Tried twice now to contact Skoda via their website regarding the 1.4TSI Octavia, NO reply cannot be bothered it seems. Perhaps this is a lucky escape.
Shows what they think of potential customers.
I have NOT driven this car.
Unlike the previous reviewer I have not suffered with the creaking doors or poor radio reception, so I would disagree with his dealer's claim that all Octavias are the same. My previous car was a 2002 Mondeo estate and the radio / multi-CD player in the Ford was very disappointing. I find that the FM radio reception in my Octavia is much better than the Ford's, and the CD player will play MP3 disks in addition to normal audio CDs. There is also an aux socket for external MP3 players and the like. My car was new in September 2007, and you will not find these audio features in older Octavias such as my father's 2005 L&K model. Although the load space in the Octavia estate is a bit less than in the Mondeo estate, it is very good for a car of this size. The boot of the Octavia is not as capable as the Mondeo when it comes to accepting large objects, being about 4 inches shorter and 4 inches narrower, but it is about 4 inches deeper including the space below the variable boot floor and this space is useful for storing oddments with the false floor in place. The car has done 12700 miles with no problems apart from a recent faulty semsor in the engine management system that was promptly sorted out under warranty. I am very happy with the fit and finish of the Octavia, the way that it drives, the level of equipment and the reliability.
Bought new 2.0 in June 2008, my first impressions were good. It is comfortable to drive, quite roomy, economical for its size and powerful.
HOWEVER, in the 6 months that I’ve owned the car there a couple of problems that have detracted from my enjoyment. There is an annoying creaking/rattling that comes from all doors on the most minor of road imperfections. The car has been to the dealers three times and I’m told that “all Octavias are the same”. I believe it emanates from the double door seal that has been fitted to the later models. Below 30mph you have to put up with a constant rattling noise. Secondly the radio reception awful. If you like Radio 5, or any other AM station you can forget it as the sound quality is appalling. FM is not much better as it suffers terrible interference. Skoda customer services tell me that this should not be the case, yet my local dealer tells me that “all Octavias are the same”, and told me that they have replaced the unit for some customers, but it made no difference. How can the dealer say it is a common problem, yet customer service know nothing about it? Don’t think I’m being over fussy here, I’m comparing the radio to the one fitted to my Hyundai Getz, which gives a far superior sound, from a car costing one third the price of the Octavia. For both issues, I don’t care if “all Octavias are the same” – it is still annoying to me. For these reasons I would not have another, and would not recommend them to anyone else.
I never thought I would see the day when I ordered a Skoda as a company car. I checked What Car reviews 2 years ago and looked at others on my list, none came near to the spec of this vehicle. It is a class drive and has all the gimmicks, It has not failed me once. I have recommended it to others in my organization and had good feedback.. When it comes up for renewal later in the year I will be requesting another, perhaps the Scout!
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