General Stilo?!

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General Stilo?!

Do/did you have:

  • faulty ECU

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • broken suspension

    Votes: 4 16.7%
  • faulty control fan unit

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • noise in interior

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • other problem

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • multiple problems

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • no problems at all

    Votes: 12 50.0%

  • Total voters
    24

oakld

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Is Stilo as dreadfull car as it seems? I can hear only warnings regarding a possible buy. A local dealer stopped selling them after a year due to number of faults. What about your experience?
 

custard

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your going to get both sides TBH.
theres owners withbad experiences nad owners who give the stilo a glowing report.
a quick search around the stilo section will show both but bear in mind a lot of people come on here with a problem so it can seem disprportionatly bad
 
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oakld

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your going to get both sides TBH.
theres owners withbad experiences nad owners who give the stilo a glowing report.
a quick search around the stilo section will show both but bear in mind a lot of people come on here with a problem so it can seem disprportionatly bad
Well, I'm looking for all indications and opinions. I took a test drive yesterday, and first Stilo (2002) at local Fiat was absolutely lovely car in great condition, except it seems to be faulty. The engine shakes when car accelerates (faulty ECU??) and on my way back from a 5 minutes ride it beeped and flashed 3 times "Engine Fault". So I'm scared and I'm considering to replace my 2000 Punto with anything but Fiat - I was considering smth. like 2003 Stilo.
 

Dominion

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Well, I'm looking for all indications and opinions. I took a test drive yesterday, and first Stilo (2002) at local Fiat was absolutely lovely car in great condition, except it seems to be faulty. The engine shakes when car accelerates (faulty ECU??) and on my way back from a 5 minutes ride it beeped and flashed 3 times "Engine Fault". So I'm scared and I'm considering to replace my 2000 Punto with anything but Fiat - I was considering smth. like 2003 Stilo.

Sounds like a dodgy coil. easily fixed in about 3 minutes for less than £50.

Could be a good haggling tool for you - get a knockdown price (y)
 

french bean

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I had the same concerns when I changed my Marea weekend, went Stilo because of the space but made sure it was the revised version with the two tone interior. Fiat took some things off like the traction control and seperate glass door on the MW rear door but that means less to go wrong. Just had a couple of things under warranty but the car starts, goes well and hasn't cost me anything more than normal servicing in 9 months and 14,000 miles.
 

Dominion

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Well, I'm looking for all indications and opinions. I took a test drive yesterday, and first Stilo (2002) at local Fiat was absolutely lovely car in great condition, except it seems to be faulty. The engine shakes when car accelerates (faulty ECU??) and on my way back from a 5 minutes ride it beeped and flashed 3 times "Engine Fault". .

Fiat will fix the car you tested before they sell it anyway. Just point out the faults and get an agreement from them that they will do the work. They will just plug the car in to Examiner and find out exactly what the problem is.
 

PNL

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Had my 1.6 5dr now for nearly two years an I love the car ..yes I have had some problems but they are all ironed out now [fingers crossed] wifey just bought a new 3dr so I got best of both worlds :slayer:

What engine size have you got you havnt said ?
 

custard

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yeah i wouldnt bother getting the pirce down on a fault.better to only take it when its fault free so tell them to sort it if they want a deal
 

Deckchair5

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Never broken down, always starts and still on original battery
Any glitch I've had - I've fixed within an hour
Just got back from a faultless round trip of France
Just passed her 3rd MOT in a row without a fault
What more do you want?:D
 

Argonought

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"no problems at all" is a bit extreme for any car but if you exclude wear & tear items like heater plugs and things just needing a clean then that's my choice.

My 02 JTD is just stacked with all the extras, all 100% functional, and I just love it :spin:

I've also excluded all the erroneous warning messages Stilos tend to generate at startup. These are nearly always due to low battery volts but considering I'm still on original battery at over 4.5 years old then I'd say it's doing pretty good. The general rule of warnings is that if they ALWAYS repeat on startup then get it looked at. But if they only show now and again then just ignore them. Engine warning messages should always be acted on though.

Almost all Stilo owners will have to face up to the dreaded front spring failure issue but if you fit after market springs (as I did - before mine broke) then that's easily resolved plus your car looks stacks better too (y)
 

Deckchair5

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Ha! Good one:)
Stilo is parked on the drive next to my Bravo. Now there's another one, 110k mileage, always starts, never let me down, just passed her 5th MOT

Niether of them have ever been to a Fiat garage or any other garage

I'm never gonna buy another Fiat. they're just too boring. I need something that can keep me occupied enough to avoid the bloody gardening:)
 

Stu DemonD

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She wasn't that butch ;)

Although the coffee is good :yum: Hopefully I won't be down there so much now :spin:
 

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And if you like gardening that much then be my guest I will keep you going for quite a while :p and you can potter about in my workshop if you want :tempt: :woot: nothing beats a good potter :)
 

Stilo_ste

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The poll is flawed. I needed to click most of them. Re-arrange these words into a well known phrase or saying.



"Wouldn't foot one with a barge touch 10 pole I"

Bad experience for me.
 

wotnowarninglight

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I'm never gonna buy another Fiat. they're just too boring. I need something that can keep me occupied enough to avoid the bloody gardening:)

Alfa GTV/Spider should suit you sir, or so warranty company polls suggest :D

18K+ in 10 months with the JTD and 1 Anti Rollbar Link (replaced under warranty) a Sidelight bulb and flagging bataided battery later (like Argo's - original so 4+years old and due to be replaced before next winter), suppose I couldnt grumble (y)
BUT then the NSF Spring snapped :cry:

Still at a shade over 5K, with 19 odd K on the clock 10 months ago, nothing this new and well specced around for the money... very easy to spend more and get much less :D
 
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