Fiat Idea (2004 – 2007) Review

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Fiat Idea (2004 – 2007) At A Glance


+Clever rear seat design increases its versatility. Good looks.

-Short lived in the UK. Not many left.

On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure

Fiat's Idea is a very interesting little car. It's cutely good looking, it isn't gimmicky and it is all about packing as much versatility as possible onto the same size footprint as the Punto.

And it succeeds. The first pleasure is the central dashboard. It's not quite as good as the Panda's, but it works in the same way with every switch and knob falling naturally to hand without having to take your eyes off the road.

Fiat Idea 1.3 Multijet 2004 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Fiat Idea (2004 – 2007)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

30–63 mpg

MPGs submitted


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What is the cause of the electrical leek in my Fiat Idea?
"My 2005 Fiat Idea automatic has an electrical leek problem. It doesn't hold its charge. If the battery is fully charged but the car is not used, the battery will be flat within a week. Do you have any suggestions to rectify this?"
The most likely cause of your Welsh vegetable is that the dimmer switch for the interior light is remaining live and draining the battery even though the light goes off. Try switching the light off completely so it does not come on when you open the door.
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Recommend a narrow car to fit into my garage?
"I'm looking for a secondhand car that is narrow enough to fit into my garage (1.96m) and also allows easy access for my aged parents. I've found a Fiat Idea, but it's six years old and I'm worried about reliability. I currently drive a Y-reg Fiesta, and have about £5500 to spend. "
Maybe a Nissan Note.
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What does a Fiat Idea (2004 – 2007) cost?