2000 Seat Leon 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
I'd buy another one, no problem!
The usual water leaks into the footwells (solved by completely removing the rubber strip from the bottom of the affected doors, and cutting a small V out of the rubber strip on the actual door sills, so the water simply drains away).
Note that there is > 110,000 miles on the car.
The starter motor is beginning to stick occasionally upon engine ignition.
Typical thirst for engine oil that these engines have with higher mileage.
Unsurprisingly, there is some wear on the clutch. (the car has a towing hitch fitted...)
Some thumping noises over rough roads.
The previous owner had to replace the exhaust and fitted a spurious one, which makes the car a little noisy.
A solid, stylish car that handles well and has given me very few problems.
Comfortable driving position.
The 1.4 engine is a little underpowered, and can be quite fuel thirsty if worked hard or at higher motorway speeds.
Easier to back into a parking space than they say, as the back of the car is almost straight down from the rear window.
The boot space is quite small.
The rear seats are low - you really sit down into the car. The driver's seat could be difficult for a person with reduced mobility to exit easily.
I put wind-deflectors on the front electric windows so that I can leave the windows open a crack, to ease window misting in the mornings.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th February, 2010
Still have the Leon with 126,000 miles on the clock. Keeping it serviced every 8000 to 10,000 miles and it's running fine.
The clutch is still doing its job, though there is some wear.
Had an issue with the airbag light not test-lighting upon engine startup. Cost about 300 Euro to get it sorted for the annual car test. It's still OK on the petrol, just don't drive it for extended periods over 70 mph.
When compared to the 2000 model 1.4 petrol Golf, the Leon has more electrics, better looks, and better handling.