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PostSubject: My early birthday present to myself.   Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:48 am


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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:36 am

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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:51 am

I thank you.

Don't think these are sold in the USA?

Its a Skoda Superb Estate. Skoda is a branch of the Volkswagen/Audi group that originally started as its own firm in the former Czechoslovakia. VW bought the brand about 20 years ago, so under the skin its actually the same platform as the large Audis and VWs.

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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:01 pm

Ah, a brum brum...
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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:34 pm

That's about the most technical comment I think you've ever made about a car.

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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:01 pm

I know...I surprised myself!
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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:05 am

So what exactly does it do that's so much better than other cars? You didn't fancy an old school Skoda then? Lol
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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:29 am

Well, the main appeals for me were:



1. Its fecking MAHOOOOSIVE inside. I'm a big lad, and if people sit behind me in most cars, they are struggling for leg room. I hired a Mercedes C class recently and you'd need to be Hornswoggle to sit behind me in it. In the Superb, there is so much rear leg room (more than a Mercedes S class) that I can sit behind myself. That comes in handy when you are driving family and friends around. The boot is also enormous - easily bigger than anything else in its class.



2. Its got rock solid German build quality with German engines, gearboxes, running gear, etc. Its all Audi/VW underneath, which are totally reliable and not expensive to replace if anything does go wrong simply because of the volume of them produced.



3. The performance is excellent. Its a big car and yet does 0-62 in 8.7 seconds and will sit at 140mph all day long. It also returns as much as 60mpg.



4. It rides really really well and handles very nicely



5. Its stupidly well equipped. Leather, dual zone air, electric heated memory seats, cruise control, front and rear sensors, park assist, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, electric windows and mirrors, voice activated sat nav, voice activated phone integration, full iPod compatibility, automatic tyre pressure sensing, tiptronic DG 6 speed gearbox, and that's just for starters.



6. Its £6-8k cheaper than the equivalent Mercedes or Audi



7. I happen to really like the look of it. It doesn't shout about being rapid and its not got that "I'm a cock in a Merc/Beemer/Audi" quality.

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PostSubject: Re: My early birthday present to myself.   Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:02 am

Yeah, I always thought Skoda's, the new ones anyway, had that look of a classy car, not an obnoxious BMW or Merc. Not a big fan of estate type cars, but that's just me.



Good also about the German build quality. I know they've always built solid cars but when the older BMW's, Audis and Mercs go tits up, they really go tits up. Cars built within the last few years would be okay though, I bet it will keep going and going and going. And like you said, even if something big like the clutch or the gearbox went getting a replacement wouldn't be too difficult. Possibly installing the thing might be a bit difficult. For a job where the mechanics have to take the engine out, I'd be interested to see how much shite they have to move from under the bonnet because of all the extras. That said, hopefully it won't happen. And 60mpg = win
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