I have owned the car for one year and I am pleased overall. Compared to other makes of a similar size, it really is a bargain.
The boot is practical, rear space is ample and the driving position is good. It doesn't drive like a sports car - it’s not supposed to - but takes you and your family comfortably from A to B.
The build quality seems to be good. My only real complaint is that the depreciation is quite appalling.
After driving the Dynamic for 3 years I will be glad to see the back of it.
Mechanically it has never let me down, BUT the electronics are a waste of time and the trim is cheap plastic.
Day 1 the air-con failed and in the first month the sun-roof failed and leaked with the rear passengers getting soaked from water pouring in though the pillars.
Airbag failure light is on constantly and intermittent front indicator warning light which starts bleeping every 30 seconds on sunny journeys. Fault lights will flash on and off for no reason and left headlight works when it feels like it.
All the plastic boot lip is broken from loading suitcases and the plugs for holding the trim in the cabin have all popped out.
All these faults have been reported and the dealers had numerous attempts to fix, including a new wiring loom. Its been into the dealers over 30 times, and if I hadnt given up on it, could have made that 60 times.
They dealer always orders the wrong part, or the replacement part comes in broken! They had the car for over 3 weeks whilst trying to get a replacement back axle and 2 weeks waiting for the wiring loom.
Finally the tracking was so far out, despite a recalled within the first year, that both front types blew on a trip down the motorway, with the outside edges having loads of tread left and the inside edges worn down to nothing.
First and LAST Fiat I will ever buy.
I have owned mine for a year, which was purchased for £9000 on an 04 plate. I needed an estate and while not in the market for a newish V70, I find the Stilo a very practical workhorse.
Over distance (I do three return trips to Germany a year) I find it excellent value for the money. At speed, it is quiet and comfortable enough to cope with a long haul and you do not feel like your back is about to break at the end of it. On foreign motorways it doesn't complain at high cruise speeds, and has adequate grunt for 115hp over a wide rev range.
The big 'but' for me, however, is that off the motorway, understeer, sloppy suspension and a general wallowey ride can make passengers seasick, and seasoned drivers look like learners when it comes to cornering.
It's a good buy for straight high speed roads - just don't think it's a V70 off motorway or you'll end up in a ditch.
This car has more than ample space - OK, it's not a Volvo V70, but it's not a V70 price either. Mine did 49,000 miles last year and nothing went wrong. The trip computer says I averaged 54mpg and I don't think that's too far out.
Build quality is as good as anything else that I've driven, except perhaps Volvo and BMW: there are no rattles and everthing appears solid. The interior is a bit plasticky but no worse that Vauxhalls or Fords that I've had. I can't undertand another reviewer's comments about roof height - my hair used to touch the roof when I had a Peugeot 405 but I have a good four or five inches clearance in the Fiat.
Overall, it's a comfortable, practical. reliable and economical car and my dealer is friendly and helpful. Would I buy another one? Definitely.
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