1995 Fiat Cinquecento Reviews

1995 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Fun, cheap but not perfect

Faults:

The rear suspension turret on the drivers side needed welding for the MOT, as it was quite badly corroded.

This caused the spring on this corner to warp, and thus the car didn't sit quite right on the road.

Various electrical problems, ranging from the central locking to the indicators.

Drivers seat has worn terribly, as has the gearknob and steering wheel.

General Comments:

Bought this car as a cheap runabout between VWs. A few mates have owned this type of Fiat and said how much fun they are to drive, and I needed a car for work, so I thought why not.

I was expecting the car to