Skoda Room­ster

Sourc­ing new and used parts.

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Few cars come close to the van-like Room­ster in terms of prac­ti­cal­ity. Based on VW’S Golf Mk4 plat­form, there’s a gen­er­ous boot, a flex­i­ble seat­ing ar­range­ment, and a high roofline that means a light and airy cabin. OK, so it can’t ri­val the more so­phis­ti­cated peo­ple car­ri­ers out there, but its no-fuss ap­proach means it’s a more com­fort­able and bet­ter-built al­ter­na­tive to the Re­nault Kan­goo and Citroën Ber­lingo.

Skoda’s util­i­tar­ian MPV ap­peared in 2006 with three petrol en­gine op­tions: a 1.2 three-cylin­der, a 1.4 and a 1.6. The diesel of­fer­ings at the out­set in­cluded a 1.4 three-cylin­der TDI PD (in 70bhp and 80bhp guise) and the tried-and-tested 105bhp 1.9 unit. The rugged-look­ing Scout came along soon af­ter and was made to re­sem­ble a 4x4 with its sil­ver body pro­tec­tion and roof­bars, along with bet­ter seats and chunky 16in al­loys.

There was a re­design in 2010, when the Room­ster re­ceived VW’S lat­est range of en­gines. The tur­bocharged 1.2 TSI petrol op­tion, which was avail­able with a two-clutch, seven-speed DSG trans­mis­sion, re­placed the old 1.4 and 1.6 MPI units. Skoda’s diesel of­fer­ing was now the lat­est high-pres­sure com­mon-rail 1.6, avail­able in 90bhp and 105bhp guise, although this was later joined later by the fuel-sip­ping three­cylin­der 1.2 TDI CR in the Green­line model, which was ca­pa­ble of 67.3mpg.

All Room­sters come with ABS, front elec­tric win­dows and a CD player, while the 2 and S get air­con and al­loys as stan­dard, with the 3 and SE adding cruise con­trol and park­ing sen­sors.

With strength­en­ing de­mand for the Yeti, Skoda ceased Room­ster pro­duc­tion in April 2015. Good value when new, the Room­ster is now even more of a bar­gain, with the old­est 1.4 TDI and 1.6 petrol mod­els be­low the £1000 mark. Build qual­ity is good and it’s a car that’s en­joyed a rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity. That said, the first ex­am­ples will be show­ing their age by now, so it’s worth get­ting the lowdown on what goes wrong and what it costs to put it right.

diesel mod­els could be an is­sue, so if you no­tice a slump in power and ex­ces­sive fuel con­sump­tion, this could be why.

A diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter (DPF) was fit­ted to the post-facelift 1.6 CR, but it rarely gives prob­lems. heavy then sus­pect the con­trol mod­ule. If you go to Skoda it will cost £883.87. If it’s just the pump, you’ll pay £594, although BBA Re­man charges only £298.80 for a re­pair.

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