I have only praise for this car, it is the most reliable I have ever owned over the years. I previously owned a 1.9 JTD ELX which I had for 3 years from new and it never missed a beat. I replaced it a year ago with the new version with the 120hp engine , which does give better performance, particularly when towing , but the trade off is greater fuel consumption, though I still return 43mpg in normal running, 32 mpg when towing the caravan, so I am perfectly happy. There is loads of space in it, easy access with the excellent sliding rear doors and it can be loaded up comfortably for holidays or removals I find the driving position very good due to being seated higher which also gives great visibility. My wife loves it because it was cheap to buy, and running costs are low. I have also found my local dealer to provide great service and cannot complain about them. The only thing I can wish for, is that Fiat bring out a version with a higher towing limit, it is currently 1300kg (braked trailer), which is fine just now, but if I wanted to change the caravan in the future, it restricts choices that can be safely towed. As I said, it tows my current caravan beautifully just now.
With a vehicle like this you always have to remember its not and never will be a sports coupe. You have to look at it as a van and nothing else and by doing that you really appreciate the Doblo for what it is. There isn't vasts amount of performance but thats not what you want it for. You will never look cool but thats not what you want it for either. Where the Doblo wins hands down like no other vehicle Ive ever driven is practicality. It feels light and agile around town. You can jump in and out all day long without feeling like your back is about to give out. and there is enough boot space to hold a pool contest and thats before you drop the back seats. I have to drive a Doblo wheelchair vehicle every day and cant help but feel the robustness in the build quality. The dash is chunky, the doors have a nice clonk, the rear seat is solid yet easy to fold. Sure it does have bad points like:- The windows don't wind down all the way. The rear doors and over complicated to open an shut. The sunvisor blocks your vision but not the sun. And the ride is pretty bad for passengers but as a driver you will hardly notice this. But because there is so much space in the cabin as a passenger you will feel like your being taken for a spin in your local village hall.
But don't let these details detract from the fact that the Fiat Doblo is a friendly, light, agile vehicle thats desperately trying to be more like a car. And I'm sure this Doblo is more Diablo then Dumbo......
Our Doblo was purchased new and have now had it 5 years. It was purchased with practicality in mind as we had a dog and were planning to have children. Our initial expectation weren't high but we have been pleasantly surprised how well it has aquitted itself. Sliding doors make getting kids in and out of their child seats a doddle espcially in tight spaces. The child seats themselves fit very well. A table was constructed for the boot meaning that a full size pram and chassis goes underneath and our medium dog goes on top. The tailgate is high enough to shelter under!!
It is pleasant to drive with its well suited 100bhp JTD engine. It tows a caravan pretty well too. Steering is quick and precise. Handling is also pretty good considering its height. Visabiliy is great except at T junctions. Road noise is highish at m/way speeds but easily tolerable. Fuel economy is low to mid 40's. Scraped 50 once. Its main journeys are Mway, A road, followed by stop start traffic into a town centre.
Quibbles?.It Needed a voltage regulator replacing under warranty. Front tyre wear on inside walls. Having said that I did close to 20k on one set. A wiper mechanism failure and it has needed a pricey exhaust centre section. Servicing at dealers was high but is ok at independants.
It has just had is 5th year service inc cambelt change and I hope that the next 5 years prove to be just as painless.
I have had this car for two years and I am really pleased with it,like one of the other reviewers we also call ours "the van" which is a fair comment as it looks van shaped,I am a postman and I drive a van(Ford Transit Connect)all day but I much prefer the Doblo It is the diesel model and does 50 - 56 on a long run,front tyres lasted 12,000 mls.not bad considering how many roundabouts we have.I like the high driving position not only for the view of the road but also for the ease of getting in and out. Had a full service at the HI-Q GARAGE FOR £140 Only wish it had an Automatic gearbox. Only complaint my wife has is that the front passenger seat is not very comfortable on a long run,I find no problem driving at all, the armrest is small but adequate,all in all a good reliable motor.
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