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When we turned up at Premier the we saw there (Ross) was a chap we to know when he worked at our Suzuki garage. He was just out at Premier, and since he’d good at Suzuki we were to see him again. When we went the next week to fix up finance the guy (Danny) was the same chap who had up the finance on our first Corrado G60) about 10 years ago at Leek!

Ross and Danny after us pretty well and the sales procedure was pretty

Ross brought a car over to the for a test drive, and Premier us a little bit of a discount and threw in the chrome grille trim 35 quidsworth) for nothing. They not go as far as throwing in a set of floor mats, and wouldn’t budge beyond initial discount, and I did think since I was giving them ten grand for the car, plus 1,700 quid in finance they could at least thrown in a 30-quid set of mats! I not be the world’s greatest haggler.

everybody we’ve encountered at so far has been very nice and and helpful, including Ross, the ladies who’ve answered the the Sales Manager who I got once by and a chap who chipped in to help us between shades of blue in the I hope they all turn out to be so when it comes to after-sales and servicing. Watch this and I’ll let you know!

Our OTR price was I got insurance (4yrs no-claims) protected NCB for £286 from the and we signed up for a servicing package about £5 a month all the basic servicing costs. figure really brought the economy factor of this car to the VR6 Corrado that we had until August. £5 a month go far towards servicing that

In fact everything about the is less than half the of what it was on the Corrado – but it’s also less half the engine size!

of the Arosa is arranged for 1st March Watch this space and keep a running diary of weaknesses, problems, costs, service, etc.

March Delivery and First Drive

was on schedule, but the car came with a of minor problems: a slightly alloy, a small chip in the a missing plastic bit from the engine bay. nothing but irritating. The dealer had spotted three, and has arranged for a new wheel, a repair, and a replacement plastic After we got the car home we also another couple of marks on the but nothing major.

A couple of other problems in this first week end been that the instruction for the radio is missing, the lights flash like they’re to when you set the alarm, and, ominously, the Engine Management warning light came on as we got home after a 25 mile Started her up an hour later and all was but it did the same after another 25 drive today. Something to check with the dealer on

So how does she drive? Well, not the Corrado, but to tell you the truth not as much different as I expected. is going much slower, of (partly because we’re in mode, keeping to moderate and throttle) but there’s still a feel to the chassis, a crisp and turn in, and good feel the seat of your pants. a l ovely snickety notchy to the gear shift, and the throw too long.

Less feel the steering than in the Corrado, but good enough. It might a while to get used to the bigger though. The biggest difference, of is the engine.

1.4 16v is a whole different from 2.9 V6, and requires a very style of driving. We’ve got about 120 miles on the clock so not exploring the rev range at all yet, but already clear that the engine has a bit of a split low-rev / personality. Putting your part-way down at low revs and it steady as the engine speed you get a gentle start followed by surge of power as you reach a rpm, almost like a kicking in.

Critical rpm in first seems to be about 2500, and 3500 in second. If you make you’re above that you engage, the car is a little rocket, but if you below, then try to pick up you realise you’ve dropped out of I’m really looking to finishing the running in and finding out this little madam can do.

Peak power and torque are in the area, but I think I’d get a few hundred miles of bedding in and check out that warning before lighting that paper!

April 2002: update

Well, we’ve had for nearly 2 months, and we’ve the 1000 mile warm up. really pleased with the but disappointed with the dealer. The car has so far up to all expectations and is just perfect for the fun, solid, nippy, on the outside but big on the inside. We’ve out and about to the Lake District, Telford, Kidderminster, Leicester and Keynes as well as on local and the car has coped well with all of driving. Nice little

Splendid. The dealers, however, not yet kept their promise of all the little scrapes and missing that afflicted the car at delivery. I them after 6 weeks and was they’d get back to me. It’s now 8 and they still haven’t able to take the car in to fix the damaged the scraped alloy, and the missing bit under the bonnett, and I still no manual for the radio.

Pretty show, boys.

