1998 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 from UK and Ireland
A yellow beast
Bearing in mind I only passed my test a week ago so have only been driving this car properly for a week...
Water Pump broken.
Hole in the radiator (was only replaced 15 months ago)
Leak in the window washer tubes somewhere.
Although this one was partly my own fault, I hit a stationary corsa at about 2 miles an hour and my drivers side wing literally crumpled to almost half the size!!! slightly scary thinking what if it was 60 miles an hour!
Button on hand brake has "popped" in. So basically I have to stick my thumb literally into the handbrake to push the button.
Engine overheated due to leaks.
I find the car quick off the mark and have beaten a lot of people when pulling off at traffic lights etc. Only down-point of that is, if you're like me and you rev first gear a bit to get away, the engine really does sound like it's going to explode!!!
Handles very well, only difficulty is when going slow during parking etc as it has no power steering!
Steering wheel starts shaking at around 70mph then when you get to 80mph you literally feel yourself shaking, although I've been told I just need to get it rebalanced and all will be fine.
Sometimes getting into 2nd gear is a job as it just sort of sticks and won't let me in!
No glove compartment, but that's not really a big problem for me.
Definately a good first car!!
Fiat advertised this car to women when it first came out, but I think its for men and women, but its better if you have small feet!!! The pedals are very small and quite close together.
Mine drinks quite a bit of petrol, but I've been told that's due to me revving it in first gear too much, so I'm trying my hardest not to do that and see if it makes any difference!!!
Very spacious even though it looks small. Anyone who has dared to come in the car with me has instantly commented on how much space there is inside!
Overall a very good car, I would recommend mine to anyone, only advice I would give is make sure the person you are buying it off is telling you the 100% truth and all service history documents etc are available as repairs are quite expensive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th January, 2006