Cars for remembrance: Seat Malaga Injection (1987-1991)

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The historical period in which appeared Seat Malaga It was quite complex for the Spanish firm. With the Ibiza and the Malaga, Seat He was able to overcome the period between alliances, after break Fiat and before the agreement with Volkswagen, surely the most difficult period in its history.

The criterion for evaluating a classic, as a purchase, it is not the same as for a new car. It makes little sense to tell you here whether a Ford Orion or Fiat Regata They are better than Seat Malaga from a practical point of view. So who is reading these lines that purpose, it is surely because it has an interest in the Malaga, not like anything else at that time. Having said that, Málaga was no one better than Orion or Regata.

Seat Málaga appeared in 1985 as the third incarnation of Rhythm, after the Round and Ibiza. Málaga actually, more than a 131 successor and predecessor Toledo, It was the precedent of Cordova. Dimensionally, the frame was very similar to the Ibiza which appeared a year before (practically the same battle and roads) and McPherson identical in the two axes, behind a transverse ballestón as spring. Seat was no time to deal with investing a completely new model.

Seat Malaga InjectionThe most singular of that generation Seat was the System Porsche engine. It was not a prodigy performance but because it allowed an industrial achievement, with the goal posts that had, go ahead without Fiat engines and hold until the arrival of Volkswagen.

He engine System Porch somehow it illustrates what got Seat at the time: on the one hand, survive the vacuum left them underfoot stage between Fiat and Volkswagen. Furthermore, I do it with a product surely it was the best possible under those conditions.

Seat Malaga Injection: engine

Among the requirements Seat He made to Porsche as a consultant was that the engine was economical to manufacture and maintain. Based on an existing block, a simplicity was preferred type cylinder head Heron (Flat with the chamber in the piston head). Although from the standpoint of performance is not the ideal solution, it is simple to manufacture. It has an additional advantage: if there is less chance of overrunning a piston valve damage because, being perpendicular, can go up without bending.

Seat Malaga InjectionThe injection is a Bosch Jetronic LE / LE2, flowmeter with characteristic "L" much more durable than later. Although injection is the most distinctive of this version it is what will give fewer problems if necessary a replacement. The version with catalyst for export variant had no such injection.

In fact, this version has several different elements of the carburettor: the cylinder head (different channels), the pistons (more compression ratio) and the exhaust manifold. This can be a problem if parts are needed because Malaga is difficult to find a donor Injection and you can not take much of a carburetor Malaga, the solution is to find a Ibiza SXI. Fortunately, the mechanics are sturdy and electronics, simple. What usually give further problems are peripheral elements, such as the cooling circuit of the electrical installation and any joint, especially the head cover.

Seat Malaga Injection: chassis and transmission

The general configuration of the suspension of the first Ibiza and Malaga is the Fiat 128, Rhythm predecessor. The wheel alignment and tire irregular desgate is one of the things to look at, although it is not a problem that has a difficult solution. The most expensive to fix for wear in the front suspension is to change the caps and support cushions. It does not have the problem of Ibiza with the fall of the rear wheels. What I do not expect (did when it was new) is a very noticeable change in reactions with empty and loaded trunk.

Seat Malaga Injection

Unlike versions carburetor, the front discs are vented and the brake booster is 8 "; other parts are interchangeable. No more problems than normal wear and maintenance. The address, which has no support, is heavy, slow and has a steering wheel tilted too much. It does not give problems, except alignment have done well.

With the change it is the same: if the lever seems loud and not particularly accurate, is not that the car has a problem, that is. This version had the short range group (4.29) but the box was rather open and the resulting developments are pulling to long for a sports version of the time (today we will look normal). Reaches top speed in 5th gear but that does not reach maximum speed.

Seat Malaga Injection: body

The manufacturing Malaga He had more in common with the original models Fiat that the source Volkswagen. Protection corrosion was medium, we must take special care in areas where water trickles and, just in case, look under the floorboard. Where it is easier to appear corrosion is in the battery holder.

The external differences with others Malaga they were decorative and there are many interchangeable parts. Others are unique to this model and some changed in Malaga second series, as the logo "Injection".

Seat Malaga InjectionSeat Malaga Injection: internal and electricity

The quality of plastics and interior design He was much criticized at the time (and thereafter), mainly to the first series of Malaga. Indeed it was not a paradigm of quality, but in a car with these years what matters is not what it was but how it is. It is easy to check that no parts or misshapen and discolored, if the car has come good so far, just be careful with the sun to not pass. In reviewing body must also examine the electric drives (not many), all locks and, of course, the upholstery.

Seat Malaga family tree

- 1985: Launch of Seat Malaga as a continuation of program models Ibiza started with a year earlier. As Ibiza, the elements that distinguish Malaga are Itadesign body and System Porsche engines.

- 1987: Launch of the Injection version. Seat a year before had begun to sell in other markets a version with LU Bosch Jetronic injection and catalyst.

- 1989: Changes in the body exterior and interior affecting version and the rest Injection range. Seat introduces elements such as air conditioning equipment.

- 1991: Final production of Málaga, with more than two hundred thousand units.

Seat Malaga Injection. Data sheet

technical dataSeat Malaga Injection
Motor4 cylinders in line
displacement1,461 cm3
Power100 hp at 5,900 rpm
TractionLead
Change5-speed manual
Maximum speed172 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h12,6 s

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The criterion for evaluating a classic, as a purchase, it is not the same as for a new car. It makes little sense to tell you here whether a Ford Orion or Fiat Regata They are better than Seat Malaga from a practical point of view. So who is reading these lines that purpose, it is surely because it has an interest in the Malaga, not like anything else at that time. Having said that, Málaga was no one better than Orion or Regata.

Seat Málaga appeared in 1985 as the third incarnation of Rhythm, after the Round and Ibiza. Málaga actually, more than a 131 successor and predecessor Toledo, It was the precedent of Cordova. Dimensionally, the frame was very similar to the Ibiza which appeared a year before (practically the same battle and roads) and McPherson identical in the two axes, behind a transverse ballestón as spring. Seat was no time to deal with investing a completely new model.

Seat Malaga InjectionThe most singular of that generation Seat was the System Porsche engine. It was not a prodigy performance but because it allowed an industrial achievement, with the goal posts that had, go ahead without Fiat engines and hold until the arrival of Volkswagen.

He engine System Porch somehow it illustrates what got Seat at the time: on the one hand, survive the vacuum left them underfoot stage between Fiat and Volkswagen. Furthermore, I do it with a product surely it was the best possible under those conditions.

Seat Malaga Injection: engine

Among the requirements Seat He made to Porsche as a consultant was that the engine was economical to manufacture and maintain. Based on an existing block, a simplicity was preferred type cylinder head Heron (Flat with the chamber in the piston head). Although from the standpoint of performance is not the ideal solution, it is simple to manufacture. It has an additional advantage: if there is less chance of overrunning a piston valve damage because, being perpendicular, can go up without bending.

Seat Malaga InjectionThe injection is a Bosch Jetronic LE / LE2, flowmeter with characteristic "L" much more durable than later. Although injection is the most distinctive of this version it is what will give fewer problems if necessary a replacement. The version with catalyst for export variant had no such injection.

In fact, this version has several different elements of the carburettor: the cylinder head (different channels), the pistons (more compression ratio) and the exhaust manifold. This can be a problem if parts are needed because Malaga is difficult to find a donor Injection and you can not take much of a carburetor Malaga, the solution is to find a Ibiza SXI. Fortunately, the mechanics are sturdy and electronics, simple. What usually give further problems are peripheral elements, such as the cooling circuit of the electrical installation and any joint, especially the head cover.

Seat Malaga Injection: chassis and transmission

The general configuration of the suspension of the first Ibiza and Malaga is the Fiat 128, Rhythm predecessor. The wheel alignment and tire irregular desgate is one of the things to look at, although it is not a problem that has a difficult solution. The most expensive to fix for wear in the front suspension is to change the caps and support cushions. It does not have the problem of Ibiza with the fall of the rear wheels. What I do not expect (did when it was new) is a very noticeable change in reactions with empty and loaded trunk.

Seat Malaga Injection

Unlike versions carburetor, the front discs are vented and the brake booster is 8 "; other parts are interchangeable. No more problems than normal wear and maintenance. The address, which has no support, is heavy, slow and has a steering wheel tilted too much. It does not give problems, except alignment have done well.

With the change it is the same: if the lever seems loud and not particularly accurate, is not that the car has a problem, that is. This version had the short range group (4.29) but the box was rather open and the resulting developments are pulling to long for a sports version of the time (today we will look normal). Reaches top speed in 5th gear but that does not reach maximum speed.

Seat Malaga Injection: body

The manufacturing Malaga He had more in common with the original models Fiat that the source Volkswagen. Protection corrosion was medium, we must take special care in areas where water trickles and, just in case, look under the floorboard. Where it is easier to appear corrosion is in the battery holder.

The external differences with others Malaga they were decorative and there are many interchangeable parts. Others are unique to this model and some changed in Malaga second series, as the logo "Injection".

Seat Malaga InjectionSeat Malaga Injection: internal and electricity

The quality of plastics and interior design He was much criticized at the time (and thereafter), mainly to the first series of Malaga. Indeed it was not a paradigm of quality, but in a car with these years what matters is not what it was but how it is. It is easy to check that no parts or misshapen and discolored, if the car has come good so far, just be careful with the sun to not pass. In reviewing body must also examine the electric drives (not many), all locks and, of course, the upholstery.

Seat Malaga family tree

- 1985: Launch of Seat Malaga as a continuation of program models Ibiza started with a year earlier. As Ibiza, the elements that distinguish Malaga are Itadesign body and System Porsche engines.

- 1987: Launch of the Injection version. Seat a year before had begun to sell in other markets a version with LU Bosch Jetronic injection and catalyst.

- 1989: Changes in the body exterior and interior affecting version and the rest Injection range. Seat introduces elements such as air conditioning equipment.

- 1991: Final production of Málaga, with more than two hundred thousand units.

Seat Malaga Injection. Data sheet

technical dataSeat Malaga Injection
Motor4 cylinders in line
displacement1,461 cm3
Power100 hp at 5,900 rpm
TractionLead
Change5-speed manual
Maximum speed172 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h12,6 s

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