Used Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04)
  • Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04)
  • Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Skoda Octavia hatchback?

Reports from owners have been excellent, as illustrated by very strong results in the JD Power Reliability Index. But, there are still problems to look out for, of course.

Faulty electronic control units can ruin the smooth running of the 110bhp 1.9 TDI engines, resulting in a loss of power and a plunge in fuel economy. Make sure the car shows a consistent service record because if the oil isn't changed at the correct intervals and is allowed to get dirty, it can cause the turbocharger to stick on both turbodiesel units.