2008 Skoda Octavia Elegance Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A Golf that's better than a Golf, which is what the Golf should be!!
Nothing really, the dark grey paint marks easily.
52,000 miles in one year! And nothing's gone wrong.
Front tyres replaced at 30,000 miles, rear tires only last week at 50,000 miles.
I have had a lot of cars, and they always have to do approx 50,000 miles per year. Normally after the end of the first year, the car will start to feel a little worn, and by the end of the second year, a bit ropey! End of the third... scrap!
But the Skoda still feels secure and strong... dependable, Golf like, but better, bigger and cheaper with a better ride due to the Skoda suspension (slightly softer).
The drive is a little truck/4x4 like in a good way, feels very planted at all times.
On the down side, the 1.9 TDi engine is coarse, but pulls strongly in all gears. I would like to try the new 1.6 TDI CR engine next time!
It returns around 47 mpg most of the time more, if I don't push it.
The dark grey paint is very thin; branches of trees can scratch the paint, which is disappointing.
Climate control, leather steering wheel, gear knob etc all have a quality feel.
At the end of the day it smashes my old pug 307 SW into pieces, then puts them all back together and smashes it again just for the sake of it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd December, 2009
23rd Dec 2009, 16:27
That's a lot of miles you do. It would be great if you could update us, say, every 6 months (given the distances you travel) regarding any problems you encounter.
24th Jun 2010, 15:30
Just a update, 76000 miles, still no problems.
On the second set of rear tyres and 3rd set of front's, which is very good!
Engine, gear box etc all OK.
Just about to go in for its 4th service, which I do believe is a major service, possibly cam belt change, which could be expensive if running the car as a private car.
We have about nine Octavias in work, and this is typical of them all, no real problems with any of them.
29th Jul 2013, 09:24
My Skoda's been gone for a while. This car did 146,000 in its 3 years with me.
The car did let me down once with a bad relay.
I miss this car; it was a good one. It did have alignment issues after a motorcyclist fell off and collided with it, but that was also all fixed.
A good car, one of the best I have had. Space, reliability, comfort and economy in one affordable package.
The registration was RE58 VNT if anyone has it!