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Old 19-12-2020, 09:27 PM   #11
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Here’s a wordy and proper boring update for you all

So when I picked up the car, I noticed that there wasn’t any history in the car at all, just a V5

It really is a shame that the majority of the cars that go through the auction, don’t have their history documents with them.

So when I picked this one up, it was no surprise that it would be missing.

I was looking around the car and I spotted a sticker in the windscreen.
You’ll just be able to make out the blue circular sticker, in the first picture in my initial post.

So I called the garage and had a chat with a guy from the garage. He told me that they would always do the work on that car and that the customer would always insist on making sure it was running as best as possible, with no expense spared. He said that they’d done extensive work on the car and it had only just had Rear shocks and two new tyres for its MOT.

He also said he would happily send me the history for the car, but he only had it going back as far as 2013, when he had a computer change. He did say, it’s a brilliant car and it was a shame to hear that it had been a Category N write off.

Sure enough, a couple of days later.... here’s what the history says


Oct 2013 - Full Service - Air, Fuel, Oil & Pollen Filter, Engine Flush, New Oil. - £174

May 2014 - MOT - Passed - £46

Sept 2014 - Full Service - Air, Fuel & Oil Filter, Engine Flush, New Oil, Cambelt Service, Rear wiper blade. Wash Vehicle - £501

March 2015 - Air, Fuel, Oil & Pollen Filter, Engine Flush, New Oil. 2x Continental Contisport contact 5 Tyres, Vacuum Vehicle - £406

May 2015 - Poor running, many listed faults on computer scan, refit intercooler pipe, test drive, still going into limp mode, Remove inlet manifold, swirl flaps missing/burnt away. Fit new manifold & gasket. All faults cleared, test drive, carry out MOT. - £699
Advice - Note on scanning system that DPF is worn.

Sept 2015 - Interim Service & 2x Front Tyres (doesn’t say brand) - £311
Advice - Oil leak from the back of engine

Oct 2015 - Replace OSR Tyre with Pirelli, change OSF for customer supplied wheel & tyre - £96

Jan 2016 - Replace Battery - £69

April 2016 - Rear brake pads & MOT - £125
Advice - Please See MOT advisories
MOT advisories - Front ARB bushes perished, Rear ARB bushes perished, trailing arms excessive movement.

May 2016 - Remove broken OSR light unit and fit new, two bulbs needed. - £54

May 2016 - Air, Fuel, Oil & Pollen Filter, Engine Flush, New Oil. Supply & fit OSR reflector, Re-gas Aircon - £259
Advice - Service book almost full, Air con fault (Pump).

June 2016 - Supply & fit washer cover, scan vehicle, supply sat nav update CD. - £67

June 2016 - Brake fluid leak NSR calliper seal, replace calliper, bleed brakes. - £140

Sept 2016 - Investigate battery light, scan vehicle. Remove & clean throttle body, throttle body adaptions reset. Carry out a full valet. - £97
Advice - slightly high resistance to battery and alternator, Valet charged at reduced rate, valued customer.


Oct 2016 - Check for obvious leaks, remove boost & coolant pipes, drain AC system, disconnect AC pump and remove. Replace with new, rebuild and re-gas AC system - £436
Advice - job took 4.5 hours, 2.5 charged, loyal customer

March 2017 - Investigate water leak near expansion bottle, found return pipe clip weak and seeping, fit new clip and test. Replace OSF side light bulb, refit & test. Scan system for TCS fault code (G201) brake pressure sensor, suspected ABS pump valve pack needed. Fit recon unit as unable to repair the exiting unit due to water damage. Rebuild vehicle, bleed brake system, reset dash, road test - £707

April 2017 - Investigate coolant leak, leak on coolant housing, tightened to reduce leak to a minimum, book vehicle in for new coolant housing. Carry out a full service Air, Fuel, Oil & Pollen Filter, Engine Flush, New Oil. replace NSR tyre. Carry out MOT. - £303

May 2017 - Fit new coolant housing & Check remaining pad life 70% Rear, 40% Front - £96

Nov 2017 - Full vehicle scan, cleared codes and replaced Wheel bearing. Fluid level check. Supply and fit 2 front tyres. - £322

Nov 2017 - Strip front of engine, Remove inlet, Oil ingress in throttle body, replace unit and rebuild - £262

May 2018 - Full Service Air, Fuel, Oil & Pollen Filter, Engine Flush, New Oil. Spray paint headlight washer covers, fit to vehicle - £257

June 2018 - MOT - £47

Feb 2019 - Supply & fit 2 tyres, replace front and rear wiper blades - £152

May 2019 - Full Service Air, Fuel, Oil & Pollen Filter, Engine Flush, New Oil. Check possible diesel leak, traced to possible high pressure pump seal to cylinder head, MOT, fit bulb - £220
Advice - coolant leak on side of engine, diesel leak, NSR & OSR Shocks leaking front & Rear Discs and Pads low, possible diesel leak into bell housing

*** ^^^^^^^^^ THAT SOUNDS SERIOUS *****

June 2019 - DPF regen, Light still on, tried cleaning, extensive road testing, all failed. DPF replaced. Trace diesel leak, metal gasket behind pump. Renew gasket, Engine steady bar bushes replaced, replace OSR fog light bulb - £1173

May 2020 - Replace rear shock absorbers, fit 2 tyres, Oil Service, MOT £442

£7,461 in 7 years!
£1066 a year maintenance!
To most of you, the above number has no relevance, but I live in Hastings
This car better not fight me! But I’m sure I’ll get some battle scars along the way


Sorry for the complete essay, but this list gives me and you I suppose, a lot of information.

