Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Felicia hatchback?
The reputation for wretched reliability suffered by Skodas of yesteryear was well deserved. However, the cars are now among the most reliable you can buy, and the good news is the Felicia was built after the company's rebirth.
There are a few things to look out for, though. Early cars may well have problems with rust by now, and faults with the transmission and electrics aren't uncommon, either, so make sure the car drives smoothly with no suspect noises, and that all the electrical functions work properly.
If you're buying the 1.3, check the service history to make sure that routine maintenance has been carried out rigorously. This engine has been known to suffer a leaking head gasket if not maintained properly. Check for water or white residue under the oil filler cap for signs of trouble. The suspension would benefit from a thorough inspection, too, because this is a common reason for MoT test failure.