2002 Fiat Multipla EX 1.6 from Malaysia
Great car if you can forgive its little faults
Fuel pump leaked on the day I picked the car from the dealer; replaced a week later.
Oil pressure switch leaked at 60,000; replaced.
Battery replaced at 45,000 kms (1 year old then).
Some jerking a day after going through a local thunderstorm, suspect.. water seeping through front of bonnet and onto the spark plug area at high speed. Problem goes away within a day.
Hot Malaysian sun melts certain plastics on the fascia, and hazard switch doesn't like greasy fingers.. melts the plastic/rubbery coating as well. Trim looks neat but could be more robust.
Bought one of the last 'new' Multipla's in 2009 (old face 2002 model), which was still in the dealer's warehouse. Got a good discount and had replaced tyres, timing belt, wipers and some internal trim and plastics before the car was delivered to me. After 7 years in storage, I took a gamble on a 'new' car that had always caught my attention.
After 95,000kms in just under 2 years, I must say that it's worth every cent I have paid! Reliable, handles very well for a 6 seater MPV. My 4 kids love being in this car.
Capable of hitting 180km/h on the straight stretches, but it is the most stable/ most comfortable MPV I have ever driven (comparable to my old 2.0 ZX).
Could have improved brakes though. On the average takes 9.5 liters for every 100kms.
I also have a Berlingo. In town and under 80 km/h, the Berlingo seems a better car to drive, but above 80 and outside town, the Fiat is KING.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st January, 2011