1993 Seat Ibiza Reviews

1993 Seat Ibiza GLX 1.3 petrol Injection from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Injection Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles

Summary:

Tidy, good runner

Faults:

* Petrol Pump went at 77,000 miles.

* Head Gasket blew at 81,000 miles.

* New brake discs at 84,000 miles - they went at around 82,000 miles because I've had 2 new sets of pads in that time.

* Accelerator cable disconnected at 74,000 miles.

General Comments:

Good space

Good speakers

Bad on petrol

Nice + tidy interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2005

1993 Seat Ibiza SLXi 1.2i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles

Summary:

Good potential if you have the time.

Faults:

Coat hangers broke off easily.

Plastic coverings of seat hinges damaged easily. (3 Door)

Exhaust had to be replaced (£200) after rusting.

General Comments:

Very soft suspension, and bad brakes.

Quite fast for a 1.2, it does 110mph on the flat, but it needs a bit of time to get there :)

Looks great with body colored bumpers, skirts and lowered.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2003

1993 Seat Ibiza Friend 1.2i petrol from France

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2i petrol Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carMoskvitch 2141 Aleko

Summary:

A lot of fun for a cheap car

Faults:

Engine hood cable broke. 2 €, 2 hours and a lot of dirty words to replace it.

A rubber fuel pipe got broken. Costs 4€ and 20 minutes to change it.

Synchronization for third gear seems imperfect. For the moment, I change the gears slowly...

Small electrical details like broken wires for the horn or the water pump.

General Comments:

It is pretty fast for an old tiny engine. Runs smoothly at 140km/h and I have pushed it pretty often up to 170/h, even if it's indicated top speed is 157. However, it becomes obvious that it is a small engine when you fully charge it...

Good handling, even it has 13" wheels and 13"/155 mm tires, and power steering would be completely futile.

Looks good despite some small paint problems.

The fuel consumption is not too sensitive on the driving style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2003

30th Jul 2004, 16:09

Hi I have brought a Ibiza Friend edition mark 1 and I am looking to increase its horse power, I can't find and performance parts for this car and I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could help! I am also looking for some alloys, but again iam having difficulty finding any to fit.

Thanks.

Lewis.

15th Jul 2005, 09:36

Hi

My Ibiza is now at 170.000 and the gearbox is still alive. I've driven it about 60.000km and the problem with the 3rd gear is still present, but it hasn't got any worst. In fact, I had not any new problems since I wrote the first message.

The only problem is that I have some troubles selling it :)

1993 Seat Ibiza SLX 1.7D from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.7D Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Basically this model is a low-cost, reliable, economical diesel hatch-back. Recommended

Faults:

Driver's and passengers doors are both difficult to open.

Syncromesh on third gear has gone.

Seat belts fail to retract.

Rear window wiper works erratically.

General Comments:

I bought this car recently in an attempt to increase fuel economy, (I previously owned a petrol Cavalier).

I am very pleased - getting 45 miles to the gallon with no effort - sure I could get 50 plus with lighter use of accelerator pedal!

Have found it quite difficult to match paintwork for the inevitable stone chips - Seat's are generally not listed at Halfords.

Insurance seems to me to be quite high - I'm sure this is because it is listed as a hot hatch. I am however going to shop around as there must be companies out there that recognise that a 1.7 diesel 10 year old hatch-back is not driven by a boy racer!

I aid £575 for the car and believe I got a bargain - diesel engine is likely to outlast the bodywork (which is currently mint).

I have been informed from various sources that the Seat Ibiza Diesel of this vintage is based on the Volkswagen Polo and so has a Volkswagen Diesel Engine and running gear - still finding out about this.

I am interested in knowing more about this cracking little diesel hatchback and particularly would like a workshop manual - does anyone know where I can get one?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2003

1993 Seat Ibiza SLX 1.2i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.2i
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Recently the ignition packed up, failed on emissions for MOT and the front panel between grille and bumper is rusty.

General Comments:

Good handling and cheap insurance. Engine good, fine wee car for tootling about in Scotland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 1999

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews