1992 Seat Marbella Special 0.9L from Malta

Summary:

Simple, basic, economical and fun to drive

Faults:

Second gear synchromesh has worn out twice.

General Comments:

Handles well, no special frills, great for short distances and city driving. Ideal here in Malta due to short distances wherever you go.

Now with 20 years on the road, it's ideal for restoration, very rust resistant, and parts are cheap, although they're now becoming hard to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2013

1992 Seat Marbella CLX 0.9L from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A mate dearly departed and sadly missed

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 25k miles - fixed under warranty.

Driver's door window winder handle kept coming loose - just carry a small screwdriver in the dash pouch and fix on the move - simples!!

Other than that, just usual consumables.

General Comments:

Bestest car I ever had. Wanted a new motor to visit my girlfriend - now wife - in Bournemouth from Manchester, so bought this new because it was £500 cheaper than the equivalent mk2 Panda.

It had the older OHV engine and Roman chariot style suspension, but so what. SO cheap to run; group 1 insurance, never less than 50 MPG, and as high as 72 MPG when running it in. Back seats out, and hey presto I had a van! A company car meant I sold it, and I've bitterly regretted it ever since.

The bodywork was much more rust resistant than the Fiat equivalent.

The dealers were helpful.

It had a basic interior that I found comfortable.

I have had "better" cars in the years since, but these were loaded with things you don't really need that go wrong and cost a bomb to fix - why are we brainwashed into this?

In my view there is still a market for this sort of car - note the sales success of the Matiz, I10, Amica etc as proof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2013

1986 Seat Marbella Jeans 0.8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Bring back the marbella. Super Eco driving

Faults:

Exhaust silencer blowing.

Fuel gauge stuck at half a tank.

General Comments:

Small and economical, ideal vehicle when petrol prices in the UK are as high as they are.

Very nippy around the town, quite surprising for a 800cc engine.

Outdated leaf spring suspension makes for a bouncy ride, especially on speed humps.

Brakes aren't the best in the world (a parachute would stop you quicker).

Probably the most enjoyable car I have driven, and I have owned 3 Seats and 4 Volkswagens, and it's better than them all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2011

20th Jul 2013, 03:40

The car I most regret selling - there's something about basic reliable cheap transport that is endearing.

24th Oct 2014, 21:07

I had one of these. The most liberating time of my motoring life - got me around on fresh air and change I found down the back of the sofa. Needed hardly any maintenance or repairs, and you could park it and leave it anywhere - car thieves had zero interest in it - I suspect that you could leave a bag of cash or gold bars on the front seats and they would still be there when you get back!!

However I strongly suspect that this carefree attitude lead to the ultimate disappearance of the Marbella, as they seemed more rust resistant than the MK1 Panda, but when a car is so easy to abuse, they just get put out with the recycling one day and nobody - sadly - really cared.

The original post is correct - a motoring friend.

1995 Seat Marbella Fun 903cc from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Total money-pit!

Faults:

Gearbox broke twice in less than a year.

Unexplainable oil leak.

Constant holes in the exhaust, which caused the car to be a lot less economical and lose a lot of power.

Back seat extremely uncomfortable.

Choke alarm fault.

Bonnet broke and wouldn't open properly (not good when you have to keep topping up the oil).

Stereo and speakers broke.

General Comments:

I owned a red 1995 Seat Marbella Fun as my first car. Fantastic body work and very low mileage.

When I first drove this car, it was great fun and very economical. However, shortly after I passed my driving test, everything went downhill. Considering the mileage of the car and the care taken with it, I would have expected a much longer life from it. All the above problems sprung up within a year!

This car seems to work when it feels like it, and today mine got taken away as scrap because the gear box broke again!

Get a good one and I imagine it would be a great vehicle to own (even though mine seemed like a brilliant example).

I would never advise anyone to buy this car, even worse than a Fiat Panda and looks horrible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2009