And so onto Fabia VRS number 3!
One of the very few cars I have owned that I have regretted selling, My last Fabia VRS that I should have never let go. I didn't need the money and had got it pretty much perfect but was offered such a good price for it as a P/X towards a Golf GTI Edition 30 that I let it go, I should have kept it as a daily but hey ho.
As mentioned in my Golf R thread, I decided that I wanted to have a break from expensive cars and that I was going to sell it. So I decided I needed another daily driver, It had to be a Diesel, Sporty and fun to drive with decent looks and reliability but still in good condition...You can see where this is going.
After scouring the Internet for past Month relentlessly for a decent MK1 Fabia VRS I really had my work cut out this time, I had a wanted advert on here, On the Fabia VRS Facebook page and have been looking at all the other usual places Autotrader, Ebay etc
I almost gave up as everything I was offered was Highly Modified, High Mileage or had a sketchy Service history. Then I popped on here and checked the Cars For Sale section and spotted what looked like the perfect car which fellow Brisky member Shadowphax was selling. After a few PM's and a Phonecall I went to view the car after work on Friday and after going through everything and a thorough test drive I said yes and collected it yesterday, I didn't even haggle with him as the car was exactly if not better as described and just what I was looking for. Very genuine seller and enthusiast and an absolute pleasure to deal with, He was concerned that the car was going to go to a good home and I assured him that I would give the car just that.
: Mk1 Skoda Fabia VRS TDI
: Lemon Yellow
: 2 Owners from new, Last owner has had the car 8 Years and is a Briskoda Member/Enthusiast
: 68K Miles
: Factory Zenon's, Sunroof, Cruise Control, CD Changer
: Totally standard apart from Genuine Mudflaps fitted all-round, Facelift Grille and Tailgate badges
: FSH, Been done every 6-10K Miles, Just Serviced and MOT'd a few Weeks ago at D.M Keiths Skoda Main Dealer as well as a pair of Rear Bump Stops, No advisories on Service or MOT. On its 3rd Timing Belt as it has been done every 4 Years. Gearbox Oil has been changed. Had a recent pair of Genuine Rear Brake Calipers, Recent Brake Discs and Pads fitted all round, Uprated Console Bushes fitted. A really well maintained car.
Car is in very good condition both inside and out even to my standards, Been garaged everyday for the past 8 Years, Front seats have Covers fitted to keep them looking as new with no bolster wear, It has some tailor made floor mats fitted and the original VRS items are like brand new and have been un-used for the past 8 Years, Rear seats hardly ever used, Door cards have all been removed and the Door Panels have been Sealed properly (Common Fabia Problem)
The car also came with 2 sets of Wheels....A powder coated set of 15" Steels with Winter Tyres and the original Fabia VRS Alloys fitted with nearly new Hankook V12's.
I had a great drive back home in the car, Averaged 55MPG with no effort and immediately knew I had made a good choice holding out for the right example. Even coming from the MK6 Golf R the Fabia felt very solid inside, Was comfy and the little 130BHP PD Engine felt nice and flexible.
Now I know the whole reason for me buying this car was to have a break from Detailing and spending all my spare time on the car but I still intend to do a big initial Detail on the Fabia which will hopefully make keeping on top of it much easier. Plus it deserves it!
The previous owner has done a fab job and the car is a credit to him. I intend to continue and take it to the next level including giving the Car a Single Stage Machine Polish, Wax, Wheel Removal and Wheel Arch Deep Clean, I have some VRS Green Pantone 348 High Temp Paint which I had made for my previous VRS so will be doing a Brake Caliper repaint and Hub repaint. Engine Bay De-Grease and Detail.
The Standard 16" VRS Alloys where refurbished a few Years ago but where Powder-coated White, I personally prefer a more OEM look so will be getting them redone over the next few Weeks and will be going for a Silver finish.
Possibly replace the Head Unit for something more modern as it has the Factory Fitted item, Open to idea's on that as I have no idea when it comes to In Car Entertainment.
Lastly I might consider a Remap, Nothing balls out and something that will keep the Stock Clutch in check. Heard good things about Faboka on here but Niki Gower at R-Tech who I use for my TFSI mapping also does software for these too.
Just a teaser shot for now, The car is currently in Winter Mode on its Steelies and is not going to be used over the next Week until the Golf has gone hopefully next Weekend. I will post some proper pictures of the car once it has had its first Bonelorry Detail