A few years ago I had a Felicia, though it was the estate version rather than the hatchback, but essentially the same car. It was hardly a head-turner, but it was rugged, reliable, unbreakable and reasonably comfortable. I averaged 16,000 miles a year in mine. It was a great load-lugger with good fuel economy. As I am not concerned about image and foolishness of that sort, it made a lot of sense as everyday transport. It had a certain charm, too, and it grew on me. The fact that it sailed through all its MOTs when it was nine years old helped a lot. In 2004 I exchanged it for a Focus C-Max; but I missed the dear old thing for a while afterwards. - The Rev. David Boulton
On returning to the UK after living in Tunisia 3 years my father gave me his 98 registered Felicia deisel after driving a Honda Accord 1.8 from new since 1999 I was a bit shocked particularly as this engine has no turbo but it has soon impressed me with its strength durability and rugged charm not to mention its practibility in suburban london especially being able to find suitable parking spaces.I am not surprised to see so many cars of a similar age still still around.a great little work horse!
I have owned skodas since 1991 growing up with a series of estelles to my current modern (for me) felcia. i have owned this for about 6 years she runs like a dream, the only problems in all that time are normal wear and tear costs. I think she is lovely to drive sticks to the road like sh..t on a shovel! Excellent on the road in all weather conditions although I found like all skodas prone to overheating in hot weather if you are stuck in traffic for any length of time. My little beauty is a bit hard to park for my little lady arms because of the heavy steering but that is my only complaint. My 1996 model is starting to see a little rust on rear wheel arches now so time to act
More Skoda updates One incident was in April when a foreign trucker changed lane with my car still alongside but luckily escaped with nothing more then a bent rear panel. almost got written off! but now i have a new wing fitted so one less rusty panel to work on now. **was nothing more than a glancing blow at about 40-50mph
I wouldn't say Skodas are prone to overheating in hot weather/standing traffic any other car is also prone. My Skoda overheated at the start of the summer. Coming home one evening and things didn't sound good but managed to limp home. However fitting a new radiator fan switch and thermostat soon fixed that issue and it has not caused any bother plus the head gasket is OK. So it has no ABS but the brakes haven't locked up on me. My Skoda is a strong, safe reliable car. I'm still happy with my dainty little Skoda. It does an excellent job and I certainly would buy another Skoda. Only real gripe is road tax gone up again which prob makes the higher powered 1.3 (67bhp ver?) the better buy.
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