2005 Skoda Fabia vRS 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Brilliant, but flawed


Leaking rear doors (common).

Paint bubbling due to water penetration under rubbing strips.

Worn console bushes (common).

Rear screen heater blows fuse due to water leaking from washer pipe (common).

Blower rheostat fails (common, every 18-24 months).

Rear calipers don't work properly after first brake disc/pad change (common, sort of fixed by adding Audi A3 tensioner springs).

Rear calipers leaking after brake service.

Clutch slipping after 50000 miles.

Driver's seat foam padding split, allowing a hole to wear in the seat bolster.

Due a timing belt service, which is expensive due to shoddy plastic water pump, and the need for new pulleys and tensioners.

General Comments:

Great performance from the 130bhp (228lb/ft) turbo diesel lump, and a pretty good drive for a small FWD hatchback. Modified to 180bhp and 312lb/ft it really shifts, leaving a lot of serious performance car drivers wide eyed and embarrassed. Driven sensibly it easily gets 50+mpg. Just a shame that the brilliant engine is let down by so many lacklustre components throughout the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th November, 2011

2005 Skoda Fabia vRS 1.9 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Good, cheap, and fun!


DMF failed at 23,000 (changed clutch and water pump at the same time).

Fuel flap catch failed, but easily repaired.

Fuel pump relay failed.

Seats stained (but easily resolved).

General Comments:

It's a good car, but not the rocket that some people seem to think.

It's relatively quick, but as standard doesn't handle as well as it should. I put Eibach (-15mm) springs on mine with the standard dampers, and it improved the handling no end.

It's a quick car for not a lot of money, and running costs are quite cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2010

2005 Skoda Fabia Comfort 1.4 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Great car for young drivers, or those that are looking to run a car on a budget, good drive


Getting a car that had 70000 miles on the clock you'd expect to have a few issues, but it hasn't been too bad.

I had an electronic engine management problem, which wouldn't allow me to rev over 3000 rpm, which was a bloody nuisance (although was easily fixed) and had to change the alternator. That apart, it's been very reliable, and still feels well put together.

General Comments:

Despite being a 1.4 diesel, the car has relatively good acceleration; I've been in worse Golfs.

The handling is pretty good; a lot sharper than other cars that I've driven in higher price ranges with sporting pretensions.

The car's economy is a real strength, it's the cheapest thing that I've driven without being totally dull to drive.

Generally well put together with good build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2010

2005 Skoda Fabia Elegance 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Best money I've spent


Rear doors leaked, but rectified by the dealer.

General Comments:

This has been my driving school car for the last year. My last school car was a Fiat Stilo JTD, and the Fabia wins over the pure fact I can change all the bulbs around the car in less than 5 minutes, whereas the Stilo had to go back to the dealer each time a headlight bulb blew (which was quite often), as the access was shocking to the back of the headlight unit.

The Fabia is great on diesel, smooth on the motorway, and the pupils get on with it great.

The model I have gives heated seats, which I never thought I would have a use for, but I was proven wrong this winter. The parking sensors have proved useful, and I regularly use the cruise control for myself on the motorway.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Skoda, and the only problem I have had was leaking back doors, but this was sorted by Skoda, even though the car was out of warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2010

2005 Skoda Fabia Classic 1.9 SDI diesel from UK and Ireland


Excellent mpg and build quality


I have had 3 Fabias:

First one, a 2000 1.9 SDI had power steering problems, washer pipe came off 3 times, other problems; got sick of taking it back.

Didn't think much of the dealers; always trying to fob you off, thinking you are as thick as they are.

Part exchanged it for a 2001 1.9 SDI estate, which was brilliant; had it 12 months, brilliant, but decided to have a change.

I decided to buy another Fabia again; always get 60+ mpg, the build quality is excellent; faultless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2008