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To really want a Fiat 500L?

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RingRingHello Tue 09-May-17 20:13:42

I'm looking at changing my car. Basic requirements are 5 doors, enough boot space for a pushchair and to be as economic/reliable as possible. I've just seen the Fiat 500L and think it would be a nice change from a boring looking car. AIBU to want to buy one just because they're so cute? I realise they're a bit like marmite, so they're probably not everyone's idea of cute.

Does anyone drive one? I'd appreciate any good/bad things anyone has to help with the decision. Thanks smile

missymayhemsmum Tue 09-May-17 20:15:31

They are very very cute. But not as cute as my Leaf!

topcat2014 Tue 09-May-17 20:16:29

Now, I really want the original 500L - but that would be as old as me..

The new range is quite funky, makes a change from the routine types.

Badbadtromance Tue 09-May-17 20:17:03

My dsis has one. Super cute but no boot room to speak of

topcat2014 Tue 09-May-17 20:17:05

@missy - how do you get on with the charging?

StripyHorse Tue 09-May-17 20:25:52

I drove one with work once. On first sight of hated it. Once I got behind the wheel I changed my mind. After 8 hours of driving (not all in one go) I loved it.

DH vetoed getting one (rule is... we both have to like the car, and he doesn't)

babygoatsmummy Tue 09-May-17 20:49:10

Got one last year, with a glass roof, love love love it! Loads of boot space, easily fits kids bikes in.

2cats2many Tue 09-May-17 20:50:25

Fiat stands for "Fix it again tomorrow" for a good reason. Steer well clear.

allegretto Tue 09-May-17 20:53:29

I love them! I think they are more reliable nowadays. My neighbour has the old version - still going strong and she can park it anywhere!

WildBelle Tue 09-May-17 20:53:35

I borrowed my mums for a week recently while mine was in the garage. Worst week of my life. Don't do it. No way you'd get a pushchair in the boot!

babygoatsmummy Tue 09-May-17 20:55:48

Wildbelle, you would in a 500L, it's the bigger version.

PeaFaceMcgee Tue 09-May-17 21:01:24

Family member was in a crash with theirs and it crumpled up like paper. They'll never get another one... Though it was a few years ago now. Maybe the newer ones are better? Read up on the crash test reports.

Brittbugs80 Tue 09-May-17 21:01:58

I've had two Fiat's, not 500's and both of them cost more in repairs over the years than their value. Both have been scrapped and the reason I wouldn't touch them again with a barge pole. But I love the mustard 500 to look at! My friend had a blue one and the exhaust pipe fell off after three months and the steering column broke after 12 months!

PeaFaceMcgee Tue 09-May-17 21:04:20

Oh sorry - it obvs wasn't the L version she had!

RingRingHello Tue 09-May-17 21:05:17

Thanks everyone. Glad to hear that some people do like them. I haven't seen one in real life yet but there's one for sale about 50 miles away so was debating whether to go for a test drive.

I'd heard about Fiat having reliability issues, but does anyone know of any specific reasons to avoid the 500L? It is the 5 door version, not the tiny 500.

babygoatsmummy do you find it a good family car then? I want something big enough for 2 adults and 2 young children to fit in but not a massive car that I'll have trouble parking.

SleepFreeZone Tue 09-May-17 21:06:40

I have one!

toolonglurking Tue 09-May-17 21:08:21

My heart sinks every time I see one ahead of me, they are always driven badly and never pull in to let people pass.
I assume it's because they have quite small engines or it's because they are usually driven by people who don't really have much interest in driving.

I learnt to drive in one, horribly plastic and cheap inside.

Topsyloulou Tue 09-May-17 21:10:48

We have one as a pool car at work & I love driving it. Very comfortable drive, drove it 4 hours to Wales & back in the same day with no discomfort. The one we've got is very nippy too!

We also had one as a hire car in Italy & it fitted two large suitcases, hand luggage & a supermarket shop in no problem.

halfbuffy Tue 09-May-17 21:12:17

I've got a 500 at the moment but will need to change as we're having a baby in 3 weeks and the 3 door is going to be a nightmare, we looked at the L as well but decided the X might be better...

Following this with interest!

babygoatsmummy Tue 09-May-17 21:12:31

I did a lot of obsessive research before buying ours, it's bigger than the Nissan Note I had before. Plenty of room for me, DH, 2 children and the dog. I've not had any reliability issues personally and the safety rating is very good, which was one of the reasons for choosing it (and it just looks pretty cool!).

SleepFreeZone Tue 09-May-17 21:12:45

Sorry I was feeding or I would have elaborated 🙊

I have a 2014 plate, red with panoramic roof. It cost me about £8000 from memory with about 20k on the clock. It does fit a large pram in the boot plus a weeks shopping. Also easily fits two large car seats with no cramping to the front seats.

I had a Fiat Grande Punto for about seven years before this and it never put a foot wrong. I also was told that Fiats were crap but if that was the case in the past I don't think it's true now.

My annoyance with it is that it doesn't live up to its fuel economy promise but that could be my particular model and you might fare better with a different size engine. Otherwise I have no issue with it whatsoever and the inside always gets people pretty animated. The glass roof is also really great.

SleepFreeZone Tue 09-May-17 21:13:57

Also it is fast! Not sure why people think they have no torque.

hollyisalovelyname Tue 09-May-17 21:15:27

I thought they didn't do more than 90 km an hour ?

wasonthelist Tue 09-May-17 21:15:38

Not sure why people think they have no torque.
How much torque do they have?

AlternativeTentacle Tue 09-May-17 21:16:47

I've had two. Never spent time in the garage apart from usual maintenance issues. Would definitely have another.

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