2003 Fiat Stilo Multiwagon 1.9 JTD turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Decent car at a good price
Broken front suspension springs after 100,000 miles.
Air conditioning and heating system after 120,000 miles.
Loose/rattling roll bar joint after 90,000 miles.
Intermittent dashboard electrics failure after 120,000 miles.
Fault with engine management computer (don't know exact name of component), leading to loss of power after 110,000 miles - cheap to fix.
I have had this car from new, initially on lease. It has been pretty reliable. Things have gone wrong on it, but you have to expect that over 134,000 miles.
It runs very well, has never failed to start, and generally has been very good for the money it cost.
The worst problems have been electrical, some of which are prohibitively expensive to fix. For example, the heating/air conditioning system no longer works, and would cost around £1500 to replace. I'm not particularly bothered, and certainly don't want to spend that much money; just wear a hat when it gets cold!
Inside is very comfortable, with lots of (adjustable) room in front and back.
This car does eat tires though - I've found that putting cheap tyres on is a false economy. Invest at least in the mid-range priced ones, they'll last a lot longer.
I'm sure there are more reliable, better built cars in this class, but you'll have to pay a lot more for them. This one has done really well, over 134,000 miles so far, and I'm hoping it'll carry on for a while yet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th March, 2012