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Skoda Octavia vRS Mk2: Buying guide and review (2005-2013)

Skoda Octavia vRS Mk2: Buying guide and review (2005-2013) Classic and Performance Car
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When Dickie Meaden hit 227mph in a ‘mildly’ tuned Skoda Octavia vRS at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the sensible family hatchback obliterated the old production-class speed record for a 2-litre car – even hitting the national media. If that made the Octavia a little more exciting to the general populace, those who’d driven any of the vRS versions already knew this was a car with genuine petrolheaded credentials.
 
The first-gen Octavia had arrived in 1996, initially a worthy but dull range of hatches and estates based on the Mk4 Golf. Things got more interesting when the first vRS appeared in 2001 with VW’s familiar 1.8-litre 20v turbo petrol engine, tuned to 178bhp.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The Mk2 Octavia came in 2004, now with Mk5 Golf underpinnings, and this time the vRS version – the one we’re concentrating on here – arrived just a year later. It was the same basic recipe, but now with a choice of engines: 197bhp 2-litre TFSI direct-injection turbo-petrol or 168bhp 2-litre TDI (the famous PD, or Pumpe Düse) turbodiesel. Both drove the front wheels through a traditional six-speed manual gearbox, and both were strong performers, the diesel’s extra torque and extra mpg helping it win the lion’s share of sales.
 
For 2009 there was a facelift, embracing a new grille and lights and a more upmarket interior. The engine range was also revamped, with the latest TSI petrol and CR (common rail) diesel, though both retained the same peak power figures, while the DSG ’box was now available for the first time.
 
The Mk2 vRS ran to the beginning of 2013, when the current third-gen Octavia appeared. 
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine In-line four, 1998cc, turbo
Power 197bhp @ 5100rpm 
Torque 206lb ft @ 1800-5000rpm 
Gearbox Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
0-62mph 7.3sec
Top speed 149mph
Insurance group 30
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2577mm
Length 4578mm
Width 1769mm
Height 1447mm
Weight 1375kg
 
Common problems


• Basically these are sound engines as long as they’re serviced on time, experts advise every 10,000 miles or 12 months. But there are a few issues you need to be aware of.

• The 2-litre TFSI occasionally suffers premature wear of the fuel pump cam follower, potentially causing serious scoring to the camshaft. Replacing the follower is an inexpensive service item and well worth it for peace of mind.

• Whereas the TFSI has a cambelt, the TSI that replaced it in 2009 has a timing chain, and failure of the tensioner can result in a cripplingly expensive rebuild. If you hear noisy rattling there’s a chance the tensioner is failing. Getting it replaced with the latest improved design (as fitted to 2011MY cars onwards) will cost around £500 from an independent. 

• The other engines have belts, which most agree should be renewed every four years or 60,000 miles and the water pump replaced at the same time. Budget around £300, or c£400 from an official Skoda agent. 

• The PD diesel engine is notoriously fussy about oil spec. It needs to be 505.01, which has additional anti-wear properties to protect the cams and lifters. It’s worth checking it’s been used, especially if the car’s been serviced outside the network.

• The manual gearboxes are generally robust. If you feel a juddering when moving off it’s probably the dual-mass flywheel on the way out. It makes sense to get the clutch replaced at the same time, so the total bill could be as low as £500 from an indie or as high as £1000 from an official agent. 

• If the car has DSG, it’s vital the oil and filter are changed every 40,000 miles to avoid overheating or the clutches burning out. On the test drive, check both automatic and manual shifts for speed and smoothness.

• As ever, listen for any clunks over bumps – in the vRS it’ll probably be worn anti-roll bar bushes. The Octavia’s huge boot means many are used for serious load-lugging, so don’t neglect the rear springs and dampers.

• The 18-inch wheels look cool, but they don’t do the ride or handling any favours; the 17-inch alloys are arguably the smarter choice.

• If the ABS light and/or the ESP light is illuminated, beware. It could be a fault with a sensor (not too expensive to fix) or it could be the ABS pump control unit that needs replacing, which will cost hundreds at best, potentially five figures if you buy an official replacement.

• Some pre-facelift cars have surface rust on the sills, so check it hasn’t taken hold. Interiors wear well, though the light cloth trim on the seats is hard to keep looking clean. 

• Check the air con – the pump has been known to fail and even a non-OE replacement is c£450. 

• The rear wash/wipe is a common failure: check the wiper and the washer work.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• briskoda.net
• skodaforum.co.uk
• autops.co.uk
• quattro-tech.co.uk
• revotechnik.com
• vagtech.co.uk
• sharkperformance.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
Early, high-mileage Mk2s, privately advertised, have started to appear for around three grand, but check that service history extremely carefully. Well cared-for cars with average miles start at around £4k.
 
£5000-6000 provides a really good choice of ’06/’07 cars with average miles and a good history, both trade and private, petrol or diesel. Post-2009 facelift cars with high miles start around £6k. A low-mileage 2010/2011 car with impeccable history and just one or two owners will be around £9k.
 
