“ An ultra-compact little run-around, the Fiat Seicento is ideal for new drivers. It is easy to manoeuvre and park, very good on fuel consumption and reliable. Space can be limited though. „
My 1999 Rosso Red example was a very cheap car.The previous owners had nearly drove her into the ground!Flat paintwork,interior ripped seats,fag burns etc.Exterior,cracked rear bumper and horribly brake dust stained alloys.Mess?Oh Yes!To make matters worse,front brakes down to the metal,Three out of four wheel bearings howling their brains out.I could go on,but,it all came together for the princley sum of just under £200.This includes;new alternator,cam belt kit,discs and pads,oil filter,air filter,plugs,synthetic oil,handbrake cables,lower suspension arm,two front wheel bearings,one rear wheel bearing AND a damn good clean!!!Many hours later,I had a Sei looking like it should.
My point is that for the cost of a service on a Golf,Fiesta,etc,I got all the parts I needed to bring her back to life and so far,18 months later,has provided good service as the daily commute to work and the local TESCO shopping run,Pets at Home etc.Need more space?Fold the back seats down!I have had six large sacks of dog food,48 tins of dog meat (we have a lot of dogs) and food shopping in the back!Practical?Hell,yes!Urban trips,fine.Motorway work?Mmmmm.Stick to the slow lane and 60 and its fine.Anything over that and it feels like the whole thing is shaking itself to pieces!Just the way the car is geared for urban and A roads trips,not an 80 mph dash down the M5.
Sum up?A good fun little tool which always puts a smile on your face!
P.S Mine now has the dreaded fuel tank leak!Oh,well.All the fun of running an old italian car.
P.P.S Would I have another?Yes,damn right.
A fiat Seicento has been our cheap runaround for over two years.
The 1.1 engine means that its cheap to insure, cheap to tax and pretty good on fuel!
It also means the engine struggles on the motorway, it can hit 60 & even 70mph but it has to really push for it, and the noise of the fan sounds like a jet engine in this small car when its working hard to cool the engine.
The body is very nice for a cheap car, but causes it a lot of problems. The tiny 15" tyres and low slung suspension mean that every speed bump taken at more than 3mph has you hitting your head on the roof and smashing the undercarriage on the tarmac.
Another inherrant faul with the sporting is that the bottom lights on the front bash against the radiator making holes in it, until we had them removed when we finally figured out what the problem was, we went through 6 radiators in two years!
The bodywork is also very fragile, just placing a heavy shopping bag on the roof can dent the metal in, so I dread to think what would happen if it was involved in an accident, most likely it would crumple like a sardine can!
The car is quick to start, and very nippy in towns and streets, though not great for long haul rides, its great for doing a roundabout at speed and taking off when the lights change.
With a boot space of practically none, and a seating space of not much more its a great car to get you through your test, and run you about for a couple of years until your insurance gets cheaper, but this little go-er was not built for the long run, or the family shopping.
Its a great car to learn in, but once you're an adept driver, its best passed to another learner, in favour of a larger and sturdier car.
this car makes me smile any one with basic knowledge can keep this car running for years
with a small budget fiats are simple ,rust is your enemy so look after the vunerable parts of the body.
massive amounts of cheap parts online ,dont bother with garages rubbing thier hands together and giving prices from thin air!!!!!!! too much tec in a car will cost if it goes wrong,these fiats are as basic as a old mini if not better. 13inch tyres are a pain to locate as more and more cars dont use this size anymore,but a good search on net will bring results,these are great cars for your basic motoring needs and economy reins supreme if you look after them, so happy motoring ,even the best cars go wrong at some time thats life, have fun.and many years of getting about in your little fiats ,a fan of small cars
I bought the car, the Schmacher model as a second vehicle a couple of months ago, a 2001 with 56k on the clock. Bought the car from a Fiat dealer mechanic who does a bit for himself. The car had obviously been well looked after.The car is mainly used to and from work and I am very pleased with it. She is easy to drive and very responsive and I don't know where the official figure of 0-60 in 13.1 seconds comes from as she will hit this in about 11 seconds!
She is also more economical that the official figs, returning about 50 to the gallon.
Recently took her on a long motorway trip and was not stiff and sore at the end of it! The ride is good for a car of this size and she corners flat even at speed.
