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I think we got the last laugh with this car, having purchased the car about 18 months ago in showroom condition, it is now still not far off it. Because of Volkswagens influence in Skoda, this car has shown improved build quality over its ancestors. Since purchasing the car, a new clutch has been fitted (faulty original) and eight new tyres. This car seems to go through treads like there going out of fashion! However, the dealers are very friendly, normally recognise the cutomers and servicing is cheap. Currently I think we are getting about 60-70 miles to the gallon( or none when you accidentally fill it with petrol-whoops!) No rusty bodywork or damage to suspension etc. Being an old-style diesel it doesnt have quite the best performance in the world, and gear changes are frequent due to its diesel engine speed range. However, overall an improvement on the Favorit Estate we had before.
I have owned a Felicia Estate 1.9D since new which I purchased three years ago. It has just sailed through the 3yr MOT with flying colours. Since I purchased it I have had no warranty claims, no AA call outs or starting problems. It still returns 45/50 mpg on normal roads and 40 mpg on motorways. It is fitted with a tow hook and stabiliser for my caravan which it has pulled about the English Lake District. With the caravan in tow it can take the steepest hill in second gear and the diesel engine just turns over at low revs and takes it up, albeit slowly. The original purchase price was so low that depreciation is not too great. Do not be put off by "Skoda Jokes" the laugh is on people whom have paid a lot more money for a vehicle with a similar spec.