2004 Seat Leon 130 TDI SE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Fantastic value, reliable and good performance


EGR replaced at 156,000, this is the only major cost, other than normal service parts.

General Comments:

The car has been exceptionally reliable, is serviced every 10,000 miles. It is the most enjoyable car that I have owned with good performance, and it puts a smile on my face every time that I drive it. Can achieve up to 62 MPG, but averages 55 MPG. No regrets buying this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2014

2004 Seat Leon 130 TDI SE 1.9 130 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Excellent budget alternative to a Golf / A3


The car started leaking water in through the footwell, causing the screen to mist up. The fault was tracked down to the seal around the pollen filter not being refitted properly. Free to fix, but I did have to dry the car out with a fan heater.

Windscreen washer jet pipe blew off, meaning no front screen washers. Annoying, but simple to fix.

New windscreen required after a stone flew off the road and cracked the last one. A large company, which advertises on the TV, quoted over £300, but a local supplier did it for around £120. Shop around!

Intercooler has just blown at 118k, requiring a new part. To be expected at this age I guess. Again, SEAT quote over £300 just for the parts (goodness knows how much they would charge for labour!). A local parts supplier charged £180. Plus another £150 to fit.

General Comments:

I originally wanted a Golf, but this popped up at the right time, and was over £1000 cheaper for the equivalent spec.

The car has a large boot, and can normally seat 4 adults quite comfortably; although I am a very tall driver, and I doubt an adult could sit behind me for a long journey. The interior and spec is very similar to a Golf, and it has all the same toys, such as climate control, CD player, etc.

The performance from the 130 TDI engine is very impressive indeed, giving excellent mid-range punch combined with 42mpg overall average (town/motorway commute and driven quite hard).

If you are a boy-racer type, then these cars can be remapped to give 160bhp+ for a couple of hundred quid, although I doubt the clutch or brakes would last long! I think the performance is great as standard, so I decided not to bother.

Insurance is group 10, which is not bad for the performance.

The few faults I have had with the car are to be expected at this age and mileage I guess, and generally they have been cheap/simple to fix.

The only real downside I can find with the car is that the suspension is quite hard and crashy over the pot-holes. However, on a long motorway run it is very smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2011

26th Apr 2011, 10:04

I have a Skoda Octavia, recently bought it, a 2003 model, diesel. It is mostly a VW car. I agree with you about the harsh ride, so much so I have swapped it with my partner, who has a much softer riding Pug 406 diesel, and I am now happy.

Other than the ride, I was happy with the car.

2004 Seat Leon TDI 1.9 TDI from UK and Ireland


Great fun, great value and great efficiency


Nothing at all! Routine servicing, tyres and the odd bulb.

General Comments:

An excellent car.

Great value for money and, considering the performance, tremendous fuel efficiency (averages 55mpg over the 65000 miles I've had it)

Handles a dream. Quick with a punchy engine and holds the road extremely well.

Equipment levels are good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2007

2004 Seat Leon SX 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Seriously Good Car


Gearbox Linkage quite loose at 20K.

General Comments:

Bought the car from a SEAT Dealer, very good deal.

Car is looks very smart and classy. Looks unique - not your everyday Focus or 307. SX - looks great, esp wiv Fogs and Alloys.

Performance for a 1.6 is very reasonable, can keep motorway speeds well, not too noisy unless reved hard.

Handling is pretty good, safe, good grip and ride isn't bad, though a bit on the hard side. Brakes aren't great though even with the ABS.

Interior is a step up from the MK VI Astra, lifted straight from an MK1 A3. Great quality on top, can't fault it. Equipment is very generous, climate and traction control some of its highights. Practical car too, can take a lot of stuff and lots of useful places to stash bits bobs.

Cannot fault the car much, Dealer is fantastic, replaced Cambelt no questions asked after the engine cover fell off and trapped against the Cambelt. Service Costs very reasonable too. Only criticism, is the gearbox, is a bit like a pudding sometimes, difficult to engage a gear.

Part from that, a Brilliant Car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2006