Despite my initial reservations about buying a Fiat, 8 years later I have been proven wrong
Front suspension started knocking from 30,000 miles, eventually sorted 5 years later!
Rear wheel bearing replaced at 90,000 miles.
Had car since new. Maybe we got a good one, but very little has gone wrong.
The front suspension started making knocking noises at 30k miles, but neither Fiat (under warranty) or our own garage could pinpoint the problem. Decided to leave it to develop - took 5 years for it to fail M.O.T. - Just replaced track-rod end and n/s/f suspension arm - now it's rattle free.
Otherwise still going strong. Handles well, interior has stood up to hard family life very well, no rust on bodywork.
Still does 40+mpg. Will cruise at 80-90mph all day.
We have it serviced every year through an independent garage, but Fiat parts are cheap and they have never had any problems getting them quickly.
We will run it into the ground, as with all our cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2008