1998 Skoda Felicia LXi 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Cheap scrappable runaround



Rattly catalytic converter (believed ceramic baffle inside cat has gone).

Erratic temperature gauge.

General Comments:

Under-rated little car. Built like a VW and available for peanuts due to its old fart image.

Lovely smooth gearbox.

Good clutch.

Heavy steering at low speeds, but lightens up at speed, and is well weighted and precise. Just get a PAS model is my advice!

Versatile load lugger due to the very easy removal of the rear seats.

Good on fuel.

Uncomfortable seats.

High build quality, seriously.

Glovebox is more like a separate room inside the car, it's that big!

Mine has problems, which I thought would be cheaper than say, a Ford or Peugeot to sort out, it would appear not, and after many years of driving all sorts of cars, I now firmly believe in what the Americans say: "if it's got t.. s or wheels, it's going to give you trouble." Their words, not mine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2008

1998 Skoda Felicia GLXI 1.6 from UK and Ireland


I love my little Skoda


I bought the car and noticed the rust spots on the wheel arches.

The car seems to vibrate a little when idle, but it's nothing major.

When I had the front brakes looked at shortly after buying I needed the disks and pads replacing.

The underside of the car is filthy and needs a good clean (dues to previous owner). At least she kept it fully serviced and the interior unmarked.

The oil pressure light was not working, but was found to be the dashboard bulb.

The dash is easy to get off to my mechanic found it a little fiddly to fit back on!

Apart from those complaints nothing has gone seriously wrong with the car.

General Comments:

These cars are cheap to buy if you look and choose carefully you can get a gem of a car at a bargain bucket price.

Performance wise it is pretty quick if driven right and surprises quite a few people and ride and handles pretty well although don't go round bends with too much gusto!!!

It cruises on the motorway well. I usually stay at 65mph which keeps things quiet in the cabin and keeps the engine in the power band for when it's needed.

The interior is bright, thanks to the light grey interior, good glass area and sunroof and a comfortable car to sit in.

Putting in a CD Changer was easy thanks to removable plastic linings down the side of the car.

Things I wasn't too happy with is the economy (I haven't bettered 40mpg yet) which I understand is "normal" for Felicia 1.6s, but my older Astra 1.4 got 45+ which is a slightly bigger car.

I am almost wishing I bought the 1.3 version as it has much lower road tax, but I'm happy with the 1.6.

Overall I like my little Skoda, and I have it running sweetly and it serves well. I enjoy working on it too.

Would I buy another one? If getting a Felicia I'd say the 1.3 has almost as much power, but lower road tax (I haven't driven the 1.3 but specs show it about 68BHP compared to the 1.6 75BHP)

But would I buy Skoda again, oh yes indeed and it's a worthy successor for my Astra 1.4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2006

12th Nov 2007, 16:55


Update - The Skoda had a new rear wing courtesy of being hit in a "lane change" incident with a foreign trucker.

It overheated due to the fan not cutting in, but that's been fixed with a new fan switch and thermostat.

Little Skodas going well and thanks for the tip :D.

1998 Skoda Felicia LX 1.6 MPI 4 cylinder from Slovakia


Not bad, but could be better


There is always something wrong with the car.

Total costs for engine repairs: 400 Eur in 3 and 1/2 years.

But from inside there were no major problems.

Seats and board still like new.

General Comments:

I think 1.6 litre engine is the best option if you want to buy a felicia. It is quite fast. This engine just love the low revs!!! Do not try to use the high revs! There is no power in the high revs.

The car goes very quick if you use the revs from 2500-4500 but do not try to hit the red line. This car do not like that.

Power only 75BHP, but 135 Nm at 2500 revs = That is why this car is so quick in the city.

From 0-100 km/h or 0-60m in just 11.9 sec. was my personal record. That is not bad for Felicia. The running costs are also very low, most things you can repair yourself.

Top speed is 170 km/h as listed from the manufacturer.

So. If you are looking for the Felicia... Do not look for the poor 1.3 or the old 1.9 diesel. Go for the 1.6 engine

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th November, 2006

26th Nov 2008, 10:11

The 1.3 is actually a decent engine compared to the 1.6 even.

Benefits of 1.3 over 1.6:-

Cheaper road tax and insurance.

More economical.

Chain driven - no snapping of cam belts.

If the head gasket goes it's cheaper to fix than the 1.6.

Throttle body on the 1.6s are known to fail, new units are £250 - nothing is that expensive on the 1.3 engine.

Parts for the 1.3 are cheaper to replace.

The suspension won't wear out as quick on the 1.3.

The 1.3 engine is all alloy, unlike the 1.6 which is an iron block - thus making the handling compromised as there will be more weight over the front wheels - The Felicia chassis was not designed for big engines, as it is a Favorit chassis, which was built for the 1.3 skoda engines.