2004 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 TDI from UK and Ireland
Perfect example of a good car
Very little. Failed alternator at 100K, plus the usual consumables, tyres, brake discs and pads, etc.
A very good car that I have enjoyed for the year or so I've had it. Put close to 70,000 miles on it so far, serviced on time and never let me down once apart from that alternator (my fault, should have listened to that rattling noise it made before it gave up). Mind you, that's the only bad thing about this car - the noise from the TDI engine is rather loud and drowns out any other noises it may be making! Generally it's unrefined, so if you want a whisper quiet car, look elsewhere.
That's enough negatives though, here's the positives - very reliable, decent interior with nice kit, electrics on GLX models and above (Classic trim is very basic), performance is fine, and with 55 MPG average you can see why this is a popular car. It's just like a text book example of a car - but not in a boring way, there's something about it that makes it better than Japanese and other such rivals. Or if you drive a Mondeo or something similar and are looking for a reliable alternative, check out the Octavia 98 - 05 model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th June, 2015