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#26 20-03-10 18:29:00

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Re: Skoda Fabia

It is a petrol automatic.....

That's fine by me, I want to go back to the motability market.

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#27 20-03-10 19:49:11

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Re: Skoda Fabia

I bought and own a 1.4 tdi Fabia 2 09 plate. Been very happy with it. Loads of room. Yes 3 cylinder engine a bit noisy but lots of power (80ps version)

Cost me £7700 with 8K miles on it. Had it a few months now.

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#28 21-03-10 21:28:14

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Re: Skoda Fabia

reddragonbus wrote:

It is a petrol automatic.....

That's fine by me, I want to go back to the motability market.

Nigel

It is to have flappy paddles, not sure if it would be any good for fitting adaptions?

I use a focus with hand controls and left foot gas for mobility customers, I chose it because I can get a standard wheelchair in the back without having to fold down the seats. Doubt I would get a wheelchair in the back of my fabia.


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#29 24-03-10 08:14:01

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Re: Skoda Fabia

Nigel, your right, but unfortunately they are using the 1.4 TSI engine in this one, which to me means it has lost its appeal, The Fabia VRS was always the Hot Hatch for the grown up, because it went very well but also gave excellent MPG, I always averaged mid 60mpg out of mine on normal driving. the TSI engine goes okay, but nothing like the 1.9TDI PD the original VRS used. I had a Seat Ibiza with the TSI lump for about a week for a job I was doing for Seat, I struggled to get out of the 40mpg's, even when driving very Eco.

I will still be going along to the dealer for a play on one though  big_smile


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#30 16-05-11 19:57:35

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Re: Skoda Fabia

I bought and own a 1.4 tdi Fabia 2 09 plate. Been very happy with it. Loads of room. Yes 3 cylinder engine a bit noisy but lots of power (80ps version)

Cost me £7700 with 8K miles on it. Had it a few months now.

Cheers

jlo31

Just an update. Now done 22K and car has been brilliant. Very economic...yes bit noisy but at least its easy to know if you have stalled it or not lol.

Only real negative I have is the handbrake is rubbish. Drum brakes on the back and I have had them adjusted twice now and they just don't hold as well as disk brakes. Apart from that all is good smile

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#31 08-12-11 20:32:46

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Re: Skoda Fabia

I had a 1.9tdi Fabia 2 for around 18months - it was a great dual purpose training car. Only real downside was too much torgue at low revs pulling learners round corners too quick, and the engine was a bit noisy, otherwise well behaved and easy to drive. Many test passes with it. 45-55mpg. Have some dual controls spare as now using  a hyundai I20...

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#32 14-08-12 19:35:45

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Re: Skoda Fabia

Mine - 1.4 TDI 08 plate, 44K miles, love it!
Comfy
Spacious
Economical
Solid
To be honest i am going to try and get another one when the time comes to change her over! NO questions.


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#33 24-02-13 00:53:39

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Re: Skoda Fabia

I have just passed my part ADI 3 and right now can't afford a new car for instruction. I have been driving a Fabia 1.9 SDI for the past 3 years and although it lacks a lot of refinements, I really like it... especially how economical it is on fuel (a major factor the way it seems to keep increasing almost every week!) but it is the bare basic model without A/C, electric windows and mirrors, which I feel are important for an instructor car. I also really like the size and very good all round visibility, which is something other cars lack, especially the newer models with smaller rear windows and blind spots. I have been looking around for a 1.9 TDi Fabia, but not much luck without high miles on the clock. The other option is the 1.9 TDi VRs, which is the "hotter" Fabia model. The question I have is would this be a good choice for pupils to learn in, and would the insurance be too high. The other cars I have been considering are the VW Golf, which doesn't seem to have the same rating as the Fabia, also the Fiesta 1.6 TDi. Any advice? I want a car which will be good for pupils, but also as a day-to-day car for my use.

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#34 24-02-13 07:20:27

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Re: Skoda Fabia

I taught in the fabia vRS for 4 years it is a fantastic car, but you would need to get one that is "standard" 130bhp as if it has been chipped you may struggle to insure it.

My first tuition car was the fabia 1.9 SDI and to be honest there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. I kept the 2 fabia's and took both to lessons most of the learners preferred the SDI as it will pull away up hill in 4th gear with no gas.

I still use fabia's, but have moved on to the new shape. Nothing wrong with the old one, would buy another one today if I needed to.


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#35 24-02-13 15:20:14

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Re: Skoda Fabia

Thanks for the advice. I will keep my eyes out for a "standard" vRS or TDi or even another SDi with A/C and electric windows as I think the Fabia is a good all round car.

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#36 03-03-14 21:11:09

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Re: Skoda Fabia

Changed to Fabia 1.6 tdi Dec 13. Previously used 2010 Clio 1.5 tdi for 3 years. Didn't really want to change, but the new Clio is bigger, and doesn't look suitable as a training vehicle, a bit too big and glitzy, but that's just my opinion.
Didn't immediately fall in love with the Fabia, but it slowly grew on me. Now I'm a convert! Students love how easy it is to drive and manoeuvre.
Only downside is that it didn't have a spare wheel, only a can of mousse. But I procured one from EBay, problem solved!

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#37 05-03-14 08:38:10

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Re: Skoda Fabia

Only downside is that it didn't have a spare wheel, only a can of mousse. But I procured one from EBay, problem solved!

Most manufacturers have stopped including a spare wheel now, which is a very big problem for ADIs getting a puncture shortly before a test.  When buying a new car it's vital to negotiate a spare wheel included in the deal, rather than the usual free carpets, headboard  etc.

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#38 05-03-14 09:44:05

martin Williams
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Registered: 26-06-09
Posts: 1,144

Re: Skoda Fabia

Roadmaster wrote:

Only downside is that it didn't have a spare wheel, only a can of mousse. But I procured one from EBay, problem solved!

Most manufacturers have stopped including a spare wheel now, which is a very big problem for ADIs getting a puncture shortly before a test.  When buying a new car it's vital to negotiate a spare wheel included in the deal, rather than the usual free carpets, headboard  etc.

I agree Roadmaster my dealer just swapped the can of mouse with a brand new spare off the forecourt. I wonder how much you save on fuel each year without a spare in the back?

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#39 05-03-14 11:02:53

Roadmaster
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Registered: 04-03-04
Posts: 5,670

Re: Skoda Fabia

Negligable I would think Martin.  But more than worth it anyway to avoid  the aggravation you would get if the tyre was split or damaged beyond repair.   I have heard that once the can of goo has been used to seal a  tyre it can't be repaired and has to be replaced anyway.

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#40 05-03-14 20:06:56

AUTAX
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Registered: 22-07-11
Posts: 1,032

Re: Skoda Fabia

No matter how much goo you pump in, if a kerb is caught and the tyre splits then it's a gonner.


Be Fear-less, go GEAR-LESS!

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