Fiat Doblo Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2007 Fiat Doblo Multijet 120 Dynamic 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1200 miles
Previous carPerodua Myvi

Summary:

Dated, but proven, tough and great value

Faults:

We got a truly exceptional deal on the car, and the pre-delivery inspection was rushed/no frills - but we could live with this at a 34% discount on list price...

(NB - I am very fussy and inspect cars obsessively - see 2007 Perodua Myvi SXi, 2007 Fiat Panda Multijet, 2006 Suzuki Swift DDiS reports)

On delivery:

Some rough edges on the interior plastics needed cutting off/smoothing - easy to do with craft knife.

Fuel cap drip flap had to be trimmed - huge rough edge not trimmed off at build stage - easy to do with craft knife.

Some white stress marks in a plastic overhead shelf, where it was forced into place at the factory - very minor.

OSR sliding door window rubber sagging and needed gluing.

Rear light cluster surrounds and OSR bumper corner had been repainted to a less than magnificent standard - but after commenting, the dealer compensated with cheque to cover getting this redone, which was lovely of them - left as is.

Mats and clips thrown in boot and not fitted - but deal was cheap!

Valet not brilliant, but OK.

Really, I am picking holes in a good car at a truly superb price, so ignore all of the above.

General Comments:

I have previously bought a new Citroen Berlingo 2.0 HDi Desire in 2004 (see "like a badly dressed friend.." report), sold it and missed the practicality.

Now we are expecting our first child, we need a family car - I would have bought another Berlingo, but fancied a different car and the Fiat ticked the boxes and undercut the Citroen by over £1000 (best deals).

The overall impression of the car is that it is a huge and useful, no nonsense tough van-based car at the same price as a new Fiesta.

We have a September 2007 built Doblo with the latest red (500 style) badges.

It is dated in places and due to be replaced very soon by the new Fiat Fiorino van/people carrier, as seen on:

http://www.autospies.com/news/Fiat-Fiorino-Is-Revealed-21358/

http://www.autospectator.com/cars/fiat/0029092-new-compact-economy-van-concept-developed-fiat-psa-peugeot-citroen-partnership-tofas

The new one looks much more up to date and will be more economical, lower tax band, better stereo etc.

First impressions of the Doblo:

A pleasant car which is easy to use with great visibility and (heated) mirrors, reasonable daily economy of 40mpg, good driving position and huge space.

Compared to the Berlingo, it has more power and a larger load bay, corners better and is much cheaper. It also has much more road presence and seems to be more respected than the smoother looking Berlingo - you find people get out of the way or give way to you in the Doblo, and just laugh and drive at you in the Berlingo.

The Berlingo has more equipment-fingertip control stereo, glass roof with excellent built in roof rack, Modubox, overhead lockers, more 12v powerpoints, softer seats and a softer ride, but rolls more on corners, lifts an inside wheel on harsh cornering, and has very sensitive ABS, which cuts in too soon.

The Doblo is more van-like and drives as such with rear leaf springs, but is better planted on the road, corners better, and has better brakes and generally feels tougher.

Good:

Price, size of cabin and boot, tough, equipment, solid drive, 6 speaker stereo, well proven powertrain, Fiat service has been A1, good dual trip/fuel computer and display, non-intrusive electronics; you can turn warning buzzers off, separate interior lights in front cabin, rear cabin and boot are all independently triggered, nice alloys, enormous tailgate great shelter when loading boot in the rain, first class large heated electric mirrors, dash mounted gear stick, driver's armrest.

Bad:

Daft stereo turns off 20 minutes after you remove the keys, or has to be turned off manually, which takes 10 seconds - Fiat say they will replace if it cannot be programmed differently, rough edges/poor quality control as above, rear seat passengers complain of bouncy ride over poor surfaces, no ISOFIX or side airbags, key has same button for lock and unlock-not separate buttons, Dynamic trim has old fashioned rear headrests which obscure rear view mirror view of behind (we have removed the centre one) (Family trim has newer style child/adult headrests which retract), rear passengers struggle to work out how to open rear doors and press lock button not opening lever by mistake, mirrors create wind noise, car corners well, but unsettled when lane-changing on motorway, steering quite heavy at low speeds, no rubber seal around outer lower door edge means sills/lower door inners get filthy quickly, rear wiper not intermittent.

At the price it is excellent, but we feel that the lack of ISOFIX, and the poor design of the centre rear headrest is an oversight.

Do be aware that this is a van based car and is basic - not like a Zafira - the rear seats do fold, but do not remove, and they do split-fold, but the design means you can only tumble just one seat independently in the Dynamic - you cannot tumble the right two seats leaving the single left seat in place. Who cares with this much space?!

We wanted to buy a Doblo 1.3 Multijet Dynamic, but this is not made - the 1.3 Multijet 85 BHP is only available in the Active model or Family 7 seater, and we wanted the 5 seat Dynamic. The 1.9 120 unit is good, but has maximum power at 3000rpm, not at 1750rpm - just over tickover as on the 1.3.

The 1.9 120 needs revving to pull, which is at odds with the type of vehicle, and makes it harder to drive and noisier.

We have the 1.3 unit in our 2007 Panda (but only 70BHP) and it is SUPERB, and a more modern, quieter, more refined and economical unit than the 1.9 - and the 1.3 Family 7 seater is in a lower tax band than our 5 seater 1.9.

If I chose again, I would have a 1.3 Multijet Active with air-con as an option - it is not standard on the Active and costs £600 extra. The deal on the 1.9 we got was so good it that it actually worked out cheaper than 1.3 Active and we are very happy with the car.

NB: If you are worried about the power of the 1.3 in such a large car, do not be - it is by far the best unit, and has ample power and better refinement and economy, as well as a lighter gear change and lower tax band.

The power band is better suited to this type of car, with pull directly from tickover - it still goes fast too.

The 1.9 120 is overkill with this chassis and handling, and 1.9 105 is totally pointless next to the more advanced new 1.3 85. No point looking at the 1.4 petrol, at any price.

Interestingly, my wife finds the Doblo actually easier to drive than her 2007 Panda, owing to the higher driving position, great visibility and huge mirrors. She finds it both easier to park and to place in the correct position on the road - this was a factor in our choice - she was intimidated by "rounder" family cars where the dimensions are harder to judge.

I will update as the miles pile on, but happy at present and hope that Fiat resolve the stereo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2007

12th Feb 2008, 02:51

Further to the above, Fiat has offered a £50 voucher as goodwill, which I am pleased about.

Now at 4500 miles and still very impressed with the car which is running in nicely and driving better than ever.

Minor faults: NS screenwasher jet faulty (exact same fault as on our Panda, centre piece drops/slides out), driver's seat creaking slightly on corners, otherwise nothing.

Impressive for Fiat, and better quality than the Citroen Berlingo I bought previously, which had various faults.

2005 Fiat Doblo Family 1.3 Multijet from UK and Ireland

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Multijet Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance10500 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 206

Summary:

It has almost everything I want in a car

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong with the car other than a crackling noise from one of the dash speakers. I have upgraded these for better quality speakers and everything is fine.

General Comments:

My main concern when purchasing the Doblo Multijet was.

Would this little 1.3 diesel engine be strong enough to power this non-aerodynamic, heavy (1475Kg unloaded) 7 seater?

Answer: The 1.3 Multi-jet is incredible, while it will not blow you away in speed terms. It has ample power for most motoring tasks and if you push it, it is not slow. It has a power rating of 70 HP, this may seem quite low for a car of this size. However, driving and living with the Multi-jet would lead you to believe you were driving a 1.9 or 2.0 liter diesel, now I am referring here to the older generation of diesels pre common rail.

I personally think a lot of modern cars have more power than they need theses days, wasting fuel and pumping out high emissions. The Multi-jet engine supplies a nice balance of power, lots of torque which I think is the key to its success.

My previous car was a Peugeot 206 SW 1.4 Hdi diesel; the engine in this car had a very similar specification on paper. The Peugeot lacked torque, this was very noticeable when you’re driving in the city, resulting in lots of gear changing which I find very annoying.

I have to say I love the Doblo, it is really comfortable to drive, great visibility, very economic and I have averaged 45 MPG on the last 6,000 miles which included all types of driving.

The Doblo Multi-jet is not an attractive car; it is a 100% practical car.

I am delighted I bought it.

I would say to anyone who is looking for a spacious car, and does not like to look of the Doblo, do not knock it until you try it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2005

21st Sep 2005, 08:35

I agree completely with this review!

If you need a spacious car (that is affordable!) this is a very good choice... and you can drive longer distances with it as well.

This summer we drove from Belgium, to Sweden and Norway. In our car (just one!) we had: two adults, a baby+ maxi-cosi, two mountain bikes, a stroller, food, cloths and diapers for two weeks, a fold-able baby bed, a baby-bike seat, fishing lines and even more than that...

When I am driving around at home, I can take the stroller everywhere without having to fold it. When I go to the shops, I see parents having a hard time folding the stroller while their baby is crying in the car etc... I just open the rear door, lift the pram (without folding it) in the truck and off we go.

The engine is made for driving on average the maximum speed (120 km per hour) but if necessary there is extra power (which we did use in Germany :) ).

I love my Doblo too. I call it my playmobil car, because I do think it looks a, but like a toy, but it is the best purchase I made last year.

TIP: if you have kids, take two sliding doors, so they can get out easily on either side, which is useful when you parked in a busy street.

Pay the extra 250 euro for the beeper when driving backwards... sometimes it is really hard to see if there is anything behind the car.

14th Apr 2006, 13:34

I have had a Doblo 1.9 JTD for just over a year now, and am pretty pleased with it. Only moan is speedo is not marked at all at 30, 50 or 70. Can't understand how they got it through type approval. Have bought a Road Angel with digital speedo to solve this.

I take the car to south of France with 5 passengers, 5 bikes, roof box and the kitchen sink. Still does 48 MPG. It does exactly what it says on the box.

Found it difficult to get a comfortable driving position, but persevered and got there in the end. As it only cost just over 9000 on the road with air con and alloys, I think I am getting more than value for money.

16th Jun 2007, 09:25

I have a Doblo 2005 1.3 Multijet.

After 50000kms, the turbo didn't open until 3000 RPM, and it won't pull uphill due to this. I took the car to Turkey services, who said they could not rectify as these models always have this problem.

Kado Ur

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15th Jan 2008, 15:31

It may need clearing out as the DPF may be clogged if the car is used for lots of slow short journeys.

Try giving it a hard, fast run to activate the cleaning cycle which will create a large puff of black smoke as the carbon is burnt off the filter. Explanation in owners manual.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 9 reviews