...Fiat cars...advice required... - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit

...Fiat cars...advice required...

magicjay1986 Avatar
[mod] 6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Looking for some advice.

I know it is a very sweeping statement but a couple of people have told me that "Fiat cars arent very good". Whether this means reliability or parts prices, I am unsure.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Tags:
Other Links From Fiat:
magicjay1986 Avatar
[mod] 6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Options

All Comments

(23) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
1 Like #1
ex gf had a fiat bravo several years ago and was a decent motor for the price, never had any probs

http://www.reliabilityindex.co.uk/tophundred.html?apc=3128339010848601

depends on the model at the end of the day.....fiat panda is extremely well rated if thats what ur after, the marea thingy has 1 of the worst records
1 Like #2
I think its one of those left over myths from the 'old days'!

Personallyy I think that all makes/models have their charm and faults. No manufacturer has a perfect dealership network or build quality or reliability etc. I worked for FIAT for nearly 16 years, I've owned FIATs, Alfas, Fords, Vauxhalls, Mercedes etc and found its more about the individual car than the overall brand or model.

The FIAT dealership network is as varied in experience as any other and one of my worst was with Mercs!

One tip is that if you do want to buy FIAT or Alfa, try and find someone who works for them as they get 4 vouchers per year for significant discounts (including 'friends') on new and any accessories factory fitted. (This can be upto 25% in some cases).

Good luck :)
1 Like #3
From my days working in motor finance as an underwriter, the value retention of a Fiat is poor. They lose a lot of money in the first couple of years so it may be difficult to sell without making a pretty hefty loss.

Parts are easily enough available, which is a good thing as it's true, the reliability of a Fiat is not as good as other manufacturers.

The positive thing about Fiats is that Fiat know this, and do sell at a very competitive price. It's the chance you take. If you're thinking of buying a one, make sure you get a competitive rate (0% if possible) as the higher the rate the more chance you'll have of falling into negative equity, making it harder to sell on if you don't like the vehicle.
1 Like #4
I would imagine they mean reliability, aftermarket parts are reasonable, even dealer parts are not too bad, but gear linkages, wiper linkages and coil problems are frequent, they don't cost a bomb if you have a good local garage, but when you start getting timing belts and water pumps going it might be a problem.
Depends what model you buy though I would imagine, probably some are better than others.
1 Like #5
I love Fiat. OH and myself both have Stilos, I used to have Punto and he used to have Brava. Son has Bravo, Mum has a punto, sister has Brava, and mum's partner has Stilo. No real problems with any of them - just general wear and tear.
[mod]#6
casparwhite
ex gf had a fiat bravo several years ago and was a decent motor for the price, never had any probs

http://www.reliabilityindex.co.uk/tophundred.html?apc=3128339010848601

depends on the model at the end of the day.....fiat panda is extremely well rated if thats what ur after, the marea thingy has 1 of the worst records


It isnt a relatively new Fiat Punto as I earlier said it was!

Thank you for the link. It is incredibly helpful :thumbsup:
#7
One of the mechanics in my work, his sister has a fairly new Punto, was raving about it a few months back.
And if you knew this moaning faced guy, its not a bad endorsement.
Think its a Punto Grande.
[mod]#8
Thank you all. I wont quote individually but I appreciate it.

The car is a Fiat Punto (around 2001, I think) and seems relatively cheap at about £2000. As Scouser78 has said, the value retention would be my main concern at the moment...
#9
Scouser78
From my days working in motor finance as an underwriter, the value retention of a Fiat is poor. They lose a lot of money in the first couple of years so it may be difficult to sell without making a pretty hefty loss.

Parts are easily enough available, which is a good thing as it's true, the reliability of a Fiat is not as good as other manufacturers.

The positive thing about Fiats is that Fiat know this, and do sell at a very competitive price. It's the chance you take. If you're thinking of buying a one, make sure you get a competitive rate (0% if possible) as the higher the rate the more chance you'll have of falling into negative equity, making it harder to sell on if you don't like the vehicle.


Its all relative - your right about getting a competitive price up front which means that it wont be worth as much at the end. Having said that, the 500 is holding its value very well (no deals available on new cars) and finding a used one is difficult.

We have a 500 and it is fantastic. We had a Grande Punto before and had no problems at all - service from the local dealer was a bit hit or miss but overall, a positive ownership experience plus we got a very good PX against the 500 in November. Have a look at the Fiat Forum which will give a balanced view on ownership.
#10
I have a Y reg Punto ELX I'll be selling in the spring (we need something much bigger) but it's always been a stonking good car for the money. We get in excess of 50mpg (and I only potter around with the occasional LONG motorway journey thrown in). Its very reliable (never let me down anyway!) and I am sad to have to let it go, but with three kids (all needing car seats) and a dog now, we just don't all fit on the long journeys anymore. If I had my time over again, I'd buy it again ina shot. However my father in law had one with nothing but trouble. It's all a matter of the individual car. I'd suggest getting one from a dealer with some sort of warranty, in case it turns out to be a lemon.
#11
magicjay1986
Thank you all. I wont quote individually but I appreciate it.

The car is a Fiat Punto (around 2001, I think) and seems relatively cheap at about £2000. As Scouser78 has said, the value retention would be my main concern at the moment...


That seems very expensive for a 2001 Punto. It depends on the model but I would expect to pay less than £1500 for one that age. The older Puntos are not the most reliable cars around and I'd be wary of buying an 8 year old one unless I knew its history. :thumbsup:
#12
I have a brava 2002 paid £1200 with 58000 on the clock march last year. I would be wary of paying £2000 for a punto but get more advice here about reliability and costs http://www.fiatforum.com
[mod]#13
tony_s1
That seems very expensive for a 2001 Punto. It depends on the model but I would expect to pay less than £1500 for one that age. The older Puntos are not the most reliable cars around and I'd be wary of buying an 8 year old one unless I knew its history. :thumbsup:


That was my initial concern but after doing some research online it seems that it is the current "going rate" for that model of car. It is immaculate and comes with full service history.
#14
£2000 is way over the market price for that age vehicle. I sold a 2001 Peugeot 307 18 months ago for £2000 and that was at trade value so I would suggest looking elsewhere.
[mod]#15
Scouser78
£2000 is way over the market price for that age vehicle. I sold a 2001 Peugeot 307 18 months ago for £2000 and that was at trade value so I would suggest looking elsewhere.


...or knock them down. It really is immaculate.
#16
Bought my niece a Fiat Punto 18 months ago, when we were at the auctions they were going for really high prices because they are great first time cars, reliable and really cheap on parts. Her only extortianate expense was the insurance.
[mod]#17
choc1969
Bought my niece a Fiat Punto 18 months ago, when we were at the auctions they were going for really high prices because they are great first time cars, reliable and really cheap on parts. Her only extortianate expense was the insurance.


I see what Scouser78 means. The car is priced at £1995 and average for a 1.2 ELX is about £1780...

Hmm......
#18
I have a fiat panda 100HP - my first car - and I havent had any problems with it. Would not hesitate to get another fiat in the future.

I chose fiat because most of the other car manufacturers I was looking at had been on watchdog in a "Loads of cars have this problem and XXXX arent warning the customers or doing anything about it" - All cars are going to have problems, its whether or not the manufacturer cares or not IMO
#19
Carley
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="3"]F[/SIZE][/COLOR]ix [COLOR="Red"][SIZE="3"]I[/SIZE][/COLOR]t [COLOR="Red"][SIZE="3"]A[/SIZE][/COLOR]gain [COLOR="Red"][SIZE="3"]T[/SIZE][/COLOR]omorrow

HTH :thumbsup:


Found In A Tip

lol
#20
kelly_o_fanatic
I have a fiat panda 100HP - my first car - and I havent had any problems with it. Would not hesitate to get another fiat in the future


Nice car - wish my first motor was as nippy as that :santa:

I've been looking at a Fiat as my daily hack, look good value for money and I've certainly not read any horror stories to put me off buying one. I'd draw the line at owning the one like Simon's in The Inbetweeners though :giggle:
[mod]#21
mds1256
Found In A Tip

lol


Laugh at your own "joke" because no one else will.
#22
magicjay1986
Laugh at your own "joke" because no one else will.


Yeah because they are too busy laughing at you for looking to buy a FIAT ;-)
[mod]#23
mds1256
Yeah because they are too busy laughing at you for looking to buy a FIAT ;-)


What, the ones that have said that they have owned or own a Fiat? Yep, of course they are laughing.

Go and crawl back in to your hole.

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!