Fiat Siena Reviews

2001 Fiat Siena EL 1.6 16v from South Africa

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Very good buy, except for the annoying gearbox problem!

Faults:

The biggest problem was the gearbox: I struggle to get it into Reverse Gear - getting worse now!

A rattle in the handbrake.

Not too stable when windy - but not serious.

General Comments:

A very good runner.

Absolute reliable engine.

Seats are wonderfully comfortable - excellent for long distances: my mom found it more comfortable than her Mercedes!

No parts needed to be replaced, except for the cam belt at 80 000km's.

It handles nicely.

High from the ground and never had a problem with scraping or hurting it when getting in and out of awkward slopes, etc.

The body is very strongly built.

Quite a fast getawayer.

Never go to the dealer to get it serviced once out of warranty - they are VERY expensive.

I've had many happy kilometre's with this car.

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

Review Date: 23rd October, 2008

16th Jul 2013, 10:06

How do you fix the gearbox problems so it won't happen again?

1999 Fiat Siena ELX 1.2 petrol from India

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5500 kilometres
Most recent distance48000 kilometres

Summary:

Best performance at par with costlier cars at a price for cheap cars

Faults:

My timing belt wore out at 45000 kms.

Timing bearing broke and ceased at 45000 kms.

A/c switch stops working at 46000 kms.

Front axil makes noise on sharp right curves at 20000 kms.

General Comments:

The car is excellent in handling and road grip.

Siena has a fast initial pickup but is a bit sluggish in 3rd gear.

Compared to 1.2 engine size top speed is excellent at 160+

A/c is excellent, but not in scorching sun.

Seating is extremely comfortable specially front buckets.

The music system is classic, complete with 6 speakers.

Fog lamps are very effective.

Cupholder in glove box is a well thought advantage.

Lot of space in glove box, door panels & dashboard.

Mileage is huge--18 km/litre is what I have clocked, worst is 12 with a/c and 5 persons on board, city road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

2000 Fiat Siena ELX 1.7 turbo diesel from India

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Previous carFiat seina

Summary:

Its not bad

Faults:

This car having excelent performance.Its something like a tank. The poor service done by the dealer is the head ache. In 65000 the vehicle is not moving in the third gear. It was very expensive as I have to change the full set of third gear. It took 4 months to get it repaired from TVS service centre. They are very irresponsible people I saw in my life. Low mileage.A leakage from the Turbo side started recently.

General Comments:

The vehicle is very good for long drive. The low turning radius makes it difficult in city parking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st November, 2005

1999 Fiat Siena ELX 1.7 turbo diesel from India

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance88000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

An outdated looking car with excellent handling and engine, but be prepared for a very bad service

Faults:

A/C Switch faulty replaced under warranty

Gear Box not moving on Third gear parts replaced under warranty 55000 km

Same problem again 70000km spares given on reduced price only.

A/C not effective when its above 35 c temp.

A/C Evaporator unit and Discharge tube changed 85000 km.

Timing belt changed 88000 km - Seems it can still do a lot more than that..was changed fearing it may break down and cause damage.

General Comments:

Excellent engine and handling for a diesel...quiet and smooth and even out runs some petrol models..I have done 160 km /hour..huge boot..good for potholed roads..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2004

2002 Fiat Siena LX 1.2 from Malta

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda 120L

Summary:

A car made from cheap materials

Faults:

Wrong headlamps, the two headlamps were not identical at the time of purchase my brand new car.

Luggage booth not closing properly and every time it rains water goes inside the booth compartment.

Air conditioner leaking gas.

Rust in the roof of the car.

General Comments:

So far (10,000 km) no serious problems with the engine, but serious rust problems in the roof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st March, 2004

1998 Fiat Siena EDX 1.3 MPI from Venezuela

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 MPI Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired125 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

An excellent small car for a family on a budget

Faults:

The steering box was leaking fluid. It was replaced under warranty at 28000 kilometers.

Clutch replaced at 210000 kilometers.

Some electrical problems. The mechanic didn't told why.

Engine's oil consumption.

Water pump replaced at 190000 kilometers.

Underpowered. Too much pork for the little 1.3L engine.

General Comments:

Excellent car. Very good handling and braking.

Very comfortable and reliable.

Cheap to keep and repair. Easy to wrench on, it has plenty of space under the hood.

The air conditioner blows strong until the filter clogs.

Very good looking.

Dealer service needs improving.

Strong engine, my car has 225000 kilometers without a rebuild.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2004

2001 Fiat Siena elx 1.4 from Egypt

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired300 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A high performance car

Faults:

Oil leaks from motor head at 1000 km, was fixed

Front brakes problem, still present.

General Comments:

Its a good car, it has a strong body, but its interior is badly built of cheap materials.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd August, 2003

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews