2002 Fiat Stilo dynamic 1.8 16v from Gibraltar


Real head turner, but don't fall for the looks


After one month of owning the car I noticed that it drunk as much oil as it drunk fuel. Sounded like a diesel from out side. Air Bag Failure lights were appearing for no reason and clutch was flimsy and had an odd squeal to it. The dash has gone grey from black and is really showing its age.

General Comments:

Its got extremely high top speeds as I found out in the Spanish auto ban roads when it was doing 230kph = 142 mph with three people in it and was able to get up to 193kph in 4th gear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2005

2002 Fiat Stilo JTD Dynamic 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Would be great if it was reliable


Recurrent turbo waste gate valve problem.

Brake disc whistle from the back.

Hose blew off the turbo unit.

Excessive tyre wear.

General Comments:

This should be a good family car however it has many faults.

The engine is good, a lot of torque and good for motorway or around town. Fuel economy is good.

There is quite a lot of space in the cabin and a lot of nice extras (climate control, cd player etc.)

The rear seats are very hard and I wouldn't want to sit in them for long.

The reliability has been poor, with a number of problems occurring that the dealer were not able to fix.

Servicing costs have been very high.

Front tires need replacing every 10,000 miles.

The paintwork scratches very easily right down to the white primer beneath.

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

Review Date: 18th July, 2005

2002 Fiat Stilo Dynamic 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Expensive for the quality of build


Air-con repaired several times.

Dealer had to replace rear axle due to wear after one year.

Airbag warning light activated due to loose connection.

Plastic boot latch cover fell off.

Rear parking sensor failure due to water damage.

General Comments:

Very spacious interior.

Drives quite well.

Build quality poor as if rushed before end of day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

2002 Fiat Stilo activ 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland





Suspension.Both caused tyre wear requiring new tyres at 10000 miles

Clutch.Renewed after 12000 miles

Radiator.Leaked after first service

Engine.Now runs erratically after service

Door locking has a mind of its own.

General Comments:

After each dealer service, the car runs worse than it did before the service,& develops more faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2005

2002 Fiat Stilo Dynamic 1.6 16v from Croatia


Coffin on wheels


Door handle (inside) got loose month after purchase (still waiting replacing under warranty)

Tire blew on motorway because of faulty suspension (after 1 year - dealer did not accept it under warranty)

Wipers faulty from purchasing (Dealer said it is because connections are shaking and are in wet, and we are talking about wipers remember). They were repairing them for two years, and after the warranty expired they said I should buy new wiper engine.

Airbags malfunction.

Bulb malfunction every 3 months.

My clutch literally exploded on motorway (three weeks before I was at dealers and told him that I think something is wrong with it, and they said that everything is OK). They even wanted to charge me repair, but after I said I will sue them, they decided not to.

Air conditioning was repaired three times.

Lots of loose plastic bits.

Car is full of rattling noises.

General Comments:

Most unreliable car I have ever driven.

Too expensive for what it offers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2005

11th Feb 2005, 01:26

My Stilo was purchased with 11000 miles on the clock.11 months old. It has suffered with the engine cut out problem suffered by other Stilo owners. It has had this loss of power to engine, brakes and steering on 11 separate occasions- 3 times while in the fast lane of a motorway. The car has been back to the FIAT agents 5 times in the last year with the same complaint. Each time they tell me that it has been rectified. It has spent a total of 24 days in their workshops. Letters to the agent are replied to along the lines that what I have experienced is perfectly normal. I am totally exasperated with this car which is the most unreliable I have ever owned.