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#1 Sri5

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:13

Hi.

please be gentle as this is my first post:)


I am looking to buy my first Skoda, an Estate VRS 1.8T and I am hopeing that you guys can pass some information about the common problems that I should be looking for. I have test drove a few and am certain that this is the car for me although due to small children and a large caravan an estate is essential.

I Have been looking at an 03 Silver Estate £6999 with 42k on the clock but with too man marks on the body. Also a 04 black estate 6999 with 82k.

Should I be put by high millage? What are the common things to look for and haggle over?


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#2 KenONeill

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:42

Check with service log that the cam belt (toothed belt in log) has been changed o nthe high mileage car, and take note that it's due for £several hundred on the lower mileage one.
Engines are pretty long lived, and respond well to tuning.
There are well documented issues with the front arb bushes on the VRS, and with the plastic impellor on the waterpump. Use the search facility for more info, rather than ask us to re-type it all.

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 12:25

Sounds like a lot of money, would have thought 5k at a garage, less private. Otherwise no real problems, but don't let people tell you they are cheap to run!

#4 lordrobs

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 12:43

Sounds like a lot of money, would have thought 5k at a garage, less private. Otherwise no real problems, but don't let people tell you they are cheap to run!

Having fairly recently bought mine the prices the OP has posted seem to be what they are demanding at the moment, estates are demanding a fair bit over the hatch prices.

EDIT- something else I'd add when going for test drives is don't be put off by engine noise or any slight stutters when the engine is cold. Mine sounds rough as hell when its first started and is quite spluttery unitl the temp is up to around 60'. I thought it had issues but it appears that this is pretty normal :o

#5 KenONeill

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 14:20

:iagree: - these engines often sound a bit tappety when cold; this is usually due the hydraulic tappets not taking up the clearence properly until the engine warms through. Accordingly I'd say it's an advantage, cos they won't do full power and revs until warmed up, making them harder to abuse.

#6 Sri5

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 11:57

Yeah, I noticed that when I drove one yesterday. About 30 secs of noise - I had the bonnet open at the time too so It was a bit offputting.

I cant find anydecent ones round me for 5k, private or trade but I really need one from garage cos I am part exchaning my usless diesel mondeo with injector problems. I'd feel too gulty too sell it private as It cost around £2000 to fix.

I seen another one £6995 04 silver estate which I am going to drive tommorrow. Ex lease car though but has full service history. Will be checking for water pump and timing belt.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:14

not sure how it would cope with a caravan, being a small engine with a turbo, might not have the low geared pulling power you need, maybe ask on here if anyone has towed with one. I have covered nearly 40k hard miles in mine(including 2 trips to France from Scotland) and the only probs i have had are some rubber bushes on the front suspension "drying out" and a fuel filter near the rear wheel leaking. The white seats and carpets are a nightmare with kids and I think the heater controls are too fiddly and too low down, other than that its a great car to drive.

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#8 Sri5

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:25

Before my mondeo, I pulled a slightly smaller caravan with a 2.0 petrol vectra and it coped. After driving a vrs I am fairy confident that it has enough low down power to be ok. I generally have to uprate the suspension to cope though but with the vrs being stiffer anyway I might be ok.

I am not adverse to using the engine revs anyway, 3rd gear on the motorway at 60 when towing is not unusal for anyone!


Yeah, the colour of inside was the first thing I noticed when I opened the door!!

#9 KenONeill

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:27

Yeah, the position of the heater controls (well Climatronic in my case) is my biggest issue with the ergonomics. Saying which I can usually just set the temp to 18C, control to automatic, and leave it to get on by itself.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:40

The exhaust centre section mounting breaks. Some effect a repair with large jubilee clips or a bit of welding or the more expensive option of replacing the centre section.

Radiator mounts is one problem that comes up regularly on this forum, as do noisey anti roll bar bushes.

People seem especially nervous about failure of the cambelt and waterpump with the plastic impellor, but unless you are particularly unlucky, so long as it is replaced before the recommended mileage/date, all should be well.

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 17:54

:iagree: - these engines often sound a bit tappety when cold; this is usually due the hydraulic tappets not taking up the clearence properly until the engine warms through. Accordingly I'd say it's an advantage, cos they won't do full power and revs until warmed up, making them harder to abuse.


I'm glad you said this.

Just moved my car into another space and the engine sounds very "tappety", bit worrying but if it's normal then it's all good. :cool: