1994 Seat Ibiza CLX 1.9 diesel from Portugal
Built like a tank, pulls like a tractor, drives like a car
Never broke down. All replaced parts are due to normal wear and tear.
Within the last two years I have replaced:
Brake oil pump - 80€.
Blinker fuse (free and after a 1200km holiday through the countryside).
Suspension struts - 30€.
Built like a tank.
Pulls like a tractor.
Rides like a car.
I have had this car for a long time, and its reliability is nothing short of amazing.
It has been in every possible situation - city, highway, country, off road(ish) - and has never skipped a beat.
I use it has my daily driver and my travel car on holidays (pretty much everything).
I stuff it with gear and it just keeps going (two seater).
I put in about 800/1000 Km a month and am very careful with everyday maintenance. Keep it clean inside, outside and in the engine. Oil and water are never missing.
The only minor complain is that it is a bit noisy, so highway driving and music don't mix very well, but that's not really something to complain about on a 1994 commercial vehicle.
It rides and handles well, but is clearly built for strength not speed. I don't see that as a flaw but as a trait.
When not loaded it can get a bit wobbly at the back, but easily fixed by loading some sports gear.
I drive it in the summer (40°C) and he doesn't complain. I turn it on in the winter and it starts first time, every time.
Other than the normal replacement of parts (happens if you actually use the thing) it never failed.
Timing belt was changed almost 100k ago, so maybe it's time for an overhaul...
My knowledge of cars and mechanics is not great, but I know enough to appreciate what this one has delivered.
When time comes to replace it, those will be some very tough shoes to fill...
Almost 500.000 Km.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd December, 2016