1994 Fiat Cinquecento XS 0.9 from UK and Ireland
Good car, shame about the manufacturer!
Bonnet safety catch disengaged at 70 mph on the motorway smashing through windscreen. Fiat not interested in this as I got it fixed through my insurance company - as it was not repaired by a "Fiat registered dealer" they were unable to comment!
Handbrake stopped working twice - £60 to have it recalibrated x 2.
Fuel tank replaced in May 2001 after a recall. Was not notified about this and it was only noticed when I took the car in for a service.
Needs a new exhaust system - have been quoted £200 so far, but am putting off the evil moment!
I have no complaints with the car itself - a lovely little thing and an absolute dream to park. When it was being repaired over Christmas after the bonnet incident, I had a Brava for a week and it was like driving a bus in comparison.
My biggest gripe is with Fiat themselves - for a large multinational company they have exhibited an alarming lack of customer care! For that reason I would never buy another vehicle from them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th May, 2001
I currently own a Cinq myself (see "Italian 899cc rocket". In my details I tell about my "cheaper than Fiat" stainless steel exhaust which only set me back £130. The work was carried out by a local garage (Cardiff, South Wales) called Longlife Exhausts, which includes a lifetime warranty. I have also improved the performance of the car and the MPG. It has not made the car look or sound stupid as the tailpipe is barely larger than standard.
I got my sport cinq year ago and I love it I have been all over england in it and it has been so reliable. only prob had is horn broken and windscreen water bottle leaks, which are minor, all in all brilliant in London, speedy and cheap. i love it!