A so-so sort of car!
Cambelt replaced straight away.
Wishbone had to be replaced because of the worn joints.
Backbox and downpipe replaced.
Fuel injector light came on a lot.
Knocking noise from near side front suspension.
Brake pipe broke resulting in no brakes.
Faulty transmission when sold, not sure what it was. Most likely the clutch or mater/slave cylinder.
Discs and pads all round.
Was told by my local mechanic that this is a hideous car to work on, as Fiat kindly managed to fit everything in un-accessible places. Unfortunately mine was a rust bucket, which also didn't help when coming to replace parts, many tools got broke.
Cambelt replacement is exceptionally expensive, but don't be fooled into thinking it's an engine out job. Even so, expect to pay £400+ from a specialist or £1000+ if taken to Fiat.
On the positive side, the HGT was lovely and comfortable with an effortless drive. Interior is an acquired taste with very flowing lines, but I loved it.
Handling is adequate, but steering is quite light and a little lifeless.
From a car with a 2 litre 5 cylinder engine, I would expect more than the 147BHP it knocks out, but even so it wasn't slow, although you do have to rev it to get the most out of it. The 5 cylinder engine sounds sweet.
They have depreciated loads, so it's very easy to find a bargain out there that still looks great today.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th May, 2007