Is it reasonable to expect to replace a regularly serviced engine after four and a half years and 20,000 miles? This is what happened after the oil pump seized shattering it's drive chain, jamming the cam belt and bending the camshaft. Parts were so expensive that it was more economical to fit a new engine at a cost of about £4,000 ! So, VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda drivers of models which use the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine beware ! SEAT UK's response: 'As stated in my previous emails, SEAT UK apologises that the engine in your vehicle needs replacing and for any inconvenience caused as a result of this. SEAT UK investigates every case separately and we use this information to decide if any good will gesture can be offered towards a repair. We do have specific guidelines in place when look at the possibility of a good will gesture and the vehicle age is one of the main parameters we look at. As your vehicle is over five years old, it falls outside these parameters and therefore SEAT UK can not offer a good will gesture towards the repair costs. Again I apologise if this is not the answer you were hoping for. This is however, SEAT UK's final decision regarding this issue and any further correspondence regarding this matter will be added to the case notes but not responded to.'
I have not had this car long. I picked up from the dealership the week before Christmas so it has gone through some of the worst winter weather for a long time. Consequently I have not had the joy of trying out the handling to its full potential but on ice and snow covered roads, it has felt very sure footed. I'm not sure about the cabin looks or materials quality but the equipment levels are superb, especially for the price. I have found the bluetooth phone excellent in use despite initial pairing difficulties. there is no doubt that this is the hardest sprung car I have ever owned, especially on our appalling roads, but on those rare occassions that you find a smooth bit of tarmac, it is great fun. fortunately the seats are very comfortable and the gearbox is excellent. Good motorway cruiser too. I haven't quite matched the 40+ mpg of another reviewer below but it is creeping up slowly as the engine beds in. The only gripe I have so far is the exttremely thin paint. The technology that can apply paint this thinly is truly amazing. Having a black one doesn't help and with the amount of grit laying on the roads at the moment, its riddled with stone chips. This is my first Seat and I hope the pleasure of ownership lasts. Recommend it
I moved from an Ibiza TDI Cupra to the Leon TSI FR with the DSG box last November and have loved Seat's offering both times. Seat are a lot less common on the road than VW Golf and Audi A3's (especially in West London) and are a great car to look at and drive.
I have the DSG box and it makes driving in traffic so easy, yet flick into paddle shift and it feels like a coiled spring ready to shoot off down the road! One criticism, i'm not mad keen on the DSG sport setting as when braking it seems to lurch forward when changing down giving the sense that you are accelerating with the change down. I have only really used a few times and found the simple solution is to paddles (the engine changes down when the rev's get too low anyway) The delivery of power is very refined and it pulls all the way through the rev range. The suspension is firm and on some poorer back roads this means it can be a bit jolty, but it's something I was happy to live with rather than have something akin to a sofa that leans throught the bends!
Inside the car is very nice place to be. Yes Plastic's are a little cheaper looking but you have to be inspecting it in detail to really notice this (the door pockets are the most noticable area for this), but this aside a great steering wheel and driver position, loads of space in the rear and the boot.
All in all I'd highly recommend to anyone as this is German engineerng with some Spanish flair.
I've had this car for just over 2 years, putting 50,000 miles on it in the process. It's pretty much done what it says on the tin - it's been economical to run and spacious enough to transport 4. Although it only has the 105 engine, it's got a reasonable amount of shove, even if the power band seems a bit narrow. My miles are mainly motorway, with a 35-mile journey to work, and I've managed at best to achieve 70mpg+ AVERAGE on this journey, worst case scenario of 50mpg average. That's about 700 miles out of a £55 tank of fuel. It's fairly comfortable inside and feels pretty good value for money. My only gripe is that I've had to get quite a bit replaced under warranty by the (helpful and cheerful) dealership - a clutch, rear light cluster, door alarm sensor and windscreen washer jets so far. I won't be keeping it outside the warranty period.
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