Bought 1.4TDi Estate new Mar 2006. Now 7600 miles.
Car very good but marked down by severe vibration resonating through body between 1500/2000rpm, even on overrun downhill!
Two Skoda dealers, two Skoda techies, Skoda UK, Skoda CZ, VAG were not aware of this vibration until I demonstrated to the Skoda techies, then Skoda advised the exhaust is same spec as fitted to hatch, but the vibration is due to the longer estate body and 'is a normality' that nobody knows about.
Running with tailgate open almost eliminates resonance.
Skoda is unwilling to cure and now ignoring me.
Appreciate if anybody can tell me the cause, and the cure.
Had this car over 5 years - 75,000 miles of trouble-free, enjoyable motoring. My first Skoda, don't expect it to be my last. Considering the size of the car the boot is big and practical. The diesel returns 50 mpg+. The engine is surprisingly quiet and refined even when pushed hard and there is little wind noise at higher speeds. Bumps/uneven road surfaces soaked up effortlessly. Interior build quality is good, although equipment levels only average and fascia looks bland. Considering the low price of this car, value for money is hard to beat. Looking out for new estate model due next year.
The old Fabia Estate (see previous review) was sold at 82,000 miles and I have now purchased a 1.4TDi Bohemia Estate to replace it - it's an ex-demo car with 8000 miles on the clock. It is already delivering the goods with over 60mpg seen at every tankful.
Reading some other reviews would emphasise the need to buy from a reputable dealer or have a full AA/RAC check done on the car. I feel it's unfair to mark the car a low score when it was obviously not looked after or in good nick in the first place!
So don't be put off by others' mistakes - the Fabia estate is a good little car, economical to run and has plenty of space, and in my experience of nearly 100,000 miles' use of them, extremely reliable!
One thing that has always puzzled me is that the What Car? review says that it is beaten for luggage space by some rivals, but as its only direct rival is the 206, which it beats easily, I'm not sure where they are coming from! It combines the smaller size of a supermini with the boot capacity of the Focus/Astra sized car!
This car is lovely to drive and good on fuel, but service history is the keyword with this vehicle. I bought a used one for £1000 under book price with no service history from a friend that had been "serviced" by his mate. It has just cost over £1000 to get it through its MOT! If it has a power steering light showing, avoid it. A new pump for the system is £450 and you can only buy a new one from Skoda.It takes a couple of hours to fit it as well. If it does have a power steering fault, it may be the centre angle sensor if you are lucky, which costs £71. Mine also had leaky brake cylinders (£200 to get fixed including new pads and labour). Also bear in mind that a new cambelt kit is £250 from Skoda (but you can just buy the belt for £34! Not recommended by Skoda, though)and this needs changing at 60K miles. It is not a VW, however good the PR is from Skoda. Eastern European Engineering at German service prices...Perhaps the worst of both worlds?
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