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★★★☆☆

“Alhambra problems”

Written on: 21/09/2011

Car plagued by silly problems - mainly the water leak in the rear hatch reverse/fog light cluster. There are five Seat Alhambras in our village and they all have this problem (the lens goes black after a time with the water lying in the lens area). This leads to electrical problems where fuse number 3 blows affecting direction indicators, speedo, cruise control and heater motor. Also problems with black plastic grills falling off. Front wiper motor has also had to be replaced - printed circuit… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 03/12/2011

OMG!!!! YOU HAVE DESCRIBED MY Seat alhambra CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Boot is wet, as water is leaking in through the rear light. Crusie control doesnt work,i have been quoted 250quid to fix my heater/climate control.... not sure whats wrong with ity. the electrics went last year and the car wouldnt start. The fuse junction from the battery to the electric circuits melted.No explanantion for this was found by2 autoelectricians. 2005 plate, owned 3 yrs. its a low mileage car.

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Jph29's Comment

Written on: 02/03/2012

We have discovered the same problem in our 2007 Alhambra Stylance with water leak in rear hatch light cluster. Just about to take it for its first service since buying it last year. Would be interested to know how you (or anyone else) got this problem resolved, ie. where was the water getting in, what was done to resolve it and how much did it cost to repair? Our Alhambra has full Seat service history, so wonder what the chance is of them admitting fault and repairing it for free? Wld be grateful to hear from anyone with experience of this.

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★★★★★

“I love my big red Brammer. I've had it since it was...”

Written on: 20/02/2011

I love my big red Brammer. I've had it since it was eight months old and it has been an excellent servant.
Yes, I had the flywheel problem but the vehicle has so much heart and hasn't put a foot wrong since.
Big red has a new brother, the new model Alhambra which I'm getting to know but Red does the bulk of the work; dogs, shopping, general ferrying about...
such a good honest vehicle...big red has a home with me for life… Read Full Review

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“Bought from new 1.9 TDi 130. Got 4 children so needed...”

Written on: 12/02/2011

Bought from new 1.9 TDi 130. Got 4 children so needed a car large enough for whole family. Used for around town - not ideal as this car is built for motorways. Local Seat garage serviced annually but since 2 years ago we have experienced problem after problem. It eats tyres - approx 10k for the front - front wheel drive. Flywheel damaged after enforced recall by Seat had to be replaced and main driveshaft as well - £2.5K. Now rear brake discs, handbrake, L/H/S driveshaft needs replacing. Air… Read Full Review

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“I was looking at this site as I was considering...”

Written on: 01/01/2011

I was looking at this site as I was considering trading in my 1.9TDi Alhambra for a Citroen C8. Having read reviews on both cars I think I'll (a) stick with Seat and (b) keep the car I've got.
I've got 5 kids and tow a twin axle caravan so need something reliable and hefty - I bought my car 5 years ago with 40k on the clock from Wiltshires in Farnham, it's now done 110k and still drives as well - along the way we've kept it serviced and its had some repairs but nothing more than you;d expect… Read Full Review

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“We bought our Alhambra 1.9 TDi Automatic at about...”

Written on: 01/10/2010

We bought our Alhambra 1.9 TDi Automatic at about 80,000 miles and three months later the automatic gearbox started to go. That was £1300 - massive problem. Lots of other repairs in the next year, and each time it seems to be £450 or so - the parts are so expensive. I think we spent £3000 on maintenance in 18 months. THen it was quite good for a couple of years and now the gear box is up the creek again (about 40,000 miles after the last reconditioned one. Found a place in London that can do it… Read Full Review

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“Had the car from new i have had two injectors fitted...”

Written on: 17/12/2009

Had the car from new i have had two injectors fitted and a clutch at 170,000 regular services the car has done 290,000 best car i have ever owned !!! if you think that good my partener had one at the same time hes had one injector a water pump clutch at 195,000 now has over 500,000 miles CHEAP MOTORING !!!!!! highly recomend seat… Read Full Review

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“Have had an Seat Alhambra since new and now done 140K....”

Written on: 12/07/2009

Have had an Seat Alhambra since new and now done 140K. I can tell you this car has 2 very expensive weaknesses which seem to be quite common for this model:

1) Air conditioning has been replaced twice and now broken for a third time

2) Just been told that automatic gearbox will fail soon (transmission is slipping at moment) and needs replacing… Read Full Review

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“Bought the 2litre petrol Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDi SE, '96...”

Written on: 11/07/2009

Bought the 2litre petrol Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDi SE, '96 model, get about 35mpg The most usefull and versatile vehicle I've ever bought. All seats come out for use as a van, then weekends seats go back in for transporting my students on workshops touring sacred sites. Looking to getting the Twin cam 2litre turbo petrol when I can afford it (diesels are expensive to repair). Easy on the steering, drives like a car. Nice and high up to see over country hedgerows (the wife feels like a queen)… Read Full Review

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“Just bought it from dealers £9000 3 months its 05 reg...”

Written on: 01/11/2008 by shaba20 (1 review written)

Just bought it from dealers £9000 3 months its 05 reg done 76000 miles having problems with power and makes noise when accelarator released I think turbos gone.
Please purchase 1 year warranty or up to 80000 miles and also check service history… Read Full Review

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“Just had gear fail, cost so far £1500. This is a...”

