1990 Autobianchi Y10 4WD 1.1 i.e. 1.108 Fire i.e. from Italy


Really Great 4WD!


I think the once problem of this car is on the back van that is very little.

General Comments:

30.000 Km without problem, two off-road meeting make with honor and no very problems, I Love this little car that know how been a off-road in case of necessity, but also a city car and a sport car if it need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2004

1989 Autobianchi Y10 Fire 1.0 petrol from Italy


Quite often, the computer broke down, resulting in weird behaviour in the electric system (especially flashing direction lights). Also, the radiator misbehaved causing me to burn the engine (it was partly my fault though).

Overall, however, I have mistreated it for 10 years and only spent about $5,000 in repairs and maintenance.

General Comments:

Quite a nice little car if you're on a budget. The FIAT engine delivers (90 mph on a good road, at least while it was new). It also has quite a number of options making it more comfortable. The basic model is a bit too spartan though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 1999

15th Dec 2000, 07:03

I own the same car and have also neglected mine, but it's still perfect!

6th Jul 2001, 05:15

Considering the age (built in 1986), my Y10 is a reliable companion.

10th Oct 2001, 12:32

I own a Y10 '96 "igloo" with the 1108 FIRE engine. My car has electric windows, air conditioning, quite equipped. The electric installation has never broke down, but the only problem it developed is that if you don't use at least 97 octane fuel, the engine knocks. I tried to get it fixed, but few garages here in Argentina have the BOSCH Monomotronic SPI scanner, so I keep using high octane fuel as a temporary solution. Despite this fact, this wonderful fast car (155 km/h, 0-100Km/h in 14 seconds) has given me nothing but great moments. It is easy to park, and you just "flow" in the city traffic.

The only complaint about it is that this year some interior plastics started doing some noises, which I am trying to quiet down with some minor adjustments with screwdrivers and a lot of patience.

I almost forgot to mention, that although it runs on gasoline, it is as economic as a diesel car, but without that vibrating and noisy sensation.

I'd like to add that my car went to the mechanic no more that 3 times in all these years, and it has never left me on foot. Very cheap to maintain, also.

17th Sep 2002, 23:05

Remember that the nominal compression ratio is 10.5 to 1. Nothing but the best available fuel will do, unless you modify the cylinder head to a lower compression ratio.