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#1 ~spirited~

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

We are in the market for a new family car. DH doesn't want an SUV so we are looking at a wagon.

From what I've read, the Skoda Superb Wagon seems to be ticking all our boxes, and has very positive reviews. However, DH is more of a Toyota/Holden/Ford man.

So, any advice? Pros/cons?

Thanks!

#2 HeroOfCanton

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

Going to keep an eye on this... DH has his heart set on an Octavia wagon!

And sorry to hijack OP, but does anyone have 3 cars eats across in a Skoda? That's my only car criteria really - DH is responsible for the rest!

Edited by HeroOfCanton, 19 January 2013 - 08:33 PM.


#3 ~spirited~

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

Tell him to look at the superb elegance wagon!

http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and-revie...elegance_review


#4 Corella

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:24 PM

I drive a Skoda Octavia and it is awesome. Great build, quiet, oodles of room, great fuel economy, great extras and easy to drive and park. I get lots of compliments about it from people in the know about it being reliable and safe. It has points for seats, lots of storage and good a/c and heating.
Only downside I've found so far is that some parts are not available as OEM - you need Skoda parts for a few things like wiper blades. So getting it serviced is easier at the dealership but more expensive and a pain as I don't live near it.
I had really good service and could borrow the car for a substantial test drive. Perhaps do that?

#5 Corella

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

Oh and they use a really rare grade of oil which is $$$!

#6 mondayschild

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

Webought a Skoda Fabia vRS for my husband and it is freaking unbelievable. I can't say enough about this car and the customer service we had and continue to have from Skoda. When we upgrade my car in a year or two it will be to a Skoda, maybe the Octavia or the new Rapid. Definitely give them a look. Yes the oil is pricey but the car itself is not cheap either.

#7 ~spirited~

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:37 PM

QUOTE (HeroOfCanton @ 19/01/2013, 09:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Going to keep an eye on this... DH has his heart set on an Octavia wagon!

And sorry to hijack OP, but does anyone have 3 cars eats across in a Skoda? That's my only car criteria really - DH is responsible for the rest!


I don't know about car seats, but from what I've read the skoda wagons (well at least the superb) have roomy rear seats (one of our criteria, we're both tall and expect our kids to be as well).

#8 HeroOfCanton

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE (~spirited~ @ 19/01/2013, 09:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know about car seats, but from what I've read the skoda wagons (well at least the superb) have roomy rear seats (one of our criteria, we're both tall and expect our kids to be as well).

They certainly look wide on the inside of the car, and they weren't 'bucket' seats either, which is the main problem in my Peugeot - we can't put the seats in the middle as it sits too high, and they won't fit together side by side anyway.

Sorry I've hijacked your thread!

Corella, we very nearly went had took a test drive the other day, as our local dealership has 0% interest finance. We did the sums though, and are going to wait a while, so DH said no test-drive - maybe he thinks we'd be too tempted!
Glad to hear you love your Octavia though!

#9 Zephie Chugger

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

[quote name='HeroOfCanton' date='19/01/2013, 09:05 PM' post='15252912'

And sorry to hijack OP, but does anyone have 3 cars eats across in a Skoda? That's my only car criteria really - DH is responsible for the rest!
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We have a Roomster and yes it fit 3 cars seats across. Love the car can't say anything bad about the it, will miss it when we up grade to a 7 seater.

#10 MarsBarSlice

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Great information in all the posts, thank you.  We've been looking at a Skoda as well.  We couldn't fault it on paper so good to know how it drives and has the room for 3 car seats.

We were looking at the Yeti.

Edited by MarsBarSlice, 19 January 2013 - 09:38 PM.


#11 ~spirited~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:28 AM

Yes, thank you everyone. We won't be buying anything until later in the year but will definitely take the skoda for a test drive.

#12 countrymel

Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:47 AM

This was years ago so I don't know how relevant it is now - but..

My flatmate used to work for Ford in the UK selling the components they made to other manufactures, and I remember him telling me how the Audi we had just parked next to was exactly the same as his Ford because the shared xyz systems (all made by Ford) - I joked and said "Well aren't you the canny shopper!" and he replied "Nah... if I was a canny shopper I would have bought the Skoda (very cheap in Europe) - cause they have it all too!"

