2001 Skoda Octavia Ambeinte 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Overhyped and not up to the billed job
Oil consumption is sky high. 2L per 1000 miles. Deal says nothing to worry about.
Bad squeak behind dashboard.
This car has been a big disappointment.
Its cheapish, but you can tell after a while. There is no feeling of "quality" or "style" or "I like myself in this car".
Rear room is terrible and is not practical. Oil consumption is alarmingly high.
This is not a cheap VW it is a VW built down to a price. You don't get VW quality.
A nasty car which is overhyped and I am selling as soon as I can.
The dealer was awful, truly awful. I was made to feel like a criminal. Never again! A guess of hype over content.
This car is not a family car. It's a car for a couple who want a bigger car than a polo. If you have children then forget it. Buy something slightly bigger like a Passat, Primera or anything else.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th May, 2002
I have been a VW devotee for many years, but not anymore. I've recently traded my 98' Polo 1.6 GL for a 98' Octavia 1.8 SLXi and I'm pleased I did. For a car of the same age and mileage the Octavia is clearly has the better build quality and features (No oil problems here). My wife has a 2001 Fabia 1.4 16V Elegance estate which accelerates, brakes, corners and has better MPG, cheaper insurance and servicing than the Polo VW were selling until April this year. Even a friend who owns an Audi S3 (which like the other correspondent's has had a lot of niggly problems) and a Porsche Boxter was impressed.
When I drive either of my Skoda's I feel happy in the knowledge that VW haven't ripped me off again.
As for dealers the two that are local to me were chalk and cheese. One wasn't interested at all to the point of rudeness the other price matches services (including free collection / delivery), beats internet new car prices, and is very customer oriented - they are out there you just have to look around.
What ever you do, don't buy a Seat Leon because the same thing will happen to you again.
The built quality is so poor you would be better of with a Lada and customer care is something other car makers do.