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SEAT Leon Hatchback 1.4 16V S 5d (2002/52)

SEAT Leon Hatchback 1.4 16V S 5d (2002/52) - Owner Review

Its split 60 / 40 seats & the fact it's a hatchback.

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Review submitted by
Ian Piggott on

SEAT Leon Hatchback (00-05)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
We don't have the funds to buy a better car.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They probably think it's fine as it nearly always looks clean and tidy.

Would you buy this car again and why?
NEVER, we will NEVER buy any car built by SEAT again because of it's constant problems.

What are you likely to buy next?
Possibly a Skoda Octavia or Ford Mondeo or Ford Fiesta.

Buying experience

2 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
June 2005

Did you get a good deal and why?
Fair on the face of it.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Mr white van man smashed into our last car.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
The 1.4s isn't big enough for the car, requiring constant gear changes, especially in a city like Sheffield (like Rome it's built on seven hills), it's also not as good on petrol as we thought it would be.

What's it like to park?
You'd think it would be easy to park but I think the current parking problems are not exclusive to us but are due to the actual parking spaces being too small in general and that's down to the planners.

Living with it

1 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
From day one: Water leaks, faulty wiper motor,faulty exhaust, warped brakes, electrical problems, cracked springs,cracked windscreen, and worst of all a cracked cylinder head that cost over £1200 to repair, and all this on a low mileage car with a F.S.H and has been maintained regardless of cost, Absolutely not what we expected from SEAT or a franchised dealer, We'll NEVER buy a SEAT car ever again.OH and to this day nobody, not the franchised dealer or a SEAT specialist has been able to fix the water leaks into the rear foot wells. A truly annoying car to live with.

What's most practical about your car?
Its split 60 / 40 seats & the fact it's a hatchback.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Door lights automatically come on when doors open, "nice touch".

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