1981 Fiat 131 Mirafiori Fuel ingected


Stands the test of time


The usual wear and tear; after all, the car is 24 years old!

General Comments:

I own a white Fiat 131 Brava 4 door and I'm quite happy with it, I've had no problems and it still runs beautifully to this day. I guess I got the good apple of the bunch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 2005

27th Sep 2005, 11:01

If you were to hold a meeting of all the people in N America who bought a 1981 Fiat Brava new--and still own it--you could probably hold it in a phone booth.

That is, if phone booths still existed...

4th Jan 2006, 00:43

Owned numerous Fiats. That should tell you that I've been pretty happy with them.

Here are a few tips for maintaining those older Fiats;

Engines are bullit-proof provided you service them, most have 5 bearing main cranks - very rare for cars of this genre! That means they revved hard and liked it. Change oil regularly (gearbox & diff oil too!!)

Electrics: Replace fuses at the first instance with the same amperage! Keep electrics dry as possible. Fiat wiring was some of the best quality around...don't be persuaded to replace wiring unless wire is totally destroyed or frayed.

Same goes for spark plug leads. Keep the original OEM Copper ones or replace with Hi-quality Magnacore leads. Avoid silicone ones.

A Tip: When buying an earlier (pre-1990's Fiat) get it rust-proofed. Fish oil all the inner door linings, boot etc.

Do this every 5 years, and you won't have a problem with rust. (Providing it didn't have any to start with...)

Also should mention that lighter coloured ones, eg. White, beige, cream etc rusted less or slower than darker or metallic coloured (navy blue, silver, reds etc). I don't know why.

1st May 2014, 07:19

This could be said of any 1981 car.

27th Sep 2015, 01:43

You couldn't have it in a phone booth because there aren't any anymore.

We could have it in a 7/11 parking lot; you bring yours and I will bring my 81 blue 4 door.

1977 Fiat 131 Brava


Next to my 69 Volvo, my worst car ever


What went right with this car would be the shorter list!

Rear axle came loose while cornering.

Carburetor was constantly in need of tuning and backfired more often than not.

Driver's seat broke.

Entire exhaust system fell off.

2 alternators.

General Comments:

When I first got this beast, it was a fun little screamer, great in the corners and not bad acceleration for a small four banger.

As time went on and things began to fall apart and break, the fun became a nightmare.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2004