Lovely car to drive, quick. Exclusivity.
Central locking failed. Skoda would not part exchange (said no-one would want car, people who can afford to run cars would want audis or BMW's). Horrible Depreciation. Tax over 200 quid per year. tyres 60-70 quid a pop. does 25-27 mpg in town, about 33 mpg on a long run. insurance group 16. You will not be able to sell the car unless you virtually give it away (either to dealers or privately). Impossible to keep interior clean as pale colour.
worst and most expensive to run car I have owned in some 40 years. last bil was £900.00for new diesel pump.clutch and flywheel has become noisy and now requires replacemnt, (£625.00),rear shocks also noisy(150.00) all in 87000 miles.
I got this car in Jan 2006 at 53K on the clock. 2 years and 45K miles later I can say it has been a very good experience. My actual total cost of ownership, including maintenance, insurance, repairs, parking, road tax and fuel comes at 14 to 16 pence per mile which works out better value than public transport without the problems of public transport. The only problem I have with this car is legroom at the rear and I would have loved 6 speed manual box (the engine seems to ask for it regardless of its 90bhp). I will buy another Octavia. Most probably it will be the Scout.
1.8T with the 4spd automatic gearbox has been totally reliable with no faults at all, 4 years old and 31k covered.
Elegance spec had VW's excellent climatronic air conditioning which is superb although the cooling aspect is not as strong as it could be. Genuinely 'set and forget' though.
Road noise is much improved since fitting P6000's (in place of supplied Eco Contacts), it is a heavy-ish feeling car to drive compared to (say) Vauxhalls, with weighty steering and a good throttle progression, which makes it very easy to drive smoothly in town as it is not jumpy at all.
Auto gearbox is generally smooth but can be a bit lumpy when cold in 1st gear, and it does numb performance too much in the mid range. Be prepared to be left behind by anything turbo-diesel though unless you're revving it hard.
Interior is nice, particularly the dash, trip computer is good and elegance models had a better display. Cruise control works well.
Very little to criticise other than what your friends will say and the dissapointing fuel consumption of the 1.8t/auto combo, about 30mpg, which is the only reason I say 3 stars for costs. I'm looking to change this car only because of my expanding family and otherwise would feel confident to keep it to about 7 years.
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