2005 Skoda Fabia from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Unreliable and a disappointment

Faults:

The catalytic converter has gone.

This is so rare that a replacement part cannot be priced in Dublin at the moment.

General Comments:

I now consider the car to be unreliable as everyone in the motor trade that I've spoken to (including Skoda personnel) have told me that this shouldn't happen with such low mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2008

2005 Skoda Fabia vRS 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The Fabia vRS is a fabulous car, and I cannot wait to see what the new version will bring

Faults:

Fuel flap opening cable faulty at 2000 miles, easily fixed by dealer under warranty.

Air conditioning empty after 5000 miles, re-gassed but empty again at 7000 miles. Dealer examined problem very efficiently found that a stone had damaged the condenser. Repair cost to me £500.

Rear o/s passenger door leaking at 7000 miles, dealer said it was a known fault and had the door resealed under warranty.

Rear n/s passenger door leaking at 10500 miles, still under warranty so I will be taking it back to the dealers for resealing.

General Comments:

This is the most fun car I have ever driven and feels so safe in cornering and on the flat, it accelerates much faster than the brochure gives it credit for and I have not found many cars which can out accelerate off the lights.

I think the interior is comfortable on even the longest of journeys and it is simple but pleasing to the eye. Load space is very good for a car of this size and my son gets all his fishing gear in no problems.

The standard of equipment on this car is excellent lots of it are employed just to keep the power on the ground in slippy conditions. I have never felt unsafe.

A wolf in sheep's clothing, you can see the surprise on peoples faces when that boring Skoda comes up in their rear view mirror.

The only disappointments have been the water leaks on the rear doors which I have been told are a known problem!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2008

22nd Jun 2008, 13:33

"A wolf in sheep's clothing?" You are making me laugh!

The VRS has has a power to weight ratio of only 98bhp per ton! Hardly impressive.

YES it has a lot of torque, but then again, so does a tractor.

The Fabia VRS is nothing more than a lukewarm shopping/city car; nothing more, nothing less. Also 0-60mph in 9.8sec "as quoted by SKODA" is NOT fast!

2005 Skoda Fabia 1.9TDI Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from Serbia

Summary:

You will know why it's cheap

Faults:

Nothing went wrong with the car, but it shouldn't at 24000 should it?

General Comments:

The car was generally a disappointment. The good points are the engine which while a lot rougher than the 1.9 TDIs in VW and Audi had enough power for the car to feel quick in traffic and to instill confidence when overtaking. The handling was good for the power and was quite firm in corners, but the large rear end tended to drift out in tight turns. The driving position is great and the car is generally quite easy to drive.

The main problems are the horribly tought out interior and the poor level of comfort. The plastic is cheap and fits poorly. The Glove box can be opened only if there is nobody in the passenger seat otherwise their knees will get bruised. The seats are very uncomfortable and driving for over 1.5 hours induced neck and back pain. Getting 4 people into the car means you have to leave your good driving position moving the seat up to leave some leg room in the back. The dealer was horrible, with several attempts to cheat while negotiating the purchase. Finally he delivered the car with several options missing, claiming it is a fault with the general importer (tried to settle by giving a set of cheap rubber mats he claimed were worth 50 euro). Checking this I also found that skoda trim levels (what's included) vary from country to country, but the price does not. In other words in UK you get a lot more for the money than in Serbia.

Overall a car that could take some abuse, but it also dished it out (mostly on my back). Good for short trips with 2 adults (one with bruised knees) and 2 kids under 12. Anything else and you're asking for trouble. I would rather buy a used Volkswagen than a new Skoda again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2007