I came across two major problems. 1) Uneven tyre worn-out due to alignment defect 2) Needed to replace clutch plates and pressure plates at 29000Km, very disappointing.
Drive this car as a company car, I am absolutely delighted with it, and would have no hesitation in owning another when mine comes up for renewal
I chose the PD130 Classic model because of its low price and emissions which reduced my company car tax liability whilst maintaining a large car with excellent accommodation. It is a 'superb' drive, very comfortable and cosseting on long journeys although not as sporty as my previous car, a Mondeo Ghia 130 TDCi. The only slight criticism is the lack of a folding rear seat for those awkward loads, however the boot is capacious, and the folding carrier bag hooks a real boon on the supermarket trip.
The standard of fit and finish is up to VW Audi Groups usual excellent standards with nothing sticking, broken or falling off over the 6 months and 18000 miles it has travelled. The only option I fitted were the rear parking sensors at £300 which are a neccessity given the extra 12 cms over a VW Passat.
Economy from the PD130 diesel engine is very good, average economy since new according to the onboard computer is in excess of 53 mpg, probably due to its life spent pounding the M25, M40 and M1. It is not uncommon to record 58mpg on my 75 mile commute to work along the M25, helped I suspect by the variable speed limits and roadworks! Long speedy runs just above the legal maximum regularly return 55mpg.
Overall the car is both Superb in name and nature, and perversely often attracts positive comments from colleagues and friends alike when travelling in it. Skoda have done a fine job turning the Passat into a true limousine.
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