1995 Fiat 126 Review

1995 Fiat 126 ELX 650 cc from Poland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 650 cc Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 kilometres
Most recent distance89000 kilometres

Summary:

Fuel consumption to power ration is far away from any expectation

Faults:

When temperature was lower than -10C, the windscreen engine failed.

Steering knuckles worn out after 78000 km.

Coils current supply failed after 88000 km - root cause was a broken wire under the rear seats!? It took 1 week to localize the root cause.

Endless oil leaks from the engine and gearbox.

General Comments:

Pretty small car and old design.

I had a lot of problems, especially with engine and battery in low temperatures (for this car low means -5C).

Windscreen is freezing inside the car when the temperature is below -5C. It is nightmare.

Heating system insufficient.

Fuel consumption out of acceptable levels: 5.7 litre per 100 km. 5.5l/100 km and just only 21 HP.

If you have got your own repair shop, this car is for you. You are able to repair everything by yourself. Spare parts really cheap (in Poland).

To keep a 126p alive, you have to put a lot of efforts every 7 000 km for review and small repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th February, 2003

10th Aug 2004, 15:04

Hello!

I drive my Polish Fiat 126p since year 2000 and I can't complain. Nothing has broken and I have already done 80 000 km.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Troosh.

2nd Sep 2012, 22:02

What do you expect from a super cheap car designed in early 70s? A Ferrari 458 Italia?

Average review marks: 2.0 / 10, based on 1 review