I was flabbergasted... as we had had a bomby old Skoda when I was a child.... the only one anyone had ever seen at that time... and it was the cause of huge embarrassment to me!   (it did have amazing windscreen wipers though, light years ahead of all the competition!)

#13 MrsLexiK

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:40 AM

Skoda is on my DH's list of cars to not recommend (along with VW's, Kia's, Great Wall, patrols, and any secondhand BMW x5) he is coming from a mechanics point and the various issues like change of breaks, oil type, access to parts (which can be a PITA - we have been stuck in birdsville once waiting for a Toyota part, thankfully it was a Toyota part as it was only a 3 day stuck in. Day we got stuck, day for part to get there, part to be put into car) that sort of thing. He commented to me the other day that if I had gone with a VW I would have gone through double the breaks and pads that I have based on the k's and being VW it would have cost more. That type of thing.

Do you use a mechanic now or use a dealership mechanic? If there is mechanic you trust ask them what they recommend. Funnily enough they don't like fixing the PITA jobs so won't recommend you a car that is likely to have these problems.

#14 ~spirited~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

Lexi- FIL and DH do most of the work on our Corolla as FIL is an ex mechanic. Of course it goes to a mechanic for rego inspection and any body work. Every mechanic I know swears by toyotas as does DH, but unfortunately he won't get a Kluger and Toyota no longer make wagons.

Countrymel- skoda are now owned by VW and share many of their features/technology but at a lower price point.



#15 *melrose*

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

My friend has one of these cars, she has never said one bad thing, i think it's a good choice for a family car. wink.gif

#16 2 Gorgeous Girls

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

The only thing I know about Skoda's is be prepared to be without a car for a while if you have an accident. If you want to use genuine parts they will likely have to be ordered from overseas which can be a lengthy delay.

I think that's fairly standard for less common imports though

#17 dadathome

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

Skoda has been wholly owned by VW since 2000, being under partial ownership since 1991. In UK surveys Skodas are more reliable than VWs.

We've had an Octavia Scout for three years now, and I know of two other people who've had Octavia estates for similar periods. We also have friends with a Superb Estate.

I think I'm the one that's had the greatest problems - if you get a diesel and live in the inner city, follow the instruction manula regarding the DPF to the letter - ASAP means ASAP to force a DPF regeneration. I had an exhaust pressure sensor replaced under warranty last year at no cost to me apart form not having the car for a couple of days. A new key cost over $600 fully coded.

But I haven't heard of issues form the other owners - the superb owners go camping and carry kayaks on top, we've used roof boxes and bike carriers on our with no trouble.

As for 3 across, I'd be checking pretty carefully - I can't see that we could do it in the Octy, and the Superb is little or no wider. The Superb actually has more legroom in the back than a Falcodore, but isn't as wide.

#18 ~spirited~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

We are relatively inner city (outskirts of inner west Sydney) and I have no idea what a DPF regeneration means but hopefully DH does! He has owned a diesel previously and his ex mechanic father still does.

Good to know about the legroom, we are willing to forgo some cargo space for decent legroom in the rear.

#19 dadathome

Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

DPF is the diesel particulate filter - basically the filter collects the black diesel soot and burns it off at high temperature every so often. If you only/mostly do short runs the soot doesn't get a chance to burn off.

We're in the middle inner-west (original.gif - which means Dulwich Hill) and were only doing short runs whn we first go ours. what i learnt was, if the DPF filter warning light comes on follow the instructions in the manual (20 minutes or so drive, mostly above 2000rpm) ASAP to force a regeneration, otherwise the filter clogs - don't wait a couple of days.

Edited by dadathome, 20 January 2013 - 01:05 PM.


#20 ~spirited~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

Right, thanks for that! I mainly do short runs, usually in to Dulwich Hill (we were in Hurlstone Park but now in Strathfield) for playgroup, parks and the like original.gif

#21 explo

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

We are also looking to replace our small station wagon with a medium one. There is really limited choices if you don't want a four wheel drive so I feel your pain!

