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I own a 2000 registered Seat Arosa 1.0 and have owned her for the last 5 years. It runs as smoothly as the day I got her and i have done over 36,000 miles since owning her. In total there are 116,000 miles on the clock and it runs as smoothly as ever. Fuel economy is pretty good, getting around 320 miles a tank, which at a cost of £36 is not bad going. Servicing is cheap and the most I have had to do is replace the clutch at around the 100,000 mile mark. The only downfall of the car is there isn't lots of immediate power but happily will get up to 75-80 mph. Being part of the Volkswagen group Seat offers cars that are of excellent build quality and reliable. I have driven literally hundreds of cars this size and can safely say I would take my 2000 reg Seat Arosa over all of them.
My first car was a Citroen Saxo that I had for around 5 years, and absolutely loved! So when it died and I had to find a new car, I really struggled to find anything that I liked as much. Then I came across the Seat Arosa.
There was one for sale locally (in January 2011) for £2250. It was a 2002, red, 1.0l model. I managed to haggle it down a bit and got it for just under £2k, it only had 57,000 miles on the clock.
I use the car to drive to work and back every day, which is a short journey of just 6 miles each way. I also use it for work occasionally, which can include quite long journeys and I have never had any problems with it. Yes, it may take a while to get up to 60/70mph, but then it's only a 1l engine and once it gets there, there's no stopping it.
The seats are really comfortable and most people who sit in it are surprised at just how much space there is in the back seats. The boot doesn't look huge, but it is sufficient for what I need it for, and it is AMAZING how much you can fit in it if you put the seats down!
Ok, so there's no mod cons like electric windows, central locking or aircon, but personally, I just think that's more that can go wrong! There's power steering, which I find a god-send after never having had this before.
I can fill up a whole tank for about £35 and find that this usually does me around 300 miles, which I don't think is bad atall.
Overall I think this is a fab little car and it suits my needs perfectly. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a small, economical, reliable car.
I have had and lived with my little 1.0 Arosa for 5 and a half years now and what a car she is.
The little 1 litre engine is not a powerful beast but is more than adequat for the type of driving I do, mainly to a from work and the occasional longer trip.
The fuel economy is fantastic if you use it on longer runs and I can get a good 240 miles from a 28 litre fill up and that is driving to a from work and lots of short trips. When I drove to Brize Norton from Plymouth doing a steady 60mph (had lots of time to wait there!) I managed a very impressive 300 miles out of the tank (including a quarter of the tank being used at 'faster' speeds on the return journey).
The car is great to run and insure, approx £150 per year (I'm 29 with 5 years no claims). I personally love the styling although I wish I had the money to paint the lower bumpers to finish the look of the car. Although the car is small, inside she is like a tardis. The drive gets lots of room and even has a dead foot pedal (rest for when you're not using the clutch) which some larger cars do not have.
In the nearly 6 years I've had the car I've used 1 headlight bulb, 2 sets of wipers, get approx 12000 mile per set of tyres (I drive her hard) and 1 window regulator, which was about £150 all in.
The window regulator is the only real unexpected cost but it is a common problem with the Arosa.
The only really big problem with the little car is the tiny tiny boot. It really is small but if you are single or don't use the boot much then it is fine. My wife and I managed to get all our shopping in every week until we bought a new Mazda 2 for her.
I also had and still have a problem with my seat 'squeaking' because of how I sit in it. I'm quite tall but still fit quite nicely although I do like to rest my arm on the window so that side gets more wear hence the squeak. A little oil under the fabric would sort it.
Overall a great little car but it does have a small boot.
~ ~ Seat, the Spanish car manufacturer, have recently launched the new 2001 version of their very popular 1.0 litre Arosa. What has caused most stir in the motoring press has been its new ”look”, said to be very similar to a BMW in the design of the front lights and grille. They have seemingly “borrowed” from yet another luxury car for the rear view, where the light cluster is nearly identical to the baby Lexus, the IS200. ~ ~ The brand new image has had significant imput from designer Walter de Silva, who has just moved to Seat from Alfa Romeo, where he was the chief stylist. Alfa’s big success story of recent times, the 156, was his work, and, so too, is the soon to be released Alfa 147. He has been hired by Seat to give the Spanish marque a more sporty and youthful image, in the style of his old employer in Italy. ~ ~ The Arosa is the last Seat car to be revamped under its model renewal programme, that has already seen major changes to the Toledo, Ibiza, Cordoba, Leon and Alhambra. It arrives on the scene at a moment when Seat is just about to celebrate its 50th birthday as a car manufacturer. At one time the company was the Spanish arm of Fiat, and then became a State-owned concern for many years when Fiat pulled out in the 1980’s. The company is now wholly owned by Volkswagen, and its gigantic plant just outside Barcelona is also a large supplier of VW-badged vehicles. ~ ~ The Arosa itself uses the same engine as the VW Lupo, but the 1.0 litre Seat retails at £8,590 (Irish Punts) which is considerably less than the Lupo at £9,360 (Irish Punts) The engines are in fact identical in every respect, and the cars are also a similar size. There are actually five engine options in the Arosa range. There is the 1.0 litre petrol, 50bhp version, two 1.4 litre petrol engines developing 60bhp and 100bhp respectively, and two diesels, a 1.4 and a 1.7 litre. (60bhp and 75bhp) <
br><br>~ ~ The 1.0 litre is an agile and nimble little car, ideal for urban motoring, but can get a tad “breathless” when put through its paces on a motorway. For open-road driving the 75bhp, 1.4 litre Tdi is a much better proposition. The 1.0 litre claims a top speed of 94mph and a 0 to 100km or 62mph speed of 17.4 seconds. What it lacks in acceleration it makes up for in economy, with an average return of around the 50mpg mark. Over 50% of the Arosa is either new or has been modified, and the car’s profile is also more aerodynamic with a Cd figure of 0.32. ~ ~ The inside of the car has also been extensively reworked. There’s a more modern and functional dashboard layout with a variety of cubbyholes for storage. Softer plastics and a more pleasant textured upholstery are used, and it even has two hand card-holders and two cup-holders. Boot space is a bit cramped, but you almost expect that in what is basically a mini-car. ~ ~ Everything considered, a stylish and economical car, cheap to insure, cheap to run, and at an extremely attractive and affordable price. COPYRIGHT Ken J (2000)