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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.

2003 Fiat Doblo SX 1.9 JTD from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 JTD Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

Great value for money and I would buy another one

Faults:

Brake fluid level warning light would illuminate when going round right hand corners. (fixed by dealer)

Engine control unit would stay illuminated occasionally. (fixed by dealer)

General Comments:

Considering its high van type body it handles beautifully, with minimal body roll on corners and very positive direct steering.

It has bags of grunt with maximum torque coming in at only 1500 RPM with no noticeable turbo lag.

Very comfortable on a long journey with good drivers seat with adjustable lumbar support. Lots of adjustments for height and angle of seat too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2005

23rd Nov 2006, 05:18

I have bought an 03 Doblo 1.9JTD SX. It's a great car for my needs. I use it to transport an electric wheelchair and it is also a fantastic car otherwise! Just one problem, the engine management light has come on a few times with associated loss of power. Getting it looked at soon though.

They're great cars!

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