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Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:41 pm

Hello everyone, with the current automobile topics here on A.net, I wondered if anyone is driving the Škoda Fabia, and then more specifically the 2010/2011 version hatchback version. I've been doing some research on it and it looks like a fine car to me. Anyone with some driving experiences in this car?

http://www.skoda-auto.com/com/model/newfabia/look/Pages/look.aspx

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Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:04 pm

My sister had one, some years ago. Was a good car, not too expensive, good quality, overall a nice ride.
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Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:30 pm

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
Hello everyone, with the current automobile topics here on A.net, I wondered if anyone is driving the Škoda Fabia, and then more specifically the 2010/2011 version hatchback version. I've been doing some research on it and it looks like a fine car to me. Anyone with some driving experiences in this car?

Not exactly a Fabia, but I do own a 2007 Octavia Tour TDi, and am extremely satisfied with it! It does its job of taking me from A to B perfectly, is solid as a rock, quite comfortable even over longer distances - and in my experience extremely mechanically reliable. The only thing that had ever gone wrong on it is the door open indicator light on the dash, which sometimes (actually very rarely) starts blinking at irregular intervals. Other than that, drives as well as when I bought it.

Plus, that 1.9 anvil under the bonnet is very economical - outside the city I rarely get below 800 km on 45 liters of fuel, and that's at 130-150 km/h and often through hilly terrain. Inside the city, the lowest range I'd ever seen was 650 km, even with the aircon on. And with 250 Nm of torque on hand, it does pull brilliantly up hills  . The only thing lacking - apart from the woefully dull interior - is handling, since it does tend to lean like a boat in corners .
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:13 pm

Again, not a Fabia, but I've had an Octavia Scout since the beginning of last year and haven't had a problem - completly reliable (apart from the DPF, but that's another story......) and great fun to drive!
 
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:16 am

I used to drive one - from 2009, but the differences are mostly skin-deep - other than the engines. That's just as well, as I found the engine to be the weakest link. I had the 1.4 16v, which had pretty poor fuel economy for an engine that isn't very eager. Otherwise there's plenty to like: the interior has a mature 'big car' feel that seems lacking on some of its competitors, and there's a good deal of space for a car in this class. The driving position is easily adjustable, and although it's quite a 'tall' driving position compared to other cars, on the roads of today that's no bad thing.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:18 am

My cousin drives one, IIRC the 1.4 petrol and runs nice for a city car. None of the engines available on the Fabia seem to have any permament issues unlike the newer 2.0 diesel.

If someone tells you they have a problem with a VAG diesel it most likely was the 2.0 in the Golf or Passat, so a Fabia should be a safe bet (if a bit generic looking).
 
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:45 am

Skoda is owned by VW so a little bit of German engineering inside. I am considering a Yeti since I can't afford a Range Rover LR2.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:05 am

Quoting Wolverine (Reply 1):
Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 3):


Thanks guys!

Quoting TripleDelta (Reply 2):
Not exactly a Fabia, but I do own a 2007 Octavia Tour TDi, and am extremely satisfied with it!

Yeah my dad owns the same car, and is enormous satisfied with it as well.

Quoting IH8BY (Reply 4):
That's just as well, as I found the engine to be the weakest link. I had the 1.4 16v, which had pretty poor fuel economy for an engine that isn't very eager.

Mmm, thanks for that comment i'll keep it in mind.

Quoting JJJ (Reply 5):
If someone tells you they have a problem with a VAG diesel it most likely was the 2.0 in the Golf or Passat, so a Fabia should be a safe bet (if a bit generic looking).

Thanks for the comment, one remark: VAG = Volkswagen Audi Group?

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 6):
Skoda is owned by VW so a little bit of German engineering inside.

But is the engineering done by VW or are Skoda cars independently engineered?
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:18 am

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 7):
VAG = Volkswagen Audi Group?

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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:38 am

Quoting columba (Reply 8):
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (Volkswagen Corporation)

Thanks  
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Skoda Fabia

Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:10 pm

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 7):
But is the engineering done by VW or are Skoda cars independently engineered?

I believe they are engineered independently from the floor upwards, but share a lot of common components. The Octavia for example is built on the platform of a Golf; the engines are all VW; even the dash and interior materials come out of other VW cars - in my Octavia for example, they're taken right off the Mark IV Golf...  
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