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Skoda Favorit (1989 - 1994)

Last updated 22 December 2015


Buying Guide


  • Gave a massive boost to Skoda's image in the early 1990s.
  • Handles quite well.
  • Decently engineered.
  • A good, sound, practical low-budget car.
  • Much better than a Lada Samara.
  • Very cheap.


  • Memories of Skoda image die hard.
  • Build quality still 'pre-VW'.
  • Fall-apart trim, grotty plastic, iffy electrics (particularly lights).
  • Soft brake pedal (like old Polos).
  • High seven-point death rate from accidents in this model.


  • Getting old and rusty now.
  • Penny-pinched home servicing using the cheapest oil.
  • Duff cats on catalysed models.
  • Does the owner impress you as someone who really knows how to look after a car?
  • Engines start to smoke if oil not changed regularly and decent oil not used.
  • Starter motors fail and can chew up the starter ring.
  • The down pipe of the heating duct inside the car gets detached and it is very difficult to get back on.


(VIN P0670305-R0916381 and P5019665-R5043486): wheel bearing failure.

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