


Good on lots of things, bad on reliability


Two times replaced the dash speaker.

Two times replaced cooling water temperature sensor.

Thermostat replaced.

Clutch disk replaced at 60000Km.

Transmission chain replaced 50000Km.

Electric windows module replaced. Again broken.

Steering sensor replaced.

Cooling water leaking - fix by service.

Some noises coming from doors and windows.

Paint is sensible on scratches although it looks good on the street.

General Comments:

Good interior comfort.

Very good materials used inside, especially on dash, the fit and finishes are best in its class.

Good chairs and ergonomics.

Good stability and grip with optional 15" alloys and Dunlop tires.

Steering is good in town, but too light at high speeds.

Only average comfort on poor surface especially with 15" inch alloys. There is also noise coming from drive train and suspensions on potholes.

Engine needs high revving on motorway especially with air conditioning on, but is OK for 68 HP. Not the fuel consumption witch is high in town. Buy the 100 HP diesels for performance and economics.

Inside space is good for its class, also the feeling of a solid car given by massive dash.

Brakes are good adjusted - progressive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2004