2002 Fiat Stilo Active 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


A good quality Italian car, but with its problems!


Clutch pedal is very loose indeed. When releasing the clutch the pedal makes a annoying clicking noise and the pedal wobbles from side to side.

When first starting the car on a morning the radiator fan would automatically come on and would never switch itself off.

Car veers to the left when going in a straight line and the steering wheel is off centre.

General Comments:

This car is generally quite good apart from the problems listed above. However fuel economy is very poor. Driving the car normally you get about 34 to the gallon.

Car has very slow acceleration, but once up to speed it will sit nicely at 110mph.

The driving position is very good and the driver's seat is fully adjustable.

I do question the build quality though, there are plenty of rattles and bangs from the dash and doors.

The car has plenty of room for a 3dr both in the front and in the back.

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

Review Date: 3rd February, 2003

4th Feb 2003, 03:22

I experienced the same clicking noise in a Stilo 1.25 I test drove one month ago. Similarly, the clutch pedal felt "loose". Rattles and bangs were litterally absent from that car, though. Other comments: Nice "solid feel", strong brakes, over-light lifeless steering, backache inducing driver's seat. More comments on Stilo's reliability would be welcome.

2002 Fiat Stilo Active 1.6 petrol from Sweden


A great choice!


Nothing, as my car is almost new.

General Comments:

Very good car. I really don't know why people criticize the car so much. Go out and take a drive in one and you'll see for yourself.

And the safety equipment is great and I think the build quality is better than my 4 year old BMW which used to live in the dealership and was always very unreliable. But now I'm happy with my Fiat and nothing has gone wrong.

Also the kids love it and think it is very comfortable to sit in, even long journeys. The styling is good too and the performance reasonable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2002

10th Jan 2003, 04:42

I test-drove a Stilo 1.25 for a weekend. It seems to be very solidly built and well engineered especially compared to Tipos and Bravos which used to be FIAT's answers to the Golf some time ago. This particular car is the dealer's demo, so given the use and abuse these cars have to suffer, I was prepared for the worse... It had a very solid feel which reminded me of a Golf, it was VERY spacious inside, economical and even this test-drive example was virtually rattle-free. Its biggest drawback was the steering. It's rather devoid of feel; It feels like the wheels were connected with a rubber band to the steering wheel. It weights up when it shouldn't and vice versa. And the suspension felt 'loose' : although corner speeds can actually be very high, you don't feel like cornering like that as there is so little information coming through your hands (steering wheel) and your body (hard springs - soft shock absorbers maybe?). The car is however very safe, with limited understeer and the general 'grown up' feeling we have been led to expect from a...Golf. The seats were also rather uncomfortable: I developed a backache, although I tried every possible set-up. My Tipo has better seats.

I would be very interested in hearing from the original reviewer about how his Stilo stands up the test of time.