1996 Seat Ibiza Reviews

1996 Seat Ibiza CLS 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance63600 miles

Summary:

Would recommend the car to anyone

Faults:

It broke down once when we had very bad rain and I had to go through a big(ish) puddle. I was stuck on a country lane and had to wait 20 minutes for it to start again.

Not much space in back - but it is only a 3 door.

General Comments:

Car is VERY responsive when you touch the gas.

Very economical, very cheap to tax, run and insure.

Hasn't needed any work done for M.O.T.s while I've had it, the only thing it has need from me is a set of new spark plugs, so can't complain.

This was my first car and only about the third of the price of insuring most 1 litre engine cars and it's more 'roomy'.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2008

1996 Seat Ibiza CLS 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance59800 miles

Summary:

A great, reliable wee car. If only it were 2ft longer!

Faults:

Nothing serious.

Hit a branch on a country lane & snapped the CAT.

Timing belt started to squeal at 58,000.

Rear wheel bearings replaced at 59,000.

A few rust patches on rear bumper (it is an 11 year old car though!).

General Comments:

I highly recommend this car! I'd still have it now, but my family is growing all the time, & we needed something a little bigger!

Great fun on a windy, country road. Not the fastest acceleration, being a 1.9d, but the mpg is outstanding.

Reliable VW engine good for 300,000+ miles!

An easy car to maintain & look after.

Good driving position, all buttons & gauges are within easy reach. Nice size boot for a hatchback, but the legroom in the rear is a little cramped.

Great for a couple or a small family (2 adults + 1 child.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2007

1996 Seat Ibiza Salsa 1.1 3dr 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles

Summary:

Great value runaround, great 1st car

Faults:

Nothing really, problem with the exhaust emissions when MOT'd, apart from that very reliable.

General Comments:

I think it's a great car. A bit slow, but quiet and comfortable especially on motorways, etc. Great value considering the equivalent polo is at least 1000euro dearer.

No power steering, but not a problem for me, once you get moving in it it's fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2006

1996 Seat Ibiza CLX 1.4 from Denmark

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Distance when acquired113000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres

Summary:

Driving is good, mechanics is bad!!

Faults:

Everything: Transmission had to be replaced because the bearing noise, the head gasket blew at 120000 km resulting in water contaminating the Engine oil, noise when the wheels are turned, and so on.

General Comments:

The car is very good, there are many technical problems. I was very happy until things started to go wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2006

1996 Seat Ibiza Salsa 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Good car, nice drive, good value for money

Faults:

Car had been very reliable although after 105000 miles brakes and cam belt need replacing.

General Comments:

Car was very reasonably priced and has many features like airbags, power steering, remote central locking which are important for safety and performance and usually only appear on newer or more expensive cars.

It is not the most pretty car, but drives nicely, is quite cheap to run and can hold its own on the motorway.

It is quite spacious and can do 110 mph, sits at 95 comfortably. Car is not so good around corners and tends to squeal a bit.

The dashboard is ugly and high up so obstructing the view of the curb, but overall a good, well performing car. Good value for money. I will be upgrading to the newer version soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2005

1996 Seat Ibiza clx 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carCitroen BX

Summary:

Safe, but slightly obnoxious bargain

Faults:

Tiny rusty tinges have just appeared around the doors.

The indicator has blown which may indicate a big problem with the electrics.

Other than that, nothing.

General Comments:

This car feels totally reliable and Ibizas of this age are usually very cheap compared to their Volkswagen stablemates.

The car is really robust for a nipper - it's noisy and feels safe, but looks sort of innocuous.

The brakes and clutch are not hugely response - you really have to floor them so they seem like an object lesson in cause and effect. This and the lack of power steering can make turnarounds in the road a bit of a chore.

There is something strangely obnoxious about the way the car lunges - it's got a lot of attitude.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 15 reviews