My Skoda Favorit’s first year

17 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on My Skoda Favorit’s first year

My Skoda Favorit‘s first year

Seen no mention of Skoda’s on here so thought I would describe my experience of my first car at 1 year on.

My car is a 94 Skoda Favorit GLXIe estate (e deontes high compression, 67bhp 1.3l). It came with 13 alloys, rear spoiler and a front splitter as standard. Got given it as otherwise it was off to the scrap. MOT, needed centre exhaust section, exhaust support, one brake pipe and handbrake adjustment.

Have taken to servicing it myself, and it is a very easy car to work on with loads of engine bay space. Only thing that’s obviously gone wrong is a wheel bearing seemed to have gone but managed to replace those myself for Ј10 all in. On long runs, if I drive like an idiot I get about 39mpg (tested with fully loaded car), if more careful and at 60mph I can get 45mpg.

Don’t think those figures are too bad myself.

Only other problems I have had are sunroof leak and a leak into the boot. Sunroof leak has happened twice and managed to cure it each time. As for the boot leak I managed to slow it down but doesn’t stay perfectly dry after a heavy downpour. Also the headlights and sidelights have weird problems.

Occasionally the sidelight indicator on the dash is off and the rear offside light is out, and sometimes the headlight indicator is off and the offside dipped headlight is off and sometimes both are off. A tap on the fusebox generally brings them all on properly and luckily it doesn’t happen all that often and I’ve never been stranded in the dark.

It currently has 111k miles but the clock doesn’t always advance and have done many 200 odd mile journeys with the clock not advancing, so it is a good few more miles than that. Suppose I should get around to swapping it with the spare clock I have. I doubt anyone will accuse me of clocking as chances are this car is off to the scrap anyway once I’m done with it.

I don’t think it’s a bad car at all. I know most people think of all the Skoda jokes and daren’t drive anything with that badge, but it has definitely been everything a car should be. And I think my first experience of motoring has been Bangernomic-tastic!

Interesting facts I have learned about the car itself. The car is styled by Bertone (a famous car designer apparently), the suspensionn geometry is tuned by Porsche, and the engine mounts are designed by Porsche. The Skoda Favorit won outright the FIA World cup 1994 in the 2 litre category (but if I interpret the results correctly, not because of amazing lap times, but because they never broke down and only crashed once whereas all the other cars came worse off in that respect.)

For anyone else considering getting a Skoda, the Felicia (based on the Favorit) is probably a better buy as it is newer, but can still be had for next to nothing.

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