1998 Seat Ibiza SXE 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Unreliability lets down good car
New clutch at 45k.
New headlight at 51k.
Seat belts need replacing as tension has given.
Auxiliary drive belt tensioner needs replacing.
Countless squeaks and rattles.
This is my girlfriends car and she loves it. My wallet hates it though.
How can a German engineered car be so badly unreliable?
Dealers have been pitiful, though this is the specific dealers fault, not SEAT.
I drive a 1989 Honda which has given me 60k trouble free miles since I bought it 5 years ago (when it had 35k miles)
We are desperate to sell this car and buy Japanese.
A decent car, but ours was made in a rush before siesta time!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th December, 2003
10th Sep 2004, 12:56
I can’t believe you are complaining about the car needing a new clutch and headlight! Surely these are wear and tear items (maybe your girlfriend rides the clutch). I have a 1998 1.4 Ibiza SXE and have had no problems with it (just the usual from tyres & exhaust). My previous car was a 1995 Honda civic ESI. The civic was a huge disappointment as it was always in the garage (countless electrical faults, leaking head gasket, split breather pipes…. the list goes on), the Honda also needed a service every 6000 miles, this meant the annual service bill was over £300. In my opinion Honda are seriously overrated and suffer appalling build quality (do miss the vtec engine though).