June 3-month update

Finally, a letter of complaint and some down the phone, the dealer got all the and had the car in to fix the various minor problems came with delivery. also gave Stumpy a valeting, re-blacked his tyres, and put in a splash of petrol to cover road test and collection/delivery I think they are trying to up for their bad start.

I finally my temper when they show up on time to collect the car and off the loaner for this work to be I was missing a meeting at work, the guy on the didn’t seem to care, and I him that he was the worst garage ever dealt with. I You’re just rubbish was the and most acerbic I could up with in the heat of the moment, but I he got my drift.

Sadly, while the car was in the tiny little scratch it was with painted over, it acquired an equivalent scratch on the side! I read somewhere Seat Imperial Blue is a bit soft, and certainly the number of and scratches that stumpy has picked up bears that Nevertheless, he looked a real when they drove him up to the house. Sparkling like new he put the dirty silver Leon to shame.

He’s a great car.

Here’s what was at the garage (all under / free of charge, of course):

and fitted battery fuse that was missing at delivery

new alloy wheel to replace damaged at delivery

tested ECU and found no record of fault

radio manual missing handbook pack at delivery

central locking / alarm to non-flashing at lock/unlock

paint-job on to fix chip/scratch noted at delivery

inside and out

home collection/delivery, loan car.

The jury is still out on the dealer. If it forever to get parts from the that’s a SEAT problem, not a Stoke problem. Being for the pick-up appointment, providing a that even I thought was too to touch, and mislaying my letter of must be down to Premier.

On the hand being suitably and apologetic, doing a free service, giving the car a good and having good efficient picking up the phone when you goes some way towards me! And then you think, what actually does a really job? I don’t think yet found a dealer so good I would stick with for more than a year or May be Premier will keep up improvement and buck the trend.

let you know!

As for Stumpy: he’s The publicity is true about the thinking it’s bigger it really is. With the back folded flat (good two chunky dogs can get in the boot; comfortable on the motorway and in the open as well as in town; he’s sprightly when you want him to be; and he feels like a real

When I switched from a AX to a VW Corrado about 10 years ago it was because I wanted to drive that felt like a car, not a starter-model. The Corrado did that job, but the Arosa OK too. Certainly from the it feels solid, spacious, and (at least with two people.

not tried any long journeys 4). And from the outside – Do you think I should paint the valve covers imperial

August 2002: back to the

Saturday: Accelerating onto the M6 with about 2100 on the clock. 2nd gear, 4000 rpm off the slip road into a gap in the cough, splutter jolt jolt the engine won’t go 4000. A gentle drive and Stumpy is headed back to the Sounds like an engine problem.

Phoned the dealer Stoke) on Saturday morning and arranged to collect the car from on Monday morning, which is good. Let’s see if they can this one without annoying me they have done Get well soon, Stumpy.

The dealers (Premier, Stoke) are hard and putting in a decent They took the car away as Monday morning, and promised to with news that which they did. The was that a speed sender (?) was not with the engine (frayed so the engine didn’t know how it was going and was going into kind of emergency running New bit required, and one was now on order and due to arrive or Wednesday.

On Wednesday they phoned on schedule to say the parts supplier had let down but that they deliver a free loan car to my immediately to keep me going Stumpy was better (they have given me one when first took him in, but I said I need one if he was only going to be for a couple of days). They to phone just before 2 to a drop off, they did so, and delivered a 1.6 SR Ibiza to my doorstep promptly.

I really like the way dealer (Premier, Stoke) the free pick-up and delivery. done, boys. And a special to Quillan at Premier who was very on the phone. I hate it when don’t phone you back and let you down.

This time, so Premier are doing OK. Please it up, I hate having to find new Incidentally, for any other Seat in my area there is apparently a new dealership at L.C.Charles in Crewe.

I to go there when I had the Corrado, but so far I am impressed with Premier.

2002: comparison drives

I had the this week to drive the an Ibiza 1.6 and a Punto 1.2 in rapid On balance, I am glad I’ve got the The Ibiza was a bit clumsy and felt especially under braking.

