2003 Seat Ibiza 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Lovely car to drive apart from its faults


I bought this car in March 2016 and it was running fine until a couple of weeks ago, when the EPC light came on and the car now loses power when driving.

I took it to a local garage and they made the car worse. Have got to take it to Seat on the 7th July to see if they can sort it. I was just wondering what sort of price it would be to get the car fixed, as am on ESA and need the car to get me to places as part of my mental health; I can't use public transport.

If anybody knows how much it will cost to fix it, that would be very helpful.

General Comments:

A very good car to have. Have had many cars, but this car I think is one of the best apart from common problems. It's a very cheap car to run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2016

9th Aug 2016, 16:04

I also have a 2011 Seat, same model, and the timing chain slipped in December 2013, and again this week, 2.5 years after it happened the 1st time! 2 timing chain slips in 5 years. It's at the garage again now being fixed, and once it's done I'm getting rid ASAP. I advise you to do the same cos it will only go again.

2003 Seat Ibiza S 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Excellent first car, despite the faults


2009 (6 years old) - Camchain flung off with no warning; fortunately it did not take any of the valves with it. Independent garage fixed this by replacing with a cambelt. At the same time there were issues with the engine warning light that came on, went off and then constantly stayed on. After numerous checks, it could not be diagnosed. Work costs circa £650.

2009 (6 years old) - Further issues with engine warning light; could not be diagnosed. £25 to hook up to the computer.

2010 (7 years old) - Coil 3 of 3 needed to be replaced. Replaced by RAC call out. Circa £40 to replace.

2010 (7 years old) - Driver's window would not close; it was dislodged and stuck in the door. Work cost circa £200.

2010 (7 years old) - Within 2 months, the passenger window was stuck in the door. Work cost circa £200.

2011 (8 years old) to present - Heater issues; intermittently blows hot air even though it is on cold.

2011 (8 years old) - Coil 2 of 3 needed to be replaced by RAC call out again. Asked them to replace 1 of 3 too. Circa £80 to replace.

2011 (8 years old) - Windscreen shattered. Independent windscreen service replaced windscreen for £160.

2012 (9 years old) to present - Engine burning oil.

2012 (9 years old) to present - Rear water reservoir stopped working.

2013 (10 years old) to present - Engine using 5 litres of oil in just over 2 months.

2013 (10 years old) - Front wipers seizing up; currently waiting diagnosis!!

General Comments:

As a first car, it has been excellent despite the additional money spent to overcome the problems.

It moves for a 1.2 and accelerates smooth.

Super light car that swerves in wind.

£135 road tax per year

Poor fuel economy. I travel circa 50 miles per day, spending around £45 a week on petrol.

Cheap insurance.

Feels safe. Outgrown the car; currently looking for a new one, quite possibly the Altea.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2013

12th Jun 2013, 18:31

If your car is using 5 litres of oil within 2 months, get rid of it as soon as possible! Unless you plan to run it (the engine) into the ground.

13th Jun 2013, 00:44

All those faults for such a low mileage car isn't excellent in my view! Also, a car either has a cambelt or a camchain; you can't replace one with the other.

14th Jun 2013, 02:08

As I said, I am currently looking for a new one.

14th Jun 2013, 02:15

It has been a frustrating car regarding the problems, but I have enjoyed driving it.