Nice looking, but unreliable with many electrical faults
First thing, was after less than a year, the coil packs went.
Then just after that, the rear window washer no longer worked.
After about 4 years, the passenger side door window fell into the door panel; a common fault apparently.
Then the heater failed to work. The car either blows hot when I want it cold, or cold when I want it hot. Air conditioner doesn't work at all. Was told it wasn't worth having repaired, as it's too expensive!
The engine warning light began to light up. At first this was intermittently, and eventually stayed on for good. I had it checked out, and they found nothing wrong. Another common fault apparently!
Then the driver's side door window did the same (now I know why they said it's a common fault).
Other little faults have been the interior light failing to work, the electronic key not working, and the lights misting up.
Now finally the timing belt has gone, which I suppose is my fault, as it's done 99000 miles and I should have had it changed. I'd have thought the garage would have advised me on this when I got it serviced every year.
I shall get the timing belt replaced, and because of the cost, carry on with this car for about another year (if it can last that long), then get rid!
No way will I get a Seat again. A nice looking car and voted Super Mini of the Year 2003, but very unreliable!
Seats stain when you try and clean them; I have a grey interior.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th November, 2011