The interior is well laid out and the build quality seems better than most Fiats of this era. She is also something of a headturner with the Abarth finish and the MS logos. May well be worth a few euros as a collectors item in time to come.
Until very recently I had a black Fiat Seicento Sporting. I got it second hand when it was four years old and had it for six years. Rather foolishly I recently decided that as the car was 10 years old it was time for a change, and I have regretted it every single day since.
In my opinion the car is cute, sporty and stylish looking and it is fun to drive. The 1100cc engine on such a tiny car gives it plenty of power and great acceleration. The steering is power assisted so it is light and responsive. The driving position is good and the front seats are comfortable even on a long journey. The car is so small it will fit into even the tightest parking space.
The car feels solid and well built. Even at 10 years old the car looks nowhere near its age and the bodywork has remained virtually rust free (something which always seemed to be a defect in Fiat cars in years gone by). The car feels stable on solid even on the motorway with side winds. There is very good all round visibility from the driving position, although if I have any tiny criticism I wish the wing mirrors were slightly bigger.
The car was discontinued in the UK in 2004 when the New Fiat Panda was launched, however, it was still sold in Italy until earlier this year, although rebranded as a Fiat 600 (the Italian word for 600 is seicento). It is a testament to how fantastic this car is that it even lasted a few years in Italy alongside the new Fiat 500 which would have been expected to be a replacement.
I don't recall the car ever failing to start for me in six years of ownership or requiring much in the way of maintenance. The only faults I recall were the horn stopped working and the rear wiper stopped working. The garage weren't able to sort out the problem with the rear wiper and reading the fiat forum it seems to be a common fault, although as some cars don't have a rear wiper it doesn't seem a major issue. I was able to manage very well without it as the heated rear window seemed to ensure it was kept clear.
Fuel economy is very good, although not as good as some more modern cars as it was designed in an era when petrol was cheaper and road tax wasn't weighted on emissions. Sadly as a result the car doesn't fall into one of the ultra cheap tax bands.
The car is incredibly cheap to buy second hand and you can easily pick up a good one for around £1000 or maybe less if you are really lucky.
I honestly really loved this car and I don't really want to say anything against this car, but in the interest of balance I will point out the bad points, although in my opinion they are massively outweighed by its good points.
The space in the back for the rear passengers is quite small, so if you regularly need to travel with 4 people in the car, then this is not the car to have. Space in the boot is also quite small although if you need more space the back seat folds down. Probably the biggest downside of the car is that if only scored 1.5 stars out of 5 in the ENCAP crash safety tests which would not match up to the standards or a modern car.
I have this make and model car, have been driving it a few years. It was my brothers car from new and he had full service history when i came to take it on. The first time it needed an MOT and service i went to Vospers as it had been done there before and they knew the car. It failed on emissions, needed a new injector, and cost 600 quid to put right. Last January it seemed to be kangarooing and would suddenly lose power. By this time i was using another garage, however their krypton tuner wasnt able to talk to my car to ascertain the problem, so it went to a fiat specialist (not Vospers). The head gasket was gone and it needed a radiator and fan motor and with the other bits that constitute a service the bill again was a few pennies short of 600 quid again!! I was told that all the major things that go wrong with the car had been sorted so it should now run sweet as a nut for a few years. I was confident that i had found a reasonable garage that specialised in Fiat that didnt overcharge and was told any problems in the following 12 months to bring it back as all guaranteed. I didnt have problems with it for several months so thought nothing that terrible when this garage sold up and Vospers moved in to the spot. In December, a week before christmas, i was in the car with my children and going along the bypass when the car drastically started losing power and smoking out of the bonnet. I was towed to a garage where the car still is. The head had gone again because unknown to me it had been skimmed too far previously and i had no guarantee as the garage that had done the work was of course no longer trading. This time it seems the pistons have gone aswell so am looking at a replacement engine. In conclusion, i do not recommend this car, i prefer the Hyundai Atoz that i am currently borrowing.
I think it is important to firstly say that I know nothing about cars, so if you want a review which gives you lots of mechanical jargon about this car then this probably wont be the review for you...but dont stop reading here because what I can tell you is my experience with this car.
This is my first car and I have now had it for a couple of months, I passed my test in July and this was the car I have ended up with. Firstly I need to point out what a good deal I think I got on it (if its not a good deal then please dont tell me lol). It is a V Reg (1999) so it is quite old, it had done 41,000 miles, had a 12 month MOT and 6 month Tax at £1190. Good deal?
I found it on Autotrader and had been looking at lots of different models and it was my boyfriend who pointed this car out to me as I hadnt heard of it before.
As soon as I saw the car I thought it was perfect for me, a little car for a little person (I'm 5'2). I had wanted a small car as I am not a confident driver so I thought the smaller the better!
Looks and Interior
I like the look of this car, its small, flat at the back and quite square. Mine is a black model and has a small orange stripe through the side. The interior is grey and it is a pretty tidy little car. My cousin explained my car as 'everythings miniature!' The revometer (if thts wt u call it) is in the centre of the car dashboard.
Also what may put some people off about this car but I actually see it as a positive is that there is no glove compartment, it looks like a glove compartment but with no door on it, if that makes sense!
The boot is also very small so would be useful for pushchairs and suitcases or anything big like that.
The back seats can be quite cramped if you are tall but my friends and family have been in there and not complained, (although why would they when they are getting driven around!)
At first I found this car hard to drive but as I said this is my first car. I find 1st gear very hard to get into and I dont know if this is the same with all models or just mine, but that is a point to be mentioned.
Parking is great because if your good at parking you could probably fit it in anywhere! Although I do live up to the saying about women drivers (sorry ladies!)
Its good on petrol, I havent had a full tank yet, but im guessing it would be around £30.
Little Mechanical Stuff
(Like I said I dont know much about cars!)
Overall its a good little car and Im glad its my first car, Ive had no problems to date, touch wood, and would definately recommend it!
***Important Update*** 27th December 2009
Ok, so Ive had the car since September, and everything was going great, until the 18th December. It was a cold frosty morning, and it was my last day in placement so my Mum was coming with me and we were going to go shopping after I finished.
Driving along the dual carriage way, my car was still freezing and you could see my breath, when a light came on, I had no idea what the light was (I am now aware that it is the temperature light?). I carried on driving when smoke started to come out from under the bonnet, so I pulled over and after around 10mins of trying to open the bonnet, we got it open. We phoned my Uncle to come and help us as we had no idea what it was. When he came he informed us that the radiator (or something) was bone dry. We drove to near by shop, got some water and filled up. Phew, problem sorted?
However driving home later that day, the same happened again.
So I took it into the garage and they informed me that ther was a problem, I think it was something to do with the gasket, anyway I left it there and the charge was £200 (great, just in time for xmas!). The mechanic also informed me that this is a common problem with Fiat's.
Also he recommended that I book my car in again as there is a block in the exhaust, or something along those lines, which will cost £60.
Im hoping that this will be it for a while now, as I originally thought I had a good bargain with the car! Fingers crossed there wont be no more updates on this review with bad news!
Oh, and also while we had the cold weather I spotted 2 other cars of this model broken down! Not a good sign!
12 June 2010- Update
Just thought that I would let any of you potential buyers know that since December there has been nothing up with my car!! So Im counting that incident in December as a one off! (Touch wood that I have just jinxed myself here!)
Lets just say - I'm reading this after the fact! - I bought the exact same version of the said car and funny enought all the parts need replacing and I have had a massive £1600 quote from Fiat to consider - so I've ordered all the parts and am now looking for a mechanic to fit them ... not sure if this will work out cheaper - but its worh a try and I guess my only fear now is the heating problem as mentioned, as my daughter and ~I did wonder why it was so hot in the car - hahaha I shouldn't laugh as this is all costing me sooooo much money, but I wish I had researched better .... never mind I'll just have to get on with it, as we want to keep the car! good luck to you all :)
ok well since the day iv passed my test iv wanted a fiat sciento sporting, yellow, 3 door nd i knew exactly what i was looking for nd i found it :) i am 18 nd i bought my 1 st car not knowing anything about cars of corse, im a student with no money!! but this car is ablosuly perfect for me because iv had no problems with it, cheap insurance, its my curvy bummble bee which i love nd its just soo quick i love driving it.
wellllllll its a seicento0-60 in 10secstop speed 100mph1.1 non turbo, single point injectionwell its to much for me to handle as the performance is awsome as you can see from the specSICK CAR!!!obviously i dont actully own one as i am only 10
I bought a red Fiat Seicento Sporting 2001 model from my dads gargage last october, and the lads at the gargae gave their honest opinion and said it was a good little car in good condition although it had 5 previous owners.
