Owned since new, thank god it was a good deal! Where do you start New radiator, new ECU, stripped and resealed gearbox, numerous engine warning light faults, uses tyres like there going out of fashion, air conditioning fitted poorly and in rather stupid place.
Yes it looks not too bad, but underneath its a whole different ball game.
After having it only a month my husband had to stop the car as it came up with abs failure, ebs failure, stop engine. We were told by dealership it was a software fault, 3 months later they finally replaced ECU. It regularly tells me theres a fault and to turn of engine, called dealership and asked when i was supposed to take the computer seriously! They said always but it only cost £60 everytime to put it on the computer for them to tell us theres nothing wrong. Everything went quite then until summer and when we turned the air conditioning on nothing happened, the pipework for the air conditioning is right at the front of the car as low to the ground as they could get it, which means bottom the car over a couple of sleeping policemen and you have no air conditioning. Have found parts to be very expensive, wish we had kept the 12year, 3rd hand Seat Ibiza!! Has also been recalled for suspension problem, just waiting to see what happens next month!
i have owned my car for over 4 years now and had no major faults with it other than the general servicing, but one thing to be advised of if you are thinking of buying the abarth model make sure it has had the selespeed software upgrade done as if not look forward to a huge bill to replace your gearbox i had the upgrade done 2 years ago now and still i have had no faults a very very quick car not to be frowned upon as i can still stick with porsche 911's and the last thing they expect to see is a yellow fiat in thier mirror, the fuel consumption leaves a lot to be desired but routine maintenance helps keep it as good as possible i average about 26 mpg combined and about 32 mpg on motorways the best way i could sum this car up is you get a huge amount of car for very little money nowadays
I've owned this car from new (53 plate). I got a great deal from the dealership, but had to wait a long time as the factory closed for the summer!
Having read some of the reviews on this and other websites/magazines I can only presume that I am a lucky Stilo owner, as I haven't had any major recurring problems. My biggest expense was two new front tyres on the last service. Servicing is expensive (in my view), as I was quoted £370 for the third year service by Fiat dealers, so I used a company I found on internet who did it for half this price (Prestige Car Servicing.com).
My only real quibbles would be a clutch judder which developed and intermittently pops up. The garage couldn't trace a fault and I once lost all power when on motorway - although I put this down to the petrol rather an engine fault as the car restarted immediately and I have never had this problem since (occured over two years ago).
I have found the Stilo to be comfortable to drive and it handles well. It is a practical car for a small family. Personally I would recommend the car as I feel it is underrated, however don't buy new as you lose too much money.
Interior specification is very good - much better than the Peugeot 206 I had before (although you couldn't get much worse than a 206!).
Overall, it's a very good car for your money. Will I buy another Fiat? Yes, if the right model is available at a reasonable price...
I have owned a 1.2 16v Active for over two years now and the cars are fantastic. It is comfortable on small roads and motorways, and the 6th gear really makes up for the lack in engine capacity.
Its so cheap to run as at average I get just over 40mpg. Only ever spent £24 on repairs which was brake pads and on a 5 year old car thats not bad. It also passed all MOT's without a single warning and any faults have been minor faults but due to treatment by passengers.
The dash gets poorly rated but i dont see why, I also own a VW Golf and the dash in the Stilo makes the Golfs look like the dash from a KIA.
Recommended to anyone!
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