1971 Fiat 850 Reviews

1971 Fiat 850 Spyder 850cc from North America

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership1978
Engine and transmission 850cc Manual
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Previous carFiat 850

Summary:

Fun

Faults:

Floor pans rusted. Typical for Fiats. Soviet steel.

Not the best electrical system. The headlight (plastic toggle) switch would over load and melt. I added relays for high and low beams and cured the problem.

General Comments:

Fun Car. Not much power. Good memories. The French Blue Shaggin' Wagin'

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st June, 2007

1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider from North America

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carFiat 850

Summary:

Not a daily driver, but nice to collect and show

Faults:

Needs a lot of work and maintenance, do not think to drive this car in the mountains or if it is too hot, all 850 will overheat.

Only Fiat will install a radiator with the motor in the back, I'm thinking to set up a radiator in the front like the X1/9.

With today's traffic, this car is too slow

General Comments:

Still, this is a good Italian car and it will turn heads when I drive it, or I take it to the Italian car shows.

It handles like a race car (but without the speed).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

11th Sep 2004, 08:45

I ran an 850 Sport Spider in the 70's. I have never driven a car with more under steer; this car desperately wanted to go backwards. Being 20 at the time, this meant several nose bleeds for the Fiat. The last hurrah for the car for me was in 76 when the generator casting failed and the generator fell off the engine. I now own 2 Lotus Europa S2's.

1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider 903cc Gas from North America

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 903cc Gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carAudi S6

Summary:

A low cost, quirky Italian classic

Faults:

Car needed a lot of maintenance when I received it. Gearbox synchro needed replacing, belts, oil seals, carboretta rebuild, brake rebuild, gaskets, heater valve.

General Comments:

This was a fun and relatively easy restoration project for a beginner. The car is now reliable and fun to drive at weekends so long as you stay on top of the small maintenance needs.

It's quite nimble, small and light and handles quite well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2002

1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider 903cc from Singapore

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 903cc Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles

Summary:

Practical yet loads of fun

Faults:

Rust, rust and rust.

Minor electrical faults.

Overheating.

Blown head gasket.

Leaks from the convertible top.

Brakes seized or leaking.

General Comments:

Great, fun little car. Reliable enough for daily use, if maintained well. Practical little Italian classic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2000

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews