Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Octavia hatchback?
The Octavia is a large and immensely practical hatchback, so it might have been used for a variety of duties, including family chores and taxi runs. Always check mileage details and the car’s history. Look at the bodywork for signs of scuffs, which could be the result of tight urban car parks, and the wheels for any kerb damage. Check the operation of the seats and that they all fold as they should, and make sure the fabic is in good condition.
Several Octavia owners have reported issues with the dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox, with some reporting electrical glitches and others mechanical faults. It's therefore imperative to make sure that any automatic Octavia changes through the gears smoothly and without hesitation in both manual and automatic modes. Don't forget to get the car up to speed and check that the oil for the gearbox has been changed every 38,000 miles.
Rear head restraints
There's been a recall for the rear head restraints of the Octavias built between 1 May and 31 August 2018 where the mounting bracket might not have been welded correctly during production. Your local dealer will be able to let you know if your car needs to have any recall work carried out.
Rear wheel bearing
The rear wheel bearing housing on some Octavias assembled between 1 and 31 August 2017 could shatter because the metal wasn't hardened correctly during manufacture. If your car is affected, it will need to have new housings fitted at a Skoda dealer to sort the issue.
Slow airbag inflation
The driver's airbag on a small number of cars made between 8 January and 28 February 2018 might not inflate quickly enough in a collision and will require a new unit to be installed by a dealer to fix the problem.
Front passenger airbag
A problem has been identified with a small number of cars manufactured between 1 July and 15 November 2014 with the front passenger airbag not deploying correctly in a collision. Find out if your car is affected by this by speaking with your local Skoda dealer because the airbag will need to be replaced.
Primer may not have been added to the rear side window seals of some cars made from 12 - 20 August 2019. Any car affected by this will need to have the side windows replaced as part of this action.
Camshaft adjuster housing
The bolts for the camshaft adjuster housing could come loose and ruin the pulley next to it. This applies to a small number of Octavias manufactured between 1 April and 30 October 2014.