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Used Seat Leon Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Seat Leon 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 Leon 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 Leon (2000 - 2005) Fault Guide
Seat Leon (2005 - Present) Fault Guide


Seat Leon (2000 - 2005) Fault Guide

View Seat Leon (2000 - 2005) Fault Guide

We know of 17 SEAT Leon (2000 - 2005) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

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

Here's an example fault on the SEAT Leon (2000 - 2005)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 40,000 or 60,000 miles.

What it means:

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

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 £90-195.


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Seat Leon (2005 - Present) Fault Guide

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We know of 15 SEAT Leon (2005 - Present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

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

Here's an example fault on the SEAT Leon (2005 - Present)

What to look for:

Check the service history to make sure the car is not due an expensive service.

What it means:

With the 2.0 TDi powerplant the servicing runs at small (12 months or 10,000/30,000/50,000 miles) and major level (24 months or 20,000/40,000/60,000miles) – the small service is £150.00 at a main dealer and the major service is £265.00 at a main dealer. Also check for the fuel filter and air filter service which are both due on the 2.0 TDi at 40,000 miles at a cost of around £100.00 for both at a main dealer.

What to do

If the car is close to any of the services or then try to negotiate that amount off of the price of the car. If the car is at a main dealer then try to have the service carried out as part of the deal.


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