My last review of my Skoda Fabia 1.9 SDI Estate was in March last year. I have now 88.000 miles on the mileometer and the 1.9 diesel has again proven exceptional. The cambelt was replaced at 59.949 miles as advised by the Skoda dealer and at the same time I replaced the water pump as as precaution. The car still has the original exhaust and has had no mechanical problems. I have used budget tyres and have been getting good mileage out of them with one budget tyre doing more than 37.000 miles. The make was Hero and of course it was made in China!
I have owned this car since new in 2001, and it has done just over 70,000 miles. I use it on a daily commute of 20 miles and get 57mpg, on longer runs on the motorway at 70mph it does over 60!
It has travelled all over Europe and is an excellent "autobahn" car, cruising quite happily at an indicated 100mph where allowed. The boot in this estate version is easily as big, if not bigger, than any hatch in the class above but has the advantage that the car itself is smaller and easier to park!
Only tow things have gone wrong in 6 years, the electonic steering bax needed relacing after 3 1/2 years and a very small piece of trim fell off, thats it, despite being used and abused by my family!
Thoroughly recomended, much, much better value than any supermini hatchback and far better value than its only estate competition, the 206! Why get a mini-mpv like the Note or Meriva when the Fabia Estate does it better AND has more room!
I purchased due to cheap running cost (average around 47 mpg on 21 mile commute) and good boot space. Plus pack adds electric windows and central locking and air conditioning have proved good upgrades and didn't add much to the cost. I have completed 50000 miles in 4 years. Engine management warning light has come on a couple of times but sorted by the garage at no cost (quick clean of a sensor). Servicing is reasonably priced and my local skoda specialist are reliable and friendly (they used to be a main dealer). No other problems and apart from one tyre have only had to pay for routine servicing. I have marked it down 1* on the cabin because the seats could be more comfortable (could be an issue with the classic). On the road one of the more powerful variants would be useful going up steep hills wirh 4 passengers and luggage.
I purchased the 1.9 TDi Fabia Estate brand-new, just over 3 years ago and have only done 26,000 miles, (barely run-in).
I chose the diesel version, not because I am a high mileage driver, but because I prefer the superior economy, efficiency and driving characteristics of the lesser polluting (CO2 emmisions) Diesel engines, compared to there petrol counterparts.
I compared it to the Honda Jazz 1.4 i-DSI model, but chose the Fabia on the basis of better economy, lower CO2 emmisions, better motorway cruising, easier overtaking ability and 'a better all-rounder' out of the urban environment.
It has proved 100% reliable, and I have never had to return to the dealers other than for annual services.
I regularly return 60 mpg, driven sensibly, but not slowly, and it swallows all the holiday luggage the average family requires, without complaint. Fully loaded, it happily climbs steep, windy roads and it takes long journeys in its stride.
I will look at a new Honda Jazz II version, should the manufacturer have the sense to fit the next Jazz model with a decent modern turbo-diesel engine; in the meantime however, I am more than happy to keep my Diesel Fabia Estate and can certainly recommend it to anyone else, without hesitation.
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