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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

    £21,350 £21,350

    Variant name:Diesel Estate vRS ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TDI CR vRS 5dr DSG Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR vRS 5dr DSG

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 7114 mi
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    £9,995 £9,995

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    • Mileage: 107295 mi
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  • SKODA OCTAVIA VRS TDI CR DSG AUTO 184ps SAT NAV RACE BLUE 2015

    £13,495 £13,495

    A truly exceptional Octavia vRS in simply stunning Race Blue metallic. This car comes with 1 owner from new and full Skoda service history.;;- 1 Owner;- 54,000 miles;- Full Skoda service history;- Sat Nav;- DSG Auto;- Parking sensors with on screen display;- Full vRS Leather interior with Seam grey highlights;- Heated seats;- Bi-Xenon headlights;- LED daytime running lights;- Rear LED lights;- Cruise control;- MP3 playback with SD card slots;- 18" Diamond cut alloy wheels;- Bluetooth handsfree;- Bluetooth music streaming;- Auto lights;- Auto wipers;- Auto dimming rear view mirror;- + All usual vRS extras;;PURCHASE FROM AN RAC APPROVED DEALER WITH 6 MONTHS RAC WARRANTY and 12 MONTHS BREAKDOWN RESCUE/HOMESTART COVER. FULL BOOK PACK, SERVICE BOOK/PRINT and BOTH KEYS. Credit/Debit cards accepted. Low rate PCP/HP finance with an answer in 60 seconds - apply directly on our website. All viewings by appointment. Call 03330 145984 or Adam on 07535 112113 to arrange a viewing. Visit our website for more pics. VAT QUALIFYING. PURCHASE VAT FREE FOR EXPORT.

    • Engine size: 1.968
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  • SKODA OCTAVIA VRS TDI CR 2014

    £12,795 £12,795

    Stunning VRS Estate with Black Half Leather VRS Sports Seats, Leather VRS Sports Steering Wheel, 18-inch 5 Twin Spoke Alloy Wheels, Rear Boot Spoiler, Dual Zone Digital Climate Control. Cruise Control, Privacy Glass, Rear Parking Sensors, Remote Central Door Locking with 2 Keys and Convenience Function, Front and Rear Electric Windows with One Touch Facility, Electrically Adjustable Heated Door Mirrors, DAB Radio CD Player with Aux, USB Input and SKODA Multimedia, Bluetooth Phone System and Audio, Aluminium Sports Pedals, Auto Lights, Front Fog Lights, Driving Mode Options, VRS Aluminium Sill Plates, Tyre Pressure Sensors, 6 Speed Gearbox, Traction Control, ABS. Height Adjustable Driver and Passenger Seats, Safety includes Isofix Restraint System, Front, Side and Curtain Airbags Front and Rear Headrests and Armrest, Cup Holders. Additional Specification Includes Multi-Function Display, Alarm with Immobilizer, Rake and Reach Steering Wheel, Tinted Glass, Colour Coded Bumpers and Mirror Housing, Split Folding Rear Seats, Cup Holders, 5 Seats and 5 Doors. Finished in Metallic Race Blue with Black Aluminium Effect Interior Trims.;New MOT and Serviced as Required Prior To Handover*. Free 6 Month RAC Approved Warranty and 12 Month RAC Breakdown Cover, Part Exchange Welcome. (*Please Ask For Details).

    • Mileage: 48925 mi
    • Engine size: 1.968
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £8,290 £8,290

