Fiat 850 Review from Italy

1969 Fiat 850 Sport Coupe 903

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 903 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 kilometres
Most recent distance18200 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 404

Summary:

Excellent car for its size and type

Faults:

I have problems with the ignition switch. Although the car has a very low mileage, the ignition switch tends to establish the main contact prior to starting the engine with problems, or to lose the contact, thus causing the engine to stall when the car is in use. The switch can be dismantled and the problem is in the worn sliding contact plate inside the switch which can be repaired with the use of sanding paper, but such a repair is only the temporary solution.

Other problems: some rust on the front side of the trunk cover, and on the lower (not visible) part of rear wings behind rear wheels.

The car still has the original spark plugs, contact points, brakes, etc.

General Comments:

Very reliable car for every day use, low maintenance requirements, the owner can do everything on his own regarding regular maintenance, good on mileage.

The longest drive was over 2.500 km in two days from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to Den Haag, Netherlands; without a single problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th November, 2003

12th Nov 2003, 20:00

That "problem with the ignition switch" has certainly been chronic. Only 18,000km in 34 years!!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review