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Skoda Octavia (1998 - 2004)

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Octavia Lauren and Klement 130TDI Estate

reviewed by Rhubarbcumble on 1 June 2011
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Overall rating
4
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
4
Running costs
4
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the garage or specialist
5
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Comfort, economy and decent pace along with something a little different from the pack- A cheap 'german' motor!

I bought this model after researching through various reviews and road tests. Several of my friends have the 110 tdi estate and were well pleased with it. So far I've covered 5k in 3 months (up from 88k to 93k) and in that time have only had to replace worn items: tyres,discs and pads along with the brake switch (located under the pedal- a flimsy plastic device desperate to break. Apparently a common fault on VW's passats especially- watch for the glow plug light remaining on as this will indicate that the switch is broken. Get it changed soon as you'll find you have no brake lights!(£12 part and 15 minute job) - Also an annoying clicking can develop behind the hazard light triangle on the dash- relay decides to play up or it could be the indicator stalk contacts worn (expensive to replace if you have the cruise control option fitted £80-best to change the hazard switch first (£20). Sometimes goes away after a while (mine comes and goes!)
A good cruiser on motorways- cruise control a real bonus! Xenon lights decent but add plastic light covers as lens are plastic and get scratched resulting in a complete replacement of headlights-expensive! worth £20 for a pr of covers! 6 speed box delightful to use but leave it in 5th along 'B' roads as it improves response with no effect on consumption. Trip computer is inaccurate- About 4-5mpg out. Averages 50mpg most of the time at 70. Seats are comfortable on short and long journeys with passengers remarking on the good lumbar support. Heated seats a real boon in the winter-especially with leather! Limited room in rear for tall folk. Leather interior decent in relation to price of car but certainly not BMW standard (and you shouldn't expect it either at this price!)- A far better deal than comparable German motors.- Handles well for an estate!
Heating controls / air con real fiddly- suitable for an orangutan with 2 foot fingers and independent eye coordination. VW owners will sympathize I guess. A lot of Mk 4 golf switch gear and all the better for it. Much prefer it to the Mk2 model-grab one while you can!

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reviewed by Jackdaw on 9 February 2011
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reviewed by isvana on 7 June 2010
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reviewed by Robbie M on 3 June 2010

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