Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Fiat Seicento hatchback?
Fiat has a reasonable record for reliability - it usually puts in an average performance in our reliability surveys.
However, that's no thanks to the Seicento, which has been fraught with problems. Owners are constantly forking out for repairs, and by far the most common complaint is the car's electrics, with a wide range of glitches. You're likely to need to fix the suspension, too. The clutch and gearbox can be suspect on high-mileage cars, so if you're considering a car that's covered a lot of distance, check the service history to make sure that they have been replaced at some point. Also check the service histories of Seicentos built during 1998 and 1999. Fiat issued three recalls for these cars for faults with the driver's airbag, brake pedal and brake pipes, so make sure the work has been carried out before parting with any cash.