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Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.4 16V Ambiente 5d (2005/55)

Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.4 16V Ambiente 5d (2005/55) - Owner Review

Its size, gets into most spaces fairly easily.

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Review submitted by
Richard Burns on

Skoda Fabia Hatchback (00-07)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
'Old person driving here'.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Everyone thought it looked ok at first, but then problems started and everyone now think its a bad car to buy. Everyone has mentioned the lack of leg room in the back as well.

Would you buy this car again and why?
No, too many silly things went wrong and been quite costly.

What are you likely to buy next?
Something bigger, perhaps go back to a diesel Vectra or like size, car too small for me.

Buying experience

1 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
August 2010

Did you get a good deal and why?
No, car advertised at dealers Perth showroom at £4495, put an extra £500 on price by the time I collected it from Kirkcaldy branch. Took finance at 3 years, but dealer put it all thru for 5 years so paid much more than I wanted.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Needed a new car, low mileage at only 17,000 miles.

What was the dealer like?
Dealer pleasant, after sales service terrible however. Found a few problems which dealer would not repair.

Driving it

2 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
No power when trying to pull away and from day one has been bad for stalling. I drive several cars at work and can say this car is the worst I have driven, lacklustre and powerless.

What's it like to park?
Parks easy enough.

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Interior lights don't work, rear wash failed to work, brakes have failed twice now ending in an accident, water getting into rear floor-dealer says no issues apparent but many owners have reported same issue.

What's most practical about your car?
Its size, gets into most spaces fairly easily.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

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