1996 Seat Ibiza GLX 1.6 from Malta


Sporty car with a lot of problems


I have a very stiff Clutch and I took it to the agent and changed the cable and it is still hard as before.

Sometimes while I am driving it switches off and its very hard to switch it on again.

It is very comfortable car, but I have the above problems that neither the agent was good enough to repair or know whats the problem. wish some one helps me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2003

31st Dec 2004, 08:55

I have an Ibiza GLX 1.6 EFI like you have with a 55kW power too. Last year I had a problem with the Clutch being to tight and it ended up with problems on shifting gears and putting it in reverse gear. Took it to the mechanic... said it was the preassure plate which is an essential part of the clutch kit. So I changed the Clutch kit and it is as good as new I guess. Clutch is still a bit hard, but it's a cable clutch so don't expect miracles! If I were you I would compare it with another car with a cable clutch and a relatively big engine like our 1.6L. You can actually compare it to a hydraulic clutch because that's another league :) but I found that a new clutch kit is quite good and performance of the car went up drastically too. Clutch cable alone won't do the difference since it will only decrease very slightly the friction if there is any.

1996 Seat Ibiza Sport 1.6i from Netherlands


Failure in power brakes. Easily repaired by replacing a small valve under the bonnet.

Rattle in the exhaust pipe. Remounted the tail end and the problem was sloved.

Timerbelt was not replaced at 80.000. Small roller to tighten the timerbelt was also damaged. (bad maintenance by the dealer)

Disk brakes were badly worn out at 80.000. (also bad maintenance by dealer)

A slight vibration can be felt in the exhaust system at 2500 revs. Cause unknown, probably harmonics.

General Comments:

My car is lowered 4 cm front and back, which, together with it's reasonably wide wheelbase, leads to excellent handling, especially in curves.

The 1.6i 75 horsepower engine is enough to accelerate the car from 0-100 in just over 12 seconds, which is about 2 seconds faster than most other 1.6i cars (like Vauxhall Astra, VW polo e.g.)

The interior is spartan and of reasonable quality.

The new alloys, DTM frontspoiler, Sebring double pipe exhaust and BMW M3 mirrors that were added after I bought the car have given it a sleek and fast look and have brought me many appraising looks.

The most appealing thing about the Ibiza is that it is a VW, but for a much more affordable price.

Moreover it looks much better and more sportive than the Polo.

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

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

1996 Seat Ibiza Salsa 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Excellent and talented run about


Occasional problems starting.

It's needed two sets of HT leads.

General Comments:

Easy car to live with. It performs quite well up to 70, just one up. The gearing is quite low and the engine is quite punchy low down, so it takes off quite well. On the motorway with more than one person and luggage it struggles a bit. I think at 60 BHP, with a tall body it is underpowered for motorway work, though will cruise OK.

Seats are OK for two hours and then become really uncomfortable. I'm just under 6 foot, with long legs. I have the seat as far back as I can, and am just about comfortable for shorter journeys, but no adult can sit behind me.

Boot is an awkward shape because of the suspension turret intrusion. The load lip or sill is quite high. We had to get a bigger car when our daughter was born, as we could not cope with buggies etc.

The biggest gripe I have is with the local SEAT dealer. The car always came back worse than when it went in. I now use an independent VW dealer.

The car is practically a VW polo; I think just the front sub-frame and exhausts are different.

MPG is just under 40MPG. I mainly use it commuting to work which is fast A roads.

Standard radio was pants - I fitted the one from my old car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2002