Finally getting round to making a thread about my beloved Seat Arosa, mainly because it might not be with me for much longer sadly…
This a 2004 Seat Arosa S with the tiny 1.0l MPi engine. When new, it produced 50 hp and could push this thing from 0-60 in 17.7 seconds - it can’t quite do that today.
The ‘S’ trim was essentially the mid-range model, and came with 14" alloy wheels and not much else it seems.
This was it the day I got it. I was a very, very happy boy that day.
Happily seats 4 despite the tiny amount of room in the back. Thanks to the big windows and tall cabin, it actually ends up being quite airy in there. Comes with all the usual early 2000s luxuries such as:
[ul]- A CD player!
- A digital clock!
- Adjustable headlights!
- No glovebox!
- Very simplistic heater system![/ul]
It’s by no means legendary in the luxury department then, but as a first car, it’s been a faithful companion and I think I genuinely love it. It’s been my way of getting to friends houses, going to parties, travelling to see family, going shopping and even adventuring for the past 18 months, essentially being all the things a first car should be.
Believe it or not, it was styled by the same man who did the Bugatti Veyron. And I dare say the Veyron looks almost as good HO HO HO!
It’s also garnered the nickname the ‘Arousa’. I’ll let you think what you will of that…
We’ve been to many places, as you can see.
This was my back muffler after it decided to fall off at 50 mph on a country road. I have never been more scared in my life.
This is at Herstmonceaux Observatory Science Centre in East Sussex.
This is at Dungeness Power Station on the Kent coast. If you happen to be in the area, go and visit it, you can essentially get within 200m of a controlled nuclear bomb.
This is up in the Peak District. Even on the hilly roads, it did cope fairly well despite the lack of any power.
Erin enthusiasts: this is where the inspiration for the Nardella XR vs Lira 200SL article came from and why Erin’s lore now includes a number of locations in this area. The roads here are amazing!
This car may be woefully underpowered and lacking on features, but it has been so much fun owning it. It even drives well: steering remains sharp even at speed, brakes are good and it has the lovely pluckiness you get with a lot of city cars.
Sadly, however, my beloved Arosa is not in good shape. It’s developed a compression problem in one of the cylinders over the past year, and what’s causing it is basically deciding its future. It could be just one of the valves needing to be reset or replaced, probably due to gunk on the camshafts. Or, it could be a hole in the cylinder wall or the piston, which will need a full engine rebuild. Essentially, it’s a few hours of maintenance or £1k to sort the hole out, which will write it off.
Annoyingly, it now also needs insuring again, an MOT and taxing, and I haven’t got the money for that currently thanks to uni. So sadly, it’s sitting on our driveway with battery charger plugged into it and deflated left rear tire. Sad times…