Skoda Superb V6 | Discount of the week
Shed has a strong sense of civic duty, especially when there is money to be made.
Take Covid. When the immunization program started, the elderly in Shed village were in deep trouble because the immunization center was so far away. To help them, Shed set up a taxi service. Well, it was more of a pickup service, using his old rusty Hilux. With a small set of stepladders and a pinch of hay on his back, he could carry six of the old darlings back and forth for only ten pounds a head. From the warmth of the cabin Shed could see they were happy in the cargo area, keeping their spirits up by singing sentimental war songs and avoiding hypothermia by using the Shed hats and gloves provided for Â£ 20, after buying them from the garage for Â£ 4.99.
Ms Shed would never have reduced herself to the level of the Hilux, and Shed wouldn’t have risked the squeaky sub-executives by leaving her anyway, but she would have been perfectly happy to go to the vaccination center in the hangar this week. , a chic leather Skoda Superb with a nice big diesel bump under its hood. She just rescheduled a date for her second Covid jab, as it went, so not for the first time, she’s hoping someone will fill her spot. Big Bob the binman has expressed interest in this. He could also make his date with Covid if Shed offered to take him in something like this Skoda. Bob estimates that even if Mrs. Shed were in the front in one of these with her seat in its rearmost position, it would not fit in the back. He’s probably there too because there’s insanely large legroom in the cabin of a B5 Superb.
Some say the gen-one Superb is a nicer car than the 2008-on gen-two slabbier. It’s a shame that Skoda never made a station wagon version of this first Superb, as that would have been a very desirable thing in the used market under Â£ 1,500 at the moment. A third-generation Superb Estate with the 275bhp detuned Golf R engine is a hell of a tool, and nice to start, but one of these will set you back a lot more than the Â£ 1,450 asking for our 2.5 V6 oil burner. The lack of a domain rear isn’t a problem either, as the boots of these (and most Skodas) are absolutely huge.
It is a pity that VW did not see fit to outfit the 2.5 with a higher gear than the 1.9, but many 2.5 owners appreciated the engine’s extra and longer lasting torque compared to the 1.9, and reported up to 45mpg on the highway (although in the mid-20s in town). The 0-62 time didn’t quite come up with single digits of 10.3 seconds, unaided by the 2.5 Superb’s 1,680kg weight, but top speed was perfectly acceptable 135mph and torque of 258 lb-ft peaked at just 1250 rpm.
Our Elegance class car has leather, satnav, xons, cruise and heated front and rear seats and looks like the part on its 18-inch wheels. Shed thinks the Superb might have been double-glazed too, which would have made cruising a leisurely pleasure if there had been some sort of taxi-style glass option to protect the driver from his passengers.
The technical control was carried out last October and the certificate came out clean. The worst review from previous testing was about a broken front coil spring in 2015. All other ratings were for consumables. We are told that there are 18 stamps in the service book. The belts and the water pump were built 17,000 miles ago so you have plenty of headroom which is good as the amount of disassembly and handling required for this job on these engines means it doesn’t It’s not a quick or easy job. Shed saw many different guesses about the timing of the changes. Four years are commonly mentioned in British circles, although there appears to be an unusual dearth of information from factories on this subject.
Change mileages are also vague, varying between 60,000 and 75,000. Some non-factory specialists are quite cynical about the ‘old tech’ 2.5 diesel and what VAG and dealers might say about it. maintenance. It’s a case of goodnight Irene if a belt snaps, and Bosch VP44 injection pumps are notorious for blowing.
All B5 platform cars are susceptible to water ingress and, usually as a direct consequence, to electrical problems. Shed himself once had a Passat B5 estate that developed all kinds of weird symptoms when the ECU under the passenger side carpet was flooded with drain holes blocked in the battery holder. Luckily, he managed to unload the car onto a vicar after using a dehumidifier there for the better part of the week.