A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?





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    Default A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    Seems like I have a knack for going along roads less travelled when it comes to choosing a 4x4.

    My first was a 2008 Terios Off-road 4x4. What an awesome car. (Sold it cause Daihatsu was leaving the country and I did not want to struggle with parts).

    I then got a Chev Trailblazer. Brilliant brilliant car. (Guess what, sold it cause Chev was leaving the country and I did not want to struggle with parts...)

    After almost two years driving platkarre, I am now 99% on my way to pulling the trigger on a Fiat Fullback 2.5 Manual 4x4 LX. Long story short, I can get it for a very good deal (which would negate the loss I'm looking at whenever I want to trade in).

    I have read the very little info on the forum (not many active Fiat owners it seems, one really bad story from Trojan, but overall most feedback seems positive) and also as far and wide as possible on the net.

    Issues identified:
    -Bad service
    -Few dealers
    -Bad trade in
    -Some issues with the injectors (2.5 DiD issue?)

    Am I missing anything?

    As a guy who played hooker my knowledge of the world of a Fullback is limited. I hope the car is more like Andre Joubert and less like Willie le Roux.

    Any feedback and input would be greatly appreciated (especially from Triton owners as well).

    Thanks
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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    Also, what are my options when it comes to steel or aluminium canopies?

    I'm looking at Rhinoman, RSI and Alu-cab. Am I missing any other good options?
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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    I got lost at the hooker part, sorry

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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    Gert Peens was a good fullback for Italy, but he is from the East Rand, Germiston. The eye tays haven't been able to produce a good fullback of their own.
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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    You sold your Daihatsu, Chev.....as you don't want to worry about parts.

    (incidently Daihatsu still around..)

    and you want to buy a low volume/quantity car? And no worry about parts?

    Go buy a Toyota/ Isuzu etc
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    1998 Daihatsu Rocky 'The Kitty'
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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    It would have to be an insane deal to make it worth it.

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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    For what its worth . I have had mine just over a year now , almost on 90k km . I have no complaints .

    Japanese engineering with Italian flair

    Yes it will have a bad trade in value , but options are limited if thats your deal breaker.

    Spares you have 2 options ; Fiat and Mitsubishi . and you can read bad reviews or opinions on all dealers from Ford to Toyota so who do you go to ?

    For what the Fullback has in terms of spec i think its decent value for money when compared to whats out there with the same specs. And it will be where you left it when you park it somewhere.

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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    Thanks for the feedback Trev1136.
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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    Jip,saw this. Horror story. But from my research a unique one (hopefully).
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    Default Re: A Hooker and a Fullback - Any opinions on the Fiat?

    Hey everyone, I just joined the 4x4community forum, and I've been following your post for awhile now. Any experiences noteworthy since beginning of year?

    I'm sitting on 50k km and while i do like my Fullback, Fiat has absolutely turned me off from being a return customer sofar.

    It seems their head office is run from a dealership as when I've had queries I end up at some other dealer up North.

    They struggle to know when their own vehicles service intervals should be and just getting some knowledgeable answers is a waste of time talking to them.

    Honestly, if it wasn't for the fact that I banked on it being built by Mitsubishi before jumping I'd never have moved from Toyota. Service levels is different and the aftersales nonexistent.

    I own a Fiat built by Mitsubishi serviced by Nissan.


    That said. I do like it though. Its so much more satisfying than likewise Toyota 2.4GD 4x4. Haven't driven the 2.8 much. You guys have any feedback on power and usability? (Personally 3l still better).

    What are your opinions on buying Fiat again or jumping over to Mitsubishi straight up?

    Anyone out of service, hows that working out?

    Sorry for the half rant.
    Cheers

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