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.