Fiat Palio Reviews from India

2002 Fiat Palio EL 1.2 petrol

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance33000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Maruti

Summary:

As sturdy as the best German cars, will last forever

Faults:

Rear view mirror keeps falling off.

Wheel alignment, especially front, required to avoid tyre wear.

General Comments:

I purchased my 2002 Palio petrol EL second hand in 2004 for half the price, at 19000 km.

It has had no problem whatsoever, and is very smooth and silent.

Mileage with relaxed driving is around 10 KPL in the city, and 14 KPL on the highway. I've driven about 15000 km (about 10000 km on

the highway with very high speed driving), and never had any issues, except tyre wear, which was rectified after a wheel alignment.

Only 3 services with oil changing done so far. Good service by Sundaram Motors, Chennai.

Maybe I am very, very lucky, but I see no reason for all the cribbing. I am aware inconsistent quality is an issue with Fiat India. Hope the Tata alliance sorts things out. Here's to a long innings for the Palio in India.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th February, 2006

2002 Fiat Palio GTX 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 kilometres
Most recent distance22000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Esteem

Summary:

Great Car-Poor Quality and Dealer Service

Faults:

Lambda Sensor.

Brake Pads-twice.

Shoch absorbers - front.

Aircon Thermostat-twice.

Fuel pump.

Irregular idle - continuing since purchase despite several dealership visits, tune-ups and part changes.

General Comments:

Good handling, comfort and performance.

Roomy cabin makes a good family car for a hatchback.

Good suspension makes comfort driving on potholed roads (atleast in mumbai.

Unfortunately, a disaster on mileage (irregular fuel consumption levels) and quality of parts (high and random failure rate)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2004

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews