2005 Seat Ibiza Cupra from UK and Ireland - Comments

11th Feb 2006, 18:07

Seat dealers and so called customer services are from a slower era.

19th Feb 2006, 13:54

Will be lucky if its ever out of the shoddy dealers being fixed, or is that returned with all faults.

21st Feb 2006, 17:04

I am considering buying an Ibiza cupra TDI and was wondering whether it is worth buying one brand new or second hand. I here that the engines on the diesels perform more efficiently once run in, is this true? In addition, could someone comment on the engine noise when various gears are held to a high rev count? Thanks.

9th Jul 2006, 11:29

I drove the petrol engined version of this car recently, and felt the diesel engine would be the better option. The petrol engine does not have the pulling power of the diesel, nor does it have the revving ability of a naturally aspirated hot hatch. It also sounds boring.

The handling was poor and brakes were excellent. Overall, it was not satisfying to drive, and the interior was not good even compared to a Skoda.

They could have done so much better than this car.

4th Sep 2006, 10:49

To the person who keeps mentioning naff dealers etc... Well don't go to a dealer. My advice is find to a good local specialist. I did for my Ibiza Cupra and my current car. I changed my Cupra for a Cordoba 130 SE only because I wanted a big boot, although I do like the smaller bhp engine because it has virtually instant pick up, my Cupra had a bit of lag. I think they are great value for money and although can feel cheap inside are well put together and offer fantastic grin factor.

5th Sep 2006, 04:03

It's alright going to a specialist once the car is out of warranty, but unless you want to pay for work that should be covered under the warranty, you're forced to use the dealers. And that goes for all cars.

I'm currently considering getting a Seat Ibiza, but all this talk of poor dealers is pushing me towards getting a Fabia VRS instead.

6th Sep 2006, 00:42

As long as the specialist uses genuine Seat parts and services per schedule your car is covered under the warranty. That has all changed quite recently. Personally I don't think Skoda dealers are any better than Seat. If you must use a Seat dealer it is quite easy to find the good from bad, just log on to the Seat forums if you can and there's a wealth of info there.

18th Sep 2006, 06:02

I've also heard that the law now means that Dealers HAVE to honour their warranties on cars no matter where they have been looked at.

This has changed very recently, I need to research more, but it could save motorists a LOT of money - Think about an independent servicing outfit?

26th Sep 2006, 08:54

That is correct, only dealers can carry out warranty work. But what other contributors mean is Seat have to honour the warranty if it has been serviced by an independent dealer using the correct manufacturers parts and service schedule.

So you can take it to Kerbside Autos for its 10, 20, 30, 40k services and as long as they use Seat stuff if anything goes wrong with the car Seat must honour the warranty by law.

19th Jun 2009, 11:16

I'm interested in buying a Cupra TDI. I have been looking for a while and am in no rush to buy one, but I definitely want one. I currently drive a C2 VTS (company car) and it's killing me on fuel, getting 28mpg. Wondering if anybody can give me any more information than is mentioned earlier as to "how quick it actually is, how it drives, how comfortable it is, etc cheers

CJ.

23rd Aug 2009, 13:15

I had my Cupra TDi for nearly 2 years. Love it.

One thing to note is the ride can be a bit hard, but that suits my driving style.

Also it took a while to get my seat in a comfy position (never touch it now and find the driver seat fine).

I've had no problems and had a Revo remap 5k ago. The car is so much more responsive and delivers power all the way up to the redline with less smoking at very high speeds.

I've overtaken r32s and most things from 60-90mph.

Oh and I get about 45MPG if I'm driving normally. Usually 40MPG, but then again I drive it hard.

I got the car serviced once by Seat and they banged all the paint off the rear caliper.

So never went back!

I'm going to keep hold of my Cupra till it dies. They seem quite rare and I only ever see one other in the Surrey / Guildford area. Nice to be a bit different.

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