“ ABS + EDL + ASR (1.4 16V 100hp and 1.9 TDI only). „
I purchased my Skoda Fabia TDi Estate just over a year ago, since then I have travelled just over 12000 miles in comfort! The last car I had was a Vectra Di which I bought as an ex-lease car with 60000 miles, in 12 months it had cost the warranty company over £3000 in repairs and had to go! I looked at and test drove a Focus TDdi and the Fabia SDi estate. Despite the slightly larger size of the Focus, I found the engine very unresponsive, the Skoda being a nice drive but a bit underpowered. I have owned and driven diesel cars for over 10 years and would not consider returning to petrol, having driven a few manager's cars at work I find petrol cars totally inflexible, I cannot be bothered with cars that need high revs all the time! I looked at others, notably the Citreon Xsara, but the build quality could not match the Skoda's. When I went to complete the deal, I had a brain-storm and went and bought the TDi rather than the SDi! I decided that the extra power would come in handy when travelling abroad on the Autobahns. It has turned out an excellent decision and one that I would recommend to anyone, with only one reservation, of which more later. Since purchasing the car I transferred the CD changer and Cruise Control from the Vectra, both essentail for relaxed long-distance cruising. A small piece of trim has come loose, the fuel filler cap wouldn't shut (now repaired) and one of the pipes to the rear wash-wipe came loose, that has been it! Fuel consumption has been over 52mpg overall, well over 60mpg touring the Czech Republic and the worst I've seen is 45 mpg when cruising at 100mph on the German autobahns! The car is a superb long distance cruiser and you wouldn't belive that you are only in a supermini! We (me, the wife and two children aged 14 and 12) went on holiday to the Czech Republic, taking two days each way and the car just ate up the miles despite being fully loaded, cruise control being and absolu
te boon on the quieter roads on the continent. It is just as easy to drive around town, my wife uses it during the week whilst I commute in an older Corsa TD. There is only one thorn in the bed of roses and that concerns the cost of oil for the VW PD engine. As the 10000 mile service came up whilst we were in the Czech Republic, I thought I may as well have it serviced over there, after all there are plenty of dealers! This probably saved me about £40 over the cost of a service in the UK, but the thing that amazed me was that the cost of the special oil was the same as over here! Well over half the cost of the service was for the oil, over £50!! VW group need to do something pretty fast to reduce this ridiculous rip-off. I have since found that Millers Oils now do a PD-compatable oil for about £20-25, I know where I will be going before the next service! So to summarise, I am more than happy with the car, I would, and have, recommended it to others, but Skoda need to sort out that oil cost!
I decided earlier this year that the time had come to change my car. My old car was a Seat Toledo TDI and was a great car. I wanted another diesel engined vehicle and it also had to be able to carry a fair load as I go canoeing with my son and this requires a good sized boot and the ability to carry a load on the roof. After looking at a number of vehicles I decided to concentrate on small estate cars. I purchased a copy of Parkers guide and started to work my way through it. To be honest I didn't even consider a Skoda at first. I was still tainted with all the old jokes about them. However when I started reading all the on line reports, the Skoda Fabia estate looked like a very good option. I went for a test drive in one and was very impressed with its acceleration, build and appearence. Its VW background was obvious and most of the controls were laid out similar to my Seat ( again owned by VW). In the end I took the plunge ordered one and took delivery on the 1/09/01. The appearence and interior finish is of a high standard with no irritating squeaks or rattles. The engine performs brilliantly and at high speed you wouldn't know you were driving a diesel engined vehicle. At 70mph I am getting a fuel consumption of 56mpg. In fact you have to watch your speed on the motorway as it will easily go faster than 70mph. The design is good with plenty of storage space and all the controls are easy to reach and use, with audible alarms to remind you when you have forgotten to switch something off or disengage sonmething eg handbrake. However there is a down side. If you want extras fitting like roof rails and roof bars I would advise you to be prepared for a wait. I am still waiting for the garage to contact me regarding the fitting of these two items - they say they are having trouble obtaining the correct fittings from the suppliers. I have so far driven 600 miles in it and I am very pleased with the vehicle.