I've owned the car from new. The biggest bugbear which would put me off ever buying another Skoda is the dreaded dual-mass flywheel.
Mine failed after 5 years and 55k miles.
Buy second hand if the car, like mine now, is fitted with a single-mass flywheel.
Apart from this an excellent car to run and deive.
I bought this car new and have run it for just over a year now, covering 15000 miles and I have nothing but praise for it. It is extremely well built has great performance/handling and fantastic economy. I regularly get 50 mpg although the mid-range acceleration is quite addictive. I bought through an internet broker and got a fantastic deal - £4k off plus interest free credit. I collected the car from a Skoda dealer in London who were excellent. I have had the car serviced at my local dealer and they are also very good. Quality wise the car is pretty good although the cost savings can be seen in some areas of the cabin - but for the money you can't beat it. I've kept the car to a fairly basic spec, the only options I picked were Race Blue metallic paint, a spare wheel and mats. On the down side I am disappointed that DAB is not even an option and I had a 20 week wait for the car. I would definitely buy from Skoda again and would certainly recommend the Octavia vRS diesel.
I have just purchased my fourth Skoda since 2003. Two Fabias and two Octavias. The latest being a 1.9 Elegence on a 59 plate with 17K on the clock. brilliant Car, however a couple of minor moans.. They have got rid of the electrically lockable fuel cap, they have changed the way that the heated wing mirrors work, they have over complicated the heating and ventilation system with a digitally controlled system, where the previous version on the silver line was perfect. also the the key is now a big chunky thing that has several locking routines...Too complicated Mr Skoda. besides that the car is Ace. The car returned nearly 60 mpg on a 300 mile run...Confirmed by measuring fuel and dividing miles on top up.
This is the third Skoda I've now owned. Previously, I've had an Octavia Elegance, a Fabia Elegance, and now an Octavia VRS. I purchased the Octavia VRS as a replacement for my superb Fabia. The VRS fulfills all my requirements: -Great road handling -Excellent acceleration -Economy -Relatively low running costs
I purchased the VRS with dark grey metallic paint, full leather interior, IPOD integration, wiper, light and reverse sensors.
After having the car for 8 months and completing 16000 miles I am really pleased with the purchase. I am avg 53mpg and find as a general rule that if I drive like a normal person I am getting around 450 miles to a tank (This is without the fuel light coming on). I do a lot of motorway driving so find the car brilliant on long journeys. I have only occasionally taken the car onto country roads, where the handling comes alive.
When purchasing the car I looked at the BMW 320D and the Insignia. I concluded that the BMW was going to be very costly and would not come with the same kit level without spending 8k more than the Octavia. The Insignia looked good, but the Engine was lacking the grunt and the economy was poor.
Would highly recommend
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