1999 Skoda Felicia LXI 1.3 MPI from UK and Ireland
A great car, cheap, roomy but not fast
Leaking Thermostat gasket.
Ticking speedo cable.
Broken throttle cable.
ECU fault leading to poor MPG.
After the Ford KA the amount of space in this budget estate was great. Performance is not that great unless you work the engine hard, although it happily keeps up with traffic around town. The seats are not quite as long as they need to be to my mind, but the car is comfortable and the fairly well thought out. The ride is excellent and with the exception of body roll when cornering it's easy to forget you're in a budget car.
I have encountered some minor failures, detailed above, which whilst annoying were not the end of the world. The dealer service has been exemplary, so much so that I can't find any complaint, even if I try hard.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th July, 2001
26th Sep 2001, 14:47
1997 Skoda Felicia L with just 18,000 on the clock. The ECU "cooked" the battery and alternator. Scouring the UK for a replacement to no avail. It appears that there is an ECU problem with this car and at £450 to replace the unit... caveat emptor.
25th Feb 2003, 09:53
1998 Felicia lxi,40,000 miles. Bought Feb. 2002 from small dealer. Since then alternator, battery, centre ( English spelling ) locking, headlight level adjustment, thermistor and thermostat have packed up. Engine now cuts out after 2 miles and a diagnostic check has found 8 faults in the circuit. Engine control unit costs over £700 and may not be the complete fault or total cost. Car will have to be scrapped although it still looks good with only 49,000 miles on the clock.