2001 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 TDi from UK and Ireland
Bargain basement bargain!
Radio does not work as there is a fault in the aerial lead.
Brakes pull to left under heavy braking.
Generally, car has been a solid performer doing everything okay and nothing badly. Despite being a diesel with only 90bhp, it goes well, stops well and handles safely.
Ride seems rough in terms of gravel surfaces, ruts and bump noise and vibration coming through body and making tyre noise.
General quality is okay, but when you look closely it is clearly not quite up to VAG standards in attention to details and quality of materials. Styling is staid as opposed to leading edge, but I guess it appeals to the target audience.
Dealer support and service has been dire which is a shame as it marrs an otherwise very cost effective and competent package. It seems very popular with taxi companies which in a way is a recommendation for longevity and reliability.
The only real problem is the naff brand image!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th February, 2002
27th May 2002, 10:49
The one thing Skoda have always had a good name for is the Dealer support, if the author of this report has found a bad one he is very unfortunate.
I am on my third Skoda and have nothing but praise for the dealer.
I am not happy with the way Skoda is going, because it is deserting its existing customer base, but that has not been reflected in the after sales service.