Winter driving in Fiat Multipla?

Hi
I'm seriously considering buying a Fiat Multipla MY 1.6 ELX ( the "new" model from 2002) for my family. However, as I travel several times a year to Norway for cross-country skiing, I would like to hear
about this cars performance in sub-zero temperatures:
Browsing the internet, I'm getting a bit concerned: Specifically I've noticed reports on the handbrake cable freezing and the exhaust pipe "exploding" due to a faulty construction with water/ice accumulating in the end( although apparently this problem can be fixed by drilling a 5 mm hole in the pipe..). Further the Multipla was never imported to Sweden and only solds in very limited numbers to Norway: Finally there's been reports of the heating system being unable to cope with very low temperatures.
I would be most grateful for comments from users with experience driving the Multipla in cold conditions, has the mentioned errors been fixed in the MY model?
A final question: I've noticed that Fiat after the inferior NCAP test in 2001-decided to modify the Multipla substantially, but I've been unable to establish whether Fiat in fact did implement any security changes in the MY model.
Best wishes
Jonathan
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Hi Jonathoan, I can only give my own experiences with conditions in england. We had a recent freeze for a day or two, and my rear brakes froze causing the abs lights to come on. I'm told this is a common fault, but only when car is left standing more than two or three days. With regard to the heater, we have a 1.9jtd model car and the heater is poor, compared to other diesel cars we have had , this is by far the worst for heat output. Overall though, this is the best car we have had, it holds the road great, its a wide car with wide tyres and the traction is great. Its got some punch too. cant comment on the petrol, but diesel works for me. rob
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