Great car when it works, highly frustrating otherwise
The wiper linakge failed at around 30,000 miles. Replaced with an upgraded part made by a specialist wiper comapny and have had no problems since.
Bonnet release stopped working but managed to do a DIY repair for the short term.
Engine cuts out sporadically.
Various dasboard lights come on sporadically.
Have had no luck establishing why engine cuts out and lights come on. No faults were found on the engine management system by Fiat Dealership. They pointed out the battery was needing replaced which I have done but as expected this has not solved problems.
The performance of the 16v engine is very respectable. Having previously owned cars with larger engines I was worried about performance on the motorway however was presently surprised.
The insurance is quite cheap and fuel consumption good, around 40 - 45 mpg.
I like the way the car looks and think the interior is well designed. The the space has been used wisely and feels quite spacious for a small car. The Blaupunkt CD player with 4 speakers, two tweeters and a 100W woofer in the boot produces the best sound I have heard from a Manufacturer system in a small car.
Despite having the top model with the better trim and seat material, the quality is still poor and material stains easily and catches.
However, having paid £3,500 for a car with 24,000 miles I feel it is good value for money and niggles with trim quality etc are to be ignored.
My feeling on the Fiat Dealership are mixed. For routine work such as MOT, servicing, timing belts etc they have been very competitively priced. Can't complain at £100 for service and MOT.
However, when it comes to more out of the ordinary problems, e.g. engine cutting out the dealership have been terrible. It is as if they think I am making the problem up as there are no faults on the engine management system. They do not seem keen to help me to solve the problem, just keep saying that there is nothing wrong with the car.
As a result I am going to try an Auto electric garage to see if they can help solve the problem. Fingers crossed!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th June, 2008