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  # 1418399 1-Nov-2015 22:26
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joker97: What of Skoda? Just throwing it there. I've never owned a non jap.

Skoda are part of the VW-Audi group so they use many of the same parts you find in a VW.  However, they are built in the Czech republic and from what I've seen, the build quality is not as good as VW.

Mind you, they are a bit cheaper, but in this case you get what you pay for.


Is that really true?
I thought many top end Audi and VW aren't built in Germany.

Probably some are built in the US, but AFAIK, Skoda are only built in the Czech republic.

For high-end VW and Audi, you would expect excellent build quality anyway, whether they are made in the US or Germany.  AFAIK, they don't make high-end VW or Audi in China.





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  # 1418401 1-Nov-2015 22:48
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Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


 
 
 
 


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joker97: found this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Volkswagen_Group_factories

Wow, a lot more global than I expected.  Skoda are made in India, China and the Ukraine as well as where they started in the former Czechoslovakia.

We are going a bit OT here though...





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  # 1418420 2-Nov-2015 00:03
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grant_k:
joker97: What of Skoda? Just throwing it there. I've never owned a non jap.

Skoda are part of the VW-Audi group so they use many of the same parts you find in a VW.  However, they are built in the Czech republic and from what I've seen, the build quality is not as good as VW.

Mind you, they are a bit cheaper, but in this case you get what you pay for.


I am sure @Nate can say some stuff about running a Skoda.





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  # 1418422 2-Nov-2015 00:10
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grant_k: Skoda are part of the VW-Audi group so they use many of the same parts you find in a VW.  However, they are built in the Czech republic and from what I've seen, the build quality is not as good as VW.


I'd disagree.  I've had a 2015 Skoda Octavia for the last six months (2 litre turbo diesel) and love it.  No issues with build quality whatsoever.  Am pondering whether to sell and get the new Skoda Superb which is... superb ;)



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grant_k: Skoda are part of the VW-Audi group so they use many of the same parts you find in a VW.  However, they are built in the Czech republic and from what I've seen, the build quality is not as good as VW.


I'd disagree.  I've had a 2015 Skoda Octavia for the last six months (2 litre turbo diesel) and love it.  No issues with build quality whatsoever.  Am pondering whether to sell and get the new Skoda Superb which is... superb ;)

Fair comment smile

I was just going on my experience when I rented a Skoda Octavia in Ireland and then comparing it with the VW Golf I have now.  Things were broken and it rattled a lot.  Also the standard of equipment wasn't as good as my Golf.

Then again, the Octavia was a rental, so probably not a fair comparison.





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grant_k: I was just going on my experience when I rented a Skoda Octavia in Ireland and then comparing it with the VW Golf I have now.  Things were broken and it rattled a lot.  Also the standard of equipment wasn't as good as my Golf.


My folks said when I bought a Skoda that in their time (they're in their 60s) no-one bought Skoda because it was so crap.  Quite different now it's under VW ownership :)

I'm a massive fan of the VW Golf.  Had one for three weeks, goes like an absolute rocket. Great cars.

 
 
 
 


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grant_k:
joker97: What of Skoda? Just throwing it there. I've never owned a non jap.

Skoda are part of the VW-Audi group so they use many of the same parts you find in a VW.  However, they are built in the Czech republic and from what I've seen, the build quality is not as good as VW.

Mind you, they are a bit cheaper, but in this case you get what you pay for.


My wife just purchased a new Skoda, it's build quality and equipment list far exceeds through Japanese Marques, Ford or GM vehicles we have owned. When due my Nissan will also be replaced with Skoda Superb or VW.or Audi.




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An interesting comparison.  Some surprises when it comes to the so-called 'superiority' of European assembled vehicles.  The site has a whole lot of data you can dig into, but as a snapshot"

  




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That probably a very skewed result to try and boost the doomed US auto industry. Buick, Cadillac ? Wtf US vehicles are horrible and dearly loved by the auto repair business.




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Some (but not all, of course) of the results can be skewed by perception, buyer types, and tolerance. A buyer of a $20k Buick may be less likely to report smaller things as issues, or may just let them get sorted at a next service. A buyer of a $100k BMW is less likely to accept this situation. Remember, this is owner-reported faults, not an actual faults or issues count, and is reasonably broad in what is accepted as a fault - some things that may be accepted as low build quality in a cheaper car would be considered a fault in a higher end vehicle. 

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Chart shows more than 1 problem per every single vehicle sold




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Inphinity: Some (but not all, of course) of the results can be skewed by perception, buyer types, and tolerance. A buyer of a $20k Buick may be less likely to report smaller things as issues, or may just let them get sorted at a next service. A buyer of a $100k BMW is less likely to accept this situation. Remember, this is owner-reported faults, not an actual faults or issues count, and is reasonably broad in what is accepted as a fault - some things that may be accepted as low build quality in a cheaper car would be considered a fault in a higher end vehicle. 


Exactly, how can you compare the number faults when some cars on that list have 10x the amount of tech that can go wrong compared to others.

BMW owner complains that the massaging unit in the drivers lumbar area seems a little fast...




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MikeB4:My wife just purchased a new Skoda, it's build quality and equipment list far exceeds through Japanese Marques, Ford or GM vehicles we have owned.

 

 

When I looked at the Skoda Octavia RS the base package seemed well priced, but the equipment level was quite ordinary. It was going to require a whole lot of over-priced options to match the spec of the similarly priced Mazda that I ended up buying.

 

 

Things like sunrooves, premium audio and adaptive cruise control are now standard on high end Japanese and Korean cars, whereas the Europeans still expect you to pay a extra for them.

 

 


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alasta:
MikeB4:My wife just purchased a new Skoda, it's build quality and equipment list far exceeds through Japanese Marques, Ford or GM vehicles we have owned.
When I looked at the Skoda Octavia RS the base package seemed well priced, but the equipment level was quite ordinary. It was going to require a whole lot of over-priced options to match the spec of the similarly priced Mazda that I ended up buying. Things like sunrooves, premium audio and adaptive cruise control are now standard on high end Japanese and Korean cars, whereas the Europeans still expect you to pay a extra for them.


My wifes vehicle has the following.....

Turbo
7 speed DSG transmission
Sports seats
Radar park assist with graphic display
Front anti collision radar auto braking
Rain sensing wipers
Auto lights
Full smart phone integration
LEDs
Front and rear fog lights
Auto power off at lights etc.
Hill start assist
Descent assist
Climate control
Heated mirrors
Heated seats
Custom paint
Luggage nets and organizers.
Phone holder
Privacy glass
Cooling glove box and underseat storage

There is probably so much I have missed. This is a new car and cost $24,000





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