Uh oh, where do I start?
Radiator pipes underneath rusted away. Replaced with stainless steel exhaust pipes. $300.
Water pump outer seal died. $70.
Shocks all died - red koni's and some lowered springs went in.
Head gasket eventually died - a result of it being boiled about 20 times due to lack of fluid from various leaks (pipes, water pump), and having looser than normal head bolts/studs.
Plastic roof screw threads snapped, rendering roof clips rather loose, and therefore the roof shakes rattles and rolls.
Front left wheel bearing noisy (not overly).
Exhaust flange tends to come loose (ground out old thread on flange clamp, and replaced with larger thread and bigger nuts).
Ignition barrel died, had a temporary 'started switch cable'. Got barrel from wreckers and had a key made for it.
Various electrical problems (resulted from too many owners, lacklustre care and radio installation and half assed removal.) - interior light stopped working, lights go on and off (bad connection). Very low visibility gauges (yellowed plastic, bad globes/positioning).
In spite of its problems, a fantastic little car, handled so well, so tight and sticks to the road like s*!t to a blanket.
Handling problems can occur with worn rear ball joints. See www.fiatlancia.asn.au for a good example fix.
Problems with the car can be overcome by a dedicated owner - my car wasn't a pristine example to begin with, so I'm not complaining.
The 1300 is underpowered considering its fantastically rigid body and excellent weight placement.
Easy access to engine and internals, despite the mid-engine layout. Sure it's not 'conventional', but once you've had a look, you'll realise it's easy to service.
Some fiddly/homemade tools required to remove head studs/bolts.
Large amount of luggage space with front and rear boots (makes my new MX5 look a bit useless in this department).
The low prices asked for these cars is caused by the market's ignorance towards older vehicles. If you're looking for a good weekend car or even a cheap daily driver, and if you find a properly maintained one, GRAB IT!