Written on: 09/11/2010
I have the same fault mate and asked some advice at local seat garage they said fault was either wiring fault under battery tray or the dash combination
unit needs renewed thats costly, A temp solution is removig fuse 15 but clock doesnt work due to no constant live to unit. (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2010
i have 1 1.6 tdi PETROL (yes i know, a tdi but petrol), am sure they registered it wrong. iv had 3 faults so far....rear washer didnt work, interior light wouldnt turn off and now the sealtbelt warning light comes on randomly, even though im wearing it!!!
Not sure how me and this car will get on.This is the first car that has given me grief!!! (read more)
Written on: 25/07/2010 by zz000mm (1 review written)
This model of Leon, a Seat Leon 1.6S 2002 model year, has a fundamental gearbox problem that Seat and their dealers will glaze over.
A business partner bought the car from new. The car obviously came with it's first gearbox (1). After 3 years the gearbox failed and was replaced (2) by my business partner.
I bought the car for a second family car. We are husband and wife with 7 year old child. No teenagers.
Shortly after buying the car the gearbox failed. The fault punched a hole in the... (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2009 by SeatLeon16 (2 reviews written)
Seat Leon 16 further down is me. 2 years on and the car has been good although i dont know what the future holds. Only problem to date was one of the coils going faulty. Otherwise been a dream to drive for the last 2 years. I get over 450 miles out of a full tank by using Shell VPower Unleaded! I used to get only 360 on normal unleaded so this proved to be a good decision. It also improves reliability. So if you want close to diesel econonmy, petrol driving for very little go for the Leon... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2009 by ROONEYCRAIG
hi i have a seat leon 1.6s and am having real problems with the dash lights, everytime i turn the ignition off all the dash lights go haywire and there is an alarm sound going off, had an auto electrician out and he couldnt find the problem (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2009 by B Bop (1 review written)
I've always had second hand cars but find myself constantly going to the garage to get them fixed, so 2 years ago I decided to buy a new car. After a lot of searching I chose the SEAT Leon. This was the BIGGEST mistake of my life. If it wasn't under warranty I would be in so much debt! I've had numerous courtesy cars.
My biggest complaint is the alarms. Within the first 6 months of purchasing the car I found the alarms would go off every 30 minutes. Whether I locked it with the button, the... (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2008
I loved the car when I first bought it, it was a perfect family car with plenty of space in boot for pushchairs. That was until the electrics decided to go the speedo gave up the ghost so I have to guess what speed I am doing. The fuel gauge is even worse it beeps at every corner you turn even when full up which drives you mad. The only way that we know of getting it fixed is to have all the clocks replaced but this can only be done by seat and costs a small fortune. I am now left with a car... (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2008 by nanatunes (1 review written)
I have a 2002 Seat Leon model and have suffered the same leak. My mechanic had no idea where it came from so we replaced the rubber seals both front and back and it still leaked. Took it to a Seat garage and they were not at all surprised to hear about the probelm and replaced the internal window seal membrane. £180 for both doors! Happy to say no more leaks but randomly my boot wont unlock! Anyone know how to fix that? Do I really need to go back to a garage? (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2008 by atrophos
Great car just should have got rid of it last year. Unfortunately now in year 6 (only 25K miles) and have had to replace the front and rear brake disks, full exhaust and now had the second ignition coil go in 2 months. (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2008 by markimark (1 review written)
Potential to be a terrific car (faults aside)I can see why people buy Golfs, as I bought this because I couldn't afford a similar spec/age Golf. If I could do away with the faults I'd go for a TDi. (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2007 by SeatLeon16 (2 reviews written)
Only had the car a short while but seems like such a good buy since its a Golf in disguise. This is the first time I go for a non-japanese car. I always used to stick to reliable and robust toyota/honda cars but the price was just too irresistible. So far seems to have been a good risk. (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2007 by leonemotion (1 review written)
Best compromise of comfortable and sporty ride, reassured and meaty handling, comfortable driving position and seats-rear seats are especially cossetting (reach & rake steering column), sporty feel gearbox, decent 1.6 powerplant with subtle sporting note and fairly good economy of around 40m.p.g- (mixed driving) good feel of a.b.s brakes in any stopping condition- huge boot size. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a 1.6 astra, Focus, Golf alternative + looks better than a VW Golf... (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2006 by geff01
The Seat Leon 1.6 S is value for money but had a new fuel pump after 1,000 miles, a new gearbox after 9,900 miles, and had door leak. All replaced under warranty. Can you believe that a brand new car can have so many faults? I wouldn't buy any VW group car. (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2006 by jazz0570
I've had my Seat Leon from new in 2002. Everything was ok until September 2004 when it broke down with coil failure, then again in April 2006. The really annoying thing is Seat won't replace the coils until they fail.