Now i've had it nearly a year, it's been to scotland 3 or 4 times and gets used alot going back and forth to college and work and it's still running smoothly. It's extrememly forgiving and the only 2 things i've needed to replace are the oil cap (which was completely optional cause i didn't really need one), and the wiper blades but thats it. Its a zippy little city car that is capable of a lot more, it does its job perfectly, getting me from A to B.
It had 27,000 miles when i got her for £1,500 and i have to say, although i find the pedal positioning a bit uncomfortable which i have rectified, i made a brilliant choice on my first car.
Jesus christ what a car!!
I have owned my 2003 Seicento Sporting 1.1 mpi for 8 mths now and wow, what a pocket rocket.
I paid £3200 for mine in early 2005, with only 3,000 miles on the clock in metallic steel grey(rare colour, as most are yellow or red), a real bargain.
The fuel enconomy is brillant averaging about 300 miles to a tank(£28) considering how i blast around the London streets, surprising larger cars at the lights when they pull in the inside lane at the last second, believing they will get in front of you, but i love the feeling when i pull away to there astonishment.
I crave to have a challenge with similar sized engines , because i know this car wont lose, its like a herbie of seicentos!!.
I have also recently added a one off stainless steel twin pipe exhaust at either side of the car which sounds bloody good, i would compare the sound to a Aston Martin - yes a Aston Martin.
Before i purchased this car i was thinking - why have i bought a little 1.1 fiat, but no, i was pleasantly surprised by the performance, especially with shell optimax, and no passengers on board - this car was flying, 0-50mph in no time, then it begins to get out of its depth over 60mph.
The handling is assured, it will never rear end you in corners, especially with the pirelli tyres.
The sporty looking bumpers shows this car is no push over and the sound system is pretty good for a budget car.
Touch wood i have had no major problems with the car, travelling to Ireland and back and taking 4 trips to Manchester from London in a space of a few days.
I did hit 115mph(so said the speedo) on the M6, but i dont think it possibly could for a 1100cc, but saying that i not surprised if it did being the car it is - loads of character.
The downside is the space at the rear, the boot being minimal and rear leg room a envy.
Also the shocking prices Fiat charge for a service, £180+vat for a oil and filter change and a basic look at the brake,tyres,suspension and bushes- not good enough.
I would definetly recommend this car for younger drivers, like me, aiming to build their no claims bonuses as the insurance group is only 3.
Thank you Fiat for buiding such a wonderfully,cheap, but exciting baby beast!
beware those 2.0litre gas guzzlers!!!
The Fiat Seicento Sporting came into this world back in 1998, after replacing the box shaped Cinquecento sporting.
Both engines produce a mouth watering 54bhp, however there are some changes in the gearbox for the seicentos sportings.
Only the Sporting models have a closer gear ratio than the standard s and sx models which means a quicker 0-60 time.
This also gives the owner more encouragement to race these beasts, even if it only takes about 1.5 secs quicker from 0-60 than the standard models.
Up until 2001, the seicentos were powered by SPI(single point injection)engines, and were later revised to be a more enconomical,smoother MPI(Multi point injection)engine.
The seicento sporting was given a facelift in 2001 with the addition of bigger more meaner looking front spoliers and back bumpers, along with having plain black side door mouldings instead of those flimsy multi coloured mouldings.
Sporting models have the following more compared to the standard model:
1. Alloys with lower profile pirelli tyres
2. Sports interior(seats,leather steering wheel/gear knob)
3. Bigger,sportier bumpers
4. Closer gear ratio
5. standard windows and central door locking
6. coloured coded bumpers and mirrors
7. standard sunroof
Fiat then decided to bless the seicento with a limited edition ' Michael Schumacher' version which was basically the same as the sporting, except for the following:
2.Aluminium handbrake cover/gear lever surround
3.rear boot spolier
4.red stiching around steering wheel and gear knob
6.Aluminium foot pedals
7.michael schmacher logos on boot and sills
Both the standard models,sportings and ltd edition seicentos are all very enconomical avering around 45mpg.
Fiat stopped production of the seicento in late 2003 when the new fiat panda was launched.
The seicento is still being made today in some parts of the world.
