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Old 30-03-2016   #31
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Re: The new FIAT Tipo wins the prestigious "AUTOBEST 2016" award

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My Stilo is 12 years old... 120,000 miles now.

It's not a bad car.. the suspension is quite soft (5 doors) and it has 65-section tyres.. so it's "your dad would like it" comfortable... but when you drive it a little faster you can tell there's a great chassis in there.

Maybe I'll fit some 17" wheels and lower profile tyres in the summer..

The body and the external components seem pretty robust. There's no rust on the chassis or the brake pipes despite the UK weather (we have salt on our roads in winter), The subframes and the suspension springs are starting to lose their epoxy coat.. but on the whole, it'll last a few more years easily.

The quality inside is nothing too sexy but then it was one of the cheaper cars, even in 2004... and it doesn't look like the previous owners looked after it very much, which hasn't helped. Still.. it's survived. If I can solve the instruments problem then pretty much it all works.. (just the headlamp adjuster and the heated door mirrors seem to be on strike).

I bought it to drive around while I fix my Alfa 145 (waterpump failed and wrecked the engine) and to try a diesel engine... It's an impressive engine for just 115bhp and uses hardly any fuel.. but I think I'll stick with petrol next time, please..

If Fiat UK import the Tipo 4-doors here then I'll probably buy one. I think there is a 120bhp petrol which sounds just the ticket for me. Even the 5-doors doesn't look too bad (if Fiat UK don't import the 4-door) but I like saloons even if the rest of the UK doesn't... so I'm hoping..

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Pretty much how I would sum-up how I feel about the Stilo after the one I had for over 6 years. Mine was a 3dr on 17" wheels so rode a bit stiffer than the 5dr, but it still felt more settled & comfy than my MiTo (also on 17" wheels) & the chassis was much more fun than I expected given the poor reception the Stilo got from the press and market when new. The MiTo has sharper steering, but the Stilo felt more 'together', like everything was to the same standard. The MiTo feels like the steering & suspension are from 2 different classes of cars (steering being good, suspension being awful).

Like you I found the exterior very robust. Mine was a light green colour so not prone to showing marks, but the paint was as-new when I sold it at 10 years old with 104k on the clock. I used to work in a car dealership & when I put it up on the ramps in the workshop, the only corrosion was a tiny patch on the exhaust (which was the original) & compared to Mazda's that we dealt with, and even some newer Italian cars, the Stilo was remarkable underneath. I didn't wash underneath more than a couple of times a year & it was driven on salt-covered damp motorways regularly. Interior had worn more, but mostly the cheap feeling door cards (round the interior door handles). The seats, gear stick & dash all looked new. Thankfully the instruments worked fine (including *Checking* when I turned the ignition on!) and the only bits that broke were (just like yours) the headlight adjuster & one heated door mirror! A few suspension bits wore out over the years but the only thing that failed randomly was the Crank Sensor, which I believe was made by Bosch (typical!).

The JTD 115 engine was fantastic for its power - my 1.3 JTDm MiTo only gets about 5mpg more than the Stilo (often it's MPG is the same or less than the Stilo) & it also has no power at all below 1500rpm whereas the Stilo was like it was continuously on boost.

I also prefer the new Tipo saloon to the 5dr hatch, but I reckon we won't get the saloon in the UK, which is a great shame. I would consider the 1.6 Multijet Tipo 5dr, but it depends how the colour & wheel/trim options work in the UK, as the 3dr Stilo & the MiTo both look quite good to me & I fear the 5dr Tipo might feel a bit frumpy after what I've been used to. It also depends a lot on how greedy Fiat UK get with pricing - I won't get a Tipo if for a couple of grand extra I could have an Alfa Giulietta, for example
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Loved the stilo always.Timelless design.My tipo is 1.6 jtd2 and ti be honest its very nice even at low rpm.Fast and lively.I should have got 17-inch wheels ...mine are 16.Overall a am happy with it.(only the TFT problem).As a previous owner of a shkoda octavia 1.9 tdi 2012 with 105bhp the tipo is more interesting for me .Loved the shkoda also but i crashed beyond repair.I have about 1100 miles on the tipo and waiting for the software update...
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Re: The new FIAT Tipo wins the prestigious "AUTOBEST 2016" award

Saloon prospects might be looking up.. now that MINI is going to make one..

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/m...=mailsignoutmd


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Saloon prospects might be looking up.. now that MINI is going to make one..

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/m...=mailsignoutmd


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Saloon prospects might be looking up.. now that MINI is going to make one..

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/m...=mailsignoutmd


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Re: The new FIAT Tipo wins the prestigious "AUTOBEST 2016" award

This ^^^ is "Why Fiat UK will import the Tipo saloon..." so that's why I love it

Although it really is an awkward looking beast...

But MINI will push it.. and maybe the "unfashionable" saloon will become the next trendy thing/once again.

If MINI markets saloons into a desirable niche, then Tipo 4-door would benefit off the coat-tails.


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@Ralf S.: in fairness, it isn't unknown for people to buy small family saloons. Granted, you're going back to the 90s/early 00s, but Seat shifted a few Cordobas, ford sold a few focus saloons, and Vauxhall offered a mk3 & mk4 Astra saloon. I do genuinely think that the 1 thing that will be an issue for all Tipo variants will be the Fiat badge.
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Seat shifted a few Cordobas, ford sold a few focus saloons, and Vauxhall offered a mk3 & mk4 Astra saloon.
Don't forget the Marea, didn't sell in huge number but was definitely there.

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Don't forget the Marea, didn't sell in huge number but was definitely there.

I had in fact forgotten about the Marea, lol! I forgot to mention the vw vento and boring, the Peugeot 306 Sedan, the Orion/Escort, the mk1 Hyundai Accent was a saloon as well.
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My mum has a V5 Bora, quite a nice car considering it's a VW.
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Aye! Marea. What a handsome little motor that was..

On the other hand Fiat buggered it by pitching it price-wise against the Mondeo and the last Cavalier/early Vectras.

Hopefully more manufacturers will get a boner for saloons.. We, the public, actually would buy some..


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Re: The new FIAT Tipo wins the prestigious "AUTOBEST 2016" award

I'll just leave this here..


Spec for spec it costs exactly the same as a hatch...and due to better Aero is better on fuel and has a bigger boot.

Yet somehow the hatch back is the volume seller..

If anything the story of the whole car is how you can spend a hill of money engineering a car to be equal to or better than the best available, equip it more generously, style it well charge 20% less than the opposition and still be ignored..

Maybe fiat has the right idea, engineering and building it cheaply at least they won't lose money, although it may back fire in less badge concerned markets (where the 3 does a lot better).
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I can totally see the Stilo estate in dark grey, slightly lowered with Abarth alloys...
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Re: The new FIAT Tipo wins the prestigious "AUTOBEST 2016" award

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Aye! Marea. What a handsome little motor that was..

On the other hand Fiat buggered it by pitching it price-wise against the Mondeo and the last Cavalier/early Vectras.

Hopefully more manufacturers will get a boner for saloons.. We, the public, actually would buy some..


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I actually thought the Tempra was a better car,
both in looks and drive..,
however it's a larger FIAT - something that has NEVER sold well in the UK.

drool or vomit.. you decide;
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I think FIAT have really hit the nail on the head with the new Tipo.

Good looking, great value, practical, spacious and sensibly equipped; that ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people, myself included.

There are quite a number of reviews online now for the forthcoming hatch and estate, mostly positive. My feeling is that expectations for this new 'budget' C segment car were pretty low, but that the Tipo has actually surprised a lot of people.

One or two of the more pretentious reviews (that look like they're destined to be re-printed in some poncy Sunday supplements) make the odd snide comment about interior plastics not being up to Audi standards but in reality there seems to be little of any real substance for them to criticise.

I like my current 500L, but as my first diesel and first MPV think that maybe it was a step too far for me after my previous car, a much loved Alfa 156 Sportwagon. I can definitely see me purchasing a 1.4 T Jet Tipo estate when they come to the UK, as it would bridge the gap nicely (and I'm not one for going round stroking bloody dashboards anyway )
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