2003 Seat Toledo SE TDI 1.9 (90PS) turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Excellent car, comfy, quiet, efficient. Recommended!

Faults:

Door seals have come away from the exterior panels, but have been fixed with a drop of epoxy.

Heater display unit broken by previous owner, but the heater is still fully functional.

The key only opens the driver's door remotely (pressing the blipper).

Airbag warning light present, caused by shunting the passenger seat forward a bit hard - not a real problem.

General Comments:

Very comfy, very quiet. Much quieter than my previous Volvo, and about the same comfort level.

Driver's footwell a little narrow - takes practice to drive in large boots.

Driver's seat is a little short on thigh support, but probably fine for most (I'm 6'4" with long legs).

Easily returns 54 MPG even on god-awful supermarket diesel. Mostly motorway driving at 70. Could return maybe 58 MPG if kept at about 58-62mph. City driving still returns 45 MPG easily.

Radio is very very good. Powerful, bass-y and still crisp.

The boot is simply enormous. The boot opening is quite wide, but the lip is quite high.

I would definitely recommend this car. It is a little slower than what I'm used to, but I don't buy diesels for speed anyway. Makes for a good tourer; the engine may be a little underpowered for towing a large caravan.

Seat after sales have been very helpful to me any time I've needed them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2014

2003 Seat Toledo SE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

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

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

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.