Had this car from new in 2002 and it was totally fault free until nearly at the end of the 3 year warranty. Then in quick succession the air con failed (£1000) the driver's electric window failed (£200) and the passenger side door mirror failed (£200) The air con and mirror were covered under warranty.
I use mine to tow a caravan and get around 28-29mpg when towing and around 38-44 mpg solo depending on speed and road conditions.
It a big car but once you are used to the size its nice to drive. I think I'd be lost without reversing sensors though, worth their weight in gold in a car of this size.
With the seats out its a huge space. I had to take king size bed to the tip recently and got the base and mattress in (and managed to shut the rear door! )
I have found it a bit light on the front and in the wet, if you put the power on fairly hard the front tyres will scrabble for grip. Tried different tyres to the standard Dunlop but made little difference so just have to ease up a little with the right foot from a standing start.
Overall it a multi talented vehicle it will do just about anything you ask of it whether its carrying vast amounts or junk to the car boot sale, carrying a family of 7 in comfort on a 500 mile journey, or just zipping up the motor way on a high speed journey solo. Even towing a caravan its happy and stable. Only problem is that your friends must be asking to borrow it!!
I have had a Seat Alhambra as a company car for four years and driven 64,000 miles in it. The 115bhp engine is excellent and has plenty of pulling power, even with seven people on board. It cruises 80mph happily at 2500 rpm.However, the engine is quite noisy, and there is an especially high level of road noise on most UK roads, although it is much better on smoother continental tarmac.
Equipment is excellent, with heated seats, cruise control, climate control, and so on. The interior space is premium with five people on board. Reliability is average; I have had one electrical problem with the engine management system, and the air-conditioning system has packed it in three times in three years. Overall, I would buy an Alhambra again, though.
I bought this 2004 model Alhambra in December 2005 and I have found that it lives up to all my expectations.
We looked at many different models of MPV, and this car turned out to be the best. I will come back in a few months and let you know more.
2001 Alhambra 1.8T. RHD bought in UK and used in Sweden
Good points: 1.8T engine is lively and interior space is good. It appeared reasonable value (£15k on the road).
Bad points: Air-conditioning failed after 3 months (local Sweden dealer refushed to touch it because he believes the original UK dealer did the damage when fixing a rattle behind the IP).
Interior trim falls off constantly (ash trays, rear door access flaps).
Windscreen wipers siezed - corrosion inside the shaft bushes. HVAC control unit packed in after 2 years - £150 replacement cost.
Passenger door electric window mechanism failed after 3 years - glass tied up with string now. Eats headlamp bulbs and tail lamp bulbs.
High mounted brake light has packed in.
Rear fog lamps leak - water builds up inside and then drips on your head when you open the trunk.
Passenger seat armrest very loose and will not tighten. 'Soft paint' in interior trim peels off.
Overall: Extremely disappointed with this vehicle. Will never buy Seat again. We have abandoned the car on the driveway in Sweden - I would be too ashamed to sell this to anyone.
Lesson learned: If you do buy an Alhambra make sure you buy it from a local dealer that can provide you with the Warranty repair service.
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