2003 Seat Ibiza 1.2 from UK and Ireland
Good value for money - sporty looking
Coil packs - 2 coil packs replaced in 2011.
Timing chain slipped at the 79,000 miles point in January 2013 - this is apparently a common problem of this year of Seat Ibiza from other reviews I have read - either of this year (2003) or after 50,000 miles. The car just would not fire one evening after work, when I had driven it that day without any indication anything was wrong - the garage (local - not Seat) said they hooked it up to a diagnostic check and it showed it was either one of two things - the throttle body or accelerator pedal. They replaced the cheapest one - accelerator pedal (£90), but that did not fix the problem. I asked them to hold on the throttle body until I had made some enquiries. Rang a Seat garage, who said it would not be the throttle body - "ask them to check the timing chain" - they did and said it had slipped.
The timing chain kit cost me £177.00 + VAT. The local garage said not to get another Seat one, as the one he removed was thin and not good quality.
Rear windscreen wiper - stopped working 2011.
Air conditioning blows out warm sometimes.
If the car won't start and the battery is fine (as was mine), get the timing chain checked - call a Seat garage if not having the work done by them, and ask for some general advice first. It saved me having a throttle body changed for no reason at £400+!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th January, 2013