We owned a Skoda for about two years and found it to be a great car if you have kids.
The space was fantastic and the boot was big enough to hold a tandem buggy as well asa month's shopping with room left over.
Unfortunately my husband bought the car from a dealer who didn't bother to say that the electrics were dodgy to say the least.
After six months the electrics and central locking packed up, although we could still use the car.
My hubby crashed the car and it was written off because it was nearly 10 years old. All in all, it was a great family car and would recommend it - just watch where you buy it from.
I have driven my company Octavia Elegance 1.9TDI from new in March 2005, and have covered 80,000 in those two years. Nothing has gone wrong, and the car did 35000 on the front tyres and 40000 on the rears before they needed replacing. It averages 55mpg despite some high speed motorway driving, and the twin climate control plus heated mirrors/anti dazzle rear view mirror/boot clips for shopping/adjustable armrest all make up the nice little extras you appreciate. Admittedly the suspension isn't as taut as it once was, but the car is still remarkably quick and a pleasure to drive. I would certainly recommend it.
I have owned this car four years, and covered over 170,000 miles. In that time the air mass sensor has been replaced, and I've just booked it in for a new clutch. Apart form new brake pads etc, that is all that's gone wrong with it.
I can recommend it for comfort, reliability and economy (50mpg).
Keep it serviced, and you won't go far wrong.
Val Tutaj Ustanow Poland I owned this car for 6 years & clocked up over 147000 miles. The only major fault was an air mass meter that needed replacing. The Octavia was a very practical car, loads of space. Very economical 50+ to the gallon, and that with always being in a hurry. If only the dealership were as good as the car. I would recommend the Octavia to anyone. I had the pleasure of test driving a 2.0l tdi, which was very impresive, also a 1.6 FSI which seemed slightly under powered. The quilty of materials & finish is an improvement over the old Octavia, which was good anyway. As I'm retired & don't cover the sort of milage I used to, I've ordered an Octavia 2.0l FSI Tiptronic L&K, and can't wait until the New year.
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