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SEAT Arosa 1.0 MPi S 3d (2004/04)

SEAT Arosa 1.0 MPi S 3d (2004/04) - Owner Review

Not bad but very underpowered (less than 50 bhp) - brakes grind terribly after little usage.
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SEAT Arosa (97-04)

Value

4 out of 5

Paid less than £6000 new with 14"" Alloys, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, CD Player.

Costs

4 out of 5

Group 2 Insurance, pretty economical, but over £150 for oil and filter change.

Driving

2 out of 5

Not bad but very underpowered (less than 50 bhp) - brakes grind terribly after little usage.

Performance

2 out of 5

Bit sluggish, sits at 4000 rpm on motorway at 70 mph.

Reliability

2 out of 5

It starts, but build quality is poor for a VW product - had replacement HT leads at just over 3 months old which took Seat dealers at least three times to diagnose - when car rattles like an old tractor you instinctively know there's a problem!

Image

4 out of 5

Youthful I guess, seems to get appreciative looks from Saxo drivers, but I would recommend sober colours for best resale

Comfort

3 out of 5

Excellent for driver, I'm 6'4"" and have loads of head/legroom but rear seat legroom not the best.

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Security

3 out of 5

No problems, but then I don't think anyone would steal a lime green Arosa.

Service

2 out of 5

Was quoted one price for service, then charged £50 more with no decent explanation charged £30 to deglaze brakes but wasn't told at time of buying that screeching noise is a characteristic of the model, HT leads fixed but still unexplained loud rattle

Problems

Bodywork
Central locking went berserk, one electric window creaked.

Engine
HT leads at only 3,000 miles.

Gearbox
-

Other
Brake design apparently results in loud grinding noise that can't be cured.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
Yes

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No