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Used Seat Ibiza Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Seat Ibiza faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Seat Ibiza fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Seat Ibiza (1993 - 2008) Fault Guide
Seat Ibiza (2002 - 2008) Fault Guide
Seat Ibiza (2008-) Fault Guide


Seat Ibiza (1993 - 2008) Fault Guide

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We know of 11 SEAT Ibiza (1993 - 2008) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 5 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 2 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 1 recalls

Here's an example fault on the SEAT Ibiza (1993 - 2008)

What to look for:

1) Start the engine and listen for the engine misfiring (rather than the revs being constant when on idle and the engine making a consistent noise, it splutters and spits). 2) Take the car for a drive and be prepared that it could cut out at the first junction you stop at.

What it means:

The most common reason for a misfire or cut-out (if the engine management light is off) is the spark plug leads. If a garage tests the existing leads and believes them to be fine, insist they try a new set of leads as it usually cures the problem. If the battery has recently gone flat, the light may just need re-setting.

What to do

Negotiate a £100 discount or have the repair completed.


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Seat Ibiza (2002 - 2008) Fault Guide

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We know of 10 SEAT Ibiza (2002 - 2008) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 4 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 2 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 2 recalls

Here's an example fault on the SEAT Ibiza (2002 - 2008)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt should be changed within 5 years or 60,000 miles. NB The 1.2 engine is chain driven, so this does not apply.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as water pump and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £200.


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Seat Ibiza (2008-) Fault Guide

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We know of 11 SEAT Ibiza (2008-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 6 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 2 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 1 recalls

Here's an example fault on the SEAT Ibiza (2008-)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On the 1.4/1.9 TDI engines the cam belt must be changed within 4 years or 80,000 miles. The 1.4 petrol engine has the schedule at 60,000 miles or four years.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as water pump and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt and tensioner will cost £400. It will cost £1000 - £1,200+ to have the engine repaired if the belt fails


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