2001 Seat Ibiza Chill 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good value so far for its age

Faults:

My daughters Seat Chill misfires, and does not accelerate at about 50MPH at times, which we have narrowed down to damp mornings. It will be fine while dry. Garage suggested we change the plugs, HT leads and coil unit. I will change plugs and leads, and wait to see if problem clears before changing the coil unit. The wasted spark coil unit fires on two cylinders at a time, so the ignition problem will affect two cylinders at a time, and this is probably the case. A previous comment said a garage called this a serious engine problem; not the case at all, just a nuisance that can happen on all petrol cars; HT leads and plugs need changing eventually.

Hard clutch, but solved by lubricating input shaft into gearbox casing with 3 in 1 oil or engine oil.

Only one door lock, failed, so got in through boot; easily fixed by garage, small part in door changed.

Engine light comes on now and again, probably related to misfire; not a problem, clears itself.

General Comments:

Nice car to drive.

Handles well.

Good spec.

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

Review Date: 20th February, 2011

2001 Seat Ibiza 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

It has potential to be great, but lets itself down on silly issues

Faults:

The electric fault light seems to be constantly up.

The central locking keeps failing.

The accelerator fault light came up.

Clutch is very bad. Been fixed a few times now.

Radio seems to come on, on its own, even when I am not in the car. This drains the battery.

The light that says you are short on fuel was coming on way too early.

General Comments:

This seems to be a good car, with some little problems that can never seem to be fixed.

I have brought it back to my dealer 6 times in 7 months, and still all original problems have not been fixed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2005

2001 Seat Ibiza Evo2 1.9 TDI (81kW - 110bhp) from Belgium

Summary:

The first genuine diesel-GTI

Faults:

Optional factory Grundig CD-player broke down after 5 months. Changed free of charge by dealer.

Left window electro motor broke down within guarantee period. Fixed free of charge by dealer.

Left wing replaced & resprayed after accident (no my fault). Dealer repaired it badly and I asked him to redo it twice, which he did free of charge.

Light bulbs don't live very long. Tried different makes (cheap to expensive) but the minor problem remains.

General Comments:

I bought the car to replace my awfully unreliable Peugeot 106 XSi 1.6 (110 bhp).

Looking for a sporty diesel that was fast, had good looks and was cheap in maintenance. Had to be delivered quickly too (within 2 weeks).

- Sporty diesel: the TDI 110bhp does the job. No turbo-lag, but typically a small rev-range. Always more than enough power available.

- Fast: standing start times are quite average to me (for a sporty car), but the 60-90 and 90-120 in both 4th and 5th gear are splendid.

- Good looks: elegant style, low & sporty looks and factory fitted with OZ 16" rims and Pirelli P7000.

- Costs: I had one of the last 2001 models and got a nice discount. It runs on diesel that is a lot cheaper than expensive petrol. In addition, the SEAT maintenance service is good and very low in price.

The cons:

Suspension is incredibly hard. No comfort at all. Especially the filtering of short bumps is awful. I guess the 16" have their part in this.

On longer bumps the car body moves too much. My guess is that the springs are to hard, and the damping too soft. Worst of all is that the new 2002 Ibiza TDI 130bhp Sport has the same problem.

I noticed that all VAG's sport suspensions have the same problem (e.g. RS6, Golf VR6,) except for the Seat Leon Cupra R.

Tip: VAG should have a close look at some sporty Peugeot's.

The pro's:

Cornering is great and combined ASR/TCS/EBD system is great. Also ABS has received a sportive fine tuning, allows to put the car in a (very controllable) drift when cornering. Engine can be very soft, but wait till you step on it's tail (as we say in Dutch)!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2003