2000 Fiat Multipla Reviews - Page 4 of 4

2000 Fiat Multipla SX 1.9 JTD from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 JTD Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance28800 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Carisma

Summary:

A great car at a realistic price!

Faults:

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!

General Comments:

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!

Adam H.

2000 Fiat Multipla ELX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired232 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Vento

Summary:

A magnificent machine

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

This is an absolutely brilliant car.

The design is utterly radical and at first you think it is hideous, but it grows and grows on you till you love it.

The space and light inside are unparalleled.

Children love travelling in it because with the middle front seat folded down they have an excellent view forwards as well as sideways, and they are high up so can see really well.

The seats are really comfortable and supportive, where our previous Volkswagen Vento gave us both backache.

The well positioned plastic rubbing strip on the side just proved itself by protecting the paintwork from any damage when a ladder-carrying white van got too close in a traffic queue.

The petrol version isn't particularly economical, we get less than 25mpg around town, though much better on open roads.

We paid £11,700 at Trade Sales in Slough for a new Irish import ELX and think we got amazing value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2001

30th Aug 2001, 06:21

Anyone had any problems with very slow loss of tyre pressure. Fiat with there usual rubbish after sales service refuse to do anything about it as they can't identify the cause of the loss of pressure!

4th Sep 2005, 08:42

A favourite among people who like being laughed at. Billy Smart's company vehicle. After market extras include alloy wheels, air con, Mr Blobby paint job & big plastic ears.

2000 Fiat Multipla JTD ELX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
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) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance4000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Why buy less for more?

Faults:

Auxiliary drivebelt tensioner deceased at 2500 miles; fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

Fantastic. Extra width rarely causes any problems, 40mpg, good pull from diesel engine, comfortable... and great fun to drive.

Kids love it, so does everyone else... because that's why they're staring, isn't it?

Oh, and I saved 20% simply by talking nicely to the local main agent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 15 reviews