1997 Seat Ibiza 1.9D 1.9 diesel
Unreliable after 40,000 miles
Engine mounting broke 75,000 ( kms )
Fuel leak Injection overhaul 80,000.
New power steering pump 82,000.
Brake noise, always, especially when wet (pads and discs OK)
New transmission 88,000.
Pre heater plugs now fail when cold.
Oil leak 80,000.
VW parts are not what they used to be. I once had older Golfs which were great, but the Ibiza (a VW polo underneath) is fitted with lower quality parts and deliberate planned obsolescence, such that anything other than low mileage is not worth buying. While the gear box and Engine block seem to be reliable, they are just about the only bits that haven't gone wrong. Brakes feel like my old Morris Minor!
Like it for looks, seats wear well, aircon good cost me €4000 in bills over 3 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th September, 2005
31st Mar 2006, 07:52
I don't agree with you!!!
I have the same year, and never had problems with it. Just need to put diesel in and change the oil!!!
The car has 150.000km.
20th Jun 2006, 07:49
I agree, I have a 1.9 DIESEL non turbo. It's cheap to run, very reliable, great little car, and looks good. I've had it 3 years and nothing has gone wrong with it yet.
5th May 2010, 17:02
We have a little Seat Ibiza Salsa D. 1.9, indirect injection, naturally aspirated (no turbocharger). The brakes are adequate, nothing more than that.
It's a 1996 model and we've had seemingly forever. It's been the second car in the family until now (2010) and it's now the only car.
It is not the quickest thing around of course, but it's approaching 150,000 miles (yes, that's over 240,000 km) and it's an unburstable little drive.
Unusually for its era it has PAS, front powered windows, remote locking. That's it, though. And the CD/radio is quite pleasant.
The bodywork is getting tatty, it lived by the sea in its early days, but mechanically it's been, and is still being, a dream.
It keeps going and going. Never fast, of course, but it still maintains a comfortable 80+mph on long Motorway runs with four on board, plus the tiny amount of luggage in the small boot.
Fuel economy is not great, however, naturally aspirated diesels are not good at economy.
The little 1.9 litre VW diesel engine is robust.