1981 Fiat 131 Superbrava 2.0 twincam
Totally under-rated performance saloon - Spiritual successor to the Triumph Dolomite Sprint?
Carby and fuel pump trouble - flooded engine with fuel.
Electronic ignition trouble.
Gearbox rope seal continually leaked engine oil.
Transmission gasket leaked transmission fluid.
Ring gear on starter motor worn.
Radiator leak (eventually I blew the head gasket).
Front suspension struts had to be slotted to correct serious toeing out.
Some crim smashed the rear 1/4 window to nick a $40 car radio - trying to locate the glass was tricky.
Electric windows controls (front) often required contacts to be cleaned.
Headlining fell from ceiling - push-pinned it back up.
Seemed to work best as a daily runner - park it up for a week or so, and it took a day to run smoothly again.
Seriously fast car, both off the line and top speed - lightweight probably helped.
Handled like a race car - weight distribution seemed perfect for fast cornering.
The sound!!! I used to drive with the rear windows down just to hear the exhaust.
Comfortable seats all throughout.
Everyone mistook the car for a 1980's BMW 3-series (no bad thing).
At one stage had to cart around a family of six - it never complained unless there was no oil in the transmission.
Great for just traveling with one passenger - yet seemed to affect the weight distribution??
Economical on fuel.
Interior was typically 80's - dark, square gauges, black everywhere.
Never had one spot of rust - despite its checkered heritage.
Brakes needed beefing up.
There's just something perversely thrilling about going to work in a car that you're never sure will be able to make it home again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2011