I have owned this car for just over a month now and am still having a lot of fun with it.Mine is a y reg 2001 bought from motability owner with 55,000 miles vgc.acceleration is rapid 0-60 = 7.7 secs and easily beats most gti's, bmw's etc which people percieve as quick cars.I think the car is quite understated looks wise which i like as people do not realise its capability.Motorway cruising is great and with the six gears i believe the 145 top speed is easily acheivable.Careful with the power however as engine almost too powerful for fwd so wheel spin possible.This car is practical too with good boot space and comfy for passengers in rear (especially with leather trim and electric seats!)Bad notes: not many really although have only owned for short time.Insurance is steep (I am only 21) at group 15/16 and FUEL!!!(if you drive it hard expect to spend a long time at the pump!)In conclusion practical with hot-hatch power, however if you can afford it get the cupra r -its quick!!!!
I've owned my 02-plate Cupra now for just four months, and had the air-flow meter replaced after just five weeks at a cost of £240.
The warning light has just come on again after just seven weeks, and needs to be replaced again (under warranty at least).
The tailgate warning light keeps coming on when closed, the central locking keeps activating itself, water keeps coming in around the doors, the rear wiper keeps coming on when it feels like it, and stops where it likes on the rear window (very annoying).
I spoke to a mechanic who works for a Seat garage (off the record) and he told me that Seats have a very poor record when it comes to keeping out water.
Now it's going back to the garage to have a full diagnostics check at my expense. This car has only done 36,000 miles.
Be careful when buying one.
I bought this car in Nov 2004 with only 13k on the clock, from my SEAT dealer. It now has 106k on the clock.
The car is quick, responsive & well equipped, with out being overpowered for my clients. Those chunky 16"" wheels really grip the road, for more enthusiastic driving, the diesel engine delivers plenty of torque & plenty of acceleration. If any thing the whole ownership experience has been let down by the reliability. I know it's a high mileage car, but not all of the faults appeared at really high mileages. I appreciate were & tear occurs, especially in my line of work. 1) Car is now on its third horn unit, SEAT reckon this was down to it's positioning & water ingress. When I test drove it, the horn wasn't working. I ended up paying for the last one. 2)Car on 3rd indicator stalk. Learners don't use it any differently to me. 2nd one went at approx 55k (chargable) 3rd one free under parts warranty. 3) Clutch pedal gave way,AA had to recover the car to a dealer. A plastic socket which secures the pedal in place had given way. SEAT had the part in stock as it's a common fault. 4) Car currently in Auto electicians workshop with a faulty alternator, this caused the battery warning light to flash on the dash board. There's also a query over the A/C compressor which will need further investigation.
I'd not recommend this car for high mileages, but on the whole it's ok.
I bought this car from a family connection last year. It was fun to drive, although it was a bit high in mileage for its year (01 Y).
I have had all the brakes changed and the cambelt changed at reasonable cost in a local garage and their workmanship was superb.
I still have exceedingly good fun out on a drive, going up hills in sixth gear and trying to keep to 60. It just wants to go faster. The motorway driving is great - really smooth. On country lanes it sticks to the road. The fitted extras are worth it.
My only gripe with designers was why no light in the boot? But an ac fitting I found in there was a pleasing surprise.
The spec I have has the leather interior and it certainly gets the looks in car parks.
I have to change it soon and I am trying to work out what to go for as I love this car. It's a real wolf in sheep's clothing.
I don't like what Seat have done to the new versions and if they could do a sliding hard top this car would be sensational.
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