I am really disheartened since the engine has only done 48,000 miles and has now completely seized with absolutely NO warning. The only remedy is a brand new engine from Seat costing almost £3000.
The car is only four years old and, despite all its good points, this very expensive experience has left a very bitter taste and has ensured that I won't be buying Seat again.
I'd be interested to hear any similar problems from others.
I bought this car in February 2003 and, apart from a few electic niggles, which were taken care of by the dealer under Seat warranty, I have been extremely impressed. It is great fun to drive either at pace or just everyday nose to tail.
However, I have a particularly bad taste in my mouth - the clutch started slipping. I took it to the dealer, who confirmed that it was slipping due to "excessive wear and tear" and that it would be £550 to replace. Of course, clutches aren't covered by warranties.
The car has done 38,000 miles and is used for a 25-mile round trip on a daily commute on A roads and occasional weekend motorway runs. So, it's well used but not hammered.
I decided to get a second opinion, which confirmed slipping, and after several long, protracted discussions with Seat UK (the dealer refused to get involved) it was obvious they were not going to assist.
I was convinced that the "worn" clutch was not a result of driving style (the wife's not off the hook yet!).
I had a new clutch fitted by an independent garage, who charged considerably less and whom I trust more. The report was that the seal between the gearbox and cluch had perished and, as a result, gearbox oil had dripped onto the clutch, hence the slip. I am yet to check the warranty, but guess that seals are not covered either.
I will be taking it further with Seat. Anyway, rant over, thanks for reading and you've been warned! The wife is now off the hook!
Bought this car in March 2002, because of the equipment and ride. Overall, it's a good car, except it had 15 faults in a year and broke down twice, both being coil faults. The faults included water leaks in the footwells, rubber seals falling off, management system failing. all of which were repaired by local dealer. My main issue is that the warranty runs out shortly. My overall opinon of the car is that it's okay but I won't be buying another one, and SEAT's customer service is very poor. And SEAT UK policy for this cost £290 for the year which included AA Breakdown, but the company that covered the warranty had put to prices up without notifying the dealers, the Price for a Seat Leon for a further year would cost £472.50 per year. The company also wanted to charge me a further £200.83 to cover the Air-Conditioning on top of the £472.50, total coverage for one year £674.33.
The performance is out of the world for the money. I bought mine new nine months ago and it still brings a big smile to my face. I think it's even better than the new Golf GTI in terms of performance
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