    Variant name:Hatchback vRS ,Derivative:vRS ,Variant: 2.0 TFSI vRS DSG 5-Dr Hatchback Safety, Rear parking sensors, Paint - Metallic, Metallic - Anthracite grey, Exterior Features, Aero wiper + intermittent function, Electric windows, Rear wiper, Tinted glass, Lowered suspension, Body colour door mirrors and handles, Body colour side mouldings, Body coloured bumpers, Rear boot spoiler, Rear mudflaps, Twin chromed exhaust pipes, vRS design bumpers, VRS kickplates, Front fog lamps, Internally adjustable headlight beam level, LED daytime running lights, Safety, ESP including ABS, MBA, MSR, ASR, EDL, HBA, Red brake calipers, Cruise control, Electro-mechanical PAS, Door mirror integrated indicators, Elec heated + adjust door mirrors, 3 point front seat belts, 3 rear 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners, Driver and passenger airbags, Driver and passenger side airbags, Driver seatbelt warning indicator, Fuel supply cut off, Height adjustable front seatbelts + pretensioners, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Tyre pressure monitor, Miscellaneous, Outside temperature gauge, Service interval indicator, Audio / Communications, 8 speakers, Radio/6 CD changer + MP3 Facility, Interior Features, Air re-circulation and pollen filter, Climatronic dual-zone electronic air conditioning, Cool box in glove compartment, Chrome inner door handles, Glovebox with light, Height/reach adjust steering wheel, Jumbo box with front centre armrest, Storage box under passenger seat, Illuminated luggage compartment, Interior courtesy light operated by door switches, Passenger vanity mirror, Trim, Height adj rear head restraints, Height adjustable front head restraints, Isofix child seat preparation, Manual adjustable front seats + lumbar support, Split folding rear seats, vRS design sports seats, Security, Alarm with interior monitoring and backup alarm horn, Electronic immobiliser, Remote central locking with SAFE system, Wheels, 18" Neptune alloy wheels

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 52079 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • SKODA OCTAVIA VRS TDI CR 2010

    £6,795 £6,795

    2010 Skoda Octavia VRS TDI in Blue, 1 Previous Owner with FULL SERVICE HISTORY! ***LOW RATE FINANCE AVAILABLE*** As you can see from the pictures this Octavia is in Fantastic Condition, A Very Clean Example and also drives without fault! HPI Clear, Comes with Owners Pack, V5 and Long MOT Any Inspection is Welcome, Viewers Won't Be Disappointed in this car! We are an RAC Approved Dealer so National Warranty is Available and Part Exchange Considered! ;;CHESTERFIELD MOTOR SALES is a friendly, family run independent car dealership, we pride ourselves on only selling only the best quality of stock and we provide a full range of facilities such as finance packages tailored for the individual, nationwide delivery and we supply national warranty packages that range from 3-36 months!;We take credit/debit card payments, offer drive away insurance and ALL our cars are HPI checked and clear!;You can even take advantage of our hassle Free Part exchange Service.... We are confident in what we do and ANY inspection is welcome, potential buyers can view the car of their choice in our indoor showroom and we are certain you won't be disappointed!;For more information on this car or to arrange a test drive don't hesitate to call.;FOR OUT OF HOURS CONTACT CALL OR TEXT TIM - 07807011998 or ANDY - 07761905363.;Please Note viewing is by appointment only.

    • Mileage: 98003 mi
    • Engine size: 1.968
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £13,500 £13,500

    Variant name:VRS TDI CR DSG ,Derivative:2.0 TDI vRS DSG 5dr ,Variant: 2.0 TDI vRS DSG 5dr Metallic Silver, AA INSPECTED AND 3 MONTH AA WARRANTY, , THIS GIVES ALL OUR CUSTOMERS PEACE OF MIND AND THE CONFIDENCE THAT THE LARGEST MOTORING ORGANISATION HAS INSPECTED THEIR NEW VEHICLE., 1 owner, Last serviced on 07/09/2017 at 44,371 miles, 18¿ ALLOY WHEELS, AUDIO / VISUAL REAR PARKING SENSORS, STOP / START TECHNOLOGY, HALF BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, 3 STAGE FRONT HEATED SEATS, DIGITAL DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL, CRUISE CONTROL, DIGITAL DISPLAY, SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM (NAV MEDIUM AND / OR ACTIVATION MAY BE REQUIRED)., CD / DAB STEREO SYSTEM, BLUETOOTH, VOICE CONTROL, SPORT / ECO / NORMAL / INDIVIDUAL VEHICLE DYNAMIC MODES, AUTOMATIC / TIPTRONIC GEARBOX WITH PADDLE SHIFT. 5 seats, This Car Has Only 1 Registered Owner And Has Been Used For Business Purposes, Service History, 12 Months Road Tax Is £120, Value Financing Options Available, Fixed Prices, Vehicle Price When New: £25,700, According to Autotrader, 94% Of Our Cars Are Below Market Value Or Offer Excellent Value For Money, V12 Sports And Classics For The UK's Lowest Prices., , Excellent Finance Options Available And Part Exchanges Welcome, Open 7 Days A Week., , Vehicle Specification Can Be Found Below., £13,500 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 59750 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Skoda Octavia

