Fiat Seicento Review from Poland

1999 Fiat Seicento S 1.1 petrol

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Good city animal

Faults:

Vibration of the speedometer gauge at low temperatures. Speedometer shaft replaced.

Engine temperature sensor replaced at 20kkm.

2nd speed synchronizer cracked at 30kkm.

Interior lamp keeps working all the time, no matter I need it or not. Simply disconnected.

Parking brake linkage and rear releasing levers seem to be badly constructed. Almost impossible to operate the brake every 2 years. Replaced twice.

Starter didn't work during the wet and cold weather. Well, actually it ran, but freely, without driving the engine. Really annoying. Probably drive pinion insufficiently secured from dirt and water. Requires dismantling and cleaning every 1-2 years.

And the usual wear: tires, shock absorbers at 70kkm, rear suspension bushes, rear silencer.

General Comments:

The little car has covered 120kkm of tough and enthusiastic ride, mostly as a daily city commuter.

My previous car was an XR2 Fiesta. Fiesta's acceleration on the straight line has been obviously better, but overall victory for seicento as it's much more convenient for the city traffic.

All in all I was surprised by the nippy handling and vital little engine when I first got it as new. Unfortunately the handling noticeably deteriorated, which means probably front suspension to be replaced soon.

The maintenance isn't pricey. The consumption: 4.5 - 8.5 l/km which I find reasonable. Most parts are cheap and easy to find here in Poland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2005

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review