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Old 05-08-2019   #1
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Hi, Tipo owners

I've recently been looking at the new Tipo's and have become pretty interested in purchasing one, ideally I'd like the 1.4 T-Jet but have noticed some really good offers on the brand new base model 1.4's so thought I'd get some advice from people who own them.

1) What are the Tipo's like to live with on a daily basis? Any annoying things or problems to be aware of etc?

2) Going from your personal experience, would you recommend buying one?

3) Are the 1.4 base models painfully gutless? obviously I don't expect the earth from a 1.4 but I'm wondering if 95bhp in a pretty big car can cope.

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I don’t know too much about the tipo, however my advice is never buy a base model of any car, especially something like a fiat, they depreciate horrifically anyway being a fiat and after a few years it can be painfully difficult to shift a base model, which you’re more likely to do if you find later down the road the car hasn’t got a feature your wanted.

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Quote Originally Posted by mike19892007 View Post
Hi, Tipo owners

I've recently been looking at the new Tipo's and have become pretty interested in purchasing one, ideally I'd like the 1.4 T-Jet but have noticed some really good offers on the brand new base model 1.4's so thought I'd get some advice from people who own them.

1) What are the Tipo's like to live with on a daily basis? Any annoying things or problems to be aware of etc?

2) Going from your personal experience, would you recommend buying one?

3) Are the 1.4 base models painfully gutless? obviously I don't expect the earth from a 1.4 but I'm wondering if 95bhp in a pretty big car can cope.

Cheers
I have a 2017 Lounge SW and the spec is not bad. Would it not be better to buy a low mileage nearly new model and let someone else lose all of the depreciation?

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Quote Originally Posted by howiejdean View Post
I have a 2017 Lounge SW and the spec is not bad. Would it not be better to buy a low mileage nearly new model and let someone else lose all of the depreciation?

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It's allways better to buy a 12-24 month old car then brand-new hopefully any factory's faults should have been fixed and the biggest ammount of price drop will have been taken by the first owner
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Donít buy the base model. I had one as courtesy car while my 1.4t was serviced. Gutless compared to mine. Same mileage and year as mine but felt so underpowered.Glad to get back into mine...I noticed fuel consumption was better but wouldnít want to live with one!
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I've had 17 plate 1.3 diesel easy plus SW for about 10 months and it's been really good. I like it, seems quite robust and seemed a good deal when bought at 18 months old. I often wondered what the basic petrol would have been like perhaps trading torque for engine refinement, maybe. Even they, the basic easy models with cruise control seem to have a decent spec. It probably makes sense to let someone else take the depreciation hit but a new car is a new car... I do notice the late 68 models on seem to have a slightly better spec, the base models having better seat material and (maybe some if not all) the easy plus models having I think the 7 inch screen. Choices, choices and so many cars to choose from.
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As has been said you're best buying an ex-demonstrator or one/two year old as the savings are huge,as a car they're comfy, spacious and for me the build quality is what I'd expect for the price,negatives ?,the 1.4T isn't the most frugal around town and they do like to gain various trim creaks and squeaks but once again it's cheaper so I can live with it.
One thing to be aware of if going secondhand is a lot of the first ones were sold via fleet sales to hire car companies,so double check the V5, especially if the registration starts with a W
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As has been said you're best buying an ex-demonstrator or one/two year old as the savings are huge,as a car they're comfy, spacious and for me the build quality is what I'd expect for the price,negatives ?,the 1.4T isn't the most frugal around town and they do like to gain various trim creaks and squeaks but once again it's cheaper so I can live with it.
One thing to be aware of if going secondhand is a lot of the first ones were sold via fleet sales to hire car companies,so double check the V5, especially if the registration starts with a W
I took a gamble with an ex-fleet car, 2 years and 3 months old and zero road tax. Full-service history with a few miles on the clock, for less than 8K.
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i second that comment by remould, most Tipo's that are for sale are ex hire cars. I would be interested to hear where howiejean purchased their's from ? I had a 200 miles test drive of my sons 1.6 m/jet Lounge hatch and I am thinking about buying a used red Tipo 1.6 M/jet auto Lounge estate, some chance ! The only things I found were
!) The drivers seat base is a bit short if you have longish legs are doesnt offer enough under thigh support. Its set rather flat.
2) The ride quality over poor road surfaces is not great

The problem with the new V5's is it only shows the current owners details, so if its had 2 owners there is no way of knowing the 1st owner was Avis rent a car for instance !
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Anything 1-2 years old with under 20k miles on it is going to be an ex daily rental. It's best not to get hung up about it!

Motorpoint have 1.3 Multijet Lounge with around 15-18k miles on them for £8.5k.

Surely that's a bargain for the size of car?

Not my thing - I can get a silly Japanese import Toyota with a 3.5L V6 for that kind of cash!
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Quote Originally Posted by davidthelodge View Post
i second that comment by remould, most Tipo's that are for sale are ex hire cars. I would be interested to hear where howiejean purchased their's from ? I had a 200 miles test drive of my sons 1.6 m/jet Lounge hatch and I am thinking about buying a used red Tipo 1.6 M/jet auto Lounge estate, some chance ! The only things I found were
!) The drivers seat base is a bit short if you have longish legs are doesnt offer enough under thigh support. Its set rather flat.
2) The ride quality over poor road surfaces is not great

The problem with the new V5's is it only shows the current owners details, so if its had 2 owners there is no way of knowing the 1st owner was Avis rent a car for instance !


I have a 1.4t lounge and find the seats perfect and Iím 6ft...
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Quote Originally Posted by davidthelodge View Post
i second that comment by remould, most Tipo's that are for sale are ex hire cars. I would be interested to hear where howiejean purchased their's from ? I had a 200 miles test drive of my sons 1.6 m/jet Lounge hatch and I am thinking about buying a used red Tipo 1.6 M/jet auto Lounge estate, some chance ! The only things I found were
!) The drivers seat base is a bit short if you have longish legs are doesnt offer enough under thigh support. Its set rather flat.
2) The ride quality over poor road surfaces is not great

The problem with the new V5's is it only shows the current owners details, so if its had 2 owners there is no way of knowing the 1st owner was Avis rent a car for instance !
Hi,
I picked mine up from this place near Northhampton...
https://www.croylandcarmegastore.co.uk/
I was made aware of the previous history and there is a service history print out as many rental companies don't bother getting the Service book stamped.

I know what you mean about the ride quality, I guess you could describe it as being a bit fidgety. I had an Astra estate 1.4T 150 BHP hire car for a couple of weeks, prior to getting this car and to be honest, I couldn't wait to get rid of it.
The Tipo is a more relaxed driving car than the Astra and I can't put my finger on what exactly I didn't like about it. Initially, I considered the 1.4T engine for the Tipo, however, running the Astra for a couple of weeks quickly changed my mind on going petrol!

I seem to be getting 40-42 MPG around town and 52-54 on the motorway which seems ok. The 5 inch screen info system is exactly what I was after as I'm not really interested in having a massive screen similar to that in the Astra. The Tipo is a good replacement for the Laguna that I had before.
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Hi,

I picked mine up from this place near Northhampton...

https://www.croylandcarmegastore.co.uk/

I was made aware of the previous history and there is a service history print out as many rental companies don't bother getting the Service book stamped.



I know what you mean about the ride quality, I guess you could describe it as being a bit fidgety. I had an Astra estate 1.4T 150 BHP hire car for a couple of weeks, prior to getting this car and to be honest, I couldn't wait to get rid of it.

The Tipo is a more relaxed driving car than the Astra and I can't put my finger on what exactly I didn't like about it. Initially, I considered the 1.4T engine for the Tipo, however, running the Astra for a couple of weeks quickly changed my mind on going petrol!



I seem to be getting 40-42 MPG around town and 52-54 on the motorway which seems ok. The 5 inch screen info system is exactly what I was after as I'm not really interested in having a massive screen similar to that in the Astra. The Tipo is a good replacement for the Laguna that I had before.


I had a new Laguna worst car I have ever owned...spent all of its time at the dealers...every other week something broke/stopped working....
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