Probably the Most Unispiring Car in the World
Added: 17th of April 2018
I bought my Stilo because I needed a cheap car, quickly. It is dull, boring and utterly characterless to look at. The seats have a heavy metal bar at the back which does its best to destroy your coccyx every time you go over a bump unless you have the seat backs ridiculously upright. It's a classic example of an French/Italian car - ideal for small framed folk who want to lean manically over the steering wheel, a torture device for talk people who want to recline. The quality of the internal trim would not be out of place in the 1980s. What idiot designed a car where the approved method of changing headlamp bulbs involves removing the front bumper wholesale? It has at least three warnings that come on intermittently with no sign whatever of the cause of the fault being genuine - water in fuel, heater plug fault and an unspecified 'sensor failure' or similar - apparently this is normal. The remote keys are prone to forgetting the cars code and cost $$$ to get reprogrammed. Is it a surprise that an aluminium exhaust bracket bolted to a steel body shell corrodes? I suppose that helps reduce corrosion of the body shell. The sound system works, I suppose that's a point in its favour. The good points: The 1.9 JTD diesel is fuel efficient, it's almost impossible to get less than 48mpg whatever you do. The car is surprisingly perky - the engine is used in some tiny Alfa Romeos. Strangely it's very much a drivers car - it bounces, rattles and sways around in a way that greatly upsets passengers but makes the driver feel they are 'pushing the envelope' at far from dangerous speeds. The 'city' PAS is great for low speed manoeuvring, although the turning circle doesn't seem as tight as it could be. To be honest, it makes me pine for an old Panda 4x4 which had the same no-frills rattle round fun drive appeal. But it's an awful drive if you want to goo 100 miles in it. I've done 300 miles in a day in it a few times, and it leaves you feeling twenty years older and barely able to straighten your back. Come back Mondeo, all is forgiven... P.S. did I mention that the Stilo is probably the most utterly characterless car on the planet? Even the Multiplas has character - the Stilo is blander than a white bread and cumber sandwich without the crusts - or the cucumber.