Fiat Panda Review from Germany

1983 Fiat Panda 34 34 HP

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 34 HP Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323 Turbo 4wd

Summary:

Riding cheap as cheap can be

Faults:

An engine break down at 100,000 miles - I think that's OK for a 12 year old, 6 owners car, rebuilt after a front end crash...

If I'd had the experience in engine work that I have now, it still would "live"...

General Comments:

A perfect car for low budget thinking!

Normally you say do not buy a Fiat - everything will go wrong with it. But nothing goes wrong because there is nothing in it.

Have you ever tried to move things with a small passenger car? With a Panda there is no problem. You can unplug the seats all you need and with a driver's seat only you've got a full two meters for transportation.

And with small money also you can make as good performance as you like: stereo system, dark coloured windows, mobile phone, electric windows... everything is easy to install in this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2000

3rd Apr 2004, 10:23

I had a 1984 FIAT Panda for a number of years after buying it back from my sister-in-law. It was my perk purchase when I worked at FIAT UK.

At 142000 miles the engine packed up and it began to burn oil. Much of its life it was thrashed about all over the UK and Europe on holidays, sometimes fully loaded and with four passengers. Although £2400.00 new it paid for itself in cheap servicing. When it went to the junkyard it still had one of the OEM tyres (the former spare!) on the back!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review