I'm now having problems with fluctuating revs, which I've been told by my local dealer is a faulty exhaust release valve. I've been waiting for the part to be delivered to the dealer since the 5th May. Seat made a cock up with its stock, and its had to reorder from the... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2006 by Pistol Pete (1 review written)
We've owned our 2002 1.6S Leon since it was a year old. Has been reliable, apart from the three separate coilpack failures in the first 18 months of ownership. Hopefully the uprated ones now fitted at the dealership have resolved this problem. We have had no problems with the electrics or with water leaks. There are one or two rattles and squeaks from the interior trim but nothing too intrusive. 'Forest Green' paintwork is quite soft on our vehicle. Mechanically has been very solid to... (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2006 by Steve J (1 review written)
I drive the Seat Leon 1.6 sx. it has been a fantastic car and I can with all honesty say I have never had trouble with water leaks or major electrical problems, the car has been very reliable and a joy to drive. I drive around 60 miles a day to work and back on both motorways and on country roads, and the car is very responsive on both. Unfortunatly 3 weeks ago my car was written off when a guy lost control of his car at speed and demolished the front end of the Leon, although the car was... (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2005 by rowerovers (1 review written)
I have had my Seat Leon 1.6 S for 18 months, and the electrics are always going wrong. The dash lights work one day and not the next, and the central locking is always messing me about. The exhaust rattles all the time where a bracket keeps coming off. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2005 by nwpierre (1 review written)
My wife and I bought 2 Seat Leon 1.4 S models both having the VW DUW 1998-2002. Both failed!!! Something happens in the gearbox damaging the casing causing gearbox oil to contaminate the clutch causing slippage. My wifes was changed under warranty. Mine is a year out of warranty. They will not change mine. Both cars have under 50K miles. Can anyone confirm if/why this gearbox has apparantly been changed since 2002. Legally I would pursue the 'sale of goods act' There are many more people... (read more)
Written on: 07/10/2004 by cazzam (1 review written)
The Seat Leon 1.6 S family cars faults are endless. Most of them relate to electrical faults like lights, indicators, horn, central locking, dash lights, stereo, electric windows etc., that have all been faulty at one point or another on my car. I'm amazed at how this car also has varying degrees of water purification i.e. it gets filtered through all the water tight seals directly into the car - I thought about setting up my own SEAT filtered water company. I thought the best one was the... (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2004 by bongowobble (1 review written)
Have been driving this Seat Leon 1.6 S family car in Norway for 2 1/2 years in summer and winter weather. "Sport" suspension is a pleasure to drive, direct and responsive on winter roads/snow.
Overall very satisfied, although the dealers are less than willing to fix minor niggles like the condensation in the lights. (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2003 by hadeshelmet (1 review written)
I've had my Seat Leon 1.6S for two years now. The only time it went back was because the newly installed alarm system had a problem. Since then it has been perfect.
Unfortunately it was rear ended at a traffic light. The bottom wrap-around-bumper had to be replaced. The trunk was not damaged at all. The front of the other car was totaled from headlight to headlight.
Good strong car that looks good, feels good runs good and is good. I've never had another car as good as this one. (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2003 by Ste.
What is it with this anti Leon sentiment? Either i've been lucky as have the other two people I know who have one...or do people with stuff to moan about write in these columns and those happy with their purchase are out enjoying it. All car manufacturers have their Friday afternoon cars...all of them! - and from what I have heard of late VW is one of the worst culprits....hang on VW = SEAT...... (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2003 by Mark.
The Seat Leon 1.6 S 16 Valve is a car that does everything it is supposed to. It's fast enough for most, looks stunning and has every thing you need for driving in the UK. Have a look in a Golf catalogue and compare the technical data with the Leons'. Compare it with the Golf 1.6 SE and you'll see that the Leon is a better buy. I've had mine since January 2003 and I have had no problems and the dealership is great, but it's a family business which has been around for 35 years, so that's... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2003 by Rob.
I test drove the 1.6 16v Leon and thought it was overall a good car. After reading some of the reviews here it made me wonder. I went and had a look at one a while back (it happened to be raining at the time) and i looked inside, there was a huge puddle on the floor! (Behind drivers seat) I notified the dealer and he said "Someone left the window open" but i wonder... LE(AK)ON -it has been described as. Had no probs with my dealer, but then i havn't bought the car yet (therefore bound to be... (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2003 by Philip.
I have had the car for one year and suffered the problems mentioned by other reviews - fogging lights, leaking door seals, broken rear boot lock, sticking clutch pedal. The first 2 problems appear to be known to SEAT. I have also had the car break down twice in 2 weeks due to failed ignition coils (they sit above the spark plugs and give them the high voltage). SEAT will only replace them individually. My arguement is that they must be faulty and when talking to a mechanic he knew about... (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2002 by Adam.
My Seat Leon 1.6s handles nicely and holds the road well. I can't fault the car (although I'd have preferred the Cupra!!). Take it for more than one test drive and it will grow on you. It feels classy inside and is very smooth to drive. Excellent gearbox and great all round vehicle.
The car is fine. The company leaves a little to be desired. I had my worst experience of customer services with Seat that I've ever had! I needed bodywork repair and I went to the same garage on 4 seperate... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2002 by Richie.
My girlfriend bought the Seat Ibiza model. Everything was fine until the exhaust system had to be replaced because of excessive rattle. She gave the car to the local service dealer and was given a courtesy car. She then discovered that it would cost her £15 for the day when it should be free given the repair was down to poor quality. Then another time she couldn't fill the car with petrol as the lever cord to open the flap broke. She had to call out the AA. Then coming home one late evening... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2002 by Lubomir.
I bought my Seat Leon 1,6 16V Signo 18 months ago. I have not had not any problems with my car. The car is very comfortable, very certain and when I drive this car I am feeling as competitor. This car must be twig everybody. I love my car. (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2002 by Mark.
Bought a Seat LEON in Jan 2002 and have had no problems with it yet. 7 months of rattle and squeek free motoring. It's a well built and solid car. Everyone who's been in it likes it. The stereo is also a huge bonus. (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2002 by John.
The Seat Leon has real quality problems, I had to return my car to the dealer 11 times in 10 months.
The doors leaked (took 3 attempts and is still not 100% ok) the front, rear and fog lights where full of water, boothlock broke, all kind of small electrical stuff broke, like indicators, dashboardlights and electrical seat adjustment, dust in the paintjob and rattles everywhere, clutch pedal had to be replaced.
Seat UK doesn't care, the dealer is stupid and Seat Spain is not interested. (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2002 by Tom.
I've had this Seat Leon 1.6s car 6 months, garaged. Recently had to leave it out in the rain. Rear carpets soaked. Returned to Chalkes in Warminster who fit new door seals. A week later, water sloshing around in the back again. Chalkes unable to deal with it for a week, so car still outside in the rain filling up with water and smelling awful. Moral here, great car if you don't leave it out in the rain for too long! (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2002 by rOBMC_3.
I got hold of one of the first Seat Leon 1.6s cars back in Sep 2000. Its been great apart from the past 6 weeks- I've had no indicators for ages, and three trips to Arnold Clark in Edinburgh have been fruitless. I can't believe how unbothered they seem about me having a potentially dangerous vehicle (I'm talking near misses every day!). Thank God the car is otherwise very reliable.
I'm definitely thinking of getting hold of a 1.8 Cupra in the near future despite this though. Perhaps I'll... (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2002 by James.
The Seat Leon 1.6s car is a tremendous buy for the money. Most important is the mechanical system which is excellent. Then there are the extras: music system; electrical everything and good looks.
Okay, if you are going to tote passengers in the back, take only your midget friends. Not a lot of legroom back there. (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2001 by Jon.
I bought a SEAT Leon eight months ago, although it wasn't the 1.6, it was the 1.9 TDi. I never had a problem with it. It was comfortable, quiet, refined, well built. It has everything you could want - PAS, Electric windows, A/C, Alloy wheels, 4 airbags, and even a great standard stereo.
Unfortunately I crashed it a week or so ago and wrote it off - due to a farmer leaving lots of mud on the road. I rolled it and slid for 200 yards on the roof. Every pannel on the car was knackered,... (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2001 by Chris.
Built with total VW Gebautsqualitat (build quality) even has better residuals than the Golf. Unless you want Wolfsburg to build you a bespoke vehicle with pick and mix options and if you want a manual only ...don't for pity's sake waste your money subsidising the German Social Security System...buy a SEAT. The Leon S auto continues to be available in continental Europe but has been removed from the line-up here in the UK ,presumably it was taking too many sales from the Golf 1.6 S auto!... (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2001 by bobby.
the Seat Leon is very good,
very nice to drive and drives very well.
the spec of the car is very good compared to the a3 and the golf.
if you are looking for a new car and you are planning to keep it for a few years then the seat leon is the car to go for.
the whole range is very good.
i will be buying a third seat when i pay this one off. (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2001 by aiden.
enjoyable to drive and own, sporting appearance stands out from Focus, Golf, Astra etc. have received many comments on cars appearance but I am confident that the VW Audi underpinnings and components mean that it is a quality car as well as good looking. (read more)
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