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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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86 reader reviews for Skoda Fabia Hatchback.
  • 1.9 SDI Classic 5dr

    Susan Brindle , Kent . Date: 20/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car has been reliable,in that it has never left me stranded, but certainly NOT economical.It seems that at every service there has been something that needed replacing.At 4 years old,& a week past expiry of the warranty,it needed a new radiator & it seems to have been downhill from there.I've spent nearly £1 600-00 on services in 2007!In February it was time to replace the cam-belt,which I knew would be costly–£593,81 incl £268,80 labour.Now 10,000 miles later,time for a routine service and MOT.All 4 tyres needed replacing as were incorrect size(not Skoda’s error)which added £150,00 to the bill.I waited 8 hrs for my car,and the bill was £991,43 incl £406,00 labour!How can labour for a routine service cost so much more than a labour intense service to change a cam-belt?To add insult to injury the garage had added a note that “cam-belt will need replacing soon”.It should last for 70 000 miles!I can't believe the bill-it's not as if I drive a Merc or a BMW!I will be getting rid of my Skoda at the first opportunity,but this has cost me dearly as I was informed,by the garage,that it is only worth £1,500-£1,900. I was tempted to tell them that they could keep the car and that I would walk home!If you’re considering buying a Skoda,THINK AGAIN!!

  • 1.2 12v Classic 5dr

    Denise Dyer Date: 26/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have a 6 month old new model. It has had a fault on the cooling system which resulted in a warranty repair. There was a loose pipe on the cooler in the glove department.

    Dealership aftersales was terrible.

  • 1.4 16v 100 Ambiente 5dr

    Paul Allery Date: 15/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We bought this 1.4-litre base model three months ago as a spare car and for out-of-town members of staff to use when needed. I've given it five stars overall as although it's not perfect, you won't find a better little car for the money!

    My main gripe is the tacky non-OEM CD player/radio. This was also the reason my wife didn't want one herself a year ago, as she said 'it looks like a second-hand car already'.

    Overall, it's a nice enough little car - it's comfortable and about the only car in the fleet where I don't need the seat as far back as it will go.

    The engine needs a lot of revs and might have been better with eight valves and more torque. The power steering is brilliant and the air-conditioning has coped with the 40-degree temperatures of Cyprus.

    I'm hoping my wife might reconsider the new model (which I've seen) next year, which is basically the same, but a bit more classy - and 17% more expensive!

  • 1.4 16v 75 Classic Auto 5dr

    Dawn Hurst , Leicestershire . Date: 03/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My Fabia is now almost six years old but has done only 42,000 miles. A recurring fault has now resulted in complete loss of power steering and since the reason for this could be: ECU or pump or sensors (garage speak). It looks as though the costs to sort this out could be astronomical.

    The original problem was that the power steering light kept coming on, so the car went back and forward to the garage to have fluid levels etc checked, but there was no problem with this. Computer checks came up with no definitive answer as to what the problem(s) was. What is the use of electronic computers if they don't identify specific faults! It has just cost me £250 to find out there is a problem - somewhere.

    Checking website reviews, it looks as though the Fabia is prone to electrical faults so anyone considering buying one should beware.

    I am not happy with my car, and I will never buy another.

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