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I was unfortunate enough to own one of these cars for a whole year, and all I can describe it as is a SHED!
Ok.. it's alright for a first car. Low insurance, low tax, doesn't guzzle much fuel, and can fit in almost any car parking space, so it does have its perks!!
The car itself though is very ugly looking.. not a great pulling machine and a bit of a squeeze when you try to fit five people in!!
Mine fell to pieces all the time.. always in the garage for this and that, engine ended up packing in completely and it had to be scrapped!!
The interior is tacky.. the windscreen wipers are just pieces of plastic that stick out (and my wipers had a tendancy to break every week!!) The petrol guage is also deceiving.. every time you go around a roundabout it decided it was out of fuel, go round the other way and your tank is suddenly full!! Thats another thing - the petrol thing was very sticky and hard to get off!!
All in all this car does for a first car, only because of the cheap stuff, but you can get the same with another car that is the same cost and probably not so ugly.
What a drasher - who knew? This car is so very small and so very racey that it makes you believe that you are capable of anything! (well that is probably a bit strong)
Okay, so I downsized big time from a Landrover Discovery to a Fiat Cincequecento - but wow - now I can park ANYWHERE - my tax is £60, it cost's me £9 per month to insure FULLY COMP and it costs me £10 every two week in fule - thats going back and forth from work having done the school run am and pm! It does 65 to the gallon!
I know I know - I am not going to go overlanding round Europe in it - and when all four of us are in it - a particularly hefty trip to Tesco's is not advised.
However, it get's me from A-B VERY cheaply. My brother gave it to me - so I can't even complain that I had to pay for it. So the radiators a bit leaky, yes the exhaust does make it sound like it's bigger than it is and everyone laughs when I pull up and they see the cheeky V12 sticker on the back. But hey - what a sweet little piece of kit - I'd have another
I past my test January last year, and all i could moan on about to my parents was 'i want a car, i need a car, everyones got a car except me!!' 'You don't know how annoying it is to be able to drive and not own a car!' Of course being not much of a saver shall we say, i had no cash to actually by a car, hence my constant complaining. My parents lent me £800 maximum to get a car, so i had to think hard on what i wanted out of a vechile apart from getting from A to B. I didn't really know anything about cinquecento's when i found my M reg, basic model. As i was a new driver i wasnt used to anything apart from a corsa, so i didn't find the bite point that easy to find and the pedals were soo close together. But i thought it looked rather sweet, and it had fairly good body work so i bought it. I got a mechanic friend to give it the once over when i got home, and was very disspointed to find out that it needed £400 worth of work doing to it. The suspension needed re-inforcing because of a rattling on the rear, a new cluth cable, handbrake tightening and a re-conditioned gear box. I was gutted, so i had to lend even more cash off the rents to get it fixed. After that it only failed me once, when the battery went, luckerly at the local Q8 garage. But the battery was cheap to replace so i was lucky. The car overall was very reliable and you could achieve suprising speeds on the motorway 95 max. A little embarrasing up hills, but it was a superb car for running around town with. I filled it up with £15 a week peterol, and that did me 5 16 mile trips and general running around town. The interior wasnt too much too be desired, but i got some 6x9 speakers in the back and it made the car in to a right little beat box. It was a great car, and i had it for just over a year, then sold it for a Rover 214s which im getting next week. The insurance was 705 quid TFT for my first year, then with one years no c
laims it went down to £450 fully comp. I cried when i sold my car and i'll never forget it, we had some right old 'chicki' adventures. More than Ideal for the smaller budget!
Search Home » Motoring » Cars » Fiat » Fiat Cinquecento » Fiat Cinquecento SX More chins than a chinese phonebook polishedpoo's opinion on Fiat Cinquecento SX written on 07.06.2001 polishedpoo's verdict Reliability Safety Comfort Handling Looks Advantages: small, cheap, cheap to run, but above all, CUTE!! Disadvantages: resembles the "Trotters Independant Traders" three wheeler shape!!! Your opinion Edit I have just purchased a little "metallic" green baby, which I have subsequently named "Pete". I haven't actually picked it up yet, so it's kinda "early doors" to go on about how great it is!! However, I have only paid £2500 for an "M" reg 900 model, and it only has 13000 on the clock. 1 owner, brand new MOT, full service and three months parts and labour warranty (through Bryan Brothers), and she is spotless. I took her on a test drive for about half an hour, putting the poor little love through hell and back, but it reached 90, with hardly a struggle and in no time at all. A Nippy little monkey!!! It's kinda bobby basic inside, but totally adequate for someone who wants a cheap, cute, little car, that is again cheap on Insurance, tax and petrol. I have actually been told, that at the moment, it should cost around £28.00 to get "Chuck" or "Hal" at the petrol station to "fill 'er up", but she will appear to run on air, as she drinks sod all petrol. Hoorah!!! Parts are easily and cheaply maintained, and you can fit her into the tiniest of spaces. ("pocket sized?" I hear you cry!) Insurance is around £18.00 per month, fully comp. (I've just realised that my new car is going to have a bit of a sexuality
complex, since it's a "She", and her name is "Pete"!!!! Oh well, go buy one!!!
I bought this Red Fiat to replace my ageing Alfa 33 Cloverleaf, which was only managing 15 miles on every gallon of petrol. I thought this little car would be just economical and practical and a bit more reliable. How wrong I was. Don't get me wrong, its all of those things and more. But its also FUN FUN FUN. The statistics say 54BHP (lawn mowers have more) 0-60 in 14.2 secs (no really) BUT....on the road it seems fast. The engine loves to rev, spinning eagerly to the red line, although it does sound a bit like a washing machine. Its handling is very good. Although it is a tall car it rolls less than you would expect. Economical? 40 miles per gallon - driven enthusiastically! practical? Fits my 6'4" frame with space for my parents behind!] Reliable? completely. Turn the ignition on...wait for the immobiliser and the fuel injection lights to go out....turn the key more...starts first time, every time. Come rain or shine. Why buy a big car ........ Buy a Cinquecento.....Or a Seicento? Don't get it serviced at Lion Fiat (Essex). £65 per hour service rates...and a lousy service at that!
My first car was a Fiat Cinquecento, back in 1997 I bought one second hand and it was only at the end of October 2000 that I replaced it. While it may not be a looker and it certainly isn't a mover, the Fiat Cinquecento has a personality that makes it seem like one of the family. My car was an unbadged 899cc model, which later became the Cinquecento S. I moved house six times in the three and a half years I was actively driving my car, and it took all of my abuse in its stride. Never have I seen such a small car that is able to transport a boxed 28" television set or two boxed 17" monitors in one go, with room to spare. You can sit four reasonably sized adults in the Cinquecento in moderate comfort, any discomfort is derived from the basic design of the seats, not from any lack of room. The Cinquecento is a town car, pure and simple. It can fit into tiny spaces, you can almost perform a three point turn in a parking space and what little power you can get out of the engine is almost all used to get you up to 20 mph. As these cars are now not being produced any more, you can pick them up at a ridiculous price, perfect for a student or a first time buyer. When I finally did upgrade to another car, I passed on my Cinquecento to my sister, who loves it now as much as I ever did.
You got to hand it to FIAT - they're not really into frills, but for fun, functional cars you can't go far wrong. At the moment the Cinq is excellent value for a small car, partly because with the introduction of the Seicento the Cinq has become more affordable for the younger market. At group 2 insurance (it doesn't get much lower), low servicing costs and unbelievable fuel economy, this car really is good value for money. There are three main models, the S, SX and the Sporting. Of the three the sporting really stands out but I'm not convinced that it's really worth the hefty increase in purchase price and the even heftier increase in insurance premium! Overall style is often criticised as being 'boxy' although personally I think it adds character to the car. It has got rather a cut off rear end (my theory is that they got bored designing and drew a vertical line when it came to the boot! :-) and this means that there isn't a great deal of boot space, it's also a bit unnerving if you're not very tall as the bonnet has such a curve that you can't always see it at all! I'm the first to admit that I'm no expert when it comes to mechanics. However, through experience with two different cars (one S, one SX) I can say with some certainty that they are reliable and as long as you take care of them they won't let you down. Suprisingly good at cold starting aswell, since I learnt to drive in a car with a choke it's always a pleasant suprise to me when my car starts first time! If you are thinking of buying one there are a few minor things to look out for : * These cars are so fun to drive and so forgiving of bad driving (virtually unstallable) that they tend to get a bit abused - get a good history to make sure it hasn't been thrashed to within an inch of it's life! * There have been a few recalls on such things as the fuel tank etc. You're unli
kely to find a car now to which the adjustments haven't already been made and even if you do these don't really present a problem as FIAT garages are obliged to deal with it free of charge. Even so it is something to be aware of. * Check the window trims as these tend to work loose if the car exterior isn't cared for - sounds minor but not fun when it rains! (I would also advise not to get a grey one as they seem to be universally ignorable - I have a friend with one and people keep driving into her when she's parked!) Overall, not really a car for you if you place high value on a comfortable ride, or if you fancy yourself as a bit of a boy (or girl) racer as it just won't impress. if however you are in it for good practical fun then I would definitely recommend this car....... Enjoy!
Jeff writes: They're funny looking things, Cinqs. A lot like Tonka cars...small, chunky, harmless. But beneath the toylike exterior lies a car which represents the best value for money driving entertainment money can buy. If everyone learnt to drive in a Cinq Sporting, the world would be a safer place. They don't go fast, but are capable of over 100mph, and 80mph M'way cruising (if you can stand the noise). But like go-karts, they feel like they're going much faster. Also, the handling is entertaining - this will encourage you to take country lanes over M'ways. They're massive fun to drive - can't overstate that, and the handling's just fanstastic. It reminds me of old Alfas. After having driven specced-up family cars for such a long time, the Cinq reminds me that driving CAN be fun. And spotty oiks won't want to nick it, either! It's quite basic inside, but the race-style seats are very supportive - the interior is also surprisingly roomy. I'd recommend replacing the air-box with a K&N induction kit, though. It'll do 2 things: 1) get rid of the flat-spots going though the gears (2000-3000rpm) 2) make a really groovy induction sound. It's a top car, and you can pick them up at stupid prices!
Just like your favourite chinese you can't take another bite but after half an hours rest you start to fancy another mouthful. Thats what driving one of these little cars is like, combine it with a grin factor of 10 and the frugality of scrooge and wahey !! We have had a couple of these cars, the first one was an sx ...electric windows and central locking (dire performance as standard) but the star buy was a sporting version...a hansome cheeky broom yellow chap with sports seats, tints and alloys which could be driven to the point of total lunacy without the driver ever feeling as though they had undergone a near death experience ( passengers not so lucky). The steering is like a go kart, positive and with masses of feel, you really know whats happening when those low profile pirelli's are warmed up. on the downside unlike the more refined seicento the chinky never had power steering so parking is like a game of tug o war but you wont even notice because after a few hours driving your bum will be numb from the unbelievably harsh ride (it's an italian thing...bubble cars, vespas, fiats, all designed to be without user comfort but all serve their purpose wonderfuly and with style even after years of neglect and abuse) Cheap to buy and cheaper to run with a load of aftermarket accessories that you can now buy and just bolt on direct from any hot car mag they are very popular with the "younger" driver as well as the second car set. Only buy with full service history and preferably from a houshold where it was genuinly a second car preferably used by the geriatric gardener or nanny to drive them to church on Sunday's because any one else will have thrashed it to within an inch of its life every time they started the engine....wonderful They can be extremly tempremental, they hate the British winter and our road salt, they visibly start to crumble on contact with the above so buy a power wa
sher and use it !! Standard Italian build quality ensures limited lifespan no matter what you do, enjoy one while you can ...they wont be around forever !!!!
I think the Fiat Cinquecento is not very good because I don’t like the style and look of the car, it reminds me of a car that has been bang into from behind. It is so small as it is design to be but I probably couldn’t even fit in because and even if I could I would look a tube in it. I have nothing against Fiat they have got a lot of good car in there arsenal like the Fiat 155. Sorry people but I just don’t like this car I would rather buy a Corsa much better. Added on (Well I went to a Fiat site cant remember what It was called but some of the Cinquecento did look very sporty and that to make it a good looking car, I think for a car to be that size it wouldnt cost that much, so i have to say I give it thumbs up but I still say I will not fit comfortably into it.. Sorry but in you want to see them http://www.clubcento.co.uk/