1995 Skoda Favorit Reviews

1995 Skoda Favorit GLXIE Estate 1.3, 4 cylinder, 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3, 4 cylinder, 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A big high performance bargain

Faults:

Having not had the car for that long, nothing major has gone wrong with it. There are a few things however, which were wrong with it when I bought it.

The interior clock is completely scrambled (not uncommon) and there are a few minor cosmetic blemishes here and there, but nothing major. The manifold down-pipe blew a few weeks ago, but it was just after I bought the car so they fixed it for free.

General Comments:

The seats are so amazingly comfortable. You sit in them and sink! They don't hold you very well going round corners though. The engine for a 1.3 8v is incredibly punchy (I beat a 2.0 16v Golf GTI off the line yesterday!). The body work is immaculate. Mine is a late 1995 N and it has absolutely no rust at all! It looks really small from the outside, but it actually has a huge boot as well. With the seats folded down I can fit a bicycle in straight! The heater is very efficient and the windows never mist up. The ride is smooth and I don't think you could get many other N reg cars with 59000 miles on the clock for £900! An all round good buy. This car is also great for modifying as the engine has lots of scope and the electrics are relatively simple.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2004

1995 Skoda Favorit GLXie Estate 1.3 Injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Injection Manual
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28972 miles
Most recent distance72569 miles
Previous carMorris Minor

Summary:

One of the best kept secrets

Faults:

The rotor arm needs cleaning every 6,000 and replacing every 12,000 miles.

After 70,000 miles the temperature started fluctuating (mid to very hot) and a block test has confirmed that the head gasket is starting to let go.

General Comments:

Adequately and thoughtfully appointed interior (for an 80's family car) - my spec included central locking, immobiliser and a Blaupunkt CD.

Reasonable comfort (have often exceeded 500 miles in a day)

Superb dry handling and reasonably predictable wet handling (for its class)

n.b. helped by HP lowered struts and VW Golf 6x14 steel wheels - leading Skoda dealers will sell the struts.

Performance is responsive throughout the range, though be prepared to use 4th gear on hilly motorways.

My Favorit returns 36mpg overall from fairly hard driving.

As highlighted by the few problems I've had in over 40,000 miles, this car is dependable.

A service history that includes coolant replacements is recommended.

I agree that the "jokes" are misplaced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd November, 2003

18th Nov 2003, 07:38

I agree, the comments are misplaced because I have this car and I love it, nothing wrong with it.

1995 Skoda Favorit LXie 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carRenault 19

Summary:

A cheap runaround; sounds like a dump truck

Faults:

Rear Wheel Bearing.

Engine Manifold came loose.

Brake Fluid leak.

Radiator blew.

Starter died.

General Comments:

Having next to no money and a baby on the way, this was about the cheapest 5 door car we could find. It has been a point A to B car well, though for the amount I drive it (not often), it has started to fall apart too quickly. Decent fuel economy is nice. Worst thing perhaps about the car is the loud engine. It sounds like a dump truck. However despite the problems I don't regret the purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews