1997 Fiat Ulysse 1.9 diesel
Great, no frills (with comfort) versatile vehicle
A few bulbs needed to be replaced for the MOT, that's all.
Illumination for the temperate control gauge has gone, but one can easily get round this by just pressing the + or - button until the required temperature is reached.
This car is no sports car, and handles like a truck on bends, but you wouldn't buy a Ulysse if you wanted to go fast.
Fuel economy is excellent, and will give me about 31 mpg around town and about 38 mpg on motorway driving, and I don't drive slowly either. I consider this excellent for a vehicle of this size and age.
The climate control is excellent, and even comes with an economy setting to stop excessive waste of fuel associated with air con.
The seats come out, easily turning the vehicle into an excellent van or sleep in/surf wagon. Great for a couple of nights camping.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2011
26th Nov 2012, 17:05
As an update to my comments above, I've now done 99,000 miles and things aren't as happy as they were when I wrote this review. It has an oil leak from the crankshaft housing. Now the damp weather is here, it won't start in the morning without using easy start. The second gear's synchromesh has gone, so the revs have got to be very low before it goes into that gear.
I would have expected more from a vehicle that has been serviced regularly. If you are going to buy one, make sure the price is low and it might be quite a good buy. Alternatively, stick to Japanese for reliability.
7th Dec 2012, 14:17
Update on the starting problem. 2 of the 4 glow plugs had packed up completely. The glow plugs were replaced, and the starting problem is over. Be warned, two of the glow plugs are tricky to access.