2001 Fiat Palio EX Hatch 5-door 1.0 FIRE 8v


Unreliable piece of crap!


CD Player drained the battery 5 times

Driver's seat faulty and causing noisy

Steering wheel has a strange rubbing sound when turn corners

Indicators refused to cancel almost causing a serious accident

Camshaft sensor fault

Engine management system replaced once

Clutch replaced twice

Alternator replaced four times

Noise and knocking from many parts of the car (since I purchase and still without a solution)

Steering column fitted twice

"cracking" noise from the dash

Noise from the front suspension

Dashboard illumination replaced.

General Comments:

My first and last car from FIAT!

I Will sell this car and return to buy Volkswagen and maybe I will buy the New Polo.


Never buy a FIAT !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th March, 2003

2001 Fiat Palio ELX - 1.0 16v


Trendy and nice built, but slow


There have been some noises in the dash, but they are not serious ones.

General Comments:

This new Palio generation is extremely good and reliable. Nice design and an unexpected quality.

The car has some difficult to get to the 100km/h, and since it is a 16V engine, the accelerations are somehow slow, but in general, is it a superb urban car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

1996 Fiat Palio EL 1.5 mpi petrol


Gear box needed replacement after 1000km or so. Alarm refuses to work properly. Lots of parts failed during warranty, thank God they stopped failing after warranty was over.

General Comments:

It'a a great car for driving. Despite the small engine, it is very fast. The rear has a annoying tendency to go out of the track when hitting the brakes real hard (no ABS in my car). Dealers suck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

5th Jan 2001, 07:54

I recently purchased the Palio 1.2, 5 door from Fiat in South Africa. Since then the timing is constantly out, sluggish, the car rev's when it is a hot day, so much so that I think the engine is going to explode!

I have also had water coming inside the car, apparently due to the antenna.

I have had the front windscreen replaced because they scratched it.

Finally the visor broke off. Granted they have fixed the Visor, replaced the windscreen and apparently stopped the water, but they don't know what the engine's problem is.

This car is 2 and a half months old!

4th May 2006, 06:55

Bought a second hand Palio 1.6 HL, first 2years no problems, then head gasket blown, then steering rack (took 2 months to get part) then head gasket no 2.

Feel bad selling it to someone, I used to be a big FIAT fan (I'm an Architect), now buying a JEEP.

Fiat SA also never came back to me (contated them 3-times)

Cape Town.. SA.