This was my first car, and I have had it for two years now. I learned to drive in a diesel, and the first time I sat in this car it was a shock to the system! I have to say, though, it is a brilliant little car, and I love it. I'm not into fast driving, and living in the rural countryside, my car is very important to me, I can't work without it! I've had to replace the battery and all four tyres, plus windscreen wipers etc (expected with any car) and the replacements weren't ever so expensive! In fact I've been quite surprised at how reasonable they are; of course it does depend on where you go for parts. Car tax is low, and insurance has been so much cheaper than it would have been in a car with a larger engine, especially now prices are rocketing. It is a brilliant little runner, and has survived transporting 3 dirty footballers after a muddy match, a feat none of them expected it to due to its size! I was so proud!
Parking is a breeze in this car, I quite enjoy the looks on other drivers faces when I am able to squeeze into the smallest of spaces with little problem, especially in the Christmas shopping period! I would hate to let this car go; I am hoping to really squeeze as much life out of it as possible, and so far, so good.
I have just bought one of these while my fiesta xr2 is off the road and i was genuienley suprised at this little car, i myself have the arbath edition which comes with alloy wheels, fancy exterior trimming, a rev counter, electric windows, sunroof and front foglights. She is extremely good on fuel and nips about for a small engined car. Insurance is also very cheap on it as well which would make it ideal for new drivers. Only thing to really watch with these cars is the whole cooling system, the expansion tank is prone to not holding the pressure so its always good to make sure the lid is sealing, if its not buy some rubber 'O' rings and that will sort that problem out. Apart from this minor fault these are very reliable little cars and would recomend one to any newcoming driver
This car won't blow you away but it does exactly what you want. I bought my car 5 months ago for £450. Its was T reg and had 84,000 miles on the clock. I have yet to be disappointed.
The petrol tank is small i can fill it up with just £30 but that will last me for 350 miles which compared to the car i used to drive is a lot. I had a overheating problem when i first bought the car which i was aware of but was solved by buying a £20 thermostat.
Its bright yellow which would put most people of but to me this was a selling point. My friends always know when I am arriving and everyone knows my car.
The drive is smooth even when you reach 100 mph. The car has electric windows and central locking which is a definite plus for a car of this size.
Although its very small i still have not had a problem having 5 people in it. It drives pretty much the same and there is plenty of legroom for the people in the back.
I enjoy driving this car and would recommend it as a first car for anyone as it has low insurance and tax band due to the 1.1L engine. The engine may be small but it has never struggled with me.
My Wife (girlfriend at the time), had a new one of these at the age of 17 in order to learn her driving skills in. The car was £4500 new, and very low insurance, so it is ideal for new drivers to learn in. She found it very easy to drive in, nice light steering, good visibility, and very easy to manouver due the tiny size of the car, and ended up taking her test in the car, and passing no problems. From that day on, she kept the car for over 4 years, and was very pleased with it, and sorry to see it go. It never gave her any problems, and parts were easy to get hold of, and very cheap. We did quite a few long journeys in it also, and it was always very surprising when on the motorways. Even though it was only a 1.0L engine, with 4 gears, it could easily hold its own, and I remember looking down at the speedometer when on the motorway once, travelling home from blackpool with 4 of us in the car, and was amazed to see that I was doing 90mph! Having said that it did always struggle to get up steep hills when there wre 2 or more of us in it.
All in all it's a perfect car for a young driver, and also great for anyone who is nervous about driving big cars, or who wants low cost easy maintenance.
Fiat Seicento Sporting 3 door
Having just passed my test, i bought a Seicento, 2 yrs old 10,000 miles for only £3,000. I honestly absolutely loved it from the word go...yes its compact but boy its a great runner.
So cheap to run and Insurance is as cheap as chips.
A great little nippy number
Its the Abrath model which i would recommend, friends were all impressed with the look, low coloured bumpers, alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, CD player, sporting comfy bucket seats etc...
A joy to drive, nipping about town is a treat, squeezing into little tight spots, but also great on the motorway, whizzing passed bigger and faster cars hehehe its a buzz to drive.
In the past 2 years I have had no problems with my little run around.
Fuel is as cheap as you can get about £30 fills the tank and it lasts for ages, and iam addicted to driving!
Room wise inside is fine, plently of headroom for passangers
its like the tardis inside... just keeps getting bigger & bigger !!!
the boot seems tiny but you'd be a mazed at what you can squeeze into it
it is with great sadness that i have traded in my wee cappacino ( my daughter calls it that as she cant pronounce it properly)
ive just bought a fiesta LX and i just hope i get as much joy & fun with this car as i did with my wee cappa!
We didn't buy the car to provide anything other than basic town and city transport and it has rarely disapointed us. It has led a fairly hard life (about 16,000 miles per year) but has cost very little to run, though the cost of spares varies incredibly. A replacement wiper motor was nearly a hundred pounds (without fitting) but a new wing was only 22 pounds. The local Fiat dealer isn't up to much, but it doesn't require any specialist tools for maintenance so it gets looked after by a local non-franchised garage. It can do motorways, but the joke soon wears thin and you begin to suspect that you're harming the car by driving it so hard. It doesn't object to being driven fast, it just tries to kill you by nearly falling on to it's side on corners and roundabouts. If you use it as a tool to carry two people (don't attempt rear seat passengers - they'll hate you afterwards) around town, you'll appreciate it's functionality and size. It's got a decent stereo, but only one speaker which distorts everything. Don't worry if it gets smashed up while fighting your way across town, the body panels are cheaper than dirt. Useful to own, but not very enjoyable.