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SEAT IBIZA Hatchback 1993‑2002
35 owner reviews for SEAT IBIZA Hatchback 1993‑2002
The Seat Ibiza is a great reliable drivers car
SEAT IBIZA 1.9 TDi 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I have had the pleasure of driving this little Seat Ibiza for the last 7 years. I bought it to save money on long commuting distances to and from work, when it was 7 years old, with 64500 miles and a full service history. It was the first diesel car that I have ever owned. Soon after that I was hooked on the frugal power that comes from a turbo diesel. I've never owned a petrol car since. I have had the pleasure of servicing it myself every 10,000 miles and taking it for it's annual MOT every year, without much repair work to do to it. This car is very economical and is a great driving car that handles very well and it has a comfortable driving postion. There is only reust coming through on the wheel arches, the chassis underneath is in mint condition. The car has 146,000 miles on the clock and it still drives as good as when it had 64,500 miles on it. The original clutch & gearbox is still intact, though the gear selector is showing signs of wear and tear. I drove it to work in the snow for 3 week and it sat outside in freezing temperatures at minus 10 degrees and never once failed to start.This is a car that I admire and would not hesitate to buy a newer one, with the same pedigree of style, functionality, practicality, drivability and economy. It is just a brilliant little car. I really have enjoyed driving it.
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SEAT IBIZA 1.4 SXE 3dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
Lovely little car. So far very reliable, very nippy and reasonably economical on fuel. It is smaller than I had before but still very comfortable and surprisingly roomy, even with four people in. It warms up quickly in the morning, starts very well and accelerates well. The small engine means it is cheaper to tax which is a big bonus, but doesn't adversely affect it's performance. Only drawback is that it is three door, but we are working around that. I was previously used to a diesel engine which of course got more miles to the gallon, but because this is petrol it costs about the same to run.
SEAT IBIZA 1.4 Salsa 5dr (Review date: 3rd December '11)
I bought my 1995 seat in 2008 with almost 100k miles on the clock. in the whole time of owning it i only spent around 800 ponunds on it. i loved this car and dont really want to part with it but when the time comes you have to. i always found the car cheap for parts and very good on petrol. the ride is actually quite comforatble considering it is old. i was able to put a new cd player into my car and it made it even better. i took my whole family out in the car inc my little brother and their choc lab. she fitted nicely in the boot with lots of room to move around so yes it is very spacious.
my fiance had a crash with a seat in his mg. the car was the same age and it came out with not even a scratch on it. whereas the mg had to have an expensive amount of repairs on it after being towed away. so the seat is built 'like a tank'.
i would recommend this car to anyone.
One of the worst mistakes of my life
SEAT IBIZA 1.9 SDi .cool 3dr (Review date: 13th August '11)
I bought this car in October 2010 with no MOT. I put it through the MOT spending £900 on the repair costs. The car was running fine but I was experiencing strong smelling fumes inside the cabin which I thought was from the exhaust. I changed the exhaust in February 2011 at a cost of £300 and the problem persisted. I later found out it was due to the cam cover gasket leaking oil. I replaced this at a cost of £190.About a month later the steering wheel started clicking when I turned it and the airbag light came on. A month after this the engine started to knock. The mileage was only 110,000 which is quite low for a diesel. I then had to sell the car for only £300.
The car handles well and the fuel economy was really good, but the quality of the mechanical parts was very poor. I feel very let down. I now drive a Micra which is very low maintenance.
Owned a SEAT for 7 years
SEAT IBIZA 1.4 S 3dr (Review date: 6th June '11)
I drove the same seat for years - from a mileage of about 50K until about 100K. I love this car and on the whole found it very reliable up until about 90K miles and there everything seemed to go wrong at once. But during its younger years it was fantastic, it drove really well even in bad snowy conditions - started well. It was fast and a good sized car and yet seemed to be very good on fuel consumption for the speed that you could get. I would definitely get anther one. It seemed a high quality build on the inside and very roomy. My only one complaint is that the clutch was incredibly stiff - but I do not know if this is the case for all seat Ibizas or just the one I drove,
SEAT IBIZA 2.0 16V Cupra Sport 3dr (Review date: 4th May '11)
Very reliable cars, has never let me down. Very comfortable to drive and handles well. Was used to commute daily but have purchased a bike now so will be using that as a primary method of transport. For a 2 Litre engine it is actually good on fuel, I have seen it sit at 45-50 MPG. Very nippy car but maintains its comfort when fast motorway driving.