2003 Seat Ibiza 1.2 from UK and Ireland
An all round bad experience..
Electric window mechanism failed.
Exhaust manifold sensor.
Timing chain - very expensive.
All engine coils replaced.
Polly v belt pulley rattle.
I brought this car in 2006, as I had experienced a lot of reliability issues with my previous car (a Fiat Punto). The main reason I brought a Seat is for its VW build quality.
After the first couple of months, I was still very happy with the car, but then things started to go wrong.
The performance on this car is very poor indeed. (1.2 3 cylinder engine)
It makes a lot of noise, but does not go anywhere, it struggles when the boot is loaded or on the motorway... there is also a lot of cabin noise and rattles and creaks (more than likely dry engine bushes, another common problem)
The gear box is notchy and sometimes difficult to slip into gear. The engine judders at idle and sends vibrations through the car.
I have had the car a year now, and it now feels I have had to put up with the problems. Even after the all the costly repairs, I still don't trust the reliability of this car 100%
Overall, I wouldn't buy another 1.2 Ibiza again, as the engine is too small for a car of its size.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st June, 2007