Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007) Review

Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007) At A Glance


+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.

On average it achieves 97% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007)


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Average performance


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30–73 mpg

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What's a good reliable estate on a £1500 budget?

"I need to buy a cheap estate car to transport my two dogs. I have a budget of £1500 max ideally and will only do about 3000 miles a year. What do you recommend for reliability and ideally, cheap road tax?"
If you don't need a huge amount of space, a Skoda Fabia Estate might be a good option. They're robust little cars with a big boot and fairly easy access thanks to a low lip. Also, consider an Octavia if you need more space. Alternatively, consider a Vauxhall Astra Estate. There are loads about so you can be picky about condition. Avoid diesels for your mileage.
Answered by Andrew Brady

I need to replace my aging Estate, what do you think to Dacia's range of cars?

"My Skoda Fabia Estate is thirteen years old and is causing me to spend money each time I have an MoT so I'm considering a new car. My budget will allow up to £9000 expenditure and I would like your opinion of the Dacia range of cars. I'm used to a sunroof and a large boot. Petrol preferably as I do an average of 5000 miles per year."
Dacias are good cars. They're a bit basic compared to more mainstream rivals, but they offer very good value for money. If you need the luggage capacity of an estate, a Logan would be a good choice. Your budget will get you an entry-level Access model, but I'd look for a higher-spec nearly-new or pre-registered model ( Other than that, there aren't many small estate cars. It might be worth considering another Fabia - your budget will get you a model from 2016.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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

My son has received a county court summons for writing off someone's car - how can he avoid a CCJ?

"My son had a small collision in November 2017, causing minor damage to both vehicles invloved. He admitted liability at the scene as it was clearly his fault (he pulled out of a layby but did not spot the other vehicle because of the sun). Details were exchanged and his car was repaired within 10 days or so. He has now received a county court summons for a total write off of the other car - a 2002 Skoda Fabia - for £1050. This presumably has come from the other driver as he has received no payout from his own company. Is the other driver uninsured, or could it be a scam? What action should he take to remedy the situation? Presumably the insurance company of the other party should payout and claim from my son's insurance. Could there be a dispute between the two insurers causing delays? How does he ensure he does not receive a CCJ?"
He needs to pass this correspondence on to his insurer immediately, it is not a scam. There should be no dispute between insurers because the other party has not claimed via his insurer. The other party does not need or have to claim via his own insurer. Make your son's insurer aware in writing, as well as by calling to tell them, of the correspondence received. Make it clear you expect them to pay the other party directly to stop the possibility of the CCJ.
Answered by Tim Kelly
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