Hello guys!! I'm a Doctor and this is my first review on my car. happy driving.
My search for my next car began in November 2011.
My points of consideration:
Has to be a hatchback
FAST (powerful engine)
With airbags, ABS
, and all the security feature
And not black again...
.worst colour for maintenance, but looks great.
So, i test drove every hatchbach available and most of them felt underpowered. I have always driven my friends Skoda Fabia 1.2 MPI. I like the built and quality but no fun driving it. I had almost booked the car but on that particular day i was told that the 1.6 MPI was available for a test drive. I immediately went for it and wow. It was awesome
. I did all the trick and tyre skidding thing on that particular test drive. The light steering, light clutch and smooth gearbox, Fabia is a joy to drive in city.
Look at the safety features.
Fabia has ABS
, anti glare view mirror, duel rate brake assist, driver front airbag front passenger air bag, height adjustable front seat belts, Side door protective strip and along with many other sophisticated features which adds safety of the passengers. Most of all i felt in love with the key fab. Now i can unlock the vehicle, pull down and up all the windows (great feature if u forget to rool up your windows while still in the car), boot open all by this pretty remote. And not to mention one touch window operating for all windows. Great help to keep you focus on the road otherwise you have to hold it till it fully rolls up or vice versa.
I came back and booked it right away and lucky for me they had my colour choice. Capuccino beige. Gave the booking amount and came home and started searching all over the web for reviews and videos on the web. Couldn't wait to get it and i was already dreaming about it. Did the PDC and paperwork and took delivery of the car on the 9th of December 2011.
Post delivery, the car zoomed past all cars and its fun to drive. The power distribution is perfect. And the mileage in city and highway with AC on all the time always returned me above 15KMPL. I think its all, in the way how you drive a car and control the throttle response. I am a careful driver and most days my run is 30 to 40KM.
I upgraded the sound system since i had them from my precious car. I kept the stock head unit and added to it Sony four channel amplifier, JBL bass tube, infinity reference speaker with a wooden tray as i did not want to cut the stock tray. (Pretty expensive. I was told it costs about 8k!!! Imagine that). I just had to pay for the new wiring and the wodden tray and wow. Great sound. Didnt bother to change the front door speaker nor add a component at the rear. Will come later.
Did my first service at about 13000KM in December 2012 since it was nearing a year. There is one particular annoying noise at the right rear side of the car. Its like a small nut. Took the car two to three times to the service centre but they could never fixed it saying that it is minor and should not be a problem. They also changed the engine mount and the suspension mount since i had noticed a vibration. Great. Now runs perfectly.
Now its 18000km and i got a call saying there is a free summer camp so i went there at about 10am and got the car around 2pm.
One thing i notice that almost all the fabia has a manufacturing defect pertaining to the B piller. The black plastic cover kind of melts in the heat under the sun and tends to peel off. I put forward this today and i was told that they will replace the part for free since its under warranty. I was so relieved, but not so because they dont have the stock and they will let me know when it arrives.
I always look forward to drive this machine and never miss an oppurtinity. I will surely upload pictures and more coming. Till then enjoy safe driving.