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Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.4 Classic 5d (2003/52)

Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.4 Classic 5d (2003/52) - Owner Review

Roomy for it's size, boot reasonably big, easy to fold the rear seats down, big glovebox plus a few useful cubby holes. Comfortable seats.
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Review submitted by
David Munro on

Skoda Fabia Hatchback (00-07)

Summary

3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I'm someone who cares more about function than fashion.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Very positive - Mum likes it as it is easier to get in and out of than Dad's Saab...

Would you buy this car again and why?
Unsure - I have a few concerns over reliability and spare parts availability.

What are you likely to buy next?
Another small hatchback - preferably one a bit cheaper to run.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchise

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£4,500

When did you buy the car?
October 2006

Did you get a good deal and why?
Reasonable - gave me a fair price for my old car.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Good reviews. Recommended by a friend.

What was the dealer like?
Salesman pleasant and enthusiastic. Aftersales service could be better. They do not always take your problems seriously - or fix them. Sometimes I do think they try and fob you off. Parts can sometimes be hard to get. Have started taking it to an independent specialist, who is a lot better.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
A little sluggish at times - it is a fairly hefty car. Cruises quite happily on the motorway. Handling fine, brakes quite good. Gearchange not always terribly smooth and slick.

What's it like to park?
Not too bad - view out the back a bit restricted, but no more so than a lot of other cars. Power steering useful.

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
A few things - Wheel bearings, electronic sensors, brake light switch,thermostat, brakes can stick on if not used for a few days, one-touch feature of electric windows not working. Has also required a few suspension parts and a new starter motor.

What's most practical about your car?
Roomy for it's size, boot reasonably big, easy to fold the rear seats down, big glovebox plus a few useful cubby holes. Comfortable seats.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
ABS brakes.

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