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review by: fiandj

Great car for the price. I hate to be getting rid of it. Very reliable once regularly serviced. Obviously repairs will have to be made to any car so it's unfair to say that on a ten year old car you're not going to have some issues but overall I haven't had any major problems. Upgrading and upsizing otherwise I'd keep her for as long as she kept going. Hoping to get another Seat..

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review by: edward.barry

Adequate No main dealer experience but I find the car easy enough to work on myself See summary above Good for supply of parts Car reviewed is the 1.2 petrol and is the daughters car. Reasonably comfortable, and just enough power. Helps if you are handy with a spanner though, after 9 months of ownership, window regulator dirivers door (€115 for the part alone), 2 front wishbones, 2 anti roll bar busings, i front balljoint (combined €180 for the parts). Headlamps are misting up, so will have to find a solution to that. All these issues are apparently common with the type, so buyer beware..

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this typy of car is not so good they it is a very slow can they need to make them with more power.

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Hi Brian again, forgot to mention I now have 113,000 miles on my clock. Car goes like a rocket. Love my sunroof, no air conditioning but who needs it in Irl....lol. !997 must have been a good year for the Ibiza's from reading the other reviews. Keeping it as long as I can. Again, a super car..

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I bought this Seat 1.4 sxe in the UK. I had many cars before this one and I love it, its never let me down and as I had it serviced every year, i have had no problems with it. I would buy another one in the morning. Not many 1.4's available in Ireland, they are all sport models. All in all a super car..

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review by: Neil_hammer@msn.com

Loved the car Hate to sell it.

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Unfortunately ive had a bit of a bad run with my car but in fairness ive nearly 100k on it now, im about to trade in and can only get 1500 for it - wont be going ibiza again , bad experience.

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Other than those couple of problems, the car looks great and is very comfortable to drive. It's spacious on the inside and the standard of the car is very safe..

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body work dents very easy,a multitude of other problems too many to list! STAY CLEAR OF SEAT. couldnt even get 300 euro for it after only six years, and yes i did service it regular. WASTE OF MONEY.

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Only good things I can say it that its cheap to run/insure and its fairly safe for its class...........

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nice handling car ,easy enough on fuel, gets me in and out of work no problem.

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Sure that I would not buy another Seat!!.

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Great little car. Very zippy, well put together. Looks great and sounds great. Dealer service let it down though especially since my original problem should have been simple to fix and not resulted in a return visit for a malfunctioning horn..

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cost me €4000, have spent €2500 on it since I bought it 1.5yrs ago. Eventually passed NCT, don't trust it now so getting shot of it and buying a Toyota instead..

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This little car rocks! It holds the road like its on tracks..

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Unbeleivable amount of expense for a three and a half year old car. Poor dealerships and customer service..

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none of the above issues were really address especially 4 and 5 as SEAT said it was not their fault. My warranty is comming to an end and i still have issues with knocking sounds and rattles. A complete heap of a car..

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Handles very well indeed, which causes to lack a bit on the comfort rating for other passengers. Apart from that, the car looks very good and the 100bhp are well put into use. Lacks a tiny bit on fuel economy too, but that's what you make of it..

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The Ibiza was underpowered, not as well made as promised and serviced by a very uninterested and outright shady dealer... yet it cornered flat, never let us down and found itself a place in our hearts..

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This is my second Seat.I have the Seat Sport 100bhp model and it is a great car to drive.It is very stylish,handles well and the interior quality has improved greatly since I got my firt seat which was a bit cheap looking inside.I put nearly 3,000 Euros worth of extras in for under 19000 which is brilliant value .I am hoping to move up to the new Seat Leon in a couple of years.But for now want to enjoy the Ibiza for a good while longer..

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Very Very Reliable car and it has been driven hard. In 73k miles we have just serviced it very infrequently.

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1.4 55kw engine runs smooth but isn't torque until 3.000 rpm. Gearing is too long for good throttle respons. Interior looks great but cheap looking plastics. Full adjustable steering and seat for fine riding. Handling is good, steering lacks a bit feed-back. A good all-round car but the Skoda Fabia, Peugeot 206 and Ford Fiësta are strong competitors..

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Perfect first car. Very reliable and economical..

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Great car. No problems. Very reliable.

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This car is a solid sound car and has a good bit to offer for its size. Is lacking the power and real comfort for doing the bigger milage. Is possibly one of the best SMALL cars..........

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Good car - perfect first car, don|t get the hassle that smaller 1 litres get on the motorways. Does my 50 mile daily trip to work without any problem..

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Great first car, would definately buy another Seat Ibiza. Looks classier than other 1 Litre cars.

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maybe i was unlucky but a terrible car..problems from day one....including engine problems..

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Absolute gem. very zippy for a 1.2. Lovely to drive, looks great. Very comfortable. My last Ibiza had over 100k on the clock when I sold it. Hopefully this will bring the same continued reliability that SEAT have been producing for the last 10 years. You|d be mad not to consider one..

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great car solid as a rock.big for its class .I would recomend it to anyone.

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Fairly happy with car although maybe its just me but i feel and indeed friends who have driven the car find clutch very stiff . I enquird with dealer to which the reply was that was the model , I believe this has been rectified with current Ibiza..

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Decent car but don|t know why they didn|t put in a footrest for your left foot in the pre |97 models.

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All the quality and reliability of a Volkswagen, for a fraction of the costs. This is my second Seat, and I would definately go Seat again. For the comparable VW, with all the extras my Ibiza has as standard, not only costs more, but also looks more staid and less sporty..

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gerat first car for anybody. takes the road well starts well and handles nicely.

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I have the car nearly 2 years now and have found that despite its years, it is very reliable and was well worth the money. The only problem is that it has no power steering. That|s the only reason I am now looking for a newer model! The interior is a bit dull but looking at newer models, they seem to have sorted that out. To sum it up- the ibiza is a great car, well worth the money for first time drivers looking for a 1 litre with a bit of style..

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Extremely reliable. Great to drive. Excellent value for money. V Good fuel economy..

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98 Seat Ibiza wasn|t the best car in the world, but it|s good to see the new models have improved. Can we call it the poor mans VW, or is it equal with it?!? I would go for a new Ibiza again, although I have my eye on the new Cordoba as well!.

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perfect car the other reviewer`s said it all.

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It has a great sporty look and is one of the biggest in its class. It is a car with attitude - perfect for city driving and amazing for long distances. Ignore anything you have been told about smaller cars - this is in a class of its own!.

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should not have bought it as soon as it came out, all new cars have problems and this one is worse then that, ALWAYS TEST DRIVE BEFORE YOU SIGN EVEN IF IT IS OUT OF THE SHOWROOM at least then i would have heard the rattles. engine and mechanics of car are spot on , its just whoever was putting on the trim that day in the factory, wasn|t doing their job..

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I have found the car to be very comfortable and reliable as well as a real drivers car..

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The sporty version of the VW Polo, this car is great fun to drive. It is responsive, and the 1.4 engine provides plenty of power for a car of its size. There is a surprising amount of space inside and it is pretty comfortable. The ride is quiet and solid, due to the VW influence, as is the build quality. You get a lot more car for your money compared to VW, as well as a sportier look. If Seat ever get their hands on an equivalent to the Golf, there will never be a need to buy a VW again..