1999 Fiat Seicento Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1999 Fiat Seicento Sporting 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles

Summary:

Cheeky, characterful city car with a lot of qualities, however it requires some care and patience

Faults:

I had to replace the battery about 3 weeks after purchasing, which was quite expensive because the garage had to source it from Fiat themselves.

I had to also replace the entire clutch assembly, which was very expensive and was difficult to install.

I had to replace a snapped handbrake cable about 6 weeks after purchasing the car.

The back window wiper has ceased working and is waiting to be fixed.

Also, the left front fog-light has stopped working and needs re-wiring, after a failed attempted to simply replace the bulb.

General Comments:

Peppy performance; it is quick away from the lights, even with a full compliment of passengers.

The handling is very good, especially in the dry. However, in the rain, a lot of the grip is lost and replaced with wheel-spin, even in 2nd gear. It's tail never slides on the other hand, therefor always feels safe.

Surprisingly roomy interior for such a small exterior, with good headroom and good amount of space between the driver's knees and the steering wheel. However, the cabin is maybe just a bit on the narrow side, so it is a squeeze getting 3 abreast in the back bench.

Comfortable seats, with good bolstering because they are the sporting model's seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2005

1999 Fiat Seicento Abarth 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carNone First car

Summary:

Fast and furious Fiat

Faults:

First Hand brake went.

Then the cooling system, head gasket blew at 70,000 miles

Passenger seat lever broke off

Tryes need replacing regulary

Paint work chipping

Petrol tank split

Mirror got broken.

General Comments:

I love my car it look fantastic, its brilliant on fuel. I like the interior. The car is fast when setting off from lights. Little and Nippy can get in the smallest of spaces. The boot space is a little small, but just enough room for weekly shop. I was disappointed that there is no temperature gauge, as didn't know car was over heating. Car will shake when you hit 8omph, but brilliant little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th June, 2005

1999 Fiat Seicento S 1.1 petrol from Poland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Good city animal

Faults:

Vibration of the speedometer gauge at low temperatures. Speedometer shaft replaced.

Engine temperature sensor replaced at 20kkm.

2nd speed synchronizer cracked at 30kkm.

Interior lamp keeps working all the time, no matter I need it or not. Simply disconnected.

Parking brake linkage and rear releasing levers seem to be badly constructed. Almost impossible to operate the brake every 2 years. Replaced twice.

Starter didn't work during the wet and cold weather. Well, actually it ran, but freely, without driving the engine. Really annoying. Probably drive pinion insufficiently secured from dirt and water. Requires dismantling and cleaning every 1-2 years.

And the usual wear: tires, shock absorbers at 70kkm, rear suspension bushes, rear silencer.

General Comments:

The little car has covered 120kkm of tough and enthusiastic ride, mostly as a daily city commuter.

My previous car was an XR2 Fiesta. Fiesta's acceleration on the straight line has been obviously better, but overall victory for seicento as it's much more convenient for the city traffic.

All in all I was surprised by the nippy handling and vital little engine when I first got it as new. Unfortunately the handling noticeably deteriorated, which means probably front suspension to be replaced soon.

The maintenance isn't pricey. The consumption: 4.5 - 8.5 l/km which I find reasonable. Most parts are cheap and easy to find here in Poland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2005

1999 Fiat Seicento Sporting 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Cheap to buy, and a lot of fun

Faults:

Clutch cable snapped.

Brake pads needed changing.

Car playing up with starting, needs bumping a lot, not battery, may be starter motor? (any suggestions welcome).

Tyres wear quickly, and are quite pricey for the size!

General Comments:

Handles well, although quite bad body roll with speed.

Very comfortable, with loads of room in the front, and good on long journeys, for a small car.

Very eye catching as I have the bright yellow one.

Very nippy around town, and holds its own on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th October, 2004

24th Apr 2005, 14:04

Hi there, I've just bought a second hand 2001 MPI Sei., which has few bits wrong.

Nankang useless tyres fitted to the front.

Sunroof leaks - get a new seal!

Tapping sound is appalling, but gonna put slightly thicker oil in to change that!

A few scratches.

If anyone wants any questions answering, pop over to fiatforum.com, we're always happy to help with any problems.

I have years of car and Fiat knowledge.

In response to clutch cable problem; it's a bad design on Fiats part :( If you look round the net, you will find a strengthened clutch cable for the Sei. and Cinq. at about £20 :)

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 19 reviews