I have owned a 02 Fiat Doblo Cargo van 1.9 jtd for about five years and in that time I have had to replace the drive shafts and diff four times almost once a year due to some problem with the power of the engine transmitting it to the road. 100bhp. The gearbox strips all splines off the drive shafts and then snaps the diff in three places under normal driving conditions, you start from the lights normaly and then the drive shafts pop out of the gearbox with no warning.
Apart from that it has been a very good van and has not let me down in any way. Works very hard day after day as a landscaping van. (p.s. does not have a hard life, a few plants carried etc)
Does anyone have any idea what the problem is, Fiat does not but if you type the problem into google and the results show that many people have had the same problem. thanks
this has got to be the biggest pile of junk fiat have made. fuel comsumptions is poor 24.5 mpg combined. front brake pads and discs have been replaced twice in 7000 miles done 11000 miles now need replacing again
easiest way i found was get rid of the car. i bought a fiat punto 1.3 multijet - anything has to be better than that doblo.
i was going to put a sunroof in my doblo and use it as a skip! wish i never bought it and when ppl say 'mine does 40+mpg' that is rubbish i never got near that even free wheeling
We have owned this car now for nearly two and a half years. Overall it has been a good buy and we will definitely consider a new one. About 80% of our driving is around town, with journeys lasting approx 15 minutes and our fuel consumption is usually 38mpg, which is right on the button, according to FIAT's figures. Our services have so far cost around £150 and £250, but our third year's service bill is likely to be in the region of £500, (five hundred pounds!!!). What's going on? This is supposed to be a budget car and up to now this has been the case, but £500? Has anyone got any suggestions as to how to lower my servicing bill without losing my warranty? Fiat say any dealer that conforms to their sevicing schedule and uses genuine FIAT parts will do, but I am otherwise really happy with our local dealer,(Autoworld in Chesterfield).HELP!!
We have had the Doblo for over three years and are now trading in for another Fiat. It has been a very practical car - it helped us move house, took us on frequent trips from the south-west to the south-east, moved our son to university, transported our elderly parents around and has even been a kennel!
It has never let us down on all the journeys we have done. We have found the upright position of the seats to be excellent, especially on long journeys. visual driving view is very good, although we found with the double doors, the rear view was restricting. The car was used as a family vehicle and a work horse.
It gave good all-round performance. It is reasonably economical with regards to fuel and insurance. The price for servicing at 12,000-mile intervals was high, because the tyres had to be replaced a few times, i.e. front wearing on inner sides. Due to the garage trying to rectify the problem, we did overcome the problem after two years. Within two years the rear suspension dampers had to be replaced, but this was not due to continuous heavy loads.
We will miss the space and unrestricted feel of the Doblo.
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