2000 Seat Leon S 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good car ruined by uninterested dealers and dismissive customer services - avoid!
Engine stalls at idle.
Engine cuts out and restarts at steady speed motoring.
Parts shortages kept car off road for 4 weeks.
Dashboard lights flicker.
Various trim items fallen off, especially rubberised coating on door pulls.
Disappointing fuel consumption (31mpg average)
Extremely poor dealer service (3 dealers)
Extremely poor customer service.
This car has had 19 visits to dealers to date to fix an intermittent problem, whereby the engine cuts out at idle, low speeds, and at constant speed.
The car has been to the regional reporting dealer and has been driven by the regional technical manager, both of whom are unable to fix the problem.
Customer services have become adept at fobbing-off - I have been told that there's plenty of cash in the warranty pot so I should just continue to take the car back time and again.
They have offered £500 off the cost of a new Seat if I want to get rid of this one - but theres a small matter of 65% depreciation in two and a half years to factor in...
Generally the car is very capable; the styling is good (except for rear visibility which is v poor), comfortable for me - a 6 foot 17 stone lump.
Dealer service has ranged from unexceptional to downright rude.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th February, 2003