Skoda Rapid Reviews

2013 Skoda Rapid Ambition 1.4 petrol from Turkey

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance450 kilometres
Previous carLexus IS

Summary:

Feels solid

Faults:

Nothing til now.

General Comments:

I have had the car for the last 10 days, and I've had the chance to drive it both on the highway and in rush hour city traffic. Nice to drive, handles good, fuel consumption is as low as 6L/100km in combined use.

The car feels solid and safe, the trunk is the best in its class, and very useful shape wise.

Gear changes are as smooth as they could be.

Negatives; seats could be better; even in mid spec you won't get an arm rest for both the front and back.

Dealer was just rubbish. If I didn't know the car previously, I would definitely change my mind just because of the dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2013

1990 Skoda Rapid 135 RiC 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

Seriously under-rated, dare you to try one!

Faults:

When I purchased the car, it had been neglected for approximately 6 years. The clutch went and the engine needed changing (the engine from a front-engined Favorit had replaced the original, causing clutch problems) and it frequently threatened to over heat - solved by replacing the radiator pressure cap (£4).

The rear wheel arches had rusted, as had the sills and front valence, and numerous other areas, while the driver's seat was worn and the rear seats had suffered sun damage (in the UK!).

Following repair, my car has been stunningly reliable, having only broken the clutch cable (quick and easy repair), and had a flat battery. Other than that, it has only required regular servicing to keep it running perfectly!

Following restoration, the body has started to rust again at the base of the doors and front valence.

General Comments:

I have driven this car extensively, and use it daily, covering country, motorway and inner-city driving.

Although not the quickest, it certainly is fast enough to keep up with all traffic without any stress, though I would not try to race a modern car!

The handling has always been excellent, though I suspect if you push it a bit far, you may slide off backwards like an Porsche 911 from the 80's or earlier; I've always found it controllable and usually encouraging of a more sporting approach. Worst habit is in high winds when the front can be blown about.

The interior is basic, but functional. My biggest gripe being the lack of cigarette lighter, making usual satellite navigators difficult to use. Although I've found it comfortable, there is no adjustment for the steering wheel, which may be an issue for some.

Skoda dealers have been useless. When I've approached them, not only can they not source ANY parts for the car, they have frequently been unaware that it even IS a Skoda. With Skoda's image now so strong, it is frustrating that they should continue to ignore their heritage!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2012

1989 Skoda Rapid 2.8L V8 4 speed from Czech Republic

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4 speed Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Previous carTatra T613

Summary:

Batmobile

Faults:

Original Skoda 1,3L engine was removed and a rebuilt Tatra 2.8L V8 Air cooled engined installed. New old stock Skoda transmission installed. Minor work on rear body (larger air holes).

New brakes. Bigger tyres and better suspension.

General Comments:

Great musclecar, almost all parts are of cold war era origin. Tatra V8 engine has 180Hp and great torque and GREAT sound. Very fast and amazing. Head turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th May, 2010

1990 Skoda Rapid 136 - Black 1.3 61bhp from UK and Ireland

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.3 61bhp Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carSkoda 120L

Summary:

Rare classic and cheap czechoslovakian fun!!

Faults:

Nothing to date as car is off the road being tidied up for the summer.

General Comments:

My first car was a 120 Estelle and provided me with many fun years of motoring.

Picked it up very cheap, and have spent the time since doing it up. Plan to put her on the road in early summer, and will use her when the weather is good.

I expect the normal head gasket and radiator problems that seem to be standard with these cars.

Rear wheel drive and engine over the rear end means tail happy fun in the wet or when pushing really hard. I have stuck a twin choke Webber on with K&N air filter, new wheels, updated interior and general tidy up.

Looking forward to the summer!!!

Anyone out there with parts, advice or an interest in rear wheel drive Skodas, please leave a comment!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2008

9th Feb 2008, 13:49

Have you tried the Briskoda website? It caters for Skodas of all ages and I'm sure you'll find it very useful.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews