2001 Fiat Seicento Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2001 Fiat Seicento S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Excellent for city driving, perfect for those buying their first brand new car

Faults:

Fuel pump died at 28,000 miles while in body repair shop after someone hit me, according to them, this is a known fault on the Seicento, but I have found no other evidence as yet to support the claim.

Interior is basic, but is none-the-less a strikingly different design, nothing but basic controls on the dashboard.

Handling isn't great, you sometimes feel like your on two wheels going around some corners!

Road noise is loud at high speeds (50mph+), but then again it is a city car...

General Comments:

Certainly a fun car to drive, very fast for a 1.1, with even acceleration through all gears at all engine speeds.

Wheels are sufficient, but very basic, could certainly do with at least decent trims, or better still half-decent alloys.

Pedals are OK, although they take a bit of getting used to because they are very small and very close together!

Have used car for commuting back and forth work (75 miles per week) and my girlfriends house (270 miles per week), not had any reliability problems at all, even though I'm doing serious mileage for a small city car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2003

23rd May 2005, 14:01

I had a Sicento for 4 years. Bought it second hand from a dealer. In this time I have replaced two window wiper blades - rear end of exhaust pipe. Had to have a new petrol tank (recall from Fiat) No problems passing the MOT and kept car serviced on a regular basis. My only roadside help, was when clutch cable broke. Other than that I would give this car top marks. I use it daily (50 miles a day) and fill it up with petrol once a week (every 300 miles) They seem to move a bit in heavy winds, but what car doesn't.

2001 Fiat Seicento S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired8300 miles
Most recent distance13200 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Fun and cheap

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

The Seicento is possibly in a vanguard of the cars of the future. I have always been a fan of small cars; it always feels like you are going faster than you really are. In addition an ardent admirer of many aspects of Italian design, although not always the engineering.

After my 205 was stolen and written off, I had to make a decision about the family second car. It had to be economical, because of ecological concerns, small, because small is fun, able to accommodate my 6’3’’ frame, uncomplicated to drive, two daughters going to be 17 in the next 5-6 years and now more importantly than ever low insurance. Although the safety tests have been a concern, but what the hell if everybody drove small cars the chance of being crushed under some Teutonic battle cruiser would be reduced.

So the answer was clear a Seicento, I’ve acquired an ‘S’ with the 1.1 engine a former hire car, and what a gas its fun to drive and ultimately contributing to sensible sustainable motoring. It did not come from a Fiat dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2003

2001 Fiat Seicento Sporting Schumacher 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance7300 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 800

Summary:

A yellow pocket rocket

Faults:

I had the vehicle recalled at 500 miles for a fuel pump fault.

I had the vehicle in as the seat lever was missing.

I had the vehicle in to get the sunroof seals replaced, as it was leaking.

I had some insurance work done as my car was broken into and had it delocked.

General Comments:

I have owned this car from new and my last car was a Rover 820si, which is a huge car compared to 'Mitzi', it was also a lot faster, but I am wise enough to realize that I wasn't buying a Ferrari like some of the reviews about this car you read in the press compare it to, and I am extremely pleased with everything about it.

It drive like it's on rails, as I've taken corners faster in Mitzi, than in any other car I've owned.

I don't get left at the traffic lights from green very often and only then are they performance cars like Subaru's etc. But that will change once the turbo is fitted, unfortunately I'll have to wait until after the warranty finishes.

Fuel costs are next to nothing.

And finally being yellow and small I can spot it in the car parks I visit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 13 reviews