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Dave’s Garage (Volvo legal for a year)


#1

So I bought my first car on Thursday, I am pretty proud of it


It is a 2000 Seat Leon 1.4 16V S with a whopping 74hp


#2

Cool car :smiley:

My first car was also a SEAT, but a Ibiza from 2002. I think they are a good deal in general. Your SEAT Leon has the exact same interior to the Golf 4 at the time AFAIK.


#3

Thanks

yeah I think they do share the same interior and I think the 1.4 Golf 4 is pretty much the same car (except the Golf is more equipped and slightly heavier)


#4

Good choice! I have the same engine, although in the little brother, the Ibiza :slight_smile: At least I had no engine issues (except ignition coils) in 8 years and 100000 km.


#5

Mine has about 160,000km on the clock so I’m really hoping nothing is going to go severely wrong


#6

Mine is at 135,000, I bought it when it was 3 years old. It needed some smaller repairs but it never really broke down on the road.


#7

I have noticed mine sounds a bit diesel like, do you have that with your Ibiza at all?


#8

No, not really. It is not very smooth, but Diesels are way worse.


#9

I think mine needs a good service and maybe clean out the dirty oil as it has probably been sat for a while


#10

Can’t go wrong with a Seat, I’ve got this car’s (technical) baby baby brother, the Arosa, in almost the same colour!


#11

I was looking in to buying an Arosa instead but it sold before I could pick up the phone, it would’ve been better for me inurance wise


#12

Smart looking car, I like these. Those engines can burn a bit of oil, but seem to be absolutely bulletproof. The kid down the street has one in a Golf that he has run out of oil previously and over-revved. It sounds utterly knackered, never heard an engine like it, but it’s been like that for over a year and just keeps on going.


#13

Well if I look after my engine it could probably last another 100,000 miles without too many problems


#14

Nice first car and of course it will do another 160 Mm if you look after it, 300+ Mm is nothing special this day and age.


#15

All it needs to do is last me for at least 5 years or however long it is until I can afford to run an Alfa 156, that shouldn’t be too hard for it being a somewhat basic car


#16

Update: well the stupid insurance company wants £4,600 a year from me to run this car, looks like i’m not going to be driving for a while :rage:


#17

Wow. That’s insane.


#18

I have got it down to £2400 luckily but thats still a lot


#19

That’s only a tiny bit more than I paid on my 1.3 Corolla 6 years back when I started driving, and the 1.0 Daihatsu wasn’t much less a few months later, so doesn’t seem a million miles from where it should be. It dropped a few hundred quid after my first year, but then didn’t really drop again til I turned 21.

Have you looked at the ones that put a black box in the car? My mate used one called Insure The Box as they ended up being about £1500 for his first year.


#20

£2400 is the quote I am getting with black box, It’s probably got something to do with the fact that I only passed a few days ago and I am not yet 18 which is a factor that brings insurance down

Does a black box price change dramatically after a couple of months of driving or does it not change for the entire year?