Thursday 28th March 2013
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We would love to hear what your views are of the Fiat Idea. If you have ever owned one of these and had to replace any parts then we would like to hear about it. Write a review in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Fiat Idea Overview

The Fiat Idea is classed as a mini MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) which is produced by the Italian automobile manufacturing company Fiat. This vehicle has been in production since 2003 and is still in production today. The Idea is designed on the same platform as the second generation Fiat Punto. These vehicles are pretty spacious inside, considering their size. They are also very comfortable, reliable and have quite good performance for a small vehicle. Although they are cheap to buy, there are not that many on the roads of the UK. They have excellent green credentials, safety features, reliability and are well equipped. The downfall is the driving position and the resale value which is very low. Does this sound anything like your experience of this vehicle?

Fiat Idea History

The Fiat Idea was released in 2003 and was built on the project 188 platform, the same as the second generation Punto. Idea actually stands for Intelligent Design, Emotion and Architecture and is competition to the likes of the Vauxhall Meriva. Part of this intelligent design is that the rear seats are sliding and fold right down. It received a facelift in 2006 which mainly affected the interior design and the front grille and lights designs. This is the current version on the market.

Model Types


Fuel Economy

The Fiat Idea is available in the following engines: 1.2 or 1.4L petrol and 1.3, 1.6 or 1.9L diesel engines. The 1.3L is the most economical, offering up to 60mpg. Generally the engines are all pretty good in terms of fuel economy? Which engine do you have and how does it perform economically? Remember to think about the engine size, age and fuel type when considering fuel economy.


The Fiat Idea is available in 5 or 6 speed manual or 5 speed automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Fiat gearbox parts where you can find the Idea gearbox parts you are looking for.


Have you experienced problems with parts on the Idea? Our Idea problems page here may give you the answer you are looking for. We want to help you to find the parts you need for your Fiat Idea. We have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers with parts available for all makes and models at incredibly low prices. You can either visit our Idea parts page or enter your vehicle details in our part finder to locate those needed parts for your vehicle.