2001 Skoda Octavia vRS 1.8 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


A well-sorted one may be a fairly competent car


Differential 'whine' when cornering.

Many interior rattles.

Engine management - cooling system and turbo system showing up fault codes.

Rear brake binding.

Wiper linkage seizing up.

Cold-start issues.

General Comments:

Too much power for the - frankly average at best - chassis. Not very adjustable through the corners for a so called 'hot hatch'. Previous car, a bog-standard 1.6 Ford Focus was a lot more fun to drive.

Comfortable and reasonably economical over long distances, when driven sensibly can see 38-40 MPG.

Seats very adjustable, and look very good.

Speaker system pretty bad for a top-of-the-range model, standard equipment is pretty much as expected.

When it all worked properly, it did feel like a pretty competent car, but the rest of the time I was left feeling disappointed with the driving experience, reliability and build quality. VWs on this platform around this age do not seem to live up to the perceived reliability - watch out for hefty repair bills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd February, 2010

2001 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Fantastically economical and fast TDi


90bhp Tdi engine is perhaps a little under powered for the size and weight of the car, but has a good amount of torque, especially at 60+ over taking speeds.

Nothing else to report so far.

General Comments:

Very impressed with its refinements. Golf chassis is brilliant for road handling. Interior comfort is plain but functional (which is no bad thing)

Changed to the Octavia from a Fabia 1.4 8v - what a difference in quality, speed, mpg, road handling - I could go on!

Consistently getting 60mpg out of it - has been 70+ on long runs.

My only hope is that this isn't the honeymoon period, and long may I be pleased with the car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2008

2001 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 TDI from Dominican Republic


You better prepare for a love-hate relationship with this car!


Many things has gone wrong over these 6 years:

First the transmission broke down leaving me stranded. Had to town it to the dealer. Was out of warranty by then and the bill was HUGE. They decided it was a computer fault (seems like the transmission has it's own dedicated computer) and charged me a small fortune for the labor. The computer itself wasn't that expensive, but they have to change most of the cabling. They also rebuilt the transmission valves set that was damaged (supposedly) by the computer fault. The car spent almost 2 weeks in the shop.

About 1 year later the transmission broke down again. This time the replaced the whole transmission and the bill was REALLY HUGE. On the bright side the gas millage (680 Kilometers per fuel tank in the city) and acceleration jumped ahead like when it was new.

Besides the transmission:

The front bumper had a slow tendency to hang lower and lower until it became troublesome with the curbs. Was easy and inexpensive to fix on the dealer and they confirmed, off the record, that it was a common problem on that make year.

Rubber supports for the engine broke, causing a very disturbing sound when driving at low revs.

Electric motor for the left rear window broke down, leaving the window down. Replaced out of warranty.

One of the cooling system fans stopped working without a warning or alert on the dash. As long as you were running with the AC on everything was fine. Got caught in a traffic ham? Better start praying because oil temperature started to sky rocket, to the point of the on-board computer ordering you to STOP THE ENGINE at once!

Recently replaced the door gaskets on both doors at the driver side. Rain water was entering the cabin.

The AC started spitting foam pieces trough the vents. Did a AC cleaning at the dealer and they found nothing out of place. 6 months later the AC started misbehaving, the compressor had to be replaced, again an expensive repair.

General Comments:

Got the car brand new and was love at first sight. Gas mileage was a blessing, likewise handling, acceleration and looks.

Interior space is a successful exercise of good design and you wouldn't believe the things that I have managed to fit inside the trunk (here is a clue: a machine you you do your laundry in, and a machine you keep your food in). People never can believe how big the trunk is, especially since it looks so small from the outside.

The controls are easy to use and very well laid out, with a solid German Engineering feel to it, just don't expect ultimate luxury.

UNFORTUNATELY, the car is a clear Dr.-Jekyll-and-Mr.-Hyde case. The cabin loves you, but the engine hates your guts and your wallet.

The fuel economy savings you are supposed the have (and the reason why the diesel versionĀ“s tag price is higher than the gasoline version -at least on the local market) are totally consumed on mechanic bills and owner frustration. Maybe I got a VERY BAD sample.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th September, 2007

27th Mar 2008, 06:52

I bought one (2001) second hand (in 2007) with 145000km and had a similar experience as you are describing. Considering I live in the Czech Republic where the car is made I should be a little more patriotic, but no way, no more Skoda for me.

I agree with what you wrote about the low fuel consumption not making up for the time it spends in the shop for repairs. I had the car for 6 months and out of that, 1 month it was sitting waiting to be sold and 4 weeks (added up) it was in the shop for repairs. I went back to a Honda which is 4 years older than the Octavia but without a single problem.


28th Sep 2008, 08:58

I bought a Octavia Elegance 1.9tdi new in 2001. It came with full leather interior Electric sunroof Cruse control rain sensitive wipers climate control traction control rear wiper.

Only problems I found were the shocks were too weak and the car bottomed out on back roads replaced with Koni adjustables problem solved.

The rear wiper comes on when it is in the off position; not solved yet as this has only happened lately.

Fuel economy is about 450 to 500 miles per tank full.

I change my oil and oil filter every 3000 miles and air, fuel and pollen filter every 10000 miles, and so far I have had trouble free driving.

I have no intentions of changing my car for at least another 5 years, or longer if it is still in excellent running order.