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Hi, I am looking at buying a seat Arosa 1.4 auto (53 plate) just to run into the ground basically, it’s cheap to insure and run but is there anything I should look out for? It’s done 60K and I’m not looking at test driving it as I feel like for the money it is (£990) I know not to expect something that’s going to be an amazing drive, just need a cheap runabout for a couple of years, thanks 

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i got my 1.7 SDI for £400 and had 145k on the clock.. i still test drove it, and expected it to have the servicing and owners history etc.. just because its on the cheaper end of the car market doesnt mean it has to be a shed. do some research and go prepared. its an old car its going to have problems

 

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Not a lot to look out for really. There are always age related problems with any car, but generally I'd say Lupos/Arosas age very well.

The auto boxes are weak, and usually have been neglected. They need both fluids changing regularly (trans fluid and final drive oil), and I bet that it's never been done. Brake fluid is the other as well.

If the inside is in good nick and not much rust present, go for it. Most mechanical problems are relatively easy to fix if you have some tools. For peace of mind, if you don't know the history, do all the fluids, belts and filters. Maybe tyres and brake pads too if they look old. Worth it just so you don't get stranded somewhere.

There's a load of us on here that should be able to help you get out of or prevent any serious problems.

welcome to club lupo :)

 

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On a more positive note they have often done very low miles. The Auto on the Arosa is the 8v version of the 1.4 engine with a feeble 60bhp, the one on the Lupo is the 16v  cooking version with 75bhp. Both tend to be cheap so don't buy the first one you see.

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As stated before have a look around might find something better they are so easy to fix parts are cheap and easy to find on the web.

service kits are best to get soon as you do decided to buy can find them under 100 pound in my experience no need for top notch tools to service a cheap halfords set would be suitable 

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