2010 Fiat Doblo SX 1.6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Very practical but dull


Usual wear and tear (suspension, brakes, service parts) plus a few electrical gremlins, but nothing really serious or expensive. Sliding doors felt a bit flimsy by the time I was finished with it, but it did get a lot of use.

General Comments:

This Doblo was used as a taxi for most of its life. 2010 model is the first of the 'new' updated shape, and I think it is a lot sharper looking than the old model.

Inside this car impresses the most - lots and lots of space and well though out cubby holes for storage. You see a lot of these as taxis and mobility cars and it's easy to see why, it is very user friendly. Sliding doors on both sides are very practical; some people struggle to close them though as they are not the lightest.

To drive it's pretty boring but comfortable. The 1.6 diesel is a good all rounder, doing about 50 MPG on average, but don't expect any performance, it does the job and no more. I think mine was the "Multi-jet" engine.

Reliability was pretty good for a Fiat, as I've heard they get quite low ratings over the years, but I never had much beyond wear and tear as mentioned above. Decided to get rid of it when approaching 100,000 miles though as I bet it would have given me serious trouble being on the road everyday, but you could say that about any car at a decent age and mileage.

When it comes down to it, you can't expect much from a car designed for families or to be used as a taxi; at the end of the day it does what it is supposed to do and it will never be a car to get excited about, but if you are looking for something practical I'd recommend the Doblo. If buying used, check the service history and a well looked after one is a must, but be careful if it has been used as a taxi, there will be excessive interior wear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2018

2001 Fiat Doblo 1.9 from Portugal


Not a working car, even if it looks like one


Electronic sensors for motor temperature replaced twice.

Fuel pump replaced twice.

Gear box replaced once at 150k.

Gear pumps replaced once at 255k.

Head (top part) of the motor replaced, because the screws holding it couldn't be tight any more at 260k.

Heating system replaced at 210k.

Front tires wear irregularly, and the direction gets frequently out of straightness!

Discovered that the rear axle is bent recently.

Original speakers and radio got destroyed; just with time and use.

Suspension arm replaced at 290k.

And recently it all came down, with electronic sensors that would shut down my car while driving, and the mechanic, even with the computer, could never get to understand which was the right sensor to replace...

General Comments:

My mistake was to take it as a real working car; it has big room, but the load capacity is small (400kg).

Because of that I used it for long trips very often with the maximum load in it, and loads of components just showed how fast they wear out.

Well, it just keeps buggering me with small stuff replacement, mostly electronics, and once in a while there comes a big issue, mostly those fuel pumps that nobody dares to repair.

I don't feel that it is a reliable car for working; after 300k km to keep it rolling, I will have to make major rehabs to it.

Maybe it's a cool car for family trips, loads of space, and I find it very comfortable.

Fuel consumption is OK if you don't drive fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2014

2008 Fiat Doblo MPV 1.9 turbo from UK and Ireland


A good workhorse


Engine replaced at 270,000 miles.

Gearbox replaced at 279,500 miles.

Dual mass flywheel changed at 60,000 miles by the dealership.

Still on the same flywheel after 4 clutches.

General Comments:

A very comfortable vehicle to drive in my occupation as a taxi driver.

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

Review Date: 11th July, 2013

12th Jul 2013, 12:00

It sounds like a "Trigger's broom" car!