Review: SEAT Alhambra (1996 – 2010)


True seven-seater with more cheerful trim than its VW Sharan and Ford Galaxy equivalents. Good car-like drive.

Basic spec on early models. Aircon is prone to fail and, on early cars, sited in a vulnerable place. Mechanical problems not unknown.

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SEAT Alhambra (1996 – 2010): At A Glance

What does a SEAT Alhambra (1996 – 2010) cost?

List Price from £30,660
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30–47 mpg

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Why are the gears on my 2005 SEAT Alhambra not engaging?

The gears are not engaging properly on my 2005 Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDI. The bite has become lower on the clutch pedal and no gears could be engaged. However, after starting her up a few hours later I pulled off in second and managed to get it through the gears to take me the six miles home.
Worn clutch and possibly also a failing dual mass flywheel.
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