Words: Peter Tomalin/evo magazine
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Last updated: 21st Apr 2016
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £9,490 £9,490

    Variant name:Diesel Hatchback vRS ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TDi PD vRS

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 47269 mi
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    £19,995 £19,995

    Variant name:Diesel Estate vRS ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TDI CR vRS (184bhp) Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR vRS (184bhp) 5-Dr Estate finished in candy white with black cloth interior Specification includes Driver Seat Height Adjustment, Trip Computer, Power-Assisted Steering, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Satellite Navigation, Radio/CD/MP3, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Rear Wash/Wipe, Tinted Glass, Front Fog Lights, Load Anchorage Points, Electric/Heated Door Mirrors, Body Coloured Bumpers, Limited Slip Differential, Roof Rails, Air Conditioning, Front/Rear Armrest, Front/Rear Electric Windows, Front/Rear Head Restraints, Front Seats Sports, Split Rear Seat, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Traction Control System, Hill Holder, Driver Air Bag Knee, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 18In Alloy Wheels and Tyre Pressure Control.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 12639 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £11,999 £11,999

    Variant name:2.0 TDI CR vRS 5dr ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TDI CR vRS 5dr EVERY SINGLE VEHICLE THAT CROYLAND CAR MEGASTORE RECEIVES IS NOT ONLY CAREFULLY SELECTED, BUT IS PREPARED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD. FOR BOTH YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY, ALL OF OUR VEHICLES ARE MECHANICALLY INSPECTED, HPI CHECKED AND FOR AN EXTRA BONUS, EVEN COME WITH 12 MONTHS ASSITANCE / BREAKDOWN COVER VIA THE AA, COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE. FOR MORE DETAILS, VISIT OUR WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN FIND OUR LATEST NEWS AND STOCK. DON’T FORGET THAT WE ALSO ACCEPT PART EXCHANGES AND OFFER LOW RATES OF FINANCE.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 67060 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £21,495 £21,495

    Variant name:Diesel Estate vRS ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TDI CR vRS (184bhp) DSG Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR vRS (184bhp) DSG 5-Dr Estate finished in race blue metallic with black cloth interior Specification includes Driver Seat Height Adjustment, Trip Computer, Power-Assisted Steering, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Radio/CD/MP3, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Eight Speakers, Rear Wash/Wipe, Tinted Glass, Front Fog Lights, Electric/Heated Door Mirrors, Body Coloured Bumpers, Limited Slip Differential, Roof Rails, Air Conditioning, Front/Rear Armrest, Front Electric Windows, Front/Rear Head Restraints, Front Seats Sports, Seats Split Rear, Gears Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Traction Control System, Hill Holder, Driver Air Bag Knee, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 18In Alloy Wheels and Tyre Repair Kit.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 8011 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £13,499 £13,499

    Variant name:2.0 TSI vRS 5dr ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TSI vRS 5dr 5 Star NCAP Rating,6 Speed Gearbox,ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Anti Theft System,Bluetooth Prepared,Climate Control,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Isofix Seats,Leather Steering Wheel,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Power Steering

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 53854 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Skoda Octavia 2006 VRS 5 Door Hatch MOT December 2017

    £1,950 £1,950

    SKODA OCTAVIA VRS 2006. MOT DECEMBER 2017 5 DOOR HATCH BLUE MATALIC IN GREAT CONDITION BOTH INSIDE AND OUT ONY SELLING TO GET A SMALLER CAR LOVELEY CAR TO DRIVE RADIO/CD MULTICHANGER IN BOOT NOKIA HANDSFREE PHONE LINK, ALLOY WHEELS PLUS LOTS OF EXTRAS, NEW TYERS ABOUT 5 MONTHS AGO BODYWORK IN GREAT CONDITION INTERIOR IN GREAT CONDITION IN BLACK LEATHER & GREY VELOR SERVICED YEARLY SINCE WE HAVE OWNED IT.PLEASE CALL FOR INFORMATION AND TO ARRANGE A VIEWING

    • Mileage: 184000 mi
    • Engine size: 1984
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £11,495 £11,495

    Variant name:Diesel Hatchback vRS ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TDi CR vRS Limited Edition Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi CR vRS Ltd Edition 5-Dr Hatchback finished in red with black leather interior Specification includes Driver/Passenger Seat Height Adjustment, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Power-Assisted Steering, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Radio/CD/MP3/CD Autochanger, Eight Speakers, Chassis, Rear Wash/Wipe, Rear Spoiler, Front Fog Lights, Load Anchorage Points, Electric/Heated Door Mirrors, Body Coloured Bumpers, Chassis, Air Conditioning, Front/Rear Electric Windows, Front/Rear Head Restraints, Front Seats Sports, Seats Split Rear, Heated Rear Screen, Steering Wheel Leather, Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Traction Control System, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 18In Alloy Wheels, Space Saver Spare Wheel and Tyre Pressure Control.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 36953 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £16,990 £16,990

