Fiat Multipla (2004 – 2010) Review

Fiat Multipla (2004 – 2010) At A Glance

Better quality than original. Rides well. Strong MultiJet diesel engines.

Starting to feel very long in the tooth. Bland looks compared to the funky original.

Insurance Groups are between 17–19
On average it achieves 90% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Fiat Multipla (2004 – 2010)

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Average performance

90%

Real MPG

25–48 mpg

MPGs submitted

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Are There any 6 seater cars produced - What would you recommend?
"I have three married children each with 2 children. Ages range from 1-9 years. When we go out as a family with each family unit we number 6. Obviously a 5 - seater is not sufficient to all fit in one car. When we want to go out as a family with each family unit on any kind of outing, we need to take 2 cars. I have owned a 7 seater (Vauxhall Zafira) in the past which was fine as far as seating was concerned but because the 3rd row of seats takes up so much of the boot space, there is little space for the usual paraphernalia that is needed when a family goes out for the day or on holiday. I am also very concerned that, in the event of an accident, the person sitting in the rearmost seat(s) could easily be trapped as there was no easy exit. Also, in the event of a rear end shunt, there is very little space between the rear of the vehicle and the passenger. Ideally I am looking for a 6 seater car in 2 rows of seats. The Honda FR-V, which I believe is no longer produced, seemed to have the right layout. Are there any other 6 seater cars being produced? If so, what would you recommend? I have a budget of £10K + 2010 Honda CRV 2.2 Deisel which I would part exchange. I am willing to consider a nearly new car e.g. ex-demo."
Your ideal spec is either a FIAT Multipla or a Honda FR-V, both no longer built with the newest now about 3 years old.
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Cars with three seats in the back row?
"I have owned a Micra and a Yaris. I have 3 children who are now too big for a Yaris. I want a car that has 3 individual seats in the back. And that a driver used to small cars can drive. Ideally 3 -4 years old. What should I buy? "
Peugeot 308SW, Citroen Xsara Picasso (used), Citroen C4 Picasso, FIAT Multipla (used), Honda FR-V (used).
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Problematic FIAT Multipla
"I bought a 54 plate Fiat Multipla Mk 2 from a dealer in May. It has FSH yet it keeps going wrong. The dealer replaced a front strut then (very reluctantly) replaced the EGR valve after it broke down. Now the clutch is slipping and smoking. It had a "reconditioned clutch" and a new flywheel 2 years (6000 miles) ago. Should I: Either call it a day & px it for something more reliable, Or try to get the dealer to fix it under Sale of Goods/Services, Or go back to Fiat for a replacement clutch as they supplied the faulty one? Any help really gratefully received as I'm stuffed financially and need this sorted ASAP. "
Try to get the dealer to fix it or take it back and refund your money under his legal obligations: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/ But about a clutch he could argue that you destroyed it by the way you drove the car.
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Getting dealt a choker
"I wonder if you can explain this. We have a FIAT Multipla 1.9 JTD Eleganza, 58 Reg, 15,000 miles on the clock. Last Thursday while my wife was driving, the EOBD Injection Warning Light came on amber and didn't go out. My wife phoned our dealer, Desira of Southgate, and they said she should bring the car in, which she did. On Friday they called to say it was a DPF problem that they'd sort out on Tuesday (after the Bank Holiday). They started to talk about costs but my wife forcefully pointed out the age of the car and the warranty. Nonetheless, I spent an anxious weekend worrying about the possible price of a DPF replacement - having found references on FIAT web forums to it costing anything up to £2,500. Yesterday, we were told that they had "fixed it" - and that it should cost £150, but would we mind paying a token £30. We agreed and my wife collected the car today. The invoice states: “Investigate into EOBD injector warning light on. c/o dpf filter regeneration and software update and vehicle all ok.” They charged as promised £25 plus VAT. Any idea what this all means? Have I got away with a warning to look after the DPF better?"
What has happened is that they have managed to regenerate the DPF and they have reprogrammed the software to help it to regenerate itself. You may find the car uses a bit more fuel. But if the car is used for repeated short runs from cold the problem will happen again. What a DPF does is gather all the black smuts of unburned hydrocarbons that would otherwise be emitted when starting a diesel engine from cold. It then combusts them later in the car's journey. But it needs to get extremely hot to do that and if there is no 'later' in the car's journey it cannot. So avoid more than two short runs from cold in a row. Try to balance short runs with longer runs. And if the light comes on again, take the car for an extended run of 50 miles or so, trying to keep the engine speed above 2,000rpm.
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