Was very disappointed with this car, being that is engineered under VW! Bought a lovely 1ltr Arosa for my wife, was not aware of the chocolate gearbox these cars came with. Box has just failed at 35,ooo miles! What a joke!
I drive an Ibiza 08 plate, am very happy with it, so very upset with SEAT/VAG about the Arosa.
Apart from that, it is a solid little car, mechanically sound. Engine is a 4 cylinder so pulls nicely around town, runs out of puff at around 60mph but 1ltr, not for speed! Good on fuel, relatively cheap to service. Can be a bit noisy at speed in the cabin. Feels very spacious though, does not feel like a small car, unless you happen to be sat in the back! Not much more boot space than a smart car, easy to park though. Rear seats fold flat if you need space.
One other little gripe, to change the headlight bulbs, you need to remove the entire front bumper, and then the headlight case, for the offside at least!
This car is a 54 model owned by my daughter-in-law. Regularly serviced. at six months out of warranty the gearbox failed at 40K miles. Despite the fact that the servicing requires the oil level to be checked at around 7 years or 100K, Seat have declined to assist as a goodwill gesture because the last service was done by a non-Seat dealership. The dealership where the vehicle was purchased were slightly more helpful and charged £1586.27 to replace the gearbox with a reconditioned one and also the clutch (which didn't actually need doing but it wouild have been silly not to do it with the gearbox out.) While I accept gearboxes can and do fail unaccountably, at 40K miles this indicates a manufacturing/design fault to me. On checking around, it appears this VW gearbox is noted for baulk ring/pin failure so to be honest the "auto emocion" engendered in us is not the kind Seat would wish to provoke, still less "unleash my passion". I have been driving for over 35 years (my present vehicle (not a Seat) has done 150K ) and I've never had a gearbox go on me.
I have owned this car from new(Dec.(1999) I now live in Spain. We drove the car here. We use it as a general run around, we have worked it hard at times and can not fault it.I have only replced the following in 9years-: Tyres once,wiper blades twice, Battery once, and a window motor. It has been serviced annually and only once (battery) failed to start. A brilliant little car, ok it does not look special but then I did not buy it to look at, I bought it to work and it does.
I bought a brand new one in 2004, and a brake pipe blew last year, costing £20. Not bad but could've been dangerous. Then the throttle body broke in July this year, costing £490. Then the lead on no 2 cylinder had to be changed, costing £30. It then broke down three times, going into limp home mode, for no apparent reason. Luckily garage repaired under warranty, and replaced throttle bodies. Then it broke again and the dealer replaced the speed sensor, costing £235. I had it back a day and it broke again, and dealer had to replace throttle pedal, costing £335. Now selling it as soon as I can get rid of it, to get a more reliable Ford Ka. Driving it is fun but now have no confidence in it and can't afford any more repairs!
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