Windscreen replacement of your Seat Marbella, a rare model in the Netherlands
The Seat Marbella is clearly one of Seat's most characteristic cars, although this model could just as well be named after Fiat. The Seat Marbella has the same origin as the Fiat Panda and that is clearly visible. The differences are minimal. The small size and price of the Seat Marbella made it a sales success, but at the moment there are only 170 examples on the road in the Netherlands. Do you need to replace your Seat Marbella windscreen after window damage? The windscreen replacement
of a Seat Marbella can be cheaper than you think.
Fiat Panda versus the Seat Marbella
Let's get straight to the point: Seat licensed the Fiat Panda models to the Italian car manufacturer until 1986. But the cooperation failed when Fiat decided to sue Seat for alleged plagiarism by the Spanish. The Seat Fura
looked too similar to the Seat 127
(a successor of the Fiat 127
which was also licensed by Seat) and the Seat Ronda
was almost an exact copy of the Fiat Ritmo
In 1986, therefore, the roads of the Fiat Panda
and the Seat Marbella separated, which still looked very similar after 1986.
The Spaniards decided to keep the Seat Panda
models for their own market and to sell the Marbella models across the border. The differences between the Panda and Marbella versions were nevertheless minimal:
- The Marbella has a flatter nose;
- The tailgate of the models are not identical;
- Different headlights have been used.
The Seat Marbella was produced from 1986. In 1998 production was stopped, a few years after Seat started working with Volkswagen
. The Marbella models kept the Fiat engines, because using Volkswagen engines would be too expensive: the complete Marbella would have to be adapted under the bonnet to realize this. The successor of the Marbella is the Seat Arosa
, a model that had to save the image of Seat and had considerably more in common with Volkswagen than with any other model of Fiat.
The variants in which the Seat Marbella was released:
Marbella Del Sol
Marbella Special S2
Which model has won the battle?
Fiat Panda has been a much more popular model than the Seat Marbella. But the Panda has also been considerably longer in production. Just under 25,000 of the Seat Marbella's sales in the Netherlands have been registered, a number that the Fiat Panda alone managed to achieve after 2012 (up to and including the beginning of 2018) with ease. For the Marbella, it is not a disgrace. It performed just as well in terms of sales figures as the Seat Toledo
and Seat Altea
. However, the best hit of Seat in the Netherlands was the Seat Ibiza
, which was sold almost 150,000 times.
The biggest differences between the Fiat Panda and Seat Marbella can be found after 1986. Fiat developed the Panda models further and chose for a galvanized chassis, which the Marbella models never experienced. The result: the Seat Marbella has suffered much more from rejection at the periodic car inspection because of rust than the Panda models from Fiat.
The Seat Marbella is also available in a (mini)van version. This was named Seat Terra and was followed by the Seat Inca
. The design of the Terra was similar to the design of the Marbella and therefore never became a success. Seat focused mainly on offering a cheap van and gave up on performance by opting for the relatively old-fashioned and weak Fiat engines with 850 or 930cc. The successor to the Seat Terra, the Seat Inca, was a stronger model that the Volkswagen Caddy
had as a brother.
The peculiarities of the Seat Marbella
The Seat Marbella is in itself a special appearance, but especially in the car are some remarkable achievements to be found. For example, the original version of the Marbella has no clock in the car and the windscreen wiper has three positions: on, off and interval. Remarkable about the small model is the storage space in the car. Not only in the spacious boot (partly thanks to the adjustable rear seats), but also in the front of the car there is more than enough space to store belongings under the dashboard, in the doors and in the sliding ashtray which is therefore easy to use for other purposes.
The reason behind the relatively high sales figures of the Seat Marbella is mainly the price. At the time this model was launched, the new price was lower than the new price of competing models such as the Fiat Cinquecento, Subaru Vivio and the Daihatsu Cuore. That the comfort had to be sacrificed on this was not so important for the Spanish car manufacturer at that time. That was only when Volkswagen took over Seat.
The windscreen replacement of your Seat Marbella
Did a car window of your Marbella break into pieces during a burglary attempt? Then there is a good chance that one of the side windows or the rear window has broken in. Replacing the side windows is a relatively easy job. A rear window replacement of a Seat
is just a bit more work, especially because of the size of the window that needs to be placed. The windscreen of a Seat Marbella cannot be smashed in. It is made of laminated glass and this glass does not shatter, unlike the tempered glass of the rear window and side windows of the Marbella. However, if the Marbella windscreen is damaged to such an extent that it is no longer possible to repair the automotive glass, the Seat Marbella windscreen must be replaced.
If you choose a branded glass from a Seat dealer, the costs are immediately high. However, if you choose after market automotive glass, the costs are much lower. After market car windows are made in the same factories as the branded glass and meet the same quality requirements. However, the lack of a brand logo immediately means that the cost of the windscreen replacement of your Seat Marbella is many times lower.
With us you have two options. You can choose to order only the new windscreen for your Seat Marbella, without installation. If you have enough dry workspace to get started and you have the technical knowledge to replace the windscreen, this way you can save even more on costs. You choose the car window for your Seat Marbella above and we will deliver it to you within one to three working days.
Don't have the technical knowledge, workspace or time for replacing the windscreen of your Seat Marbella? In that case, you can opt for delivery with installation. Our certified partners will then replace the windscreen of your Seat Marbella with an after-market windscreen specially made for your Marbella. So you don't have to do anything and you can get back on the road safely in no time. If you have any questions about a certain model or a certain car window, please feel free to contact us.