    Variant name:Diesel Hatchback vRS ,Derivative:2.0 TDi CR vRS (184bhp) ,Variant: 2.0 TDI CR vRS 5dr Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi CR vRS (184bhp) 5-Dr Hatchback finished in metal grey metallic metallic with multicolour cloth - leather interior Specification includes Driver Seat Height Adjustment, Cruise Control, 6 speed manual gearbox, Power-Assisted Steering, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Amundsen Touch Screen Sat Navigation System with European Ma, Acoustic Rear Parking Sensors, Lane and Light Assist, Performance Mode Selection, Radio/CD/MP3, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Eight Speakers, Sunset Glass From B-Pillar Back, Front Fog Lights, Load Anchorage Points, Electric/Heated Door Mirrors, LED Rear Lights, Rain Sensor, Sports Suspension, Bi-Xenon Headlights with AFS and LED Daytime Running Lights, Dual Zone Climate Control, Front Armrest, Front/Rear Electric Windows, Front Seats Sports, Seats Split Rear, Steering Wheel Leather, Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point, Black Design Package, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Traction Control System, Hill Holder, Driver Air Bag Knee, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 18In Alloy Wheels and Spare Wheel.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 8691 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • SKODA OCTAVIA 2.0 VRS TDI CR 2012

    £7,995 £7,995

    12 months MOT, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Black Cloth interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Dual - Zone Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Touchscreen Monitor, Tyre Pressure Monitor (TPM), Radio Bolero - 2 DIN With CD Autochanger (6CD) Play MP3, Tinted Glass, Alarm System with Interior Monitoring and Back - Up Horn, 18in Neptune Alloy Wheels (7.5J x 18 225/40 R18 92Y), Front and Rear Electric Windows (Rear with Child Safety Switch), Drivers Airbag, Power steering, Traction control, Height adjustable drivers seat. 5 seats, Blue, OVER 50 VEHICLES AVAILABLE TO VIEW IN OUR INDOOR SHOWROOM, ALL VEHICLES GO THROUGH A 50 POINT MECHANICAL INSPECTION and UPTO 3 YEARS WARRANTY AVALIABLE, ALL PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED and PART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED, NO DEPOSIT and LOW RATES OF FINANCE AVALIABLE, DRIVE AWAY THE SAME DAY WITH OUR 5 DAY INSURANCE, NATIONWIDE DELIVERY ARRANGED. We would be more than accommodating should an out of hours appointment be required please call on 01642 847847 or 07909 678150.

    • Mileage: 96000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.968
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £19,995 £19,995

    4x4, Service history Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,18In Alloy Wheels,Radio/CD/MP3,Anti-Lock Brakes,Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point,Air Conditioning,Alarm,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,Traction Control System,Trip Computer,Driver Seat Height Adjustment,Front Electric Windows,Power-Assisted Steering,Remote Central Door Locking,Driver Air Bag Knee,Rear Wash/Wipe,Front Seats Sports,Front/Rear Armrest,Front/Rear Head Restraints,Electronic Brake Force Distribution,Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Seats Split Rear,Tinted Glass,Electric/Heated Door Mirrors,Body Coloured Bumpers,Steering Wheel Leather,Eight Speakers,Front Fog Lights,Hill Holder,Immobiliser,Centre Rear Seat Belt,Limited Slip Differential,Tyre Pressure Control,Safety System,Cloth - Velour interior, Call us today about the finance options on this vehicle. Part exchanges welcome.

    • Mileage: 8900 mi
    • Engine size: 1968
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £14,250 £14,250

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Radio, Electric Windows, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Child Locks, Isofix, Side Air Bags, Multiple Airbags, Sports Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Xenon Headlamps, Satellite Navigation, Head Restraints, Rear Spoiler, Auto Lighting, Power Steering, Traction Control, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Bose, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, USB Port, Alarm, Locking Wheel Nuts, Full service history

    • Mileage: 20000 mi
    • Engine size: 1968
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £27,490 £27,490

    Variant name:Diesel Estate vRS ,Derivative:2.0 TDI CR vRS (184bhp) DSG ,Variant: 2.0 TDI CR vRS 5dr DSG Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR vRS (184bhp) DSG 5-Dr Estate finished in quartz grey metallic with multicolour cloth - leather interior Specification includes Driver Seat Height Adjustment, Cruise Control, 7 speed automatic gearbox, Power-Assisted Steering, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Amundsen Satellite Navigation System, Performance Mode Selection, Radio/CD/MP3/DAB, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Eight Speakers, Tinted Glass, Front Fog Lights, Load Anchorage Points, Electric/Heated Door Mirrors, Bi-Xenon Headlights W. AFS, Rain Sensor, Roof Rails, LED Rear Lights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Dual Zone Climate Control, Front/Rear Armrest, Front/Rear Electric Windows, Front Seats Sports, Seats Split Rear, Steering Wheel Leather, Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point, Sports Suspension, Black Design Package, vRS Bumpers, Spoilers and Upholstery, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Electronic Stability Programme, Hill Holder, Driver Air Bag Knee, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 18In Alloy Wheels and Spare Wheel.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 10 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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