24th Aug 2001, 05:28

Nice one Seat! Less RRP than a 1.6 Focus Zetec for a complete animal of a car! :)

16th Sep 2001, 09:51

I have a Black Ibiza Cupra 20vT that I bought a few months ago brand new. I have done 3000 miles in it.

It has been back to the dealer twice, as it has developed some squeaks and rattles but I am getting those sorted as they appear, it is usually just the seals that hold the panels on that are getting dry and need lubrication. Nothing serious though.

I am having problems with my brakes as they have a really bad squeak and whine when braking at low speeds in traffic. Although it doesn't have a deleterious effect on braking performance. I am going to get that sorted in the next week or two.

In terms of performance it is amazing, very quick and has good grunt at low revs although it does bog down and get a bit of turbo lag sometimes when flooring it, but once the lag goes it shoots you off like a bullet from a gun.

I am really interested in getting mine chipped however I was concerned about it invalidating my warranty and causing a problem for servicing, but I really do want it done, so I would be appreciative of any info someone could give me on that matter.

Other than that, a stunning car with good looks and good character for a very reasonable price tag.

I am impressed.

Scooby@scoobster.com (any info on chipping would be appreciated).

11th Jan 2002, 21:11

Seat cars are good, there's no doubt there, but when have Seat produced a driver's car such as the Ford Puma 1.7???? Modern Fords have superior driving dynamics. People who like driving buy Fords for this reason. Pick up any motoring magazine and they will agree with what I'm saying. However, you do have a point when you speak about VW group build quality.. it's excellent.

28th Jan 2002, 10:19

Top Car. I've had one for 6 months now and had a 210bhp conversion done after 3 months. It's a really performance car for little money. there may not be much leg room in the back, but spend a bit more money and get the Leon with the same engine, if you need the room.

9th Aug 2002, 06:16

Oh no, don't even think about the Leon, although your Ibiza is great, the Leon has a lot of build quality issues like leaking doors and dodgy paint jobs.

16th Sep 2004, 12:31

I have had my Cupra for 3 month now and just can't get enough of it, love the fact that its very quick off the mark, but more than that its great fun!Can't find a single fault with it.

18th Aug 2005, 11:56

I bought a Seat Ibiza Cupra (1.8 20VT) about 2 and a half months ago. I can't believe how much car you get for your money. The speed, the reliability, the comfort, the looks, the list just goes on and on.

Two points though, the stereo isn't really all that (compared to the one in my friends Seat Toledo) and I'm not sure that if I change it, will it mess with or damage the main centre computer display and functions. Can anyone help with this one?

Also, the turbo lag is quite bad at times, I've been told this could possibly be rectified by having the car chipped, which isn't that cheap, or by adding a dump valve, but to be completely honest I'm not sure if a dump valve will first of all sort the problem out and secondly would a great big whooshing sound, sound stupid on an Ibiza?