Thanks for reading my review.
I have owned my Seicento sporting from new since September 2003. I was thinking about buying a car and chose to look at Fiat due to there being a local main dealer that offered good finance deals. Having been cornered by the salesman I was beginning to feel pressured into buying a car there and then. Being a mere 'woman' and , true to the clichés, knew very little about the specifications of a vehicle, I was soon trying to back out of the door with a headache.
Then I saw it! A bright yellow 'Noddy' car.
Seeing as I am 'getting on a bit', missing my youth and no longer have children to taxi around, I fell in love instantly with my little dream car. I arranged the finance immediately and signed on the dotted line. The salesman found it difficult to believe that I bought the car because I liked the colour but was smiling all the way to the bank.
My car was duly delivered, all shiny and beautiful. My first reaction on seeing my car outside of the showroom (I never even had a test drive) was that it really was small but I wrapped that feeling up with a title of 'cute'.
For the first 2 weeks of owning and driving my car, I was ecstatic.
Then I made the fatal mistake of leaving the removable CD player in the car and came out one morning to find the CD player gone and a hole in the drivers door just below the lock. The repair and replacement cost over £1000 and I never felt the same about the car.
After this I started seeing the car for what it was rather than being blinded by an image.
Although the car drives very well round town (very nippy compared to the brand new KA replacement car I was given whilst mine was being repaired) and on long hauls,(with the exception of a problem going into third gear when coming down through the gears) the size really is a problem. My 21 year old son drives it on occasions and at 6'2", his head touches the roof and the back seats can't be put down as he has to have the drivers seat back to its full extent. There have been numerous times that I have wanted to carry items in the car that are simply too big for this tiny vehicle. Even the weekly shopping rarely fits in the boot without having to spill out onto the back seats.
The cover for the sunroof is a devil to remove, replace and/or find storage for it. The petrol cap has a knack to remove it so it's just as well I don't have to fill up very often. (I dread the struggle I have every time with the plastic cap connector becoming entangled with my keys).
Oh, and the first year service cost 100% more than I was led to believe at the time of purchase!
I would recommend that potential purchasers think very hard before buying this car and not, like me, be swayed by the look of it.
I've recently purchased a Fiat Seicento Sporting 2002MPI model and its ill!! I've owned a cinq previously and I really really enjoyed driving that even tho I spent the best part of 18months replacing parts such as the radiator, fan, clutch, skimmin the cylinder heads, and numerous other items under the bonnet you would never think would have needed replacing!! Now I've got what is basically the newer version of a cinq except its miles better in every way from the simple way the door makes that lovely 'schluck!' sound when you close it to the stunning handling and nippy acceleration. And boy, can you mod it, plonk a good induction kit, bigger backbox and replace the discs, drums, pads & lines with red-dot and you'll be stunned at the improvement! then you can replace the engine with a modified punto engine that'll easy reach 125+mph, hit 0-60 in 6-8seconds, and would have any cruisers thinkin a pimped subaru is comin round the corner till you tootle by in yer little yellow goober!! unbelievable. Interior is great and fairly roomy - I'm 6ft3inches and I'm quite comfy in it tho anyone behind me might suffer somewhat! lots of impressive buttons too that'll taunt yer girl till she cant stand it no more and hits them all turning your sei into a light display on four wheels halfway down the mway! Any of these performance mods I mentioned can be found in abundance at www.uadmotorsports.co.uk.
I am really priveleged to own such a brilliant car as I am only 17 years old and do not need a car that has a teriffic amount of space as I normally travel on my own and am not hauling shopping about. The performance of this car really suprised me, in town from 0-45 the performance is quite amazing, has left many other larger cars for dead - especially using shell optimax fuel - which I would highly recommend! The engine makes a nice rasp and is crying out to be driven fast. The handling of the car is also great and I actually end up carrying more speed out of the corner than in! The car is also comfortable and refined, despite its samll size with its supportive bucket seats. I also love the styling of the car, although in some areas it is basic - like the painted door interiors, but I love this as it gives the car a stripped out racy car feel. The exterior also looks great with front splitter and colour coded air intakes as well as the blue flashes along the side and back of the car. The only downsides of this car is the lack of three wiper speeds and quite weak brakes, which need a good push to slow you down quickly. I would really recomend one of these, especially with the group 3 insurance it has to offer.