Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Octavia estate?
Few common faults have yet to emerge on this version of the Octavia Estate, and it looks set to continue Skoda's strong traditional showing in studies such as What Car?'s JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
However, there have been some problems with flywheel failure on the 2.0-litre turbodiesel when used with the standard manual gearbox. Full details are available on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency website at www.vosa.gov.uk.
If you are buying a car with a lot of miles on it, it's really important to have the suspension checked out, especially if you intend to carry a lot of heavy loads. Check for any hint of a slipping clutch on manual high-mileage cars, too.
Skoda also uses VW's DSG clutchless paddle-shift gearbox. It should stand the test of time, but a thorough test drive to ensure all gears engage smoothly and freely is a must.