Fiat 126 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1990 Fiat 126 Niki 650

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 650 Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance64000 kilometres

Summary:

Most loved of all the cars I've owned

Faults:

Gearbox linkages.

Battery.

General Comments:

In Australia it's called the FSM Niki, but it is basically a Fiat 126. What can I say... it's the best car I've ever owned. Definitely the slowest and cheapest, but always put a smile on my face, and those of the people around me.

I always got a wave from the people who knew what the car was, and sometimes from those who didn't.

Overall quality of the car was terrible, with the car in need of a paint job, and the interior falling to pieces.

Sold it a few months ago because the gearbox linkages moved out of alignment, which meant I couldn't get any gears properly, and didn't have the (very small) amount of money needed for the repairs.

Other than that, if given the opportunity, I'd definitely buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2007

1991 Fiat 126 Personal

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance106000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 1500

Summary:

Great fun to drive, yet extremely economical

Faults:

Ignition switch blew at 90,000 kilometres.

Bumper bars faded (now as new thanks to a special plastic bumper spray).

Some petrol leaks from the carburetter were easily fixed with a new gasket kit.

General Comments:

Overall, this car is great fun to drive, with unrivalled manoeuvrability and a wonderful roar from the air cooled, two cylinder engine.

The little Fiat provides the enjoyment of driving as fast as you can, without getting speeding fines!

Steering is direct yet light, complementing the extremely tight turning circle.

Acceleration is excellent from first to third gear, but slower in fourth gear.

Fuel economy is stunning (16 kilometres per litre, city cycle), even when driven enthusiastically.

Handling is excellent, with a playful tendency to oversteer in wet weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2001

29th Oct 2001, 06:12

This is probably the least powerful car you can get to oversteer on demand - every 17 year old should get some instruction in one... Great fun!

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews