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Excellent car let down by dealer failures

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29.04.2004

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Spacious, economical car ideal for a family or use as a samll van with 5 seats removed

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Dealer support variable

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ComfortExcellent

FeaturesGood

Fuel consumptionExcellent

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Bought the car, originally my company car (new price £23,500) for £12,500 in September 2003. For the first two years it was excellent, reliable, spacious and very flexible with the ability to remove between one and five rear seats. As it was the 1.9Tdi PD SE version it has lots of extras such as a heated windscreen, heated front seats (which also turn round for picnics - not that I've ever used that!), comfortable captain's front seats, good quality 10 seater sound system and fuel economy up to 55mpg and low (176g) CO2 emissions. It's also happy towing and has excellent torque in lower gears. Sadly soon after I bought it it began to let me down badly. It started calling for coolant on a regular basis, particularly after high speed journeys on motorways. Two visits to my usual dealer and they could find no problem. On a journey of 6 hours though it called for 6 litres of water and taking it to another dealer resulted in them replacing the radiator cap. No problems for a while and then a trip to France...and 1am in the morning with 200 miles to go it started calling for coolant again. Completed the journey and took it to a French dealer who again replaced the radiator cap. 10miles later...the same problem..took it back the next day and ten days later had the car returned with a new cylinder head which wass the cause of the original problem 2 months earlier. Perhaps I have just been unlucky...but overall it is an excellent car, an MPV with sports suspension that handles very well. I would probably buy another

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CherryBlossom 30.04.2004 02:03

Welcome to Ciao. The car looks quite impressive but if it's as problematic as you say then not one I'd bother looking at any further. ~Sharon

MAFARRIMOND 29.04.2004 23:16

Welcome to Ciao. Sounds like a bad experience. Maureen

kerryzach 29.04.2004 19:11

Welcome to Ciao! Shame you had probs with the car! Sounds like it would be a good family mobile! Kerry xx

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SEAT present the Alhambra 1.9 TDi PD Stylance Tiptronic 5dr People Carrier with 5 Speed Tiptronic Automatic Gearbox...

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Body Type MPV
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Range SEAT Alhambra

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