I have owned my Elegance 110 Tdi since 2002 and have covered 110,000 miles. There have been a few minor problems, but none have been expensive. The engine is superb and will accelerate from 1000 rpm in 5th gear and is still running sweetly. 55 mpg is easily obtainable. In short, a brilliantly practical vehicle.
Having been persuaded to buy one of the first Octavia Estates a TDI 90 BHP i was delighted with everything except the power when fully loaded with bikes and family. In March 04 I uprated to the Elegance PD 130 and it has been the best car I have ever owned. It has been thoroughly reliable 65,000 miles at the moment with only a minor problem with an electric window after going through flood water that was soon sorted. Whilst the car is not a racer the power in mid range gives a 50 year old man (who owned sports cars in the past!) a thrill. I would recommend this model to anyone.
However there is now a tiny gripe in that I have been today to look at changing for the new shape 140BHP and was shocked at the change in the dealership culture. The bright new showrooms now need to be paid for and I was offered a really poor part exchange against a model that has hiked up in price significantly. What I'm being asked to pay has gone up very significantly and whilst it is still a great car, for that price I could start to look at a Saab or even a cheaper Audi estate. Eight years of happy Octavia estate ownership look like coming to an end. But if you could get a good deal you could do a lot worse................
I have owned my Octavia Elegance estate since 2002 and covered 80,000 miles. I had a BMW 520 Touring prior which was undeniably good but it was expensive to own and maintain. Get over the badge - having sat in my mates A4 it is the legimate child of a VW/Audi - the parts are the same. My dealer purchased dog guard came in the same Audi box. No probs with the Tavvy - I've had the aircon recharged and the boots struts replaced - that is it in 5 and half yrs on the road. The economy of the diesel is phenominal. It's very comfy, easy to park and has fab boot space. I have never expierienced the hard ride or stiff steering I'd read about prior to purchase. The dealerships vary from on the whole outstanding to a few getting a bit Del boy. The best are the sound 50 yr old family run franchises. The worst, like the slight price rises in new Skodas, demonstrable of Skoda's growing popularity. After my warranty expired I did away with dealer servicing and now use a great value and professional local VW Specialist - halving the labour rates. The Octavia's looks, which I like originally from only a few angles, have grown on me. I always recieve the all too familiar 'actually this is really really nice - they're quite good now aren't they?' speech every time I give a mate a lift. I will have this car until it dies. In all honesty I wanted to be persuaded to go back to BMW - the truth is I simply could not justify it. Vorsprung durch common sense.
Excellent car, I have covered 80,000 miles and the only problem was a failed air-mass meter. Engine uses hardly any oil between services and ecomomy is around 53 mpg.
I previously owned a 1.9 TDi (90bhp) Ambient, that was very good too. The lower power was hardly noticeable and the drive was slightly better - more refined, with less understeer and smoother ride.
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