I bought a red 2005 Skoda Fabia VRS almost two years ago, and I couldn't be more happy with it. It is an unassuming little car that goes about its business quietly but very effectively, providing me with excellent fuel consumption (averaging 60+ mpg), comfort for longer journeys, excellent reliability, and a wonderful nippy engine. As a guitarist it is extremely important that I can fit all of my equipment into my car, and needless to say I can pack my guitar, amp, pedal board, etc into the boot (successfully hiding them from passers by who might be interested in profiting from an expensive guitar or amp if they were visible in the back seat when parked). I would say however, that the lightly coloured seats are hard to keep clean and water is currently leaking through the seals on one of my back doors (but I guess that can happen to any car, and I just need to get a new seal). When I bought the car it had 79k miles on the clock, it currently has 109k miles on the clock and is driving superbly. If you don't care for 'badges' and 'prestige' you should have a look at this car, it does everything you want it to and is a lot of fun to drive.
The first of its kind back when it was first released, the first for being a diesel sports hatchback and which actually worked.
Bought this 4 years ago and am very happy with the car in all conditions, it is amazing in the dry, wet and snowy conditions. Obviously tires help but the balance of the car and power to weight ratio is just perfect. No matter what your confidence level is this car can be pushed to the edge and will not go drastically wrong if you go over.
As standard it comes with a two tone seat, if you get it go for the leather as the standard is a light grey which marks very easily. It has a CD/radio player(just single) traction control, ABS, electric mirrors, front electric windows, full size spare wheel, 16 inch alloy wheels.
Even though this is a modern car it is very easy to maintain yourself, I have done brake changes, oil changes, and minor fixes to coolant system. All were simple enough and I'm not a mechanic.
As it is a VW really, it is a great buy as its cheaper than a VW, however, retains its value extremely well and as its a diesel you get around 55Mpg depending on your driving style.
Good morning fellow dooyoo'ers he he.
now here is a prime example of a manufacturer that some people are sceptical of that they neednt be. skodas garge of the last 15 years or so has been nothing other than excellent value for money with great build quality and top notch reliability. presently owned by the german volkswagen group who are renowned for their reliability an dbuild quality. and parts are often shared between VW, skoda and SEAT. eg. the VW sharan and the seat Alhambra share the exact same chassis and body.
the fabia vrs borrows its powerhouse from the VW golf tdi but with a little more kick. it chucks out 176 BHP/322ft.lbs of torque which let me tell you goes like stink! and if you dont believe me there was an episode of top gear where this little car built in czech republic beat the mini cooper S around the track.
handring and ride are excellent though grip in tight corners is a little hairy when compaired to the seat ibiza FR, as it feels very heavy when turning in. but then nobody drives on the limit on a daily basis so its not an issue, the point is if you needed to avoid something at the last second the fabia is more than capable of keeping you out of the ditch.
comfort, after sitting at a slightly more than legal speed of X amount without even realising, it just goes to show how quiet this car is. its comfortable and with plenty of leg room in the back as its a proper 5 door hatch and not a 3dr with with a couple banged on for an extra option. the design is well thought out and it feel more original than previous skodas as they felt like old VW spares were thrown in everywhere, interior is nice and has a half leather trim which i must say feels almost classy but still makes you feel like a boy racer when you see the VRS badge on the front seats.
overall it is excellent value for money, its quicker than a golf, its cheaper than a golf, it has the same build quality as a golf but for about 5 grand less and a much lower insurance group. its a must buy for young petrol heads looking for a thrill or the more mature gentleman bieng childish and looking to take on a civic type R (as long as its on a twisty B road because the civic is a lot quicker at the top end) or even just for the school run. its a roomy hatchback that appeals to a veriety of people. you cant go wrong with this.