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Had this car for three years, over 80000 miles, only problem was the clutch hydraulic operation which was repaired as part of a recall. Otherwise an understated GTI car, lots of fun. MPG was a bit low at about 27 over the whole 80000 miles (fuel card info)
Overall the car has been fairly problem free, good mpg at an average of 45mpg, quick and responsive. Cruise well at 80'ish. At just over three years, so out of warranty the wet footwells problem appeared, a common fault on Leon, Toledo, some golfs, some A3's. (denied by Seat) Now at 67000 miles clutch is slipping on full thottle at 2000 rpm, apparently another common issue (again denied by Seat), probably about five hundred quid so beware! So far original discs and pads.
Overall a good car, but if youy are looking to buy one make sure that the clutch is good and there is no dampness in the footwells (and in the boot on the right hand side behind the rear wing).
I have owned the car for 2 weeks, with the car being an '02' plate and just 33,000 miles on the clock i would not have expected to have trouble with starting, possible the fuel sensor gone but its only 5 years old, either that or the battery is going.
The car however once started is great fun to drive quite quick to me as im only 17 and it stands out in bright red i love the Leon once it works but its just that will it, wont it start first time every time.
I am seriously considering in trading it in for a new Vauxhall Astra or an Audi A3 if i have any other problems. I would recommend that people go for the Skoda Fabia VRS instaed which is about the same price, as i have had a Fabia which i found great.
I purchased a 2004 1.9TDI SX after getting a new job and needing a more suitable car for motorway driving.
I liked the look of the Leon, especially mine in bright red. I test drove the car and then bought it. A few days later, the dashborad was making rattling noises and there was a constant vibration from behind the glove box.
Still under warranty it went back to the Seat dealer three weeks later. The rattling noise was the loose undercarriage, the vibrating noise was a loose air pipe and they also found a wire loose from the alarm/locking system. Obviously these were not looked at in the 100-point check.
I was happy this was fixed and got the car back. A week later, there is another vibration from behind the dashboard - it is now going back to the garage again.
My six-year-old Ford Focus was built 100% better than the Leon. I like driving the Leon - it is quick enough, has great seats and a good stereo, and is economical, too.
My concern is that the dealer will find the new noise and repair it but then I will develop another issue. Hopefully I won't regret buying this car.
Do other Leons have build quality issues?
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