I bought a second hand '02 Skoda Fabia 1.4 MPI with 75,000 miles about six months ago. Appealed to me as it looked like it had had a gentle life owned by older people (and the tyres needed replacing due to age rather than wearing, which is always a good sign!). Lots of minor problems with it though including:
- Taking a long time for engine to warm up with poor economy until it has.
- Water leaks into and slightly through the doors in heavy rain.
- Problems with doors locking and unlocking when there has been heavy rain (presumably as water has been getting into the electrics). On one occasion I returned to the car in a public car park, and it had unlocked itself and wound down its front electric windows!
- Juddery start from warm. And you can't touch the accelerator when starting until the revs settle, otherwise it cuts out.
- And then today the engine warning light has come on.
All in 3,000 miles. I still kind of like it for some reason though. But I wouldn't buy another.
My Skoda Fabia 1.2, 2008, was sold to me with a number of problems that were obvious to me, but the dealer managed to divert my attention on the matters, and today I am suffering.
First thing is my air conditioning. From day 1, it never worked correctly, but when taking it back to the dealer, they rapidly managed to touch things I did not quite understand and my A/C started to function. They even told me that they had changed the evaporator. Well 3 years later I have no A/C and the warranty is finished.
My EPC sensor light comes on, and the car stops and loses power. Though the heating of the car was always there. I was using the car. I had to, it is my only way of moving around. I need my A/C, but don't have $1500.00 to fix it as it is the price they said it would cost. Thank you for any advice; I can't stand up for more than 100 minutes.
You have to go direct to Skoda for that. £115-120 for it. Don't get it from anywhere else, trust me.
I had the fuel problem too. Had it tested, and it came back as fuel trim too rich; too much fuel going into the engine. Not enough O2.
There is a video on YouTube showing you how to fix the leak problem.
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