1997 Seat Alhambra Reviews

1997 Seat Alhambra TDi 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Very flexible family car with ample room for a grown up family

Faults:

Poor design of 'special' wheel nut socket was not robust enough to free a ceased 'lockable' nut on alloy wheels.

I've also had a recent water leak problem. Thought it was the drains from the windscreen getting blocked, allowing a build-up of water getting behind the dashboard and into the foot wells. This can get under the passenger seat to the well where the control box for the electric windows sits - expensive to replace. Beware! It is a common problem, as the dealer knows to remove the rubber flaps in the drain channels at the top of the wheel arch to prevent leaves blocking them. However, even having done this water still seems to be getting behind the dashboard bulkhead which then drips into the foot wells when going around corners!

General Comments:

Other than the above, this has been a very reliable, cheap to run, car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2003

1997 Seat Alhambra TDi 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Great car for the family and good fuel consumption

Faults:

Sun visor mirror cover replaced 4 times. This is due to a poor plastic which degrades over time in the summer heat. Last replacement visor was a new design and has been perfect.

Engine mounting bolt sheared at 40000 miles. I replaced the bolt myself for £1.00 and have a spare bolt in the boot.

A lorry damaged the read tailgate and the repairer had to wait 2 months for the parts.

My rear door speakers cover are all broken.

My brake lights went when the switch failed. Replacement fix it at 45000 miles.

Apart from the above my air con has been fine up to now and car drives very well.

General Comments:

The car has been very reliable and great pulling power with 5 people and luggage on the way to France. If the air con fails we would suffer.

The kids love it because of the height and space.

I have enjoyed it and the diesel consumption is very good especially in France where diesel is half price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2002

1997 Seat Alhambra 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

It does the job very well

Faults:

The illuminated mirrors on the sun visor have had to be replaced at least twice, but all done under warranty.

The main problem has been the air conditioning. There would be a noise from the AC, then it wouldn't pump out any cold air. The dealer had it re-charged, which would work for about a year. It was finally cured by a new compressor being fitted, by luck we had taken out the fourth year warranty or it would have been over £600.

Also, the speaker grills get broken easily.

General Comments:

Apart from the above the car has been extremely reliable mechanically.

We have four children and it's great for them. It's a joy to drive, and we are very pleased with it.

Also it pulls our caravan extremely well although the MPG suffers badly, going into about 18MPG when towing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2001

1997 Seat Alhambra TDi 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo diesel
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Very little, just wear and tear. Never been back to dealer for warranty repairs after 26,000 miles.

General Comments:

Spacious, comfortable on long runs, takes lots of children and luggage. Heated windscreen would make it perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 1999

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews