1997 Seat Ibiza SE 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Good first car, but don't keep it long
Indicators failed just after purchase. Indicator stalk replaced under warranty.
Thermostat housing (made of plastic) became warped at 68,000 miles, leaking coolant, but was quite cheap to fix.
Two new wheel bearings at 68,000 miles (common problem apparently)
New exhaust at 68,000 miles (approx)
Window winder cable snapped at 70,000 miles (approx).
Clutch became heavy at 75,000 miles (approx). Replaced clutch cable.
Engine problem 75,000 miles (approx) - often cuts out when idling or applying brakes. The fault is still undiagnosed.
Needs new starter motor - current starter motor is hit and miss. 75,000 miles (approx).
Driver's seat now badly worn (holed)
Some corrosion now evident, on sills, petrol cap flap and tailgate.
Otherwise, body and paintwork still in very good condition.
A good first car, looks more stylish than the Polo and is cheaper to buy.
Poor interior with very basic features, i. e no central locking. Also, the seat fabric (light grey) wears easily and becomes dirty very quickly.
Ride is reasonable, but fuel economy is not as good as I expected for such a small car.
Still looks a lovely car and it has been generally reliable, but I'm starting to have problems now (76,000+ miles).
The engine cutout - every time you dab the break or just when idling from cold - is a major headache as no one seems to know what is wrong with the car.
It still drives, but I will be letting the car go as soon as I can and expect a big loss.
Bought the car for £2,999 in 2002 and it's probably worth about £750 now, so that probably says something about Seat depreciation, compared to a VW Polo which holds value much better.
Just bought an L Reg Vauxhall Cavalier for £650 and couldn't believe how much smoother the engine, gearbox and ride is. Need I say more?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th November, 2004
You need to look from some higher ground.
Problems you described could appear in any vehicle at that age. Many people drive these cars with almost none or very insignificant troubles and enjoy them. ;-) Your opinion may discourage some new to the brand and it would be pity, because the problems you had are not common for Ibiza.
Good luck with your new car.
The engine cutting out is a common problem with this model, but easily fixed. It's caused by the throttle body not opening properly because of carbon deposits. To fix it, take off the air filter housing and clean out the throttle body with some WD40 or carb cleaner.