Fiat Regata Reviews from UK and Ireland

1987 Fiat Regata 85S 1.6

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carFiat 131

Summary:

A very high spec and comfortable car

Faults:

Nothing really apart from a little rust.

Clutch cable did snap once, but I'm sure that can happen to anyone.

Some problems did arise however, after having the engine steam cleaned. The electronic heating system (which was very unique) started to fuse after it was set to level 5 with the (+) button.

So regretted having it steam cleaned. It should never be done to any engine with a lot of electronics. Especially more modern ones.

General Comments:

A very high specification car. It had most features that would normally only be found on top end models at the time.

It did have a lot of space and you could fit a hell of a lot in the boot. Very comfortable and rare I believe.

Also had a good power output.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2002

11th Jul 2003, 09:16

Having owned the exact same model, I too had it steam cleaned and much like yourself regretted it. The heating system also starting to blow on level 5. Best thing to do, never steam clean modern cars with electronics. To date 2003- I haven't seen any car with the same unique heating system. It truly was very unique and must have been expensive to implement. Fiat have come up with more innovative and unique ideas in my opinion then many other cars out there.

1985 Fiat Regata 70ES Comfort 1.2

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance161000 miles
Previous carFiat 127

Summary:

At the time (1990's), an unsung super saloon

Faults:

Rust all over the bodywork, especially the wheel arches.

Timing chain failure @ 160,000 miles (but my fault really for not replacing it as I should have done!).

Consistent steady, but low level oil leaks from the engine.

General Comments:

A great, reliable workhorse.

It could swallow loads of luggage, or take the family on holiday trips in comfort and style.

Petrol economy was good for a car of its size.

The seats are comfortable and the driving position is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2001

1989 Fiat Regata 85 1.6

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Great all rounder!

Faults:

Nothing except for loads of rust!

The plastic trim at the bottom of the doors has fallen off due to rust!

General Comments:

Great car! Can be bought for very little now, quite a lot of extra stuff inside that you only find on a more luxury car. If you can live with the rust the engine will last forever and it responds quickly when pushed! The only problem (apart from rust) is it tends to skid out if you take bends too fast, but it is a family saloon after all!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2000

26th Mar 2006, 10:33

I agree with the rust, but my main problem is caused by the engine.

9th Jul 2006, 09:36

Rust the only problem? You must be joking! How about the jumping out of gear? the steering wheel wanting to go every way apart from the one you required? The breakdown every 300 miles? The times it set itself on fire? These things didn't need mechanics, they needed priests!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews