Fiat Doblo Reviews

2001 Fiat Doblo 1.9 from Portugal

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance301000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Summary:

Not a working car, even if it looks like one

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired26 miles
Most recent distance279800 miles

Summary:

A good workhorse

Faults:

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!

2006 Fiat Doblo Family 7 1.3 multijet diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.3 multijet diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Doblo

Summary:

Unreliable death trap

Faults:

Many small electrical and warning lights, which the dealership told us to ignore.

The engine blew up in 2010. A problem with injectors? White smoke, roaring engine, loss of power and control. Wife driving, children on board. All terrified out of wits. I almost lost my whole family. Engine replaced under warranty after fraught negotiations. They still tried to bill us!

Replacement engine blew up in 2012. Same description. Wife will never sit in that car again. Am I unique in almost losing my wife and children to a Fiat Doblo FAMILY? And not just once. TWICE.

General Comments:

This type of car has come close to killing my wife and my children TWICE.

The first engine blew up before the warranty ended. The replacement blew up last week, two years and three months after the first one.

Less than 80,000 km in total and it needs its third engine. Do you want a car where you change the engine more often than the tires?

If you care for the safety of your family or loved ones, DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THESE FIATS, RUN!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd May, 2012

12th Nov 2012, 17:19

I have had my Fiat Doblo 1.3 Multijet for 2 months now. It's an 07 reg, done 1000 miles so far, with no faults. Great car, plenty of poke, nice quiet ride too. It's got 67000 on the clock, I just love it. Use the very best quality fully synthetic oil and change it regularly. This engine should last a life time.

19th Sep 2013, 09:27

I've bought a 2006 Doblo 1.3 Multijet 7 seater in 2012, with 60,000 Km. All I can say is that it is the worst car that I've had until now, and I've had a few cars before this nightmare car. I suggest you run away from Fiat diesel engines; they really suck.

2002 Fiat Doblo Cargo 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Frontera

Summary:

Rubbish work van!

Faults:

Van would not start the day after I bought it. Called the seller and he didn't want it back. Why? Epic fuel injection pump needed repair, which has cost me dearly and created a huge inconvenience! These pumps are very expensive to fix!

Flexi-pipe on exhaust needed replacement.

General Comments:

Extremely let down by this van, or the fuel injection system should I say.

Cabin is noisy and the stereo is rubbish.

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

Review Date: 7th October, 2011

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews