I am very happy with the build quality for the price, when you consider Ford's equivical Focus ST170 brand new was almost £6,000 more than the stilo brand new for a similar class of car. I also dont understand why people seem to think the stilo does not look appealing either, I have a 3d with Abarth body kit including skirts and rear spoiler and 17in Curb Claw wheels. Most of my friends think my car looks brilliant and alot nicer than the very dated Ford Foucs which design has been around for almost 10 years and only got a re-vamp in 2006. Also I wonder why the Which reviewer has said it looks dull, when considering that when you look at the Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch and also the new Volvo XC30 which is a very similar shape. The same angular panels and flared rear end. I have driven a ford focus as a hire car which broke down and a Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch (which felt like being in a corsa inside, talk about cramped). I would pick the stilo and fiat over both of these cars every time. I am also confused as to why the Which? reviwer has said that repair bills can be expensive, my dealer charges £65 an hour for labour and yet my friend who has an Astra, was quoted £95 an hour for labour, come on guys that's only 15 quid away from BMW prices. Overall I would suggest if your looking for a nice compact hatch back and dont want to be seen in the boring ford focus/vauxhall astra that is on every driveway in britan give the stilo a go. You never know you might even prefer it.
I’ve owned the car for a while now and i believe the practicality and the experience of the car depends on how you use it. I am a university student driving a 15 mile round trip to uni each day and socially. It’s also important to note that this is my first car. I find the car fantastic to drive very easy and comfortable to sit in esp monday morning traffic on the motorway! So far the best points of the car is the responsive handling, fuel efficiency almost 42mpg saving me money, the 6th gear helps aswell! And the most important part for myself is the low insurance a rating of 4! And as a bonus you don’t see many, feels kind of exclusive! I’d choose it over a Corsa or Polo anyday! However it is not all smiles i admit there are a few faults for example my c/l packed in after a couple months for an unknown reason but i haggled a warranty from the dealer when i bought it and they fixed it free, then theres the onboard comp fun and cool to show off but if you dont get the car serviced at a fiat dealership they cant reset the counter and every time you enter it blinks on the screen to get it serviced. In my honest opinion i believe it is a great car especially a first one as the money it can save you if you find a good one, everyone thats sat inside has loved the cool gadgets and if kept well people have said my '53 plate looks like its brand new! The only regret i have is not getting the 1.9 JTD only insurance group 5 with roundabout 100bhp!
I have owned my current Stilo since last may. In that time it has spent a reasonable bit of time in the garage for, small niggly problems. luckily i work in a car garage. However i put this down to above average miles for age and the engine and build quailty are good.
Running costs are good for someone under 21, as insurance costs are low for a car as powerful as the 1.9 JTD. It is also good on fuel and cheap to tax.
As for handling, i find the car to be entertaining. It doesn't have class leading body control, due to a heavy front nose and long travel suspension, which allows the rear to lift. this means though, it gives progressive and safe oversteer, which i find much more controllable and fun than tradional understeer, found in its rivals Having owned a current shape Astra, much prefer the Stilo's drive. Would recomend firmer suspension being fitted though.
As for the engine itself. I find it refined, inless fully stretched, and very torquey for overtaking quickly and safely and as other reviewers have said, it takes alot of Neds in corsas by surprise. Overall i would recommend a diesel Stilo to anyone, provided it has a full service history and is Diesel. I like it so much, I am buying a year old 150 multijet sporting model. So will report on the benifits of the newer power plant.
I own a 2003/03 5 Door JTD 115Bhp Dynamic Stilo Hatchback. Bought it off a garage who sell ex lease cars. Its very hard to fault this car for value for money. Even though mine had 60K on the clock with full fiat history for £3200.00, that was 3 months ago, hence now I can write a review.
The build quality over my last car being a Punto (03 plate) is far far better, the ride is like a magic carpet, no interior squeaks or rattles, no warning lights and everything works perfectly.
I have already had an intermediate service, which included oils, fuel filter, oil filter and pollen filter and rear pads replaced, which costed including labour £115.00, which is on par with a 1.2 punto. To date I know that the cambelt service, which is 5 years or 72000 miles, which ever is first, is due in July, but that has been quoted at costing £150, so running costs are low, road tax is £115 a year, Insurance group of 5, This car is a jewel and a hidden gem in the world of cars. Well done Fiat.
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