2002 Skoda Fabia SDI 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland
Tough, different, interesting
Brakes faded at 50000 miles.
N/S/F wheel bearing failed at 65000 miles.
N/S/F wheel bearing failed (again) at 77000 miles.
N/S/F ball joint worn at 78000 miles.
This is my second Fabia, the diesels are great.
The Fabia is comfortable, but an SDI can't be rushed, and a TDi can.
The power steering warning light works!!! It never goes out, neither does the service warning light, radio never comes on, headlights flicker, gets through bulbs and fuses.
I love its tractor-like ruggedness, and that it doesn't have a VW badge on it (a sort of inverse snobbery, almost exclusiveness!!).
Mine is a 4 door saloon, a bit of a pointless design when there is a great hatch and estate available, but it's rare!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th December, 2012