Fiat is an Italian automobile manufacturing company that traces its roots to 1899. Fiat is the third largest automobile manufacturer in the world and the largest in Italy. Fiat is best known for compact, sporty cars such as the Fiat Stilo. Owners can maintain their vehicles easily with a Fiat Stilo service manual.
The Fiat Stilo was introduced in 2001 in Italy and was also built in Brazil, with sales beginning in 2003. The Stilo is a small family car, produced as either a three door or five door hatchback or a five door estate wagon. The Stilo echos popular styling from German auto manufacturing companies, especially the Volkswagen Golf.
The Fiat Stilo range was powered by a slew of petrol and diesel engines. The base engine, a 1.2L inline four cylinder unit criticized for anemic power output and poor fuel economy was phased out early in the production run in favor of Fiatís 1.4L Fire and 1.6L Ecotec engines that provided superior power and improved fuel economy. Two versions of the 1.9L diesel were available.
The South American market saw only the five door version and offered power from General Motors-produced 1.8L engine and the 2.4L 20 valve inline five cylinder for the Abarth models.
For buyers looking for a little more excitement, Fiat teamed with car modifier Abarth to produce several specialty versions of the Stilo that had uprated power through the use of larger engines, including the 2.4L inline five cylinder that pumped out an impressive 170 PS. Coupled with a six-speed manual transmission, the Fiat Stilo Abarth was an entertaining car to drive, but was better known for itís ability to hold a corner rather than blazing speed.
Special versions for the European market included models by racing legends Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, a special Xbox model, among at least eight other special editions. The range of available models, coupled with low power output and below average fuel economy led to slow sales. Today, high performance, low mileage Fiat Stilo vehicles are available at great prices.
Fiat vehicles are not difficult to maintain and repair. Many parts are used from one line to another, making spares readily available. For do-it-yourself home mechanics looking to repair and maintain these great family cars, a Fiat Stilo workshop manual is an essential tool that clearly explains how to remove, repair and replace each component in clear and easily understood language.