2001 Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.9 TDI 66kw from Czech Republic
You will know your local mechanic on a first name basis very quickly
The car actually had 45,000km more on it than the dash indicated; apparently very easily changed.
So I had the timing belt changed, and found out that the pulleys and water pump have never been changed.
The ride is very loud, which I have been told by the dealer “It is a Skoda, they do that”.
A/C is malfunctioning, cools OK, but loud.
There is a rubber plug on the last injector that cracked, so I spilled 10L of diesel on the road, dealer said “It is a Skoda, they do that”.
Yesterday the transmission went, no idea what it is, but was told “It’s either the clutch or transmission they do that”.
The Skoda dealer is backed up on repairs right now, so I have to make an appointment 2 weeks in advance.
I am not blaming it on the dealer, I just think that the car was not built very well.
Here in the Czech Republic, 1 out of 3 cars is a Skoda, and I have been told by 50% that the car is great and 50% say no more.
I am sick of hearing “It is a Skoda, they do that”. I wonder what else Skoda’s do.
What made me buy this car was the size of the trunk. We just had a baby girl and my 3 door Integra was not big enough.
Fuel economy is great, so getting the car to the dealer for repairs will not cost you that much.
I am doing my best to get rid of this car, and going back to Japanese cars again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th August, 2007
Sorry, but you have bought a really mistreated car. Škoda are great and reliable. The best of them are the Octavia, Fabia and Superb, which are basically VW's (the Superb is a stretched Passat and the Octavia is the same as a Golf), but they are far better. Even Seat makes better VW's than VW.
If you need a reliable diesel, buy an Octavia with really low miles on the clock, you can't miss.
No way, I am done with Skodas. Even people I know who loved them and then bought a different brand admitted that their Skoda was worse.