The was a comfortable, convenient and easy to but ultimately a bit dull, possibly because it was underpowered. Both the and the Punto were a lot bigger the Arosa on the outside without much more spacious on the and they certainly didn’t any more solid than Stumpy. But they they did luggage space! The Punto was for storage space inside the too, which is a weak on the Arosa, and was very nicely up inside.

More comfortable and trimmed than Stumpy. I almost be tempted to look at a Punto. But then you’re the territory of many other cars. I like the little partly because it’s so without feeling tinny or

I was glad to get back into after driving the other two for a few each.

I had a letter from a to this site recommending Optimax as a worthwhile fuel for the Sport. I have filled up Optimax and I think it does a little bit of difference. Trouble is, have to go back and forth a few between fuels to convince If I had to put money down, though, say there was an improvement.

Worth 2p per litre extra? I so. I’ll let you know when done a few more miles.

2002: 9 months, 3000

Still very happy little Stumpy, but still to have a problem with the warning light. It seems to on whenever we get caught in seriously traffic, and then stays on you next stop, wait, and Fortunately I hardly ever get in seriously jammed traffic!

only happened twice in 3 Recent occurrences have not accompanied by any engine problems the one we had in August (see above ). one part of the 3-piece chrome trim flew off and was lost on the It must have been glued on when it was fitted at the pre-delivery. I trust they replace and repair under I’ll let you know. Stumpy has had trips out to Doncaster, Wolverhampton, and as well as local pootling

I still miss the 190 horse of the VR6 Corrado, but for a nippy little Stumpy continues to please.

2003: 12 months, 5000 first service

Happy Stumpy! One year old today, 1st Everything has been fine but I was really cross when I to book the annual inspection and found that Premier’s and delivery service had been

Part of the reason I bought Premier was that they that service. Very I thought, and indeed it has been the few return-to-base events that has had so far. I was stuck with because I needed work under warranty on bits they had fitted (the grille that blew so I put up with it and took him in for his check up for the lifts, Debbie!).

Well, I am still disappointed about the service, I was nevertheless impressed Premier’s performance this Quillan on the service reception was pleasant and was even accurate the finishing time he predicted for me to the car.

The lady who was on the desk I picked the car up was also extremely and informative, the car was ready on time, it had given a good wash and all the I had asked for were done. that warning light, fit a chrome grille part, fix electric window and do the service). of all I didn’t have to pay a penny. Of I’ve been paying by on a SEAT plan through the but is still seems like a deal.

I pay £5.30 a month and all regular are covered: parts, labour, the So, in the end, the servicing went well, thank you Premier, but I be an even more satisfied and more likely to stick you for my next new car, if you reinstated the and delivery service.

(PS: for those of you that follow things, the official story the warning light is that the thing is just too sensitive, and something as simple as exhaust from the car in front in a traffic jam set it off. Since the service done it once more, in 2003,when Debbie took to the races at Beverley, and, again, it was in a traffic jam that the light came on. As usual, it away again next the car was stopped and parked for a bit.)

2003: 18 months, more sad for poor little Stumpy

along fine and then stutter cut-out, stutter. warning light. Trip to the Once again the speed and sender are on the blink so the ignition can’t tell how fast the is going.

Parts on order. (incredibly) can’t get me a loan car the end of next week. Rather give me a loan car Premier suggested that I drive as normal and hope for the best, and actually scribbled down the number of the AA/Seat recovery for me in Stumpy conks out completely they can have him in to fix him.

Not impressed with that, I to say. So, for a week or so while the are on order I’m wondering second whether Stumpy is to stutter and cut out. Premier me that the 16v Arosa does to have these little problems.

What a shame. car but a bit of a problem if it keeps breaking isn’t it.

Well, a week and we’re all sorted again: got the part in within a couple of booked me in a couple of days and fixed Stumpy with new speed sender and sensor. a bit sad to admit, but I don’t think like to have Stumpy out of clearly he has some little ailments. It’s nice everything is still covered, and do a 3-year warranty.


March 2004: 2-year and so-long to Stumpy!

PS – 2004: I had e-mails from new owner! Go to Stumpy’s letters to catch up on the latest news!

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