1977 Fiat 127 CL 1.05 from UK and Ireland
A pile of junk
Blew up its engine twice:
2 head gaskets
1 timing belt broke (40,000)
Gearbox linkage failed.
Severe rust everywhere - door fell off, sills disintegrated.
Electrical problems constantly.
Nippy little car with a huge boot and nice handling.
Manufactured by school children from tissue-paper standard materials and recycled coke tins.
No wonder you can't find one today... they have all gone where they deserved to end up -- the crusher!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th July, 2001
Hey! Lay off the Fiat! There are quite a few happy Fiat 127 owners around the world (including me) :) Rust can be a problem but it really depends on how well the car's been kept. You mentioned the nippy handling - the 127 is used for racing for this very reason. It's a great first car and fun to mess about with. The only thing I'm not 100% sold on is the interior - but by the looks of things it's easy to change the material on the fittings.
In good condition it's a more than viable alternative to an expensive small car, especially since it's so much fun to drive.
The Fiat 127 was built by SEAT in Spain.
Let's face it: In Spain there is about 20 days of rain a year and they do not need to put salt on the roads. Rust? what's rust?,...never heard about it.
There are plenty of 127 around in Spain. They are extremely reliable, and the gas consumption is ridiculously low.
My only complaint is the spartan interior. Being the owner of a 1979 127 900/L I still think that the marketing guys were having tons of fun when they added the "L" after the 900. This "L" means "LUXE"!!!
NOT EVEN A CIGARETTE LIGHTER!!!