1999 Seat Ibiza Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1999 Seat Ibiza SE 1.6 from Finland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB Saab 96

Summary:

The only sensible choice

Faults:

Rear window wiper water pipe's plastic corner-piece broken by ice near the driver's side tail light.

General Comments:

This car beats many more expensive, same sized competitors.

Very strong down punch makes the 1.6 engine enjoyable to drive with no need for revving.

Rear view mirror too low for tall drivers, it blocks the view a little to "two o'clock".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2001

1999 Seat Ibiza Cupra 2.0 GTI 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 GTI 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

A fantastic hot hatch for the money

Faults:

Rear seat belts were didn't retract properly from new.

Cat heat plate started rattling at 25,000 miles.

Passenger seat sliding mechanism became loose.

General Comments:

The car handles very well and is as quick or quicker than most boy racer cars.

The interior was very comfortable but a bit plastic.

From the outside the car looked great especially in metallic black.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2001

1999 Seat Ibiza Stella 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance13850 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Buy something else!

Faults:

When I took delivery of the car, the heater controls did not work.

The dealer took 5 attempts to fix this.

The car leaked heavily with water in through the pedal area.

I was without the car for weeks at a time.

The temperature gauge has stopped working properly 3 times.

The radio unit with the Liquid Crystal Display Screen would not turn off and burnt out twice.

The car is difficult to start on cold mornings.

The car is plagued with rattles and squeaks.

General Comments:

I bought this car confident of the quality and the fact that Volkswagen own Seat.

This car has given nothing but trouble from day one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th May, 2001

1999 Seat Ibiza S 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance17402 miles
Previous carSeat Ibiza

Summary:

Far more street credibility than any Nova, Corsa, Fiesta, or Peugeot

Faults:

Firstly the ignition switch failed at about 4000 miles, and was repaired under warranty, no questions asked - but I was informed that this is a common fault.

General Comments:

This was one of the last of the previous shape in Bengal Yellow, 1.4s.

It stayed normal for a little while, then I purchased a chin spoiler for the front (Cordoba and GTi style- for £19 from main dealer), after this I fitted the rear tailgate reflective strip, replacing the black one, looks much better with the red one.

Alloys and a set of mud flaps and the only difference from the back (apart from the exhaust and badge) it looks like a GTi. So it suits me fine, GTi Pose for group 4 insurance price. OK it lacks the performance, but real GTi owners try and take me, I race for a while and lose.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2001

1999 Seat Ibiza Cupra Sport 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance16300 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205 GTi

Faults:

Naff all, passenger door hinge squeaks a little.

No problems as of yet.

General Comments:

Well wicked, looks gorgeous in lime green (fluorescent), handles like an F1 car, watch out Schumacher I'm on your tail.

The ride could be a little stiffer, slight oversteer at speed, wheels and tires do a cosmic job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2001

1999 Seat Ibiza S 3 door 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance20500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

A great Spanish mover!

Faults:

New ignition switch needed.

Rear windscreen washer connection in the boot keeps detaching itself and squirting water in boot! (minor but very annoying!)

General Comments:

My first brand new car and first ever SEAT. Very impressed with the overall performance. Power delivery and engine response are both excellent considering it's only a 1.4!

Just serviced at 20,000 miles and only brake pads needed replacing. Overall build quality good (despite the washer niggle) with an unbeatable warranty.

Much sexier car to look at and drive than its sister the VW Polo.

Handling is excellent, corners are fun!!

My next SEAT will be a 1.8 20VT Sport Leon.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Ibiza, it's the best value hatch around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2000

1999 Seat Ibiza GTi 16v Cupra Sport 2.0i 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0i 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carRenault 21 2.0L Turbo

Summary:

Bargain basement hot hatch!

Faults:

The engine management system packed up within 200 miles.

The exhaust had developed a split within 10,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car is quick, not as quick as my previous car but it handles extremely well (except in the wet).

It is a no frills car which has been developed purely for speed, I travel to Germany a lot and therefore I am able to test exactly what it can do in a straight line, it will keep up with quite a few of the larger and more able cars up to 135mph!

I would only criticise the road noise and poor visibility from an otherwise great little toy.

Forget your Renault Clio Sports, Saxo VTS' or even the new Leon 20VT, for the money this will give them all a pasting!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2000

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 20 reviews