    £11,795 £11,795

    Variant name:VRS TDI DSG ,Derivative:2.0 TDI vRS DSG 5dr ,Variant: 2.0 TDI vRS DSG 5dr Metallic Blue, AA INSPECTED AND 3 MONTH AA WARRANTY, , THE INDEPENDENT AA INSPECTORS COMPLETE A 128 COMPREHENSIVE MULTI-POINT CHECK INCLUDING ROAD TEST PRIOR TO THE CAR BEING ADVERTISED., 1 owner, Last serviced on 06/01/2018, 18'' ALLOY WHEELS, BI-XENON HEADLIGHTS, L.E.D DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS, AUDIO/VISUAL REAR PARKING SENSORS, STOP / START TECHNOLOGY, HALF BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, DIGITAL DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL, TOUCHSCREEN DIGITAL DISPLAY, SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM (NAV MEDIUM AND / OR ACTIVATION REQUIRED)., CD / DAB STEREO SYSTEM, BLUETOOTH, VOICE CONTROL, SPORT / ECO / NORMAL / INDIVIDUAL VEHICLE MODES, AUTOMATIC / TIPTRONIC GEARBOX WITH PADDLE SHIFT. 5 seats, This Car Has Only Had 1 Registered Owner and Has Been Used for Business Purposes and Comes With Service History, 12 Months Road Tax Is £120, Value Financing Options Available, Fixed Prices, Vehicle Price When New: £25,700, According to Autotrader, 94% Of Our Cars Are Below Market Value Or Offer Excellent Value For Money, V12 Sports And Classics For The UK's Lowest Prices., , Excellent Finance Options Available And Part Exchanges Welcome, Open 7 Days A Week., , Vehicle Specification Can Be Found Below., £11,795 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 90230 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
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  • SKODA OCTAVIA VRS 2006

    £3,995 £3,995

    Here at Vogue we are delighted to offer our 2006 Skoda Octavia VRS. This car is presented in Black Magic Pearl paint with complimenting two tone VRS interior.;;The car comes complete with all usual Skoda VRS refinements to include VRS Sport seats and body styling,;;Additional specification includes dual zone air conditioning and 18" Zenith Alloy wheels.;;This model is now becoming increasingly more difficult to find with low mileage.;;The car comes with an advisory free MOT until May 2019.;;The car comes supplied with a comprehensive service history and is HPI clear and two keys.

    • Mileage: 85566 mi
    • Engine size: 1.984
    For sale
    £3,995 £3,995
  • SKODA OCTAVIA VRS TSI DSG 2014

    £11,890 £11,890

    Joseph Sutton Motor Company ltd is very pleased to offer this Skoda Octavia VRS Hatchback, to the market. Finished in Corrida Red with VRS Black Leather and Cloth. We believe this is the best model of Octavia VRS Hatchback in this colour scheme and specification, Upgrades - Amundsen Touchscreen Sat Nav Sys Bluetooth, Alloy Wheels - 18in Pictoris, Black Design Package, Next MOT due 30/05/2019, Last serviced on 31/05/2017 at 41,000 miles, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Black Part leather interior - Excellent Condition, Standard Features - Upholstery - Alcantara and Leather, Acoustic Rear Parking Sensor, Climate Control, DAB Radio, Dual - Zone Air Conditioning with Humidity Sensor and Control, Reverse Parking Aid, Touch Screen Monitor, Alarm, Alloy Wheels, Bolero with Single CD Player and Proximity Sensor, MDI with USB, Front and Rear Electric Windows (Rear with Child Safety Switch), Hill Hold, Telephone, Tinted Glass, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. 5 seats, Red, NO DEPOSIT FINANCE AVAILABLE - Drive away today, with no payment for 2 months This vehicle can be supplied with the benefit of a 36 month AA Warranty Dealer Care Extended Guarantee charged at an additional GBP 595. JOSEPH SUTTON MOTOR CO LTD DOES NOT CHARGE ADMINISTRATION FEES. Part exchanges welcome. All weather Indoor Showroom; view this car whatever the weather. Car prices checked daily to insure they are best value for money. Debit/credit cards accepted. For E-Brochure including photos, detailed specification and service history records, please call 01580 849428 or email sales@josephsutton.co.uk, Finance Subject to Status,,, Deliver anywhere in the UK, Deliver anywhere in the UK. All vehicles come with Free AA Breakdown Cover or Membership upgrade., GBP 11,890

    • Mileage: 56000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.984
    For sale
    £11,890 £11,890