It could be better, I wish it was a GT.
The fuel gage did not work when I bought the car. I had to replace the whole unit. I bought the set with the tachometer and digital clock to replace my analogue clock version. This cost me £20 from a Volkswagen breaker's specialist.
The Clutch was causing problems too. The biting point is set too high up. I still haven't completely solved this problem.
There is some serious rust on one of the wings, probably caused by a bump by the previous owner. It looks horrible, especially considering its quite new and it really shows up because of the silver paintwork.
Both of the parcel shelf mounting brackets are broken. This is very annoying when going over bumps.
The sliding roof no longer opens properly. One of the arms for the spoiler has rusted through so you have to pull it down with your hand.
There is a very loud vibration sound coming from the dashboard, at around 1500rpm in all gears, which annoys the hell out of me. Can anyone help?
I used to have a 1990 Volkswagen Polo Ranger, 1.3 5-Speed. Then someone crashed into the back of it and wrote it off. I was distraught. So I thought I would go up in the world and treat myself to a mark three to replace my previous mark two, thinking it would be better. However, this was not the case.
The car has the same engine and gearbox as my previous car, but its extra weight and catalytic converter mean that performance is considerably reduced. I have helped somewhat by adding an Ecotek valve, it honestly seemed to make a worthwhile difference.
The Steering is much heavier than the previous model too.
The build quality is far poorer as well. Possibly due to the fact these models were built in Spain at the Seat factory. There are many more rattles than on my old car.
The tires are ridculous! A whole inch narrower than before. I plan to get some mark 2 golf wheels to improve things.
The saving graces of this car are its reliability and its still the fastest car out of all my friends. Hopefully, things will stay this way.
It's a fraction better on fuel than the mark two as well. And there are no cold, wet or hot starting problems, because its got fuel injection instead of a carburettor.
The brakes are better on this model. Especially in heavy traffic. Stopping was quite an effort in my old car, as mark two owners will know and sympathize with.
The interior is a bit nicer, a little more modern and stylish with the round heater controls and better center console and radio position.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th November, 2002