2000 Skoda Felicia LXi 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Can hardly fault it
The plastic straps thatraise the parcel shelf when the rear hatch is opened, break frequently!
The plastic shield over the rear hatch sill comes off.
An unidentifiable intermittent electrical fault, causing a rare stall, led to the dealer replacing the wiring loom under warranty.
This Felicia Estate has been an extraordinarily reliable car. Run from new 10 years ago, the only potentially serious fault was 'just one of those things' - the electrical issue mentioned above. The only recurrent faults are the plastic things!
It is not particularly pretty (though distinctive) and lacks one or two refinements, but reasonably economical (39-40mpg on longer runs, laden), very practical - the Estate (Combi) is a good workhorse, surprisingly fast if given a good run-up (unsubstantiated rumours that it has reached the ton), mid-range acceleration quite good and it doesn't seem to mind hard revving if you have to move on in a hurry.
There is not a smear of rust on the bodywork except where scratched, and it's been quite resistant to that. Less road noise than the other 'arf's new Fabia.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2009