A round of applause please. My first, and so far only New Yearís resolution is complete. Over the Christmas break, whilst back in my Welsh homeland, I booked the Leon into North Wales SEAT to get the frustrating fuel gauge issue sorted. On arrival, SEATís service desk was shut for the holidays, so I had the pleasure of Skoda looking after me, with the service manager greeting me at the door. While sat drinking complimentary coffee, a couple who were also experiencing issues with their Leon joined me in the waiting area. It turns out the heating had packed up in their car after just a month, and they soon departed in a courtesy car.
It was mixed news for me too, with the diagnostic computer actually showing a few logged faults, but none associated with the fuel gauge. The issue of misreading digital gauges is apparently known to SEAT though, affecting some Leon and Arona models, and SEAT are already working on a fix. Until then, the saga of guessing when to fill the tank continues.
Sticking with the dealership theme, I thought it best to check the oil level given that the Leon has now racked up 16,000 miles, and yes it was needing a top up. I guess not low enough though, for the car to register that there was a problem and flag it up on the dashboard. I popped into Bristol Street Motors in Birmingham, my slightly less local dealership after a recent trip down the M1. Iíd already had a less than positive experience there, but it was easy to make a diversion and Iím always open to my views being changed. It was a good start, with the lady at the service desk providing a lovely welcome and pointing me in the direction of the parts desk.
I put in a request for oil and made sure I mentioned the Leon is on a long-life servicing schedule. With this, the parts chap told me that the required oil was only sold in five-litre drums, and I would have to top up from that and it cost over £60. Expressing my confusion that no one-litre bottles were available, and with the car due for a service imminently where all of its oil would be flushed and replaced anyway, I was somewhat perplexed and decided to leave it. But to my surprise, a single one-litre bottle of oil was suddenly and mysteriously found and offered to me. I went over the conversation in my head in case I may have misheard or misunderstood something, but he had plainly told me it wasnít sold in the smaller size. I can only conclude that he was pushing me into buying five litres and to spend more money, knowing full well it was pointless, and thatís quite naughty in my book.
Date arrived 10th May 2017
Fuel economy 67.3mpg (combined) 47.2mpg (on test)
The alloy wheels don’t look like they belong to the second trim from the bottom, they look unusually awesome.
The Bluetooth issues with our Skoda Octavia long-termer seem to be affecting the Leon too.