No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Skoda reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
What does Skoda mean?
While Skoda does translate from Czech to mean "Too bad!", Skoda Auto is actually named after a Czech engineer. Emil Skoda owned Skoda Works, a leading arms manufacturer for the Astro-Hungarian military. In the '20s Skoda Works acquired Laurin-Klement, the car, motorbike and bicycle manufacturer, to rebrand the company and operate as the car manufacturer we know today.
Where is Skoda made?
The main Skoda factory remains in the Czech Republic in Mladá Boleslav. They also have plants in Kvasiny, Vrchlabi and Prague. Volkswagen owns the Skoda brand so outside of the Czech Republic, Skodas are made in Slovakia, India, Russia and China, predominantly in Volkswagen plants.
Skoda Yeti 2012: What to look out for?
There’s no way to tell if the DSG gearbox will play up in the future, all you can do now is to test drive the car in as many driving situations as you can and look for anything that might suggest an underlying problem. If it drives ok I wouldn’t be concerned about it. Brakes do tend to wear out faster on European cars than cars from Asia, and parts are likely to be a little more expensive. It’s important to verify the low odometer reading, and it should have a record of regular servicing.
Skoda Superb: Cruise control failure
It hasn’t been hit, which would be obvious to an experienced eye, and there haven’t been any repairs done to it, so how does Skoda explain that. Your options are to continue pursuing Skoda to repair your car for free, enlist the help of your state consumer affairs people in the hope they might be able to assist you, or pay for it yourself and move on.
Volkswagen Golf: Will the GTE come to Australia?
Despite VW's plan to include the Golf GTE in its line-up, the variant is no longer available. The company anticipates that rather than introduce a PHEV, it will go directly to EVs in Australia. But it's possible that its sister brand, Skoda will get the eventual production version of the Vision RS PHEV that was shown here a while ago. We're told that wouldn't be before 2021.