1998 Seat Alhambra Reviews

1998 Seat Alhambra TDI 1.9TD from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9TD Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Sharan

Summary:

Great MPV, excelent VW build & engines at lower cost

Faults:

Very little so far - the Air Con does not seem very effective and by sounds of other comments this is a known (and to be expected) problem.

The alarm easily triggered if rear windows left slightly ajar - and the kids do seem to knock the handle to open them this much!

General Comments:

Love the MPV thing, 7, 6, 5, 4, or 2 seats and all that space. Great for carrying adults in comfort (or kids), all proper seats and proper belts and not climbing over each other to get in/out.

The VW diesel is excellent although slightly under powered (but my previous car was 150hp petrol)!

Absolutely no problems with plastic trim, do not understand the other comments about trim, we have 2 kids, previous owner had older kids - 120,000 miles and nothing broken.

The cruise and remote radio controls very nice.

When I replace it, hope to get a new shape 115HP Tiptronic, no other car or MPV for me! Recommend the SE for the extras (front heated screen, darkened windows, lumber support, cruise, etc).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2002

1998 Seat Alhambra TDi Luxe 1.9 turbo diesel 110 bhp from Belgium

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel 110 bhp Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Avoid at all costs

Faults:

Air-con problems started just after one year. According to the dealer, ALL Sharan's, Alhambra's, and Galaxy's suffer from a faulty air-con evaporator. Replacing it means removing the complete dashboard. Both the dealer and importer refused to fix it at their charge. Owning an Alhambra means not IF but WHEN you will have to replace the aircon evaporator! My dealer showed me over 20 broken air-con evaporators in his scrap yard.

Now after 3 years, my servo-steering unit leaks and needs to be replaced.

Many small electrical problems (a.o. engine temperature gauge).

Poor interior materials (mirror covers broke 4 times, speaker grille breaks when entering through the back doors,..).

Positive comments: spacious, low fuel consumption, good engine performance.

General Comments:

Very poor reliability and most components are well below standards.

The importer is not cooperative at all and refuses to compensate for the poor reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

1998 Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDI (110) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI (110) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance36020 miles
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

Good car, poor aftersales

Faults:

Air conditioning problem from new, after four attempts in first year the problem seem fixed, after two years and three months the problem returned. I have been back to the dealer with it, but they failed to fix it. Cannot be bothered now with the running back and forth to the dealers to get it fixed, changing my car at the end of the finance agreement and it will not be a SEAT.

Passenger front door damaged at one month old by a careless reversing neighbor, it took the dealer 12 months and four repairs to effect an acceptable repair. I fear rust will appear on the repaired door before the rest of the car develops any rust.

General Comments:

Not bad to drive, fairly economical, good performance for its size, very practical.

Let down by my local dealer and SEATs slow response to resolve my problems with the dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th June, 2001

1998 Seat Alhambra TDi 1.9 110bhp diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.9 110bhp diesel
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10

Faults:

Nothing. First car I ever bought (new) that didn't have a list of things to have the dealer fix. No problems with paint and body fit. All options work perfectly.

General Comments:

Good ride, peppy engine (with manual transmission). The 'Value Pack' option kit was a good choice, many individual options I would not have purchased, but some very useful ones. The diesel is quiet and provides good acceleration, and we get around 34 MPG average.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 1998

29th Oct 2001, 12:46

Just start saving for air con spare parts: the cabin evaporator WILL die (it just a matter of time)!

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews