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I'm looking to buy a mk1 octavia estate, preferably a vrs or an elegance 4x4 1.8t. I'm new to the forum and wondered if anyone could recommend sites or groups to look at to find one (other than the obvious auto trader,eBay etc) the ones I've seen so far are either modified or not in great condition so I was thinking an enthusiast owned in original spec would be a good bet. Any help would be gratefully received!
By Fabia DMG
sadly after all we went thru with Passat have to let go as is to small for growing family, with 2y old and twins due in summer can't fit 3x seats in back have to make a move. Had cylinder head replaced in DEC '15 and still under warranty till DEC '16 costing me £2500
Alloy Wheels 5x
Dual climate control
Front and rear parking sensors
Rain sensor wipers
Automatic anti glare rear view mirror
Remote central locking
Electric door mirrors
In Car Entertainment
3x3 point rear seat belts
Tinted factory rear windows
MOT till MARCH '17
car in superb condition very no future investments all Passat b6 issue fixed
WAS £6000 NOW £4500 reduced to £3999 NOW £3750
Its been 3 months since picking up our 14 plate Tour de France Estate and being new to Skoda I thought I would share my Skoda experience to date. Hope I don’t bore you with my rambles…..!
With a young family who take several long distance trips per year to visit family we were looking for a load lugger and the Superb ticks all the boxes for us. Skoda wasn’t on our radar originally but reading all the reviews and a visiting the local dealer a few times was enough to make me seriously look for a Superb Estate. Test drove a couple of Mondeos and Volvos but kept coming back to Skoda as it felt the right option for us. I also do a bit of towing now and again which takes me off road into fields etc with a trailer so 4x4 was one of the features I wanted. Having discounted a couple of cars this one turned up at the local Skoda dealer, well maintained, one owner, already fitted with a tow bar and low mileage at 18000. Even came with all the unused TDF seat covers etc. Ticked all the boxes and loved the colour so a deal was done against our ageing Focus and I became a Skoda convert.
Done about 3000 miles so far, not a huge mileage but enough to know this has been the right choice for us (so far!). On our first long trip up north last month the boot swallowed everything we threw at it and the legroom in the back is brilliant with the two kids seats fitted. A roof box is still required (the amount of stuff two young kids require is ridiculous!) but fits nicely on the roof bars with minimal hassle. Having everything in the boot was luxury compared to the Focus where we had stuff crammed everywhere, so it made for a very relaxed journey.
Going from a gutless petrol Focus to the 140 diesel has been great. I know the 170 would be even more potent, but the 140 does everything we require and I don’t notice any issues when overtaking etc. 4x4 really makes a huge difference pulling away, on B roads etc, gives real confidence when pushing on. The TDF doesn’t have all the toys and I miss a heated windscreen but you get a lot of car for the money. Driving feel is excellent and relaxed and comfort is very good. Hill hold on this model is brilliant, didn’t realise it had it so this will come in very handy for towing.
Running costs are pretty good considering the 4x4, I try to have a light foot where possible. Getting an average of 42MPG roughly 14 p/mile actual fuel cost. Not too bad. Been running V Power as Shell is the handiest garage.
Now to the niggles…! Had it at the dealer the other week…
Passenger sun visor light was working intermittent – dealer replaced visor under warranty due to faulty switch.
Engine rattle at 1000 RPM – Idle is about 800 RPM, at around 1000 RPM there is sometimes a noticeable rattle from the engine area, almost sounds like tappets or something rattling in a metal tin. Comes and goes but always there, often worse after 15 mile morning commute and engine hot. Hold it at 1000 and it is rattling away. Dealer couldn’t fault it despite a road test. Will be monitoring this one closely and first chance I get will have a look myself under the bonnet. People talking of the air intake box, heat shields etc on here. Or is this just a trait of the CR140 engine ?
Cabin creaks and squeaks – Noticeable amount of trim noise, in particular glovebox has an annoying creak, seems to be LHS of door rubbing on dash. Also very annoying creak/rattle from behind driver at head level, possibly the plastic pillar trim. Dealer couldn’t fault either but as soon as I drove out the garage the noises were there….! Seems to vary with interior temperature. I am going to try wiping some silicone spray on the glovebox and any other suspect trim joints to see if that improves matters.
Brakes seem below par – Always drive with good distance to front vehicle but a couple of sharp braking manoeuvres and I was wondering if the car would draw up. Dealer has checked brakes but all ok. Seems to be a trait of this model from what I read on here, so an upgrade of the brakes may be an option. I notice the fluid is due a change at this age so may make a difference…?
KESSY – whilst I really like the keyless system it is a pest when you have to fumble about for the keys to unlock the back doors. Also you can’t open the boot with the engine running. I assume this needs coding but I can live with it.
Couple of upgrades/improvements….
Started changing the interior lights. Superskoda boot and door warning LEDs are brilliant, bought on their recent sale. Changed dome lights and have still to do footwells, glovebox, numberplate and puddle lights, these were from Ebay as a kit, hopefully finish doing these soon.
Bought OEM boot netting system which have been very handy.
Still to fit the OEM child rear view mirror bought from Superskoda.
Fitted full set of rubber mats and tunnel cover which are a must, again from Superskoda.
After a lengthy saga I ended up with a cheap boot liner from Ebay. It was too long for the boot, so after receiving a full refund for the item I ended up trimming it to suit at the boot lip and it actually does the job ok. No need for an expensive liner at the moment.
Remap – currently weighing up the pros/cons/risks….! I did read a re-mapped 140 can be more responsive than a 170 but I wouldn’t like to get something done that could damage the engine.
So that’s about the summary of Skoda ownership to date, despite a couple of niggles really loving the car and look forward to driving it every time. Next service and warranty up in July, probably get it back in to the dealer to look again at the noises and engine rattle if I can’t pinpoint the sources, maybe request a technician actually sits with me and I will point them out. If anyone can relate to my experience I would be pleased to hear from you ! J
Newbie to the Skoda world, picked up an elegance 4x4 last year and decided to mess about, so far ive lowered it, audi tt seats front and back, oil breather, induction kit, deletes, 18 alloys, replaced bumper to a vrs with a splitter added and wide mouth and cut space ready for front intercooler sat in gge along with brembos and cupra wishbones/hubs (as some ***** backed into it with a tow bar-then drove away..) apart from a remap and a new exhaust what should i mess with? plus it dosen't feel the same after the deletes, but remap will fix that i guess.. i cant find any air leaks pressure.
Most fun I've had with a car for some time. Do I NEED a new better turbo to smash it up to 300bhp.. should I fit Antiroll bars, if so which ones? any ideas would be great, worried i'm going to get bored with it.