I've owned this model for two years, and cannot wait to get rid of it! I bought it because it seemed the best value of all the cars I saw at the time: it was used but had a very low mileage and one owner so it was the best option. In the first three months, it was problem free. Soon after, the back windscreen washer/wiper/heater failed, the sunroof cover disappeared into the roofspace, and couldn't be retrieved. Unfortunately the garage I bought it from "disappeared" as well, so I was stuck!! Other faults have developed. In heavy rain, drips land on my lap via the front cabin light! Not nice! My cassette ejector button failed, so I cannot use the cassette, and to get it replaced will cost, as the dashboard has to be dismantled to remove the unit - you can only take it to a Fiat dealer. Fuel economy is poor. When you need acceleration, the gears drop down too much, so the revs shoot through the roof and the engine screams, sounding like a boy racer at traffic lights. Some positives: space inside is very good, I'm tall and have plenty of room in the front and the back too. Mechanically, I must admit I've had no problems at all, so that's something. No one will look twice at this to steal it, a plus as there's no alarm. Depreciation is a big problem. I'm collecting my new car next week, and will definitely be leaving this on the garage forecourt without a backward glance.
karin williams, February 12th 2005