Used Seat Alhambra MPV 1996 - 2011 reliability

Category: MPV

For the money, few big MPVs are as versatile or as enjoyable to drive and own as the Seat Alhambra

Seat Alhambra MPV (96 - 11)
  • Seat Alhambra MPV (96 - 11)
  • Seat Alhambra MPV (96 - 11)
Used Seat Alhambra MPV 1996 - 2011 review
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What should I look for in a used Seat Alhambra MPV?

The Alhambra is sound and robust, but there are a few areas that demand special attention. The air-con is a known weak spot, for a start, so test it properly before you buy, because fixing it could land you with a four-figure bill.

Among the other things to look for are: on some cars, the wipers won't switch off or can seize; the immobiliser can fail and lock you out; and, electric windows that drop into the door and won't come back out. Owners also report other sporadic electrical-related gremlins, so ensure everything works as it should.

The engines are largely trouble-free, but catalytic convertors can fail on diesels. Suspension and brakes can wear if the car has been used to cart heavy loads on a frequent basis. Also check the cabin for signs of a hard life.

Insist on a full service history, for your own reassurance and to help verify the mileage is genuine - clockers like the Alhambra because they wear the miles well.

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