2000 Fiat Multipla SX 1.9 JTD from UK and Ireland
A great car at a realistic price!
I've had the diagnostics flash up 'humidity in the diesel fuel filter' 3 times - this has been fixed under warranty twice but I'm wondering if it's worth a third...
The ventilator fan motor went on a 'go slow' around 21,000 miles and stopped completely at 27,500 miles. My local Fiat main dealer (Ilkeston Co-Op in Nottingham) tried to fix the fan motor under warranty but found that fiat had sent them the wrong type, and it had been damaged in transit to them!
It's the business - a truly great 'design icon' (well, you can't call it pretty!) that's fun, practical and great with my wife and the kids.
The multipla has been both a business tool (28k miles in 9 months) and great family car transporting all 5 of us around the UK and northern France in relative comfort, the only thing I'd specify on my next one would be air conditioning and the option of side airbags as I'm a bit safety concious.
You soon get used to the gear stick on the dash, but if driven by a short woman, she'd have to make sure she doesn't catch her skirt on the handbrake on exiting the car (it's between the seat and the door)
The build quality isn't perfect but my brother's Toyota Picnic cost a lot more, so you pays your money, etc...
I think it's a good car at an average of 43 miles to the gallon over the last 28,000 miles, as long as you and your family can cope with all the stares of the passers by!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th September, 2001
27th Apr 2004, 06:43
I made this report in 2001, around the time I handed it back to my co. when moving home and job - me, the missus and my kids all missed it!
After a few years of cheapies - lancia, fiat, Alfa Romeo and Proton (between wife and self) I stumped up the cash and I'm off to collect our ELX Multipla tomorrow! (April 2004) At long last!
Strange how we missed a car so ugly, yet so practical!