Review: Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007)


Practical, well-built hatch, reasonably enjoyable and easy to drive. Owners love them. Good value.

Mundane and characterless inside. Boot has a high loading lip. Early ones have a lap belt only for the middle rear seat.

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Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007): At A Glance

What does a Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007) cost?

List Price from £12,530
Buy new from £9,736
Contract hire from £131.51 per month
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Real MPG average for a Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007)

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30–73 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007)?

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Why won't my car go into first gear?

I have just bought a Skoda Fabia 2001 model. It has decided that it just won’t go into first gear at all. The rest of the gears work and although it’s a little sticky getting into second it still always works. No matter how hard I try though first just isn’t happening for me?
We assume that the clutch is okay? It may well be the pivot pin on the gearbox - they are known to seize up. See attached a link which shows in more detail:
Answered by Alan Ross
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