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FIAT IDEA Hatchback 2004‑2007
8 owner reviews for FIAT IDEA Hatchback 2004‑2007
Not such a good idea
FIAT IDEA 1.3 Multijet 90 Dynamic 5dr (Review date: 20th August '14)
Brought my 56 plate Idea as needed a mini MPV as a 2nd car and it looked just the ticket. Looks can be decieving! Very tinny and sounded like it when you shut the doors no solid thuck, more of a clink!. Poor fit and finsh with big gaps in the dashboard facia. The DPF failed resulting in a trip to the local dealer who were useless. No courtessy car and no parts to repair it. Drivers seat foam split leaving a ridge in the seat where the frame underneath poked through, so had to resort to sitting on a cushion. Seat not covered under 3rd year of 3 yr warranty. Beware of this, after 2 years warranty switched from manutfacturer's one to dealer one with much less covered (sure enough the seat wasn't covered). All this after only 18,000 miles. Build quality and reliability well down on rivals like Meriva and Modus.
Official fuel economy of 55 MPG but only managed 45 MPG and that was mainly open road driving. Boot was small but rear seats can be folded dow. Problem is that they dont lay completely flat and the release catch feel so flimsy that you are reluctant to pull it for fear of breaking it. Due to the poor fit and finish road noise was loud at all speeds. It is very tall for a car of its size, I am well over 6 feet tall and even with the seat right up I still had 2-3 inches to the rooof linning. Down side to this is a lot of body roll even at moderate speeds when cornering. Unless you are over 6ft 6ins its just too tall.
So should you buy one? OK its cheap but even so, not a good IDEA! (excuse the pun).
A great Idea!
FIAT IDEA 1.3 Multijet 90 Dynamic 5dr (Review date: 14th June '12)
I've owned this car (what would be a 54 plate 1.2 Multijet diesel) for 4 years now and living on a small island in the mediterranean (Malta) it's a good place to test any car!
The "Dynamic" model is just about the basic but has a reasonable range of practical electronics including trip meter and overall MPG (I average 44 when my useage is just around town and upto 55 when longer journies are made (max 10 miles (no laughing please...) or my wife isn't in the car! Speed warning buzzer, Air Conditioning which possibly needs to be re-gassed after 7 long hot summers, a really good range of seat adjustment, especially in the rear though "fold flat" is a bit of a problem when the drivers seat is well back. The small engine is a little slow to deliver the goods but once underway is fairly powerful and reliable and not too noisy though we rarely get above 60MPH or 3,000RPM..... The high driving position is good for those not in the first flush of youth since you get in and out, not down and up but the car seems to lean a little more than is comfortable at times but always stays where it should and the brakes are excellent - an important feature here..... Power steering is light and for parking or city work there is also a "City" mode which introduces you to the wonders of electric assistance as well. Storage is good though none of the bins or boxes are that large and those on top of the dash get very hot in the summer. There is also a useful shelf atop windscreen level.
Downsides? thankfully, relatively few. Yes the computer does flash the odd and annoying message Yellow for warning Red, stop immediately and report to Fiat dealer but upon reporting I was informed it was a bad connection in the ECU - phew, expensive to replace I'm told. Another annoying problem are the exterior mirrors; too small and with the Dynamic, no auto' adjustment - plus no possibility to upgrade either. Otherwise nothing much to mention.
Like I say it's a Great Idea.
Fiat Idea - Fiat doing what it does best
FIAT IDEA 1.3 Multijet 90 Dynamic 5dr (Review date: 24th February '12)
Fiat literally defined small cars; then immediately started making them more versatile, whilst not increasing their overall footprint on the road. Where other manufacturers consistently grow their B segment car until it is bigger than the C segment car of ten years ago - Fiat keep looking at how to fit more into the same space.
The Fiat Idea did this, at the same time as helping Fiat maximise profit from a chassis (Fiat Punto mk2) and the parts bin.
To drive, it is small enough to park or manoeuvre in town confidently and yet is tardis-like inside. The storage bins and cubby's are capacious and plentiful, if not perfectly designed; the sliding/ folding/tumbling seats are very flexible and superbly comfortable on longer journey for four large adults. The glasshouse gives excellent views out and a light airy feel, the instruments are clear and the overall specification pretty good - all very modern mini-car, if not the most handsome!
The downside for me is the height of the car making handling "interesting", although it will hold the road quite well. Added to this, the increasingly ubiquitous and universally awful electric power steering in cars of today makes a more modest approach advisable.
Reliability wise it is good but not great - mine has seen a few minor trim parts wear, the seatbelts are reluctant to reel away when not in use, the brakes wear at quite a rate when driven in town (but are superbly powerful) - with the biggest problem being the diesel engine. The 1.3 multijet (90 BHP) may be great for economy and usefully powerful, but this is hugely offset by the expense of maintaining the EGR valve, the MAP sensor, fuel filter changes and the DPF constantly clogging. Issues that are only made worse by the poor access to the engine, brought about by the one-box design (the engine is half under the dash/ front scuttle)
As far as I am concerned, European legislation has all but killed diesels as a practical motive power on a budget! Better to stick to a small petrol model!!!
Would I buy another? Yes - but only the new model (not released in the UK yet). with a 1.4 petrol engine and the clever auto box that is superb. It is ideal for a family of four and cheap to run (bar diesel servicing).
fantastic car, reliable, economical
FIAT IDEA 1.4 Active 5dr (Review date: 17th January '12)
i purchased this car a year ago mainly because i needed a 5 door car. i didn't want anything expensinve and i got a bargain from the dealer, so much so that i thought there may be something wrong with it. how wrong was i!!! it's been running like a dream, reliable, economical, suits my needs exactly. plenty of room in the back for my one year old grandaughter. i love the high driving position, can't fault it....ok it is not a looker but it suits my needs. ideal car if you're on a budget and have a small family.
Unusual, practical small car
FIAT IDEA 1.4 Active 5dr (Review date: 31st October '11)
I've had this car about 10 months, and generally I'm pleased with it. It's a bit juddery to pull off, but it's reasonably refined once going. Although it drives on the motorway fine, it's a bit low geared so it's not terribly relaxing.
It's an unusual design, but it's very roomy inside for what s a small car outside - and one that doesn't look like a van.
Mechanically it's been fine so far - nothing at its service and only a tyre at its MOT. Other quality is Fiat-esque. Plenty of rattles and squeaks that come and go, bits of trim not all that well stuck on. For the price I paid for it though, I'm happy to live with that.
Fiat Idea Dynamic Multijet Diesel 54 Reg.
FIAT IDEA 1.3 Multijet Dynamic 5dr (Review date: 23rd August '11)
I have had this car for almost a year and am pretty happy with it. Very practical, spacious and comfortable, have used it for school runs as well as motorway driving. Was fairly cheap to buy so I was pleasantly surprised.
Have not had any problems with reliability apart from having to replace a battery soon after purchase. Running costs are very low, does 51 mpg despite the abovementioned school runs, and more on long trips which is great when the fuel prices are so high. The engine is very efficient.
Drives really well, the only cons are: there is a slight delay when pulling away at junctions before the engine power kicks in and the roof supports behind the front quarterlight windows obstruct the view a bit because they are so wide, but you can adjust your driving pretty quickly to compensate.
Idea, or 'Oh Dear'?
FIAT IDEA 1.4 Eleganza 5dr (Review date: 22nd December '10)
I love Fiat cars, but with the Idea Eleganza, (I cannot speak for the lesser equipped models) they seem to have tried to be too clever and put far too much mechizmo in the car.
Yes the equipment level is impressive, it has climate control air conditioning, ABS & EBD on the brakes, all four electric and automatic windows, which can be shut via the central locking key fob, electric heated mirrors and an on-board computer which tells you how many miles you can travel with the fuel you have in your tank, how many MPG you are doing either on average or at the moment, your average speed, dual trip counters, the time and date, how long you have been travelling and (this is where the trouble starts) whether there are any problems with the car, like the braking system, the engine management, the power steering ect, and when this fantastic equipment is constantly telling you that there is a problem with the brakes or steering and that you should STOP THE CAR, it does little to instil confidence, especially when the manual simply tells you to take the car to your nearest Fiat dealer IMMEDIATELY.
It drove fine and if the fuel computer was accurate it was achieving 37 MPG urban which is pretty impressive for a 1.4 petrol car, but if it is constantly off the road for information display faults, then it can hardly be considered to be reliable.
Its a shame really, as manufacturing reliable and economical small cars is where Fiat have always excelled, but by apparently trying to produce a mini MPV type car similar to those of rivals, such as the Vauxhall Meriva or the Honda Jazz, they appeared to have strayed from what I personally think they do better than the competition. The engine seems good, the gearbox is a treat and the layout looks excellent, but the addition of unnecessary whistles and bells seems to have led to Fiat producing a monumental duffer!