2003 Seat Leon SE 1.8 20v petrol from UK and Ireland
Dependable, great looking and comfortable hatchback. Does everything well
Virtually nothing - coolant temp sensor, brake light switch, handbrake warning light switch and aerial booster.
Genuine parts are cheap and readily available, as VW have an independent parts supplier chain set up for DIY mechanics and the trade, so you can avoid main dealer parts mark up whilst still using genuine parts.
I use main dealers for services (to get the stamp in the book) and do anything else myself. My main dealer is excellent and ensures I can get an auto trans courtesy car, as I can no longer drive a manual.
I purchased this car in 2013 from a used car dealer. I was convinced the price was an error or there was a hidden problem with the car. It has a full main dealer service history (Seat's fixed price servicing deal is fantastic), only a couple of previous owners (3 I believe), and it looked like an 18 month old car. I need an automatic due to injuries I sustained in a road accident in 2012, and need a dependable car as I commute 100 miles a day. The Leon has proved ideal; it's comfortable, has been very reliable, and the couple of items I have needed have been cheap from a company owned by VW who sell only genuine VW parts. Genuine VW parts are very cheap, far cheaper than for Ford or Vauxhall, while being better quality.
I simply can't find anything real to criticise the car on. There could be more interior storage as the door pockets are small, and the CD changer fills the glove box, but other than this, it's excellent.
Fuel consumption and performance with the auto box is typical rather than outstanding, but a well specified Leon is a great car. Look for a car with a full main dealer history in good condition and you shouldn't have much to worry about.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2014