2003 Seat Toledo Reviews

2003 Seat Toledo SE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carSeat Ibiza

Summary:

Will be running this until it gives up!

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong with the car so far was a fault on the turbo. This was replaced without any problems under warranty. After a bit of reading, this was a common problem on the VW group TDi unit. The replacement was done 3 years ago, and there have been no problems with the replacement.

General Comments:

The car is a comfortable everyday car. It's happy to run around town, but is comfy enough for a family holiday.

The 1.9TDi engine is good unit for both economy and motorway speed.

If you're using it mainly in town, give it a blast at motorway speeds every so often to clear the soot out of the turbo, as this can get clogged up.

Comfy cabin, which is a good size (but I'm only 5'7"!)

Massive boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2010

2003 Seat Toledo TDI 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Manufacturer's problems with leaking doors

Faults:

This model has been letting in water through the two front doors, probably since the car was 3 years old, but it never got too bad until the continuous rain. It has flooded my whole back seat foot area to one inch of water. It is also impossible to dry it out as the carpets are secure.

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS SERIOUS PROBLEM?

geeup2003@yahoo.co.uk

General Comments:

This is a good driving car and very comfortable.

Has a quiet engine. I actually love this car, but the damp smell due to the leaking doors is terrible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2008

2003 Seat Toledo SE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Avensis

Summary:

Comfortable, reliable, economical

Faults:

Air Con unit leaked into front passenger foot-well. Covered under warranty with new carpet fitted. A seal in the unit went, which meant that condensation and fluid dripped down into foot-well.

Otherwise nothing has gone wrong, at all.

General Comments:

Keep it regularly serviced, more so than a petrol car and it should be great to own.

The headlights are a bit low on factory setting, and very difficult to raise up.

Suggest changing the engine oil at least once a year.

There can be a bit of temporary surge while in 1st and 2nd gear with no foot on the accelerator, especially while turning. I suspect this is due to idle speed fluctuations possibly caused by power steering unit. But once you know it's there, you can usually keep it under control with the clutch pedal, as it only lasts for a second or two.

I would recommend taking this car on some long journeys every so often to keep it running well; it gets a bit noisy if only used for short hops.

In summary, it's one of those cars that you come out of the house, and just know it will work and get you to your destination without hassle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2008

4th Mar 2011, 10:30

This was my review above, so just updating to say we still have the car, and it's still getting 50+ mpg.

Mileage is 80,000 and going very well (despite getting a few gallons of petrol by mistake).

Takes a few turn to get started recently, so may need new glow plugs.

There was another leak into the passenger foot well. This time it turned out to be the plastic 'drip-tray' at the base of the passenger side windscreen. It's the run off area for excess water. So the solution was to use some black duct tape to close off the gaps where it was getting in, and no problems since.

I'd love if this car had electric mirrors and an auto-box. But leaving that aside, it really is a fantastic car in every respect.

Very recommended, and I would definitely buy another SEAT; in fact I have owned a few before.

2003 Seat Toledo TDi SE 1.9TDi 110 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.9TDi 110 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Bora

Faults:

Perfect reliability to date.

General Comments:

Comfortable, good performance and excellent economy. Rear seats slightly cramped, but much more interior space then previous Bora. Boot is huge.

The interior quality is not quite as good as the Bora, but there are a lot less irritations as well (such as the glove box can be opened with kids in back and passenger in front seat).

All in all, I am very pleased with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2006

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews