Seat Marbella Reviews from Malta

1992 Seat Marbella Special 0.9L

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 0.9L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFiat 850

Summary:

Simple, basic, economical and fun to drive

Faults:

Second gear synchromesh has worn out twice.

General Comments:

Handles well, no special frills, great for short distances and city driving. Ideal here in Malta due to short distances wherever you go.

Now with 20 years on the road, it's ideal for restoration, very rust resistant, and parts are cheap, although they're now becoming hard to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2013

1994 Seat Marbella 903cc

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 903cc Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

Reliable, economical and cheap

Faults:

Worn gearbox.

Broken steering rack (my fault)

Radiator leak.

Some rust at door hinges.

General Comments:

This car is extremely reliable! In Malta we have very bad roads with lots pot holes and bumps, and until now only one hole managed to break the steering (the whole wheel could fit in the hole)

Gearbox has to be treated with care.

Handling is very good even though it rolls a lot. on wet roads the rear of the vehicle tends to slip since its very light.

Braking is good with power brakes.

Lots and lots of space if you remove the back seat.

Quite uncomfortable (compared to the cortina MkII I had before it)

Lots of rattles and squeaks!

The car is also quite fast and easy to drive. I would recommend it to anyone!

Parts very cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th January, 2007

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews