Question: How reliable is Skoda Octavia (98 - 04)?
Answer: Well, different parts of the car more prone to breaking than others.
For example the average cost of a trip to the garage for some kind of break down or failure is £195.3 is but that is only half the story.
The heating and cooling system has a 16.87% chance of failure. But if one of those 16.87% failures also damages the head gasket or if the water pump fails and shreds the cam belt, then suddenly you will also have an engine failure.
Engines break down in a sufficiently large way as to make a warranty claim viable 3.61% of the time.
So if your claim includes both the engine and cooling system, you can soon find that you are going to need make one of the larger, less common, warranty claims. Some larger or more serious break downs lead to Skoda Octavia (98 - 04) garage bills and warranty payments hitting £1,651.11.
It’s the same story with the braking system and suspension. If the shock absorbers need replacing at the same time as the brake pipes or cable, and it’s not unrealistic to think they may both wear out at the same time, then the warranty repair and claim rates of 25.30% and 4.82% are irrelevant and you are going to get a big garage repair bill.
The other areas where compound failures through sheer bad luck can make a relatively reliable car seem like a nightmare on wheels is the fuel system leading to engine problems. 6.02% of fuel systems will fail in a typical sample of Skoda Octavias, which combined with the engine figures above will again lead to a relatively rare but very expensive bill, and make the car look unfairly unreliable.
If you want to avoid being stressed by these compound failure bills, then we recommend keeping up a service and MOT schedule, plus we think you should take out break down cover and warranty insurance.
Here’s our buyer’s guide on what to worry about with a Skoda Fabia (00 - 07). Let’s work through the car, as if inspecting it before buying.
Starting with the ‘running gear,’ such as shock absorbers, suspension bushes, springs and coils. On the Skoda Fabia from (00 - 07) these components have a failure rate of 33.33%.
You can visually inspect brake discs for lips and scoring, and the car’s mileage should tell you if the tyres and brake pads are going to need a change. But there is a 4.22% chance that the braking system itself will fail. That’s potentially a big bill.
Lift the bonnet next, and check for signs of oil leaks. Also look for damaged hoses, worn drive belts, broken clips or rusting pipes. All these can be signs of future problems with the engine, cooling or heating systems which have warranty claim rates of 7.59% and 14.35% respectively.
Moving into the car, turn the ignition on and look for warning lights. Warranty claims for electrical problems occur on 24.89% of cars.
Take the car on a test drive and during this time you can assess the steering for accuracy, stability at speed, and heaviness. If the wheel shakes at speed or is very heavy at slow speeds then there may be a problem with the steering system, something that leads to warranty claims on 2.95% of cars.
At this point you should be able to make a reasonable decision about whether to buy the car or not, but you can find further advice and Skoda Fabia for sale at Used Car Expert.
According to Skoda car warranty gurus, Warranty Expert, the average repair cost on a Skoda Octavia (04 - ) is £372.03 but can go as high as £1,545.37.
These car repair bills and warranty claims come about because it typically takes around
This is based on warranty claims on cars aged 4 on average. If you want to avoid repair bills then get a car warranty quote from an independent warranty company.
This should cover you in the event of failure of the air conditioning (fails 2.52% of the time), axles and suspension (14.47% failure rate), braking system (13.84%) cooling system (10.06%).
A car warranty will also provide cover against paying for repairs if you are in the 13.84% of Skoda Octavia car owners whose engine’s fail.
If some of the less costly items cause you problems, such as electrical gremlins (30.19%) or fuel system issues (12.58%) then you will be covered for those problems too, even though your manufacturer’s warranty will have run out long ago.
Skoda Superb warranty cover is a big factor in deciding whether to buy these famously unreliable cars.
According to Warranty Expert, if you are buying a car over 3 years old you should consider a private warranty, otherwise the following reliability issues may hit your wallet hard:
Skoda Superb (02 - 08) spend an average of 2.15 hours off the road when being repaired for warranty work.
Skoda Superb (02 - 08) costs an average of £276.52 to repair. This is based on repairs covered by warranties, so that is actually a trade rate, and if you pay for privately because you do not have a valid warranty, you may pay more. Warranty claims on Skoda Superbs have been reported as high as £3,690.71
In terms of what is most likely to fail, looked at in percentages, the Steering system has a chance of failure. The transmission is likely to fail 1.67% of the time, with the fuel system is unreliable 6.67% of the time too.
Engines need re-building or replacing in 18.33% of cars and the electronics fail 20.83% of the time. That is on top of over-heating issues which occur on 11.67% of cars.
The braking and suspension is not much better, with problems on 5.00% - 35.83% of Skoda Superbs from (02 - 08).
If you have a higher level of car specification that includes air conditioning, then you can expect bills for that too, as often as of the time.
In summary, we wouldn’t buy a used Skoda Superb without taking out break down insurance and a warranty.
This data is based on warranty claims in the UK for cars with average mileage of 52,569.74 an average age of 5.