2003 Skoda Superb Elegance 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Genuine spacious luxury let down by quality control gremlins
Brake failure light illuminated due to lack of fluid
Boot / trunk lid gas supports failed
Heated seat (Drivers) had no heating element fitted
Dashboard drawer (stuck IN with wallet inside)
This is ALMOST a great car. I have experienced some quality control gremlins and a couple of horror stories and I would not feel able to recommend a Skoda Superb (although I thoroughly recommend an Octavia).
Traded my 03 Octavia in part-exchange for it so I could use the Superb to tow my caravan... and it will tow anything, even a house!!... However...
Heated drivers seat incorrectly fitted without the wiring loom or heating elements. "Not a warranty claim, because as one is not fitted there is nothing to go wrong" said the dealer. So I had to go through Skoda's exception process which took 6 months (the winter, when I needed the heat). Instead of just fitting a new seat complete, Skoda would only authorize retro-fitting the necessary parts. As a result the heating is great, but the seat is now uncomfortable!!
Dealer was helpful, but not efficient.
Delay because no parts available in Europe until I told them I was going to bring the local TV station down to see me park across their entrance. Skoda found the parts within 4 hours :-) )
Steering a bit on the heavy side, but new Michelin Primacy Pilots have improved this a LITTLE.
Supplying dealer didn't put enough brake fluid so warning light came on after 2 days.
On the plus side, amazing power and smooth transmission, great climate control, loads of space, 35mpg if you drive it hard, more than 40 if gentle. Loads of rear seat legroom.
Summary: now up to 6 sessions with the dealer and nearly 20 days off the road - the WORST reliability performance of any car I have owned in 35 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2006