I love the Skoda Octovia wagon as well but really don't know how three seats across the back would go it doesn't look that much bigger than our holden Astra station wagon.

DH asked our mechanic about it and he was quite diplomatic and said that buy what you like, but it will be expensive to service and pray like hell nothing major goes wrong with it as the parts may be hard to source and not that cheap. I also asked my BIL who has a VW at the moment and he says while its a great car, he wouldn't buy another for the servicing costs alone which always seem to need something major and it has only done around 50,000kms.

Based on the mechnaics advice (we've been going there for years so we trust him) he tells us to buy a toyota (they don't make a wagon!) a Mazda, Commodore or a Subaru which are over rated mechanically but get the job done and dont have much wrong wit them.

So based on that sound advice I am now trying to talk DH into a Ford Mondeo laugh.gif

#22 Water_lily

Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:09 PM

We have a Skoda Octavia VRS. It is a fabulous car. I would recommended it to anyone.

Edited by waterlilly, 21 January 2013 - 12:50 PM.


#23 Zephie Chugger

Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

QUOTE (dadathome @ 20/01/2013, 02:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DPF is the diesel particulate filter - basically the filter collects the black diesel soot and burns it off at high temperature every so often. If you only/mostly do short runs the soot doesn't get a chance to burn off.

We're in the middle inner-west (original.gif - which means Dulwich Hill) and were only doing short runs whn we first go ours. what i learnt was, if the DPF filter warning light comes on follow the instructions in the manual (20 minutes or so drive, mostly above 2000rpm) ASAP to force a regeneration, otherwise the filter clogs - don't wait a couple of days.


We are out near Parramatta and never had this issue  we have had our car for near 4years now.So far the only two things that have been fixed back window got stuck(few months back) and the boot is not opening with key??(getting fits tomorrow)

#24 *LucyE*

Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

QUOTE
He commented to me the other day that if I had gone with a VW I would have gone through double the breaks and pads that I have based on the k's and being VW it would have cost more. That type of thing.

I think as with any advice, you need to accept that it will come from a particular perspective and usually with bias (positive and negative).  I don't have a Skoda but we have had a few European cars in our family (as well as Japanese).

The difference with the brake pads in our Euro cars, have been that they are the softer graphite ones. They are more expensive to buy, wear more quickly BUT they also perform better and decrease stopping time. For us, the safety aspect outweighs the cost.

It depends on your driving style as to how quickly you wear down your breaks. Many people 'ride' their breaks while I try to use my gears so don't rely solely on the breaks to slow down (sequential auto transmission).

My servicing costs are high but on the other hand, the parts and products used are of a higher quality so don't wear as quickly.  Therefore I need less frequent services. So, if you are doing cost comparisons, make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

#25 MrsLexiK

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

QUOTE (~spirited~ @ 20/01/2013, 10:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lexi- FIL and DH do most of the work on our Corolla as FIL is an ex mechanic. Of course it goes to a mechanic for rego inspection and any body work. Every mechanic I know swears by toyotas as does DH, but unfortunately he won't get a Kluger and Toyota no longer make wagons.


Yup they do love there toyotas (DH was trying to get me to get a corolla instead of what I got, thankfully we were not full defacto at that stage so it was still "my" money I was spending because I still have the car and the pram we brought wouldn't have fit in.)

If your FIL is doing the servicing, then that is a cost that you will probably have to wear as well if you get a skoda (if you have to go to go Skoda to get it serviced which going by the replies it seems you do).  

I would still look at the Holden VE wagon (even though it is not like the older commodore wagons, it is basically just a hatch version whereas the older ones used to actually be a fair amount longer) or even mazada 6 wagon. Parts and service will be easy to come by. But that is just me, coming from the same place your FIL is and probably the same place your DH is, as you would know mechanics are not just about fixing cars but ensuring someone is in something safe that is reliable, and that euro does not always mean safer and more reliable and better.

Good luck car shopping!

Edited by MrsLexiK, 21 January 2013 - 09:23 AM.





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