2000 Seat Leon S 1.6 from UK and Ireland
VW quality and durability at a bargain price
Simply - nothing. In 28000 miles it has required no repair at all.
This car has been reliable in the extreme (I had around 32 cars in 37 years of business motoring, starting with a Morris 1100, and finishing with a VW Jetta 2000 GL auto).
It has required a repair to a dent around the drivers door lock, and also to the roof when the garage door dropped on it. Otherwise nothing has been replaced outside normal servicing, other than the timing belt and the two front indicator bulbs where the yellow colouring had faded.
The two front tyres have also been replaced; the originals having worn through under-inflation.
It has been garaged throughout its life, and regularly hand-washed, including the front and rear plastic wheel-arch liners. The paint work is unblemished, as the car has never been through a car-wash.
The stereo still sounds superb, with the front speakers supporting a deep bass, and there is a 6-disc CD autochanger in the passenger glovebox.
The car is quick away from the lights due to the auto-box, and with motorway cruising speeds held down to 55-60mph, the engine returns 32mpg.
Apart from obvious wear and tear on the steering wheel and driver's door handle, the car is in mint condition and worth only around £2,500.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th July, 2007
I am about to part-ex this car for a Peugeot 107 Urban 2-tronic and it held up well to inspection. At 33000 miles and just under 8 years old it brought a part-ex price of £2000. There was a further £400 discount off the new car too. So from £12800 new OTR (October 2000) to £2000 part-ex value 8 years later - not bad. Hope the 107 does as well.