2004 Skoda Fabia vRS from UK and Ireland - Comments

24th Nov 2004, 16:44

How is your re - mapped VRS going at the moment. Does it really make that much of a difference? I have just bought one and am thinking of having it re- mapped too as offered by my dealership. If so should I wait until it's run in perhaps?

15th Dec 2004, 11:10

£300 for the remap where did you get it done?

I have had My vRS since the sept of its launch.

Its done 19000 miles and hasn't caused me a problem (touching wood). It is great to drive. But I do feel the mpg has dropped; perhaps this can be sorted on the 20k service.

Sid Reed.

17th Dec 2004, 07:29

The prices vary a lot. The company I used is www.angeltuning.co.uk, and what's even better is the guy comes to your home address if you want.

They have done a number of Fabia vRS remaps, and you can go up to 180bhp!

Mine has been done 3 months now, and I am more than happy with the results. I still average around 50 MPG, and recently the computer was reading 66 MPG on a trip up to the Lake District! Obviously it comes down a bit if you have a blast, but it's well worth it.

21st Jan 2005, 11:28

Can you tell us which skoda dealer offers re-mapping.?

As this will possibly sway my decision about getting one.

I asked the dealer in west london and they told me that re-mapping would void the warranty. although they did also say that re-mapping the ecu would be totally undetectable to the dealer.

Thanks and regards.

Rudy.

24th Jan 2005, 11:18

Rudy, both Horners of Manchester and Garners of Warrington offered to chip or re-map my Skoda, however Horners quoted £700!!! so I used Angel Tuning at £300 and they also stated that a re-map was undetectable.

Horners just send their vehicles to a local firm who carry out the work which is then covered by the dealer warranty. On the Fabia VRS it was worth every penny believe me.

25th Apr 2005, 12:04

I am 18.. I want a fast car... I'm not the richest bloke in the world... I was thinking about buying a Cooper (actually I was about ready to sign the paperwork)... drove a Fabia VRS this morning.. My life has been transformed!! I've fallen in love with it, it's incredible. I have one question though; whats the reliablity like? I don't want to have to be taking it back every minute of every day!

Cheers guys.

Jam.

4th May 2005, 13:38

Re the remapping debate, VAG had to uprate a number of components to cope with the 150bhp version of the 1.9. The pistons are different for a start off. Also worth checking the torque capacity of the box (not the power...)

All the boy racers will tell you to go for it and diesel car has carried rechipping adverts for years so is hardly impartial. If you're only going to keep the car for 10-20k then fine, but going for a large increase in power will mean the engine will be more likely to fail / wear out earlier. Why else would VAG go to the expense of upgrading components in these cost conscious times???

13th May 2005, 10:54

In response to questions concerning reliability, please note this extract from a chipping Co...

Why haven't the manufacturers done it?

When an engine in a mass produced vehicle is tuned, many compromises have to be made. The manufacturer has to allow for the engine being looked after in the worst possible way. Even if the car has not been serviced for months and poor quality fuel is used, the manufacturer has to make sure that there will not be any reliability or emission problems. Fuelling is often decreased to the point of destroying part-throttle driving in an attempt to improve fuel economy figures measured in accordance with Government testing procedures. Vehicle Manufacturers have some of the best Technicians and Engineers around - but they are working to goals that are different from ours and so the discerning driver loses out.

9th Jun 2005, 17:12

Reading the interesting comments about re-mapping. Naive question I know, but what typically happens with your insurance premiums??

7th Mar 2006, 11:49

If you want it chipped get it done, if it breaks fix it, clutch isn't that bigger deal!

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