Used Fiat Idea cars for sale

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Fiat Idea

1.4 Active 5-Door

 
£1,450
2004(04)
 
 
  • 96,479
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.4L
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Fiat Idea

1.4 Eleganza NEW MOT 5-Door

 
£1,999
2006(06)
 
 
  • 60,000
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.4L
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Fiat Idea

1.4 Active 5-Door

 
£995
2005(05)
 
 
  • 77,500
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.4L
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Fiat Idea

1.4 16V ELEGANZA 5-Door

 
£2,995
2005(55)
 
 
  • 46,000
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.4L
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Fiat Idea

1.3 DIESEL Multijet 90 Dynamic (90 BHP ) MINI M.P.V. 5-Door

£1,695
2006(06)
 
 
  • 94,000
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 1.2L
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Fiat Idea

Active Multijet 16v 5dr

 
£795
2004(04)
 
 
  • 74,000
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 1.2L
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Fiat Idea

1.4 Active 5dr

 
£995
2006(06)
 
 
  • 99,000
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 1.4L
Call the dealer:03300290067View vehicle

Fiat Idea

1.3 JTD Multijet 16v Dynamic 5dr

£2,695
2006(56)
 
 
  • 102,000
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 1.2L
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Used Fiat Idea

Background

 
The Fiat Idea was launched in the UK in 2004 with Hollywood-style pizzazz and George Clooney featuring in the ad campaign. Whether gorgeous George comes along for the ride or not, Fiat's first mini-MPV packs a lot of personality into its design. In fact, Fiat was so proud of its new baby that it tried to re-write the Italian language, claiming that 'Idea' is Italian for 'innovation'! The truth lies more in the acronym Intelligent Design, Emotion and Architecture and it delivers all three in bucket loads.
 
Bang for Your Buck
 
Available in Active, Dynamic and Eleganza trim levels, the approved used Fiat Idea builds on Fiat's classy small-car reputation, particularly the Punto, owing its stylish good looks to Giugiaro's Italdesign team. With a relatively compact body shape its most noticeable feature is its height – at 1.6 metres, it's almost as high as it's wide. It has a short, drop-nosed front end and a squared-off rear section – both of which make it ideal for city driving. Glazing has been stretched to the max to help all-round visibility.
 
Inside the cabin, the styling is minimal, functional and well thought-through. The controls are particularly driver-friendly, with each switch and knob within easy reach of your fingers. The speedo/rev counter is centrally positioned on the dashboard, which takes a little getting used to. 
 
The Fiat Idea's best selling feature, however, is the space in the back and how you can use it. Fiat reckons there are over 30 different seating configurations so there's plenty of versatility, including front seat back rests which fold down to create a table if you fancy an impromptu picnic. The rear seats split, fold and tip but you can't remove them altogether. The boot space is easily accessed and, with the rear bench folded down can take 1,420 litres of luggage or shopping! There's also plenty of storage compartments littered about the cabin. 
 
What You'll Pay
 
Prices start from around £5k for an 04 plated, higher-mileage 1.4 Active. The Dynamique trim level doesn't hold its value quite as well. Higher spec models can be found for around £5.4k while the whistles and bells Eleganza will set you back around £5.7k. Second-hand diesels are more difficult to find, perhaps because they're better cars to drive and people are reluctant to give them up. Expect to pay around £5.2k for a diesel, with the Active and Dynamic models varying very little in price. 
 
What to Check
 
The Fiat Idea for sale bridges the gap between Italian and German style and engineering, bringing them even closer together. The petrol and diesel engines have proved themselves reliable and thanks to its Punto heritage, the Idea is well kitted out both internally and under the bonnet. Make sure you get a full service record when you buy a second hand model and keep an eye on the distributor cap, some of which have been known to blow. Apart from that, there's not much to worry about. 
 
Parts
 
Replacement parts shouldn't set you back a fortune – remember, though, that these prices are all approximate. For a 1.4 Active, an alternator is around £78, front brake pads are about £35, a rear exhaust section should be about £61 and a headlamp will set you back around £82. Air filters come in at around £7, fuel filters about £15 and it will cost you about £6 for an oil filter. Spark plugs should be about £4. 
 
How it Drives
 
The Fiat Idea gives you two engine choices; 1.4, 16v 95 bph petrol or the more powerful MultiJet 1.3 16v 70bph turbodiesel. The Multijet delivers better performance with excellent fuel figures of around 45 mpg and it can do 0 to 60mph in about 15 seconds. Weighing in at just 130kg, the 1248cc, 4-cylinder in-line unit is the smallest and most advanced second-generation common rail, direct injection turbodiesel on the market. In fact, it's so good it won the International Engine of the Year Award in 2005. 
 
The ride is firm, thanks to a very stiff chassis and thanks to its high centre of gravity, there's a certain amount of body roll, but this never leads to a feeling of instability. There's also a slight problem of lack of front end grip which feels worse in the wet.
 
Parking shouldn't be a problem with minimal overhang, great all-round visibility and its 'City' button which lightens the steering. 
 
At its best in the city, the Idea not only carries more than the average load, it also lets you nip into gaps with surprising ease and effortless Italian panache.

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