Fiat Ulysse Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1998 Fiat Ulysse 2.0 EL 2 Ltr petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2 Ltr petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 800

Summary:

The best solution for a family, a bargain secondhand

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong in the last 10000 miles.

General Comments:

Like the ability to change the seating or even remove them.

Sliding doors on both sides are a real boon.

Good road holding and handling, easy to drive though clutch can be heavy.

Ample power though it does come in quickly at about 4000 revs.

Reasonable fuel consumption for size.

I would buy another no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2002

1997 Fiat Ulysse EL 1.9 turbo diesel from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60 kilometres
Most recent distance69695 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo GTV

Summary:

To much problems

Faults:

Entry/Exit delay lamp switch melted.

Intermittent failure of the Air-conditioning.

High engine oil consumption. Crank shaft re-machined to prevent oil leak at flywheel. Pistons wear-off beyond published specification.

Grinding noise when engaging third and fifth gear at 55k km.

Complete clutch system replaced at 64k km including clutch cables, clutch plate and pressure plate.

Grinding noise when engaging third gear occurred again at 69k km.

General Comments:

The car engine was taken off from the chassis for seven times to check the gear-box and engine oil problems within less than ten months duration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th April, 2002

1996 Fiat Ulysse EL 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Reversing light switch on gearbox.

Fluid leak on power steering rack.

Airconditioning switch (internal to airconditioning, not dashboard).

General Comments:

Comfortable, quite fast, quiet, very roomy.

Poor visibility past thick "A" posts.

Suspension a bit hard unless laden.

Engine torque curve all wrong - power comes in at 4000 rpm, ie. about 20mph in 1st gear or 85mph in top. By the time you get a response to the accelerator you're already speeding!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2000

1996 Fiat Ulysse S 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Immobiliser keypad failed resulting in a need for repairs to the wiring loom - more than £400.

It took the dealers 4 attempts over 2 years to track down reason for intermittent non-functioning of air con - luckily mostly dealt with under guarantee.

General Comments:

Excellent 7 seat MPV, sliding rear doors a real plus point. Experience says DO NOT buy any MPV without air con.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 1999

3rd Mar 2005, 06:34

I have a Peugeot 806,essentially the same as the Ulysse and I specifically bought it without aircon. Why? It's poor for the fuel economy and it costs an arm and a leg when it goes wrong.

And I can't say that it is really necessary either from experience!The car is quite cool even in the hottest weather.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews