2001 Seat Toledo SE 1.9 TDI from UK and Ireland
Don't buy one
New turbo charger at 117,000 miles.
Three air mass meters.50,000/80,000/110,000 miles.
New clutch and fly wheel.82,000 moles.
Water pump.116,000 miles.
Complete suspension system.90,000 miles.
This is my second Toledo, and all I can say is they have both been unreliable.
My first car had two cats one at 40,000 and one at 90,000 miles. Engine had three new valves as these had been burnt. It also had two air mass meters.
Both cars are great to drive, hold the road very well, they are nice to drive on long journeys cruise control is great.
Very good on fuel around town 40 mpg on a run 50 plus.
Its just some bits let the car down, door seals the key fobs stop working after a while.
To look at the car looks great, but I wouldn't buy another one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th December, 2007
1st Jan 2008, 15:51
I think it's only to be expected that things are going to start going wrong at the mileage your car has done, and therefore it is probably a little unfair to condemn Toledos out of hand. You bought the car at 78,000 miles (which is slightly above average mileage for a 2001 model) in 2007 and at the time of your review, you'd done 118,000 miles, still in 2007. All in the space of one year, (let's say for arguments sake); that's 40,000 miles which is very high usage. If you've had it less than a year and you've done 40k, that is going some. Additionally, the service intervals on these is only 10,000 miles. Have you had it regularly serviced? Like all VW/Audi products, they have to be serviced at the proper intervals, although Seat servicing costs are pretty hign, but nowhere near VW/Audi.
You owned a Toledo before this one, and seemed to have trouble with that one as well. Yet you bought another one, so you must have thought it worthwhile to buy another one.
The door seals seem to be a problem more on the Leon, but I have read that a few Toledo's are also affected. Apparently, it seems that the seals on the Leon and Toledo are different designs or materials (on the early models at least).
The key fob. I know it's a daft question, but have you tried changing the battery? Mine was replaced in January last year, and it's just starting to run down again. They don't seem to last that long on these I will admit to you.
I've got a 2000 Toledo. It's fair to say mine is a lot lower mileage than yours, and admittedly I don't rack up the same distances that you do. As yet I haven't encountered the same problems. I've had a few little hiccups here and there, mainly electrical, plus I had to have a new set of front discs due to mine being gouged through fair wear and tear. I still love the car.
I agree with your comments on it being a nice drive, but you say it gives very good fuel economy, but then mark it a mere 2 out of 10.
I think it says a lot for the Mk2 Toledo's reliability and driver satisfaction that yours is the first truly bad review out of all on this site covering this particular model.
All I'm saying is that with such high mileage, things are obviously going to start wearing out, even if they are essentially German-made. Also, it depends if any replacement parts on your car are genuine manufacturers parts or clones. Copies never last as long, but I'll admit, genuine parts are never as easy on the wallet. Swings and roundabouts.
Anyway, I wish you luck with it, and if you decide to get rid and do decide to buy another Seat, fingers crossed for third time lucky.
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