1990 Seat Ibiza Reviews

1990 Seat Ibiza XLS 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

Good fun

Faults:

My thermostat went, when I was taking my car for an MOT, which was not good, but only to find out that the guy at the test centre, tested my car and said that the handbrake was not efficient enough, but never told me about my car over heating, this was only stated when I took the car back and I went to pick it up and he said your car's been overheating, MOT will take a little more time to do while we wait for it to cool down. ‘git’.

Other problem at the moment, is the fact that I am having problems, I believe with the cars carburetor, due to the fact I am losing power when accelerating. Any ideas how to solve this problem please help!

Email :- nofear@tmevans.freeserve.co.uk

All in all, the car has been pretty reliable for its age, and the amount of maintenance that I have done apart from regular servicing.

General Comments:

The car performs really well for its age; I had a friend, who used to own an LX model and that did not perform as well as my XLS, my car seemed to out perform, out handle and accelerate quicker, so I think that I got the better deal.

Modifications that I have made, customised front bumper, with gill where the plastic bumper gill was, adding a Seat Ibiza front splitter to the bottom of the front bumper, sun visor strip with custom stickers placed on the car, all this because I could not find any body kits available for my car, never mind all good fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

30th Oct 2002, 17:32

I own this model as well and I agree with this person, especially about the carburettor and the lack of styling goods.

1990 Seat Ibiza from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles

Summary:

A great car for a first time driver

Faults:

The only problem I have had is on the dashboard.

My speedo/rev counter/fuel gauge and temperature gauge have all stopped working and I cannot find any fault.

General Comments:

For what I paid for it, it's a super little car and up to now so easy to keep.

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

Review Date: 17th April, 2001

1990 Seat Ibiza Special 0.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 0.9 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.5 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro MG

Faults:

Water pump broke, and resulting temperatures meant cylinder head let go.

Engine fell out later after a particularly heavy landing. Door sometimes refused to close, oh, and a mouldy boot.

General Comments:

Uiuughhh, noisy engine, concrete seats, amusing oversteer, got me to work every day over the summer, nuff said.

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

Review Date: 27th April, 2000

1990 Seat Ibiza Special 0.9 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 0.9 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Driver's side door handle (trigger) broke, reversing lights wiring worked loose. Front left ball joint gave up after 6 years of driving on Kerry roads.

General Comments:

Doesn't appear to actually need petrol to run (well 55mpg mixed use). Very short on extras i.e. none. Seriously underpowered but what do you expect from 903cc. Wonderfully reliable and cheap to run. Will keep this car until it falls apart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews