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I have had three Multiplas; the last was a write off when a sleeping driver parked his car between my headlights in slow moving traffic. The air-bags, explosive seat belt retractors and fuel cut off all worked perfectly and though the driver behind thought that I must be dead I walked away from the vehicle and though the door was stiff I got away with bruising and forehead friction burns from the air-bags! I enjoyed the first Multipla most as it looked like a house brick with a pugs head glued to the front, and the kids enjoyed counting the number of people that laughed and pointed at us as we drove along. The latest Multipla is an 05 reg and is great, the new shape doesn't get as many laughs but has had only one engine management failure in 82000 miles, and that repair would have been £16 parts plus labour if the garage had diagnosed it properly first time and not changed the mass air monitor and the exhaust gas analyser; costing £450 instead. Each seat has it's own retractable belt and the comfort is second to non; driving is a piece of cake once you get used to everything being where you don't expect it (handbrake by door and instrument module located adjacent to the passenger door, not really it's central but seems to be in the neighbours car at first). Average fuel consumption seems to run at about 32mpg, diesel, but can get up to 42+ on a long run with a light foot. I would recommend this car to anyone and especially to any family that may on occasion have to move a baby rhino or elephant, I recently move a double bed base in one go with the back seats out and have even taken my moped for a ride in the back with the centre seat removed. In summary it is brilliant and the price is reasonable as being pug ugly not many people get to the point of trying it out - don't tell anyone or the price will go up.
I've been the proud owner of a Multipla 1.9 diesel ELX for four years now. I needed a car that would take six in comfort...yet was as easy to drive as a little hatchback. I wanted six seats, air conditioning and sunroof (most cars only offered either/or), CD autochanger (cost me £160 extra), metallic paint, a boot large enough for shopping and a wheelchair (at the same time, and an air bag you could turn off...and I couldn't afford more than £14,000. Once I got over the looks (boy is she ugly) I started to appreciate the interior. The car has everything you could want; and its all easy to use, functional and well made. The seats fold forward so that you can use the rear loading area without having to remove them (because I must admit, they are a little heavy. I've used her as a removal van, delivery truck, and mobile cinema....and you can fit an amazing amount of stuff in the boot while she's got the full complement of passengers. She's cheap to run, and servicing costs are reasonable (around £200-250. She's never let me down...oh, and her name's Bertha. The kids love her.
Well earlier this year we were faced with the chore of having to choose a family car, as we were about to go from a couple in a Saxo, to a family of 6 overnight!! We adopted 4 kids! So off we went to all the local dealers in search of the perfect people carrier... There were quite a few to chose from, all under £20,000. They all had a lot to offer, each one with its own appeal. Much to my horror, my hubby had read about the Multipla, and was attracted to its quirky appearance - what I would call the ugliest thing I'd ever seen. So we went to check it out! I was amazed! Once you get over the ummm, appearance, and actually get in, your world is transformed. Incredible amount of leg room, for every one of its six passengers. Full size seats for everybody, so enough room for baby seats in every one of them if you want, hmmm, maybe not the driver's... We were nice and high, with huge windows all around us. Seat backs that turn into tables, with cup holders. Electric windows, electric mirrors that fold in for easy parking. Heaps of space behind seats and in the doors for the kids stuff. TWO sunroofs, oh they're electric too. Great effective air conditioning and heating. And the dash.....well spaceage to say the least, so different, but once driving so ergonomic! Fuel consumption is fantastic!! On the motorway anything up to 50mpg, and nothing less than 37 that we've experienced, even around town. Easy to drive, great power steering, and much to my immense relief, easy to park and move around. Very comfortable, and a great stereo. And the one really big benefit, that none of the others had.....even with all the space for the people, there was heaps of space for luggage too! (or shopping, or pushchairs). And if you want to use it as a removal van...the seats come completely out to convert it into a useable van!! Needless to say....we bought it, and have never once wished for any other. The only drawb ack I can think of is.....it is just so ugly!! But hey, I tell you what, it does turn heads and we all have a great time with the attention we get!! UPDATE: We had our first service on this car just before Christmas, at the Fiat dealership where we bought it. The service personnel were marvellous. They offered a courtesy car large enough for us all, and when we declined (due to parking etc), they provided us with a taxi service to town for us to go shopping, and even picked us up afterwards! (all 6 of us) This was offered by them automatically and we didn't even have to ask. The work they did on the car was thorough, and without fault, and it was even cheaper than we were first quoted! Less than £200, which we were more than happy with. We dropped the car off at about 10.30am and picked it up at 4pm, so even that wasn't too long really. So our positive experience with this car just keeps getting better and better, and we certainly have no complaints about Fiat!