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What engine to go for in Skoda Octavia Combi?


I am thinking of changing to a 1.8 petrol Skoda Octavia Combi automatic, but have heard that this engine has problems. Have you heard this? If so, what engine would you recommend?

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Arthur McFaul (Dunshaughlin)

May 2010 Filed under: reliability

Expert answer

Hi Arthur,

I assume you mean a second-hand Skoda Octavia, of the 1998 - 2005 generation. The problem reported relates only to the 20-valve 1.8-litre petrol engine. Its timing belt is prone to snapping if it isn't changed on time and this can wreck the engine. However, if a car has a full service history, including timing belt changes, there should be no reason to worry about it.

We'd rather have the diesel engine, but I don't believe it will be easy to find in Ireland on conjunction with an automatic gearbox.

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Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser

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