A whole heap of replacement parts have been fitted and due to the age of the vehicle, if I have any problems, I can rule certain things out.
It tells me that it’s due a cambelt service and that since 2013, it hasn’t received a clutch within that timeframe, so either it’s been done in its first 6 years, or what’s more than likely, it’s still on its original clutch.

With that said, I’d have given the car a complete service anyway, including Cambelt etc, but I’ll also be prepared for a clutch, should it need one.


I shall update during the week.

Many thanks for reading

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Old 19-12-2020, 11:07 PM   #12
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Ooof, lovely to get some reassuring history with it and quite decent of the garage owner to give you his time and the car details! They'll no doubt know the owner and let it know it lives on!
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I was following after the first post, after this one I can't wait for more on this car. I'm sure you'll bring her back to her best. ��
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That is a lot of money spent in 7 years! Have you checked the garage's rep anywhere?

Are Octavia's usually this expensive to maintain, albeit this one is high mileage (although not that high for a 2007 car)? My partner bought an 06 Fabia in 2011 with 100k on it, which was high.
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Ooof, lovely to get some reassuring history with it and quite decent of the garage owner to give you his time and the car details! They'll no doubt know the owner and let it know it lives on!
Yeah, when I told him I’d bought a Yellow Octavia VRS, he knew the car straight away and said, “I’m going to really miss that car”.
When he took my address, he said “ah, there’s no chance I’ll see that when it’s back on the road then, you’re miles away”

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I was following after the first post, after this one I can't wait for more on this car. I'm sure you'll bring her back to her best. ��
Hopefully mate, I’m really hoping to get stuck into this one.

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That is a lot of money spent in 7 years! Have you checked the garage's rep anywhere?

Are Octavia's usually this expensive to maintain, albeit this one is high mileage (although not that high for a 2007 car)? My partner bought an 06 Fabia in 2011 with 100k on it, which was high.

The garage in question, are a VW Specialist, so I can only assume that the work carried out was of a good standard, I will check some of the part quality of some of the replacements.

As for Octavia maintenance or Skoda in general, as long as servicing is done regularly and wear and tear items are kept in tip top order, there’s no reason why things should fail.

In this case, the majority of problems that have arisen is due to age, old gasket failure, cracked plastics etc. As for the DPF, I can only assume this car has been sat at low speeds for extended periods of time, which, given the area it came from would make complete sense.

You can be sure that DPF related issues WILL arise if the DPF isn’t getting hot enough, plus, all that unburnt fuel is terrible for the Filter, so the heat is what it needs.
Every month on old DPF’s, I’d personally recommend putting the car in 3rd and and sit at 70 for a good 5 minutes. yes you’ll burn fuel quickly, but it’ll clear the filter right out

In my Superb, I use to fly around the M25, but you can’t do that these days
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Wow, that's some spending there. That's put me off looking for an Octavia
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Wow, that's some spending there. That's put me off looking for an Octavia
More for me then

They’re not all bad, and to be fair, when you consider that a lot of the stuff on that list would’ve been bodged by quite a few people, or better yet, they’d just live with the leaks etc. Also, it does include tyres too

Hopefully it just means that all the horrendous spending is done
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This thread could be epic!

I had a black VRS (2007) a few years ago (I’ve since had a race blue mk3 VRS estate and am now in a Superb Sportline- I do like my Skodas). They’ve all been amazing cars, and not that expensive to run.

I didn’t realise that they did the mk3 in yellow - it’s got to be rare! There is a yellow mk2 estate that I see in my area and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Can’t wait for updates!
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I send a resurrection in process... looks a decent project Karlos! Something very satisfying about going through a car mechanically and externally. Also from sitting digging through a cars history and piecing it’s life together, usually one of my favourite bits when getting a ‘new to me car’, sit down with a beer and research! Have fun mate!
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This thread could be epic!

I had a black VRS (2007) a few years ago (I’ve since had a race blue mk3 VRS estate and am now in a Superb Sportline- I do like my Skodas). They’ve all been amazing cars, and not that expensive to run.

I didn’t realise that they did the mk3 in yellow - it’s got to be rare! There is a yellow mk2 estate that I see in my area and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Can’t wait for updates!

You and I both mate, the race blue Mk2 FL we had was our ice breaker and have since owned a Superb Elegance and I’ve bought this one and a 1.4TSi Octavia as a fix up and sell on, I’m currently driving the 1.4TSi and it’s been a brilliant drive, really surprised me.

The yellow VRS’ are rare and the Estate even more so. Plus, with this being 13 years old, there will have been crashed ones, mechanically dead ones and just poor condition cars, that are no longer on the road.

Low mileage examples will eventually be worth a pretty penny I think, and only because of its colour. But then again, I think that low mileage Up GTI’s will be worth money in 25 years time


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I send a resurrection in process... looks a decent project Karlos! Something very satisfying about going through a car mechanically and externally. Also from sitting digging through a cars history and piecing it’s life together, usually one of my favourite bits when getting a ‘new to me car’, sit down with a beer and research! Have fun mate!
Thanks Chino,
Having now been through it’s history, I’m confident to move forward with the project, but before that conversation with the garage, I was wondering if it would be a good runner for many moons to come, or whether it would just break...

It could still do either of those things, but I’m leaning towards it being mechanically sound, so I can focus on the exterior once I’m finished with the interior.

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