Fiat Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Fiat reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

What type of fuel is best to use in my Fiat Freemont 2013?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Oct 2021

I’m going to assume your vehicle has a petrol engine, as this type of question is usually one regarding the need, or otherwise, for high-octane (Premium) unleaded petrol. (Diesel tends to be diesel and that’s that). On that basis, your Fiat will be fine to run on standard ULP, and you don’t need to go to the expense of filling up with the more expensive PULP brew as you won’t achieve anything in the process apart from emptying your wallet faster.

You won’t harm the engine by using PULP, but there’s nothing to be gained. The other common question on this subject revolves around the use of ethanol-blended fuels (say, E10, which consists of 90 per cent ULP and 10 per cent ethanol). The short answer is that, no, a 2013 Freemont can not use ethanol-blended fuel without risking damage to the vehicle’s fuel system. The alcohol in E10 can attack the plastic and rubber parts of a car’s fuel system, leading to expensive damage down the track. If a car has been designed with materials to cope with that, then it’s fine on E10, but the Fiat does not fall into that category.

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Should I buy a 2013 Fiat Freemont?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Jun 2021

What you really need to know about the Fiat Freemont is that it’s essentially a Dodge Journey with a Fiat badge (and all that implies). The Dodge Journey itself is not very well regarded within the trade and there’s no reason to suggest the addition of a Fiat badge to it will change any of that.

The major areas of concern are in the electrical and build quality departments, where both the Dodge and Fiat have their problems. Be especially careful to make sure that all the electrical gear works properly, including the stuff at the rear of the car such as the reversing camera, rear wiper and central locking. Poor design and assembly meant that the wiring at the rear of this car is suspect and prone to failure with a new wiring loom sometimes required to fix it. The Freemont was also recalled for a variety of major problems including a bearing-failure problem in the engine, engine bay fires, faulty cruise control and even a driver’s air-bag that could deploy without warning.

Most workshops should be able to service the car, and any that doesn’t want to, clearly doesn’t want your money. The Freemont’s long-term running-cost forecast will have far more to do with what work needs to be carried out than anything to do with its fuel consumption. Frankly, there are better choices out there.

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Was the 1972 Fiat coupe SL available in Australia with right-hand-drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 May 2021

The Fiat coupes of the 1970s that most people remember are the sleek little 124 in its various forms. But although it’s largely overlooked today, the Fiat 128 was available in 1972 as a coupe and in SL specification. That got you a somewhat boxy little two-door with a 1.3-litre engine making 56kW, and a four-speed manual transmission. These cars were sold officially in Australia and, yes, they were right-hand-drive.

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What does Fiat stand for?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Jul 2019

Fiat is an Italian car manufacturer and the FIAT acronym stands for "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino". 

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Fiat 500: replacement key cost

Answered by CarsGuide 13 May 2019
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Fiat Punto: Key fob replacement

Answered by CarsGuide 10 May 2019

The cost of a new key fob replacement will depend on a few factors. For more in-depth information check out our article about how to replace your keys. 

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Fiat Freemont 2013 or Toyota Kluger 2008: Which should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Mar 2019

Normally, I would recommend the Kluger, but with 225,000 km on the clock already it’s not so cut-and-dried. If the Kluger has a good service record and is in good condition then I still think I would go that way. The Freemont is more of a gamble in my view. Should you decide on the Freemont you shouldn’t have problems getting parts for it.

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Fiat 500 2013: Water in cabin

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Jan 2019

Most likely it is coming from the windscreen area, so make sure the drains are clean and flowing freely.

Dry the floor and carpets out, and then have someone hose the windscreen down while you watch from inside to spot any water coming in. It could be the windscreen seal is leaking. Perhaps you have had a windscreen replaced?

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What's a cheap and reliable car?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Oct 2018

If you want a cheap and reliable small car go for something like a Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Toyota Corolla, or Mitsubishi Lancer.

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How high is the Fiat Scudo?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Sep 2018

Fiat's Scudo van is 1942mm tall.

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