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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 23:24:44 +0100
From: MeatballTurbo <>
Subject: Re: Marque-dly witty (Was: Re: 9-3 gas mileage?)

In article <>, spouted forth into > In article <> > "MeatballTurbo" writes: > > > [re: Skodas' history] [...] and in the UK, due to lack of > > maintenance, or a not properly notified UK dealer network, they > > got a reputation of being unreliable (rear wheels falling off > > because a small design change had happened at the factory, and > > had not been communicated back to the dealers on the other side > > of the iron curtain). > > It's a pity, in a way, that Skoda quality has improved. Some of > the jokes were quite clever -- even funny. > > Q: What do you call a Skoda at the top of a steep hill? > A: A miracle. > > Q: What do you call two Skodas at the top of a steep hill? > A: A mirage. > > Q: What do you call a Skoda with twin exhausts? > A: A wheel-barrow. > > Such a precious cultural heritage should not be lost. Which car > marque can we transfer these jokes to? Don't know. But you know something, the actual build quality was good, and the reliability was fine if properly maintained. One of the favourite failures was not running proper coolant mixes in the alloy blocked engines, causing corrosion, wearing away of the water pump fins, and ultimatly headgasket failure. Does that sound in any way familiar? Things were basic, in the way that up until the late eighties, early 90's a mini was basic. Didn;t stop the mini selling, but unfortunatly skoda had a design that dated worse than it's engineering. Prices of the old rear engined ones are actually on the rise. Youngsters see the few that remain, and think "Oh wow, what is that" and are too young to remember the old gags, and have never seen Skoda as bad. 2 years ago, I had the pick of several sub 200 cars with MOT when I was looking, now the Favorit has reached that stage, but the Estelle and Rapid are now in the 500-800 price range for a good one. A mint one, or especially a Cabriolet, or genuine sport version (about 95bhp at the wheels) can fetch well over a grand. The older S100/110/1000 models over here in mint condition are in the several thousands mark for a good one. Think how C900 prices have changed generally in the past year. -- Carl Robson (The poster formerly known as Skodapilot)

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