26th Oct 2007, 10:08

Has anyone had any problem with their air conditioning on SEAT Ibiza? I have a 54 plate and 1 week out of warranty I went to SEAT and they say the whole unit needs replacing and it will cost £1000 to fix! I am wanting to go via the goodwill claim, but feel doubtful of what I will get, after reading other comments on this site.

Any advise?

29th Oct 2007, 03:27

I had a problem with my air conditioning, a Seat dealer told me it was a £400 job. I didn't believe them, it turned out to be a blown fuse which I replaced in the box on the side of the drivers dash. Also it might just need re-gassing.

Personally I wouldn't trust the dealer get an independant aircon specialist to look at it and check those fuses as well.

Actually just pulling the aircon fuse and putting it back might help.

25th Nov 2007, 18:14

Hi, I have a Seat Ibiza Chill Y plate and had problems with the EPC light coming on. Dealers and garages all said I needed a new throttle body which was replaced (would have cost £488 plus vat plus fitting from dealer, but got one on-line for £150 and my handy partner fitted it). That didn't solve problem, turned out that all that was wrong was a faulty wiring connection on the engine block, which was sorted with just cleaning the connections, so if any one else has this problem, check your connections before forking out any money.

Regards Fiona.

10th Jan 2008, 16:18

I bought a brand new Leon 2.0 TDi Sport in July 2006, it is a fantastic car, but the windscreen mists up and sometimes freezes on the inside (more than the outside!) when I turn on the demister it makes the problem worse. I have to stop every 100m and use a cloth to clear the screen. There is so much water on the screen that the cloth is soaked. The dealers have tried to help and have had my car for 5 weeks since January 2007 but have yet to find or cure the problem. Has anyone else experienced this and if so are there any answers please?

22nd Jan 2008, 04:15

Are you leaving the air con system on recirculate? My mate was complaining about his Toyota misting up; I looked and he had it on rec all the time.

I have had 2 Toledos and 3 Leons without a problem really; main problems were caused by my wife's driving i.e. drove it into 3 feet of water, needed a new engine.

Service from our local dealer is excellent.


25th Jan 2008, 13:52

Could someone please help. My car was involved in a accident 17th Dec 2007 Seat Ibiza 1.2s 2003. The damage was mainly to passengers side, I was informed that this could be repaired, However car was repaired 2 weeks ago and I have just been informed that it won't start, the problem is the timing chain. I seen the car being driven on to the tow-truck at the time of accident, could the timing chain have been damaged during crash? My car has done 33K and I find this hard to accept as It was working fine, not a problem before the accident.

29th Jan 2008, 12:32

Hi - post your problem on www.seatcupra.net/forums. You will get plenty of advice there. Good luck.

20th Feb 2008, 10:59

I previously left a comment on the 26th Jul 2006 at 10:09.

I have had enough of my Ibiza, I have put a deposit down on a Yaris which I will be buying outright in March. Since my last post the following parts have needed replacing:-

Engine temperature sensor

Coil pack

Interior temperature control motor.

The anti roll bar also needs replacing, and there are a number of squeaks coming from the front of the car. I will not be buying another SEAT car.

13th May 2008, 11:02

My wife bought a secondhand SEAT Ibiza 1.2 Cool about 5 years ago from a main dealer in Leak. During those 5 years she has had trouble with the clutch, mainly with a plate behind the clutch on the engine compartment side which has failed on two occasions. The repair ran to £300 on both occasions (£600)! In addition the engine diagnostic light has caused a problem and the air conditioning no longer works due to an electrical fault and not due to lack of refrigerant. She bought the car on the basis that SEAT is part of the VW Group - normally a sign of quality. Never another SEAT!!!

4th Jun 2008, 11:07

I own '03 plate 1.2 Ibiza which I have had from new. I'd say after the first year, I started to have a few problems with the car.

One of my front door speakers blew (and was covered under warranty), so I thought, "fine." Six months later, and apparently the speakers were still not in stock. I used to head down once a week to find out what was going on, and was told that it was such a common problem that they had a shortage of door speakers. In the end, I got so angry that I was actually asked to leave the dealership.

The attitude (which I perceived) from this particular dealership, was disgraceful. It was almost as if once I had been sold the car, that was that and they did not want to know. I finally took the car to another dealership, whom were basically just as bad.

It's coming up to 5 years old now, and it's time to get rid of the car; I can't wait! I have had endless problems with it, just like everyone else.

The headlights and rear tail lamps mist all the time. I've had problems with one of my rear brake lights (which I was told was the braking switch) but turned out to be something to do with the wiring. The rear wiper and washer jet have never worked. The boot rattles. The engine light comes on whenever it feels like, which I was told was a faulty probe of some sort? Oh; and does anyone else think the paint work is quite poor?

OK, so I could live with that and have done for the last 4 years but then the car started not to start and now sits in my car park, dead. Only last weekend, did it completely give up, but I have taken that as a sign to get rid of it. I will have to get it running and assume it's going to be the coils, or another commonly mentioned problem I have read on here. Great stuff!

In other words, I would never, ever buy a Seat ever again, and would never recommend it to anyone.

5th Jun 2008, 07:05

I have had my Seat Ibiza 1.4 03 plate now for about a year. In that time I have had 3 coil packs replaced and a couple of other suspension problems. I now can hear a kind of purring noise; hard to explain, but it goes something like purr, stop, purr, stop, purr, stop constantly coming from under the bonnet. Mostly heard when in 3rd or 4th gear. It doesn't seem to be affecting the performance, but it may get worse. Any ideas on what this is?

1st Jul 2008, 04:33

I have had my Ibiza 1.2 from new 02 Plate (2002).In the 6 years of ownership I have loved having car but it is only now in the last month or two where things have started to go wrong. Over the years a few niggles have occurred such as rear windscreen washer ceasing to work, the roll bar having to be replaced, twice. The front seat release lever on the passenger side snapping off. The car was initially recalled after a year or two ownership for a manufacturing problem to do with leaking oil. This I thought is all part and parcel of running a car and I loved the car. NOW however the orange diagnostic light has decided to make an appearance and not 1 not 2 but 3 coil packs later the light has come on again. It did light up and go off again last week but alas it has reappeared. Buying a new car is not an option. Is it safe for me to drive and ignore this light? Can someone offer me advice?