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Fiat 500L: quirky or just ugly?

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AmberPig Thu 27-Nov-14 14:22:43

Thinking of swapping my 6 year old Fabia for something else - not the new Fabia launching in January though, I have a long wishlist of features and it doesn't deliver. I'd really like a Mini Countryman, but they're off the top of my price range ( £12k max up to 3 years old). So I had a look at a 500L, not test driven yet, and whilst it seemed solid and ticked the majority of boxes I'm not sure if it's just a bit gimmicky. Opinions please!

Emstheword Thu 27-Nov-14 14:27:58

I think they're cute

WMittens Thu 27-Nov-14 17:16:40

Bloated and ugly.

CleaninQueen Fri 28-Nov-14 09:44:27


dirkdiggler1 Fri 28-Nov-14 16:22:04

Properly gopping.

southeastastra Fri 28-Nov-14 16:34:12


knittedslippersx2 Fri 28-Nov-14 16:36:08

On watchdog the other week, the stig was testing them and it wouldn't go up a hill!

LittleBearPad Fri 28-Nov-14 16:36:36

Horrible. They've taken a great car and completely ruined it. The Mini Countryman is terrible too. Minis and Fiat 500 are meant to be small cars.

Having seen The Stig try and fail to drive one up a hill (on Watchdog, as knittedslippers says), no way I'd buy one.

Charlieboo30 Fri 28-Nov-14 16:48:03

Don't like the 500L's at all but each to their own.

The problem they identified on watchdog only applies to standard 500's with a 1.2 litre engine so wouldn't affect the car the OP is looking at.

However, my local mechanic who I trust implicitly says he wouldn't recommend a fiat if it was the last car on earth!

Bonsoir Fri 28-Nov-14 16:49:20

Awful. I love love love the Fiat 500, but the Fiat 500L is a waste.

Madcatgirl Fri 28-Nov-14 16:52:50

We had one as a rental for a few days whilst we were down to one car. It was great fun to drive, small and light, but loads of space.

One thing though the rear seatbelt is impinged by car seats, which is a ridiculous design flaw in a family car.

I would have one though.

Quitelikely Fri 28-Nov-14 16:53:08

Love them! Soooo retro

LittleBearPad Fri 28-Nov-14 17:12:42

How is the Fiat 500L retro? There's nothing retro about MPVs. The actual 500 I see your point

AmberPig Fri 28-Nov-14 22:50:56

Now I'm even more unsure; the fact that they're so divisive actually makes me like them more! I am worried about the whole Fiat reliability aspect though as Charlieboo30 said; are there any truly unreliable marques these days though?

jasper Fri 28-Nov-14 23:28:13

I have a fiat 500. I love it
the 500L is an abomination

WMittens Sat 29-Nov-14 21:10:24

It was great fun to drive, small and light,

Small and light? It weighs about the same as a Focus (due to being a similar size), I personally don't class that as particularly light (anymore).

WMittens Sat 29-Nov-14 21:11:38

are there any truly unreliable marques these days though?

No marques are going to have a 100% record across all models, but the likes of Honda, Toyota and Mazda are fairly safe bets.

Madcatgirl Sat 29-Nov-14 21:37:05

It felt light, which I suspect is just shit steering linkage. The focus feels much heavier to drive.

OohOod Sat 29-Nov-14 21:44:08

Japanese snd German are fairly reliable.

AgentProvocateur Sat 29-Nov-14 21:58:56

I've had two fiats - a Tipo (yes, I am that old) and a Punto. My mechanic insisted that fiat was an acronym for Fix It Again, Tony. Repairs were expensive and frequent, but I loved them.

Hulababy Sat 29-Nov-14 22:02:17

I don't like them.

I've had a fiat 500 and a fiat 500 convertible and loved them both loads. I'd have another any day.

But never the 500L. I don't get it. It looks odd. And it just isn't a 500. The whole point of a 500 is it's so little and cute looking.

D0nnaO Sat 27-Dec-14 21:34:02

I have a Mini Countryman & absolutely love it. I hated them before I'd driven one as I was a firm believer that a Mini should be a Mini.

I like how they're a "smaller big car" - higher up so easier to get in & out of but not a massive car so easy to drive/park etc. Also decent boot space as you can move the back seats back & forth smile

D0nnaO Sat 27-Dec-14 21:34:51

Oh & it's a diesel so economical & only £30 a year road tax grin

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