1999 Seat Toledo Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1999 Seat Toledo TDiSE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired18 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Fox


I highly recommend the car


Inside left door handle material worn.

Bootlid had to be reset, as when being opened or closed, it would scrape paint off the bumper.

Front brake discs have had to be changed twice.

The paint gets chipped badly from motorway driving.

General Comments:

The car has now done 82,000 miles and has always been totally reliable.

The cabin is well laid out. Very comfortable driving position. Lovely leather steering wheel.

The Toledo handles well and is extremely economical with the diesel engine. Plenty of pulling power for overtaking and for climbing steep hills.

The car is extremely good looking. So many people pass pleasant comments about my car. In dark " Indigo " blue it really looks lovely.

I carry very large musical instruments in the car's enormous boot.

My Toledo has an amazing number of very useful extras.

An example of a few of the many extras:

Heated mirrors inside and out, self moving mirrors, climate control, ESP traction control, ABS breaking, a wonderful 6 CD-autochanger with eight speakers.

I have always had excellent efficient service from my local main Seat dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2003

1999 Seat Toledo SE 1.8 20V from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 20V Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carRenault Laguna Executive


Very cheap Audi/VW, but without the dealer service


Cruise control has never worked properly for more than a month.

Gear box has been replaced twice. Firstly because the engine mount fell off which damaged the gearbox and then the replacement had a fault with second gear.

Brake discs warp very easily, I'm currently on my third pair.

Locks itself occasionally.

General Comments:

Otherwise, a lovely car to drive when it's working. I am sure not all Toledo's have been as bad as mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th March, 2001

21st Mar 2001, 15:03

The locks itself business is not a fault. All VW / Audi's do this. Its to stop tw*ts with scanners getting past the immobilizer. Also a good security point... if you unlock it and then don't get in it locks itself again!!

(Pleased Toledo V5 owner)

29th Mar 2001, 16:27

I have owned a Seat Toledo TdiSE since the very end of September 1999. I have been very lucky, as my car has been 100% reliable. It has now done almost 37.000 miles and it runs fabulously. I have had fantastic service from the local main dealer. It is wonderful to drive, also so smooth and quiet, particularly on motorways. I carry a full-sized cello in a large hard case easily in the boot. Very few cars can carry my cello in the boot. The diesel engine is incredibly economical. The Belgium build quality on my car is top rate. There is no rattle or even a squeak after almost 37.000 miles. I intend to keep this car and do a really big mileage. I deliberately get an oil change every 5000 miles instead of the stipulated 10.000 miles, as oil needs changing more often, as it doesn't last as well as or as long as people say.

I am really sorry to hear of your reader having bad luck. I hope his luck changes. With every model of car there are bad ones occasionally produced. It doesn't help his case though, I am sorry.

If I was to get another car, I would get another dark blue Toledo.

Herbert Hall.

1999 Seat Toledo V5 2.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carNissan Primera GT


Buy one, it's going to be a classic


Only problem was with the immobilizer which went bonkers a couple of weeks after I got the car and wouldn't let the car start at various intervals of its own choice.

The dealer had about 5 goes at fixing it and in the end a nasty letter to SEAT Headquarters got the problem rectified. Fault was traced to the ignition barrel key code reader.

General Comments:

Drives absolutely spot on - refined and quite sporty when needed to be. Performance pretty good but really needs the 20 valve V5 which has just come out. Why pay £20K for an A3 1.8T when the Toledo V5 has tons more equipment at 2/3rds of the price?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2001

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 7 reviews