No worse than most other cars these days. a lot of the stories are floating around because of peoples fears of what thyve heard down the grapevine... stories from around 10-20 years ago.
Schumacher has a 500 Abarthe... simples
Yep, and people chatting shit about car's they don't drive or know; and usually they slate other marques because they want to big-up their own car and make out all other marque to be somehow inferior to their own marque. If someone show's a bias towards a marque(s), they generally write off every other run-of-the-mill brand before even thinking about it realistically.
There's nothing wrong with Fiat, and as Craig says, they have improved massively over the past few years. People say Alfa's are crap build quality, my dad's 164 Super is just that, super, its got no build quality issues and has never let him down (mind, it has a real Alfa engine). The only time it goes off the road is when it needs a good service (reguarly on such a powerful car and the fact my dad lives out in the sticks) because he has to take it to Gloucester as nobody in Hereford where lives will touch it (well nobody he trusts so he takes it the Alfa specialist in Glos) and it costs a fortune and even then it only goes off the road because he has a Merc to drive instead, otherwise it would never be off the road.
But 9 out of 10 fanboys for other marques would beg to differ.
People slate all things French, yet ive had 3 clio's and not one has been a baddun (although one got crashed into, I bet the other marques fanboys will hold that against it). Oh and a Pug306 which I only sold because it was a petrol and had done 170k and I wanted a change... yes that is correct, 170k; on a petrol indeed. Oh and in the 15,000 I did in it, apart from normal servicing, it only ever needed the backbox replacing. Jeeze, that French shite, it never lasts!!
The most genuine comments about brands of car's that people don't choose, are usually developed from reading car magazines or sometimes even limited to the opinions of Top Gear - which lets face it, are hardly ever true (although Jeremy Clarkson, I do remember, said quite openly, if it were between anything German or a an Alfa 166, the Milano would win everytime).