this is the ever so slightly more powerfull of the 1.3 felicia range. ill be as honest as always... its not pretty , its not its not an aging design, they have a tendancy to rust after around 10 years but...
its practically a VW golf in disguise, the engine straight out of a MK3 along with the gearbox and most of the interior is too. and VW are very reliable cars and what do you know so is this. it doesnt matter what you throw at it it just wont die. i gought one for £200 off my sister 3 years ago and drove the hell out of it for 12 months. it had just over 100,000 miles on the clock, it got treated like crap in a friends field because it was so cheap and yet it still made the best everyday car ive had in terms of value for money.
inface the only tyhing that ever got to me about this car was the fact i could never get more than 34mpg out of it and i thought that was pretty poor for a 1.3.
it never let me down. i sailed through every mot it had under me and my sister and was extremely comfortable. ive even slept in it on a very long journey from kilmarnock to london as the back seats folded right forward to make a flat bed in the back with more than enough room for two.
it was comfortable, roomy as like the fabia it is a dedicated 5 door hatchback. it had enough torque to overtake if you worked the gearbox it was reliable and did a not so legal 110mph and had low road tax and insurance group. what more can you ask for from a car that car that costs less than a new mobile phone.
truly outstanding machine. if your looking for a bargain motor, dont pass it by just because it looks like an upside down skip.
I drive a 1.3 GLi Felicia, it is the higher power model, it is as standard from the dealer with no modification. The Skoda Felicia is a good car, i've driven one for over three years and it has never let me down. It isn't the best car on the road, or the fastest, but I think it is one of the cheapest, it cost me £8,000. For a five door 1.3l Fiesta or Corsa or whatever the price was about 10,000 to 11,000. That makes it a hell of a car. The insurance is cheap, i get a good MPG from it, and to be honest it doesn't really get targetted vy thieves. I've driven my fair share of miles in it, and i've had no serious problems, the worst problem i had was that it developed a few spots of rust around the rear tailgate. I've installed a good (loud) sound system, and i've found that the car is well built and well designed. I've driven other cars and pound for pound i think that the Felicia is one of the best i've been in. I do throw it around a bit, and i admit that i like to drive fast and hard, and the car doesn't handle as well as i'd like, although if i did make modifications it would be better. I have found that it does seem a bit sluggish, it may be just my opinion but i have found that for a 1.3 it does seem a bit sluggish, but as a family hatchback i can't fault it. I have found it to be reasonably spacious inside, i've regulary carried 4 other adults, even pushing to a further 5, not counting me. (I have a good tale about this and traffic lights.) If anyone wants to talk further about the Skoda Felicia, any model i can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Skodafelicia
As I have mentioned in a previous opinion, I am lucky in my job to be able to try out lots of different cars for a few days at a time. I am now ashamed to admit that when I discovered my next car would be a Skoda Felicia, my heart sank. The name Skoda normally brings out all the tired old jokes and smart remarks, so I was dreading it. When VW took over Skoda, things began to improve due to the experience of VW, and the Felicia was the first model produced after the takeover. The Felicia has a 1300cc engine, and while it was not as nippy as many other cars the same size, it is ideal for inner city driving where quick blasts of acceleration are not always needed. The model I drove was a 5 door with power steering which is always useful, and I got the impression that without this the car would been quite heavy. The car is an insurance group 4 model, so you find it reasonably cheap to insure. I found the car comfortable and nice to manage, but I do not think that VW have done anything to rid Skoda of the stigma of poor quality surrounding the name.
A good price coupled with free finance, servicing and AA cover makes this a very attractive package indeed. It is very solidly built, as having hit a bank hard enough to knock the tyre from the rim, neither the bodywork or suspension has been in anyway damaged. The paint (rally red) is thick and lustrous and there isn't a scratch on it after a good years driving. Handling is safe and predictable, much like the rest of the car. It never surprises me and always leaves me feeling in control. The fact that I, a self confessed inexperienced driver with occasional 'boy racer tendencies' has managed to keep it out of ditches, hedgerows and banks around the rural roads where it gets most of its use. Performance is slightly sluggish, although the low revving, high geared 1200cc skoda engine will turn out 50 mpg with careful driving (i.e when my Mum is driving). The fact that the lack of acceleration does not troble Mum is probably indication that for many, this will not be a problem. If so i'd go for the next model up, which boasts a similar unit, but tuned to give out a few more extra horses. After that there is a 1.4 VW unit, which would certainly alay any performance fears. The interior is tough hard wearing and unremarkable. The control stalks are chunky and easily 'grabbable' the push buttons give solid sounding 'clunks' and it is well layed out and uncluttered. The one surprise is the rev-meter in a car in which even the cigarette lighter is an optional extra (though the socket is present). The stereo has speakers only in the front of the car, and bass reproduction suffers particularly at higher levels All in all a sensible car at a sensible price, just right for sensible people.