Fiat Doblo Review from Portugal

2001 Fiat Doblo 1.9

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance301000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Summary:

Not a working car, even if it looks like one

Faults:

Electronic sensors for motor temperature replaced twice.

Fuel pump replaced twice.

Gear box replaced once at 150k.

Gear pumps replaced once at 255k.

Head (top part) of the motor replaced, because the screws holding it couldn't be tight any more at 260k.

Heating system replaced at 210k.

Front tires wear irregularly, and the direction gets frequently out of straightness!

Discovered that the rear axle is bent recently.

Original speakers and radio got destroyed; just with time and use.

Suspension arm replaced at 290k.

And recently it all came down, with electronic sensors that would shut down my car while driving, and the mechanic, even with the computer, could never get to understand which was the right sensor to replace...

General Comments:

My mistake was to take it as a real working car; it has big room, but the load capacity is small (400kg).

Because of that I used it for long trips very often with the maximum load in it, and loads of components just showed how fast they wear out.

Well, it just keeps buggering me with small stuff replacement, mostly electronics, and once in a while there comes a big issue, mostly those fuel pumps that nobody dares to repair.

I don't feel that it is a reliable car for working; after 300k km to keep it rolling, I will have to make major rehabs to it.

Maybe it's a cool car for family trips, loads of space, and I find it very comfortable.

Fuel consumption is OK if you don't drive fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2014

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review