Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Fiat Stilo estate?
Sadly, the Stilo seems to conform to all the negative images some people have of Fiats. For instance, it was rated in the bottom five overall in the 2006 JD Power customer satisfaction survey, and 19th out of 20 models in the Small Family Car category.
Owners reported a host of niggling problems with their vehicles, but if you buy a used one, hopefully at least some of those issues will have been sorted out by the previous owner.
Also, make sure you find out from the previous owner if there have been any problems with premature tyre wear, as some Stilos suffererd from faults in the suspension.
Finally, there was an issue with side airbags accidentally deploying which sparked a recall from Fiat UK. If the car you're considering was among those affected, check in the service log that the sensor has been replaced before buying.