1997 Alhambra 2.0 auto - opinions? - Gromit {P}
A local dealer has a 1997 Seat Alhambra MPV 2.0 litre automatic, one owner from new with 80 000 miles at reasonable money. I've had a mind to change the Punto for something bigger and more comfortable to drive that will fit two dogs in the back, so its taken my fancy.

From the CBCB, I gather these have JATCO autoboxes, which seem to enjoy a good reputation. There have been issues with water ingress into the ECU and autoboxes locking in park, though.

So, my first question is, what's the backroom's verdict on this as an MPV? Worth a look or steer well clear?

My second question is, as this would be bought as a car to run to the scrapyard, would the 2 litre/auto combination be capable of towing a caravan or small trailer (with a suitable cooler fitted to the box) or would I become a rolling roadblock as soon as I set off for the ferry?

(Its priced at 6000 euro; for comparison, a similar age Primera would cost approx 4000 euro, or an imported Toyota Previa would be about 7500 euro)

All advice gratefully received!
- Gromit
1997 Alhambra 2.0 auto - opinions? - Gromit {P}
A closer look over the weekend showed the Alhambra isn't suitable for what I need - the boot isn't wide enough to accomodate two dog cages. If I remove seats to fit the cages, I have to leave them at home for the duration of the trip and forfeit carrying passengers at my destination.

An estate car with a rear bench that folds completely flat (e.g. Legacy, Forester or Mazda 6) is what's needed.

Thanks anyway,
- Gromit
 

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