Fiat Siena Review from South Africa

2001 Fiat Siena EL 1.6 16v

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta


Very good buy, except for the annoying gearbox problem!


The biggest problem was the gearbox: I struggle to get it into Reverse Gear - getting worse now!

A rattle in the handbrake.

Not too stable when windy - but not serious.

General Comments:

A very good runner.

Absolute reliable engine.

Seats are wonderfully comfortable - excellent for long distances: my mom found it more comfortable than her Mercedes!

No parts needed to be replaced, except for the cam belt at 80 000km's.

It handles nicely.

High from the ground and never had a problem with scraping or hurting it when getting in and out of awkward slopes, etc.

The body is very strongly built.

Quite a fast getawayer.

Never go to the dealer to get it serviced once out of warranty - they are VERY expensive.

I've had many happy kilometre's with this car.

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

Review Date: 23rd October, 2008

16th Jul 2013, 10:06

How do you fix the gearbox problems so it won't happen again?

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review