2001 Fiat Seicento Reviews - Page 4 of 4

2001 Fiat Seicento SX 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance11500 miles
Previous carSubaru Justy

Summary:

Not reliable enough, but still fun to drive

Faults:

Key code immobiliser fault - have to use emergency start up procedure to get it to start, taking an extra 2 minutes, which is not practical!

Faulty fuel pump, replaced under warranty, but problem not spotted on 2 occasions.

Poor build quality.

General Comments:

Nippy round town and power assisted steering makes parking easy.

Bright and cute inside, but does feel a bit cheap (it was!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th December, 2002

2001 Fiat Seicento Sporting 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance3000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Rover Metro 1.1C

Summary:

Sorted with a Sporting

Faults:

Nothing significant to mention. Minor points are:

Badly fitted heater control knob.

One of the alloy wheels was scuffed slightly on the rim, but I didn't notice this until I'd had it several days so couldn't get it fixed by the dealer.

Small paint-work blemish on the bonnet, though this is only noticeable in certain lights.

One thing it seriously lacks is electric controls for the sun roof.

General Comments:

I love my Seicento Sporting!

It is beautifully fitted both inside and out, having great looking and comfortable seats, easily readable dials, well placed controls and a brilliant CD player.

It is stunning to look at in its extrovert yellow with spoilers and alloy wheels, it turns heads and gets me noticed.

It drives like a dream, it is nippy with a fantastic gearbox which makes commuting and zipping in and out of Manchester's Mancunian Way queues a pleasure, it has perfectly weighted power steering, respectable noise levels, great acceleration when you need it, and good brakes.

I got a great deal on it as a pre-reg 51 during December 2001. I did this by getting a quote off the Internet, and taking it along to my local dealer; they were beside themselves and knocked £1200 off the list price, which I was very pleased with. Watch out for their finance though, you'll get much better deals off the Internet.

One thing to beware of with this car, is not to take its claim to have four seats too seriously! Its very cramped in the back. Its passenger space suits me, but would be a problem if you had more than two people wanting to go any but the shortest distance.

All in all, I'd say it's been a great buy that is bringing me much pleasure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2002

9th Oct 2002, 14:50

I couldn't agree more. It's an excellent drive and plenty of gadgets to keep me happy.

2001 Fiat Seicento SX 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance1200 miles

Summary:

A nippy little nipper

Faults:

Nothing as yet (she says with her fingers crossed).

A bit worried by all the bad reviews, I know it's got a FIRE Engine (Fully Integrated Robotised Engine) and I think this means it was built by machines rather than men in overalls. A bit worried about what this could mean.

When I first bought it, I noticed it pulled slightly to the left - please be careful on test drives.

Check everything.

General Comments:

Managed to get a good deal as I bought a 2001 model as 2002 models were due to be registered.

Like watching peoples faces as they smirk at me as they sit beside me at traffic lights - and the transformation as I pull away leaving them far, far behind.

Excellent 0-60, I am a biker through and through, but am finding my new Seic a total pleasure to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2002

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