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To me they are Luxury
Skoda Felicia 1.3 55 HP
Member Name: marco69uk
Skoda Felicia 1.3 55 HP
Date: 22/05/01, updated on 28/05/01 (590 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Lots of Extras
Disadvantages: Skoda Name, Bit underpowered
I am about to come to the end of a years, virtually, trouble free motoring after purchasing a ‘P’ reg Skoda Felica Gli last summer.
After being given £3,000 to spend ‘on a car’ (yes lucky me!) and looking around the local dealers etc for a something new looking, (as to me that is a lot of money to spend on a second hand vehicle). I was drawn to the little local Skoda dealership, which I passed every day on the way to take the kids to school.
“They’re not bad looking little cars” we had always used to say, looking at the modern looking VW lookalikes with their smart new style Skoda badges. Most with one elderly owner with full service histories (really!)
A short test drive confirmed what I had always thought.
Although a little under powered they are a pleasure to drive with plenty a room inside for a small car. For the price you do not get luxury, unless like me you would normally spend £800 max on a car and then central locking; sun roof; decent stereo cassette player and interior trim that would match any car in it’s class, is luxury.
Having traded in a Mkll Astra Estate I was a bit concerned about boot space etc being a keen DIYer. Obviously a hatchback is going to be have trouble competing with an estate but with the back seats removed you have the space of a small van. Even for a quick trip to the DIY shop is accommodated by the split rear seats and I have had 2 kids and five 6’ planks of wood in the car at the same time.
As I said at the beginning it has been virtually trouble free. Not being used to the fuel injection system I tended to press the accelerator when restarting after a stall, which resulted in a few times sitting for 10-15 minutes in a dead Skoda the height of embarrassment. Obviously my tip would be don’t. Leave it a few seconds then turn it over without touching the accelerator. I have had no more trouble. Other than spending
£40 on a 6-month service it has not cost me any more than the normal running costs. I have no immediate plans to change my car but my next one will definitely be a Skoda.