Product Type: Skoda cars
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Not bad, not luxury
Skoda Felicia 1.3 55 HP
Member Name: jeffadams
Skoda Felicia 1.3 55 HP
Date: 21/04/03, updated on 21/04/03 (596 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap to Run, Mechanically Excellent, Gets you there all the time
Disadvantages: Image - as always, Dull interior
My family have driven Skoda's for years. I'm 21 years old. It's not exactly the sort of car I'd be seen dead in, but it was a present.
That said I have a Felicia Lxi R-Reg 1997. It's basic, but very, very reliable. Yeah its a Skoda, and yes I have been the butt of some jokes but at the end of the day I use it to get from a to b and I get there.
Earlier in the year when we had the really bad snow (I'm fom Essex) guess who got to work for the 20 miles+? Yep, me. The Skoda and I got there, it starts first time every time and the only problems I have ever had with it are punctures, which can happen to any car.
Like I said before it was a present, one which to be honest I was a bit gutted about. Someone my age should be driving souped up Escorts or Fiestas. But I am not in debt, I drive a car that is comfortable to drive and does exactly what I need it for.
Fuel efficiency is great, I can get to work all week - thats a 20 mile day trip (there and back) on a full tank which to fill from empty is about £20 if not less. I don't know the mpg or anything like that, all I know is that its cheap to run.
The dealer where I got it from is someone we go to all the time, so we do get treated very well. If something goes wrong - like I said before nothing has, then its fixed on the spot. I have had a few other things like the bulbs going and things like that, but nothing wrong mechanically.
It's a tough little car. Easy to maintain, a full service sets me back around £120 which is very competitive and when I got it (used) it had done about 30k miles. I now have done about 55k with no problems. Passes the MOT first time every time.
It gets you where you want to go.
Mechanically very good. (think VW)
Cheap to run
Insurance is very cheap - for me a 21 year old it was £300 fully comp. For me to own another car like a Fiesta or a Escort to go fully comp is more like £7
Lets face it, no-ones going to nick it!
Dealers (mine) are excellent, advice is all free, got 2 years free services on it (and that was a used one!) and a years AA which is standard these days.
Everything works unlike some cars that fail every now and then.
Image - I do feel a little embarrassed sometimes, but thats because of my age. This is no problem if you don't care about that sort of thing.
Interior - okay I am being picky now, its very basic no e/w or anything like that, but you dont buy a Skoda for that.
Resale - trying to sell one privately can be difficult.
At the end of the day if you want a cheap to run, reliable car to get the kids or shopping then go for this one. If you are after street credibility then this is not for you. For me, street cred is not really all that important, I've driven past people at the side of the road in their souped up cars that have broken down and laugh to myself.
Great car, nothing flashy. Won't cost you an arm and a leg to run or insure, but you won't exactly be Mr/Mrs Cool in this car.
I have the older shape ones, the newer ones with the grilles are alot better looking, but if
your on a budget this is the one for you.