1998 Seat Cordoba SE 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Mostly reliable and well built, but very uncomfortable


Clutch cable replaced twice. Cables were always very stiff, and still are.

Clutch cable & gearbox replaced at 80,000 miles (probably as a result of the clutch cable issues).

Spark plug leads replaced at <20,000 miles, due to premature corrosion.

General Comments:

Very reliable in all areas except clutch. Bad clutch cables have resulted in new clutch & gearbox, and generally make driving uncomfortable.

Engine performs well compared to other 1.4 engines.

Seats are very uncomfortable, and cabin space is a bit cramped in the back.

Steering is too heavy.

Grundig radio has lots of features, but poor sound quality - causes speakers to vibrate too much.

Build quality seems quite good, inside and out.

Specification is very basic in the 1.4 SE, but that is reflected in the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th September, 2004

17th Oct 2006, 06:20

Know what you mean about the clutch, is a very common problem on VW's for the clutch cables to stiffen up, mine was exactly the same and is a pain when swapping between our Cordoba and Peugeot 206, which has an extremely light clutch in comparison, even after we had a new clutch cable fitted on the Cordoba.

Can't really say I have found the steering all that heavy, maybe you might need to get the PAS rack looked at?

Have never found the car uncomfortable at all. In the time I have owned this car I have covered nearly 30,000 miles, a lot of these being quite long journeys and I have never had a problem. As a passenger in my friends Mondeo I got severe backache after an hour (this is on a 51 reg motorway cruiser!) however this is not a problem I have ever suffered in my Cordoba.

1998 Seat Cordoba SE 1.6 Fuel Injection from Australia and New Zealand


Volkswagen car for less than Volkswagen money


I had to replace one of the electric fans, as the bearing had gone on it. Which caused the car to vibrate when the fan was running.

The rubber cover on the door light sensor switch fell off.

There is a squeak coming from the dash around the speedo, and around the front doors.

General Comments:

Happy with the car, apart from a few minor things.

Quite nippy for a 1.6 litre 8 valve car.

Huge boot, however there is not much leg room for anyone in the back.

Good paint finish and build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2004

1998 Seat Cordoba Vario SE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Economic, reliable estate. Quirky but practical


Nothing besides normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

A very practical compact estate car, the TDi engine has bucketloads of torque and the mpg return is good.

Not quite as solid as a VW but a hell of a lot cheaper and better spec!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2000