Fiat 128 Review from Portugal

1973 Fiat 128 SL 1.3

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1973
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance173000 kilometres
Previous carRover - Austin Mini 1000

Summary:

One of the best seventies Fiats

Faults:

So many... I don't have enough space to tell all of them.

However. Mechanical, engine, gearbox, struts and MAJOR RUST PROBLEMS... a real nightmare.

General Comments:

If you don't have a hobby, buy a Fiat.

It's a good way to spent time, you can dismantle it, fix it, polish it etc etc.

If you like seventies street racers cars, buy a decent one and enjoy a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th July, 2001

19th Sep 2007, 15:05

I purchased a 73 128SL new and was very disappointed with it. It shed it's exhuast system 3 times. At 38,000 miles the cam timing belt broke. This jammed a valve into a piston, breaking the crown. The piston crown rotated and punched the broken valve stem up thru the head. Since the valve stem would not compress, the force bent a rod and broke the crankshaft. This was just after Fiat abandoned the US market. The car was sold for scrap.

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 1 review