Skoda Fabia (2000–2007)
First incarnation of the new VAG AO4 floorpan later shared with the Polo and SEAT Ibiza.
3,960mm (13') long x 1,690mm (5' 7").
Chunky good looks. High quality electro-galvanised construction. Height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel and height-adjustable driver's seat giving huge range of adjustment. Switchable passenger airbag. Safety 'door open' red lights in both front doors.
Engines include an aluminium pushrod 68 bhp 1.4 litre petrol based on the old Favorit/Felicia 1.3; a 101 bhp 16v 1.4 from the Polo/Lupo and the 64 bhp 1.9 litre SDI diesel. New 100bhp TDI PD engine with 177lb ft torque arrived in November 2000 priced from £11,300 to £12,000 according to trim.
Later got VAG's new 1.2 litre 3 cylinder chain cam 65 bhp petrol engine and VAG's 75 bhp 1.4 litre 16v.
Good ride and handling (much better than pre-A04 Polo). Decent-sized boot. Full-sized 'spare'. Very easy to park and manoeuvre. Nice radio with pop-out volume knob. Optional a/c even on 68 bhp 1.4.'Classic', 'Comfort' and 'Elegance' trim levels. Ten-year body warranty.
What Car Car of the Year. Friendly, sensibly priced dealers.
Very good Four-Star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.
Prices from £7,500 for 1.4 Comfort. Kombi estate car with 100bhp TDI PD engine arrived March 2001. Booted four door saloon arrived Summer 2001. 2.0 litre 8v 115bhp arrived late in February 2002 at £11,900 with Elegance trim, giving Golf IV GTi performance for £3,000 less.
Skodas come with a three year UNLIMITED MILEAGE warranty.
'Silverline' and 'Blackline' Specials for July 2002 with alloy wheels, electric sunroofs and metallic paint, but with 68bhp pushrod 1.4 engine for £8,295.
3 cylinder 55bhp chain-cam 1.2 litre version arrived feb 2003 at starter price of £6,995 including PAS, ABS and twin airbags and is a much better car than the 8 valve 1.4 at £7,935.
Great looking Fabia VRS launched in Spain March 2003. Has TDI PD 130 engine, does 204kph, 0-100kph in 9.6 secs and 5.6 litres/100km.
75bhp 1.4 TDI launched UK July 2003 at from £9,255, does 61.4mpg combined and emits 124g/km CO2.
75bhp 1.4 16v Fabia Sport added to range December 2004 at £9,750. Has rear spoiler; 15" alloy wheels; front fog lights; chrome exhaust; sport seats; leather-wrapped sports steering wheel; air conditioning, including cooled glovebox and drinks compartment; ABS brakes; six-CD autochanger; driver and front passenger airbags; power steering and immobiliser. Four colours – Diamond silver, Black Magic, Corrida Red and Dynamic Blue. Combined fuel consumption of 43.5 mpg. Low insurance group rating of 4E. Came 4th = from top in 2005 JD Power/What Car Survey of 23,000 cars reg Sep 2002 to Aug 2003 with satisfaction score of 84.7%. Leather seat option for VRS from February 2006.
6th Top in 144 car 2002 JD Power / What Car? Customer Satisfaction Survey of V and W reg cars. 10th = overall (with BMW 5 Series) in 2003 What Car? J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey. Skoda generally lowest average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 31.93) Link:- www.reliabilityindex.co.uk 2001-2003 diesels had fewest breakdowns and average problems and faults in 2003 Which survey. 11th top car out of 137 in 2003 Top Gear survey. 2nd top marque in 2004 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey and Fabia 7th top model. Facelift with smoother front, new rear lights and much needed new fascia panel at end of 2004. 7th in 2007 UK J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey with 84.2% score.
2nd least reliable small car in 2009 Warranty Direct statistics with 48% incidence of faults, with highest average repair cost of faults of £221.51.
Unlike Golf IV derivatives, replacing pollen filters is a doddle done by squeezing together the clips in the 'ceiling' of the passenger footwell, dropping down the old pollen filter and replacing. Takes 5 minutes v/s half an hour with the Golf/Leon/A3/Octavia.
Report that German Owner Peter Kirchhoff from Sprockhövel near Wuppertal, Germany, has driven his 2000 Skoda Fabia 1.9 TDI 74 kW (101 PS) for 1 million kilometers (621,371 miles). Kirchhoff and his Fabia reached the first 500,000 kilometers in July 2007, with the car still having the original exhaust on it at the time. The German said he never had problems passing the general technical inspections. The Fabia has been serviced during these years Skoda service partner Betgen & Pothoof in Hamm. He then said, “The car is in its original condition. The exhaust, engine, clutch and transmission are parts that were installed by the factory. Thanks to regular maintenance the vehicle has achieved this enormous mileage. By now, we know every screw by its first name,” joked service advisor Matthias Lütkhoff. The only failure was at 305,000 kilometres when a porous wire harness caused a breakdown on the road.
Haynes Manual available: Skoda Fabia 2000 - 2006. Coverage for Skoda Fabia models: Petrol 1.2 litre (1198cc) 3-cyl & 1.4 litre (1390cc & 1397cc) 4-cyl; Diesel 1.4 litre (1422cc) 3-cyl & 1.9 litre (1896cc) 4-cyl, inc. turbo. The practical step-by-step instructions and clear photos are easy to follow, plus there are Haynes tips to make many tasks simpler. £22.99.