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2003 Fiat Stilo JTD 128.8k few months MOT £2.75 a ticket

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#61 OFFLINE   bramz7

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 08:45 AM

Bloody heck. Great work! I did wonder why it felt so wobbly at times but assumed it was tyre related.

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 08:59 AM

Good work chief, that's a smart looking car for the money and like you say, a useful commuting tool.

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 09:02 AM

Christ, don’t envy you attempting that one.

Mine was exactly the same tho, drove 100% better afterwards. Ended up changing both rear springs on mine at the same time as one had snapped right at the end.

Oh and the back box on mine had almost entirely lost its outer layer, I wouldn’t worry, it managed the 18 months we had it like that.

Blanking off the EGR with a 2p coin also had ours running better. Doesn’t bring the EML on either.

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 09:07 AM

Excellent!  Only on here would someone spend this much time and effort on a battered 15-year-old Fiat.


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 10:07 AM

Yo bollox are you making your own tofu?

It's quite satisfying to rebush cars and make them drive like almost new.

I know someone who had two Stilo JTD estates in their family, they didn't seem to have any issues with them over 200k miles and they didn't rust even exposed to the billions of tons of road salt the authorities put on the roads here.
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Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:42 PM

This has been providing impeccable service for the last few weeks, no problems at all - fast, comfortable and a reliable 55mpg.

 

Had it in for a test today..... needs two new wishbones and two new tyres, can't grumble really eh. Will get it sorted next week!!!

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 04:05 PM

They really are a surprisingly decent old crate these.  I've been half-arsedly keeping my eye out for an estate version to use as a work car and general hack, but it seems to be quite difficult to find one as specced up as yours - cruise and climate appear to have been options that few Stilo buyers ticked.



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Posted 30 June 2018 - 04:14 PM

Can't argue with economy figures like that. Price of fuel seems have reached daft levels again over recent weeks.



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Posted 30 June 2018 - 04:42 PM

The cruise is shite on this. It 'works', but unless the engine is doing a bit of work, i.e. going uphill or resuming a previous speed, the engine feels like it's only running on 2 cylinders, it's really rough and you end up doing a 'nodding dog's motion, it's well annoying.

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 09:34 PM

Think I'll look out for a cheap Stilo in winter, they're decent hacks. Plenty in the bargain basement searches I have.
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:20 PM

Brimmed this today and did the calcs - 57.7 mpg averaged over 630 miles!!!! It's costing like 10p/mile this car. Fantastic.
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:36 PM

Helps to pay for all the welding on the Horsebox! 57 MPG is cracking though..


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 10:21 PM

Think I'll look out for a cheap Stilo in winter, they're decent hacks. Plenty in the bargain basement searches I have.

good winter hack indeed,cheap to buy,cheap to run and don't piss water in or rot like the more popular so called quality cars (VW golfs),my Jtd 3door is very good in the snow and after 8 years ownership has averaged 55 mpg,it will be a very hard act to follow.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:09 PM

Clocked up 7000 miles in this now!!! To celebrate I took it to the air con man to have the AC looked at.

 

He pressurised it and identified a perforated aluminium pipe running across the bulkhead. Just chafed through over 135,000 miles I guess. Looking around I cant find a new pipe, and it looks an absolut bast to change anyway. So I've bought some 10mm copper pipe, a bending tool, some 10mm compression fittings and a tube of loctite 243 sealant. I'm going to chop out the manky bit and splice in a new section. Can anyone think of any reasons why this won't work?


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:24 PM

Is that on the high pressure or low pressure side?
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:34 PM

Hmm,not sure actually

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:37 PM

The copper pipe will at least be as strong as the aluminium one and compression fittings are used for some high pressure applications.

I would give it a try if it was mine.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:58 PM

Yeah the copper pipe itself is good up to like 1000+psi, and the AC only gets up to ~300 on a really hot day seemingly. I reckon the compression joints are gonna experience an axial pull of about 10-12kg, I reckon they should hold at that. I've spent £30 on stuff to fix it so it's worth a gamble I reckon.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:07 PM

Worse case it'll just be the regas man that gets it.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:18 PM

Looking forward to seeing it put into action
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:22 PM

£29 for a regas! Megabarg
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