Fiat 131 Review from UK and Ireland

1979 Fiat 131 CL Estate 1.6 OHV

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission 1.6 OHV Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 1100


What you might expect from a Fiat of that time


Replaced the complete O/S rear door because the glass kept shattering.

Rear wiper motor kept working loose.

Exhaust needed replacing annually.

Needed frequent tuning to keep it running smoothly.

Starter motor failed at 101000 miles.

Rusted very quickly; I scrapped it when I jacked it up and the windscreen popped out.

General Comments:

Not particularly fast, but fun to drive quickly; the engine loved to be revved, and the handling was quite nimble.

If I curbed my enthusiasm, fuel consumption was around 30 mpg. I paid for having fun in it though.

It had comfortable front seats, very cramped in the rear.

For an estate car, it didn't have much load space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2011

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review