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Used Skoda Octavia Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Skoda Octavia faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Skoda Octavia fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Skoda Octavia (1998 - 2004) Fault Guide
Skoda Octavia (2004 - Present) Fault Guide


Skoda Octavia (1998 - 2004) Fault Guide

View Skoda Octavia (1998 - 2004) Fault Guide

We know of 14 SKODA Octavia (1998 - 2004) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 6 recalls

Here's an example fault on the SKODA Octavia (1998 - 2004)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 60,000 miles (some diesels can last up to 70,000 miles).

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as water pump and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £250.


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Skoda Octavia (2004 - Present) Fault Guide

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We know of 14 SKODA Octavia (2004 - Present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 5 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 4 recalls

Here's an example fault on the SKODA Octavia (2004 - Present)

What to look for:

Check the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) warning light on the dash comes on with the ignition and goes off after a few seconds. Check that the engine management warning light is not on at the same time as the DPF warning light.

What it means:

The DPF is there to remove harmful particulates from the exhaust when the car is running. The DPF is not really suited to small runs and town driving/school runs in particular as the filter does not get hot enough to burn the particulates off and it gets clogged up. Running the car at 2500 rpm for 5/10 miles in 4th gear should allow the DPF to get hot enough to burn off the particulates clogged up inside. If doing this does not cause the DPF warning light to go out and/or the engine management is on at the same time as the DPF light it means either that the sensors on the DPF need to be replaced or the DPF itself needs to be replaced. If this fault is left unchecked it can cause major damage to the exhaust system.

What to do

If either the DPF warning light or engine management warning light stay on (or the car goes into Limp Home mode) then have car inspected by a qualified mechanic.


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