Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Seat Ibiza hatchback?
According to Warranty Direct, this generation of Ibiza has a lower than average reliability, and comes in behind rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia, although it's on a par with the Vauxhall Corsa.
The suspension is the biggest issue, with the front suspension is worst affected. Be wary of clonking noises and sloppy handling.
The timing chain on petrol engines can also cause problems, with tensioners breaking and the engine requiring expensive repairs. The windows can also jam, and the door handles can stop working. Several electric issues also crop up, including faulty central locking and engine immobilisers.
The 1.2-litre engine can also experience a problem with its exhaust values. This will limit performance and generate a warning light on the dashboard.
Other issues include headlamps filling with moisture, water leaks into the cabin and boot and numerous trim rattles.