Seat Ibiza Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1995 Seat Ibiza clx 1.4

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres

Summary:

Impossible to drive without smiling :-)

Faults:

Fuel pump went, however was fixed easily.

Not one other problem! PERIOD.

General Comments:

Mods: Lowered 2imches

Unifliter Air cleaner.

You cannot kill these cars!

This is my mothers car and she picked it herself and drives it daily to work etc. I drive a modified 300zx and cannot help, but take the little Seat out for a fang every chance I can!

Yes the seat is really slow, but the power curve is so linear that it is just the most fun car to drive. Just because its slow don't let this turn you off as you can drive through the gears without totally flouting your licence!

I drive allot of cars in my line of work, but this thing never ceases to put a smile on my face. Did I mention the gearbox?? it is so silky smooth and goes where it should (missing a gear is a rare occasion indeed) that most of the time I change gears with my fingertips.

I have taught so many of my friends to drive in the Seat because of how easy and forgiving it is to drive. For some reason the Seat is nearly stall proof, somehow pulling away no matter how bad the clutch work is!

In closing this is an example of the abuse the little Seat can take. About 2 years ago these incidents happened back to back, my mother way overfilled the oil and oil shout up through the carby leaving plumes of white smoke down the road (who knows how much went through the engine). I cleaned it all up and to this day you wouldn't know it happened. Also about a week later she checked the oil after what happened and topped up a little, and left the oil cap off!!! she then drove the two hour round trip to work emptying every-drop of oil from the engine all into the enginebay, over everything electrical! But the little Seat kept on trucking until it got home. I spent almost a day cleaning and degreasing the engine-bay and like a said before to this day you wouldn't know the car went through such abuse!

I am just so impressed with this car that I felt compelld to write a survey.

P.S Handles like a go-kart, with such good front end turn in it has a tendency to over-steer!! in a tiny front wheel drive! WOOHOO!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2005

1998 Seat Ibiza Cupra Sport GTi 16v 2.0 16v DOHC

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

A neat, nimble and fairly quick little package

Faults:

Camshaft position sensor failure, centre console/audio head unit creaks terribly, map light vibrates, clutch cable needed replacing.

General Comments:

A good little car, but has the common Volkswagen faults - clutch cable and distributor problems. The rattly centre console is maybe due to the car being lowered, so I won't complain too much on that front.

The engine ABF 16v engine is great, although could do with a handful more power. The car doesn't feel as quick as it is until you run against another hatch and flog them! The handling is very neutral for a front wheel drive, but maybe a bit too much body roll for a hot-hatch?

Nevertheless, a great little car, which with a few mods will hold it's own against the big boys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2003

1987 Seat Ibiza GLX 1.5

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles

Summary:

Generally a good reasonably low priced performance hatch

Faults:

Major gearbox oil leak needing serious repairs.

Oil leak in the distributor.

Driver's electric window failed.

Carburettor needed an overhaul.

General Comments:

This car is a great performing car that is quite happy to cruise at 140 kmh.

It prefers to be driven on a long tour rather than around the city, and loves the open road.

The build quality is only fair and it suffers from numerous trim creaks. The cabin is superbly comfortable, and the seats offer great support.

The suspension is rather soft yet it can be thrown around corners with moderate body roll. The Porsche designed engine offers heaps of torque throughout the rev range and can be skidded up in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews