2004 Fiat Stilo Reviews from UK and Ireland

2004 Fiat Stilo Dynamic 1.8

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Sporty 3 door with Italian flair

Faults:

Bulb illuminating console centre blew & CD changer (Blaupunkt) failed.

General Comments:

Great looking in 3 door trim - well built & reliable. Lots of cat for your money.

Changed from the excellent Ford Focus... and never regretted for a second!

Better looking and more exclusive than a rep-mobile also.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2010

2004 Fiat Stilo JTD Dynamic 1.9 turbo diesel

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

A brute of an engine

Faults:

Only usual wear and tear, which I was aware of when buying the car.

General Comments:

I'm not too sure about the other Stilos in the range, but if you're looking for a cheap, good performer, you can do no wrong with the JTD.

I have the 3 door version. It has a full length sunroof, air con, good safety features etc, but the most amazing thing about the car is its engine.

I've driven similar 1.9 TD lumps, but the JTD is an absolute winner in terms of torque.

On A roads it's staggering how quickly you catch cars ahead up, and overtaking is so easy. The same goes on motorways as well, always a burst of power available when needed.

On the downside it can be a noisy engine when cold, and the car needs a regular thrashing when warm to keep economy/refinement up.. which is not necessarily a bad thing!!

I'd recommend anyone to consider getting one.

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2008

2004 Fiat Stilo Dynamic Multiwagon 1.9 JTD 115bhp turbo diesel

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 JTD 115bhp turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carFiat Tempra

Summary:

Best estate on the market. Grab a second hand bargain

Faults:

Front drop links have died, but they weren't hard to replace, and only cost £20 quid for the pair.

Rear suspension bush needs replacing; that's £12. Not bad for 3 years driving.

General Comments:

Brilliant car, massive boot, bigger than all the competition. Better than other brand new estates I've driven, including the Volvo V50, the Passat with its silly handbrake, and a Mondeo estate; all were rubbish, couldn't wait to get my Stilo back.

I got the best version with the incredible JTD engine. You can hardly tell it's a diesel, it drives like a petrol engine.

Also I have the sky roof, which is massive and opens up wide, unlike the silly Peugeot green house model that doesn't open.

I had a Tempra before, and I'm now hooked. The only trouble is Fiat don't make an estate car any more; something I'll never understand, as the Tempra, Marea and Stilo are such good cars. Hope they bring out a new version in time for when my Stilo is run into the ground, which is probably a very long time from now, as my Tempra had over two hundred thousand miles on the clock when I got rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2007

2004 Fiat Stilo Dynamic 1.9 diesel

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired16700 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles

Summary:

A good car spoiled by poor dealer support

Faults:

Headlight bulb failing continually.

Low oil pressure warning activates when the engine is switched on. Problem unresolved after almost six months.

General Comments:

Excellent fuel consumption.

Good ride.

Great fuel consumption.

Good load carrier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2007

2004 Fiat Stilo Dynamic 1.6 petrol

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15100 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carFiat Bravo

Summary:

Italy's biggest undiscovered secret!

Faults:

A few minor faults on collection - evident of inadequate pre-delivery checks.

A/C gas cylinder never worked form start, though dealer re-filled free of charge.

Some trim quality can be sub-standard.

General Comments:

This car has to be the most under-rated in its class. If this had a Ford/Vauxhall/VW badge, it would have sold three times as many, and probably won Car of the Year.

The trim levels and comfort/driving position are the best I've known and, whilst the looks are not mainstream, it's a smart looking car and stands out on the road.

Looks solidly built and, despite the few comments above, build quality is generally impressive. Fiat have come a long way since the 70s: I've had three in a row since 1997.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2006

2004 Fiat Stilo

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

Death trap

Faults:

(Thursday 10th August 2006) The engine caught fire while the car was parked in our driveway. It had been sitting there unused for over a week while we were on holiday. We had not even been in the car since returning, it simply self combusted damaging the car beyond repair and causing extensive cosmetic damage to our new house.

General Comments:

No problems up until the above incident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th August, 2006

28th Jun 2008, 04:01

Oh my God! That is a shame. I have been reading comments about Fiats going wrong, someones brakes even failed on their Punto. Your experience was extreme. I hope you kicked Fiat up the *** for this!

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 10 reviews