Written on: 26/10/2008 by gwills (1 review written)

Just had gear fail, cost so far £1500. This is a commom fault with the 6 speed box which lets go between 40,000 - 50,000 miles. This is caused by drive shaft fauly in manifacture and modified shaft is over £400.
Gear box will not be guaranteed if not fitted… Read Full Review

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“Another turbo problem here. Bought mine a year ago...”

Written on: 22/04/2008 by greuve (1 review written)

Another turbo problem here. Bought mine a year ago with 65,000 miles on the clock and with a receipt showing that £789 had been spent on replacing the turbo at 64,000 miles.

I'm having it recovered to the dealer tomorrow at 72,000 miles with a suspected blown turbo. Lots of smoke and next to no power.

As the original poster: wouldn't touch one with a bargepole in the future. By the way: I also had my exhaust drop off and an engine support bar break off, the electrics are all over the place… Read Full Review

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“The Seat Alhambra is a very good car all round...”

Written on: 19/03/2008 by shiggy (1 review written)

The Seat Alhambra is a very good car all round economical, good looks and fingers kept crossed reliable. Very stylish looking vehicle nice to drive good performance very comfy and has all the toys… Read Full Review

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“Originally had new Ford Galaxy but part exchanged at 3...”

Written on: 18/01/2008 by Abie (1 review written)

Originally had new Ford Galaxy but part exchanged at 3 years for new Seat Alhambra TDI SE to obtain all the bells and whistles for a lower price. So far I've had two of these vehicles from new and part exchanged each of them for replacement at 3 years The primary purpose is avoid MOT but also to retain a new trouble-free car. Present car 3 years old March, 2009 when I contemplate exchanging for the same vehicle… Read Full Review

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“Before writing this I have been to look at some newer...”

Written on: 03/03/2007 by wallunit (1 review written)

Before writing this I have been to look at some newer models with the view to upgrading and I test drove 4 different people carriers, including the newer Seat Alhambra they weren't brand new but they all had price tags of £10000 plus, on the way home I paid real attention to my 9yr old Alhambra and I came to the conclusion that mine drove as good if not better in most cases than any newer model as well as having all the toys, consequently I'm going stick with the one I've got. If you've got a… Read Full Review

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“The Seat Alhambra is a superb piece of machinery. I...”

Written on: 08/02/2007 by alf berwick (1 review written)

The Seat Alhambra is a superb piece of machinery. I bought mine second hand with 120,000 miles on clock and it has now done 170,000. Still looks great apart from paint wearing off of the front door handles, I'm still getting 45mpg and performance is better than most family cars. Has cost nothing in parts apart from a broken front spring which was probably due to me transporting loads of bricks down to the axle. I've not replaced the brake pads and only did the cam belt at the recommended… Read Full Review

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“Very happy will by another.”

Written on: 24/08/2006 by Brian Parker (1 review written)

Very happy will by another… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Having bought this Seat Alhambra brand new I've been...”

Written on: 03/07/2006 by Wynne (1 review written)

Having bought this Seat Alhambra brand new I've been very disappointed with the faults mentioned and the service from the dealership… Read Full Review

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“I have had the Alhambra 1.9TDI for over six years and...”

Written on: 30/03/2006 by stevenieve (3 reviews written)

I have had the Alhambra 1.9TDI for over six years and 93,000 miles. Two problems Air flow sensor and Accelerator pedal needed replacement. Otherwise just filters and brake pads. I am very happy with Seat and will get another one… Read Full Review

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“This is my second Alhambra (this one was new in 03)....”

Written on: 13/01/2006 by cliffdi (1 review written)

This is my second Alhambra (this one was new in 03). It's just completed 40,000 miles and still drives like it did at new.

My first one (T reg) had a major gearbox problem and it chewed up a new auto-gearbox every six months (which was very expensive for Seat as they were replaced under warranty). I ended up returning it and getting the brand new model at the time (the 1.9TDi SE Tiptronic auto) which is an 03 plate (after a rather heated confrontation with Seat UK).

This particular model has… Read Full Review

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“Bought the Seat Alhambra brand new in 2001 and went...”

Written on: 11/01/2006 by mechanic (1 review written)

Bought the Seat Alhambra brand new in 2001 and went off to Germany with a caravan behind from the dealers. Car was fantastic. 115 bhp turbo diesel has plenty of power and tows 1250kgs in 5th no problem 6th is unusual.
Gearbox smooth steering positive and light brakes very good and responsive but disc's have to be changed with second set of pads. Have had to have aircon pipe changed as it was leaking. Climate control panel replaced and door handles replaced. Now the auxillary heater in rear has… Read Full Review

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Dalitrel's Response to mechanic's Review

Written on: 28/02/2006

Interesting... I had an early 2001 115 TDI and also had to replace the aux heater, and had recurring problems with the aircon due to a leaking pipe. Also had problems with the driver window which was temperamental. Seat never managed to fix it. Changed last year for a 2004 130 TDI. Essentially the same car with added extras like the front/rear parking aid and bigger wheels. No aux heater though, which is a shame. Not much difference in performance, but the tyres are even more expensive. Currently in the garage due to cracked gearbox casing. Oh, and I have the same problem as in the previous one with the driver window. very odd.

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