SEAT Altea Freetrack 4 (2007–2009)

What's good

Works very well, both on and off road.

What to watch out for

Steel sumpguard is a £180 extra and not fitting it could prove a very expensive mistake.

TDI 170 is prone to sooting up its particulate filter if not regularly driven at more than 3,000rpm so it is entirely unsuitable for city centre use.

27-3-2012: 2.0 TDCI 170 Freetrack needed new ABS module at just over 3 years old at cost of £1,649 (SEAT contributed 70%). Has suffered repeated DPF problems after repeated short runs from cold starts.

14-7-2012: Second report of rear diff and Haldex clutch failure, this after 4 years and 2 months and 42k miles from new, always SEAT maintained. Cost of repair is £3,693 inc VAT. SEAT has offered 30% as a goodwill gesture and said they will further match anything that the dealer will give us. The dealer has offered nothing.

7-9-2012: Report of rear diff failure after routine replacement of oil in the Haldex clutch.

6-6-2013: Report of Haldex 4WD controller failing on a 49k mile 2009 Freetrack. These cost £750 + fitting for the part from a SEAT dealer. However, ECU Testing has a fix for £195.

26-3-2014: After 165,000 miles of excellent service the turbo of a SEAT Altea Freetrack finally began to fail. Vital to replace oil feed pipe tol the turbo as well as the turbo itself.

Recalls

28-1-2012: Manufacturer recall to replace Siemens Piezoelectric injectors of 2006 - 2009 2.0 TDI BMN engines. All the injectors from the the 2.0 TDI PD engines that use piezoelectric Siemens injectors and Siemens ECUs are affected by this problem. The most problems are on the Passat BKD 2.0 TDI 140HP. No problem from 2009 and the introduction of the common rail 2.0 TDI engine (CEGA).

8-7-2017: Announcement on Reuters that Volkswagen (VAG) is recalling 766,000 VW Golf Mk VIs, Audi A3s, Skoda Octavias and SEAT Leons worldwide for a software update to their braking control systems. It is designated 'safety recall 45FS ESC control unit'. The braking control system may not function properly in certain driving conditions, such as when the driver over-steers, under-steers or slams on the brakes. VAG is recalling 288,000 VW Golf Mk VIs, Audi A3s, Skoda Octavias and SEAT Leons in Germany over the issue. The German recall impacts about 385,000 cars, the spokesman said. The recall in Germany was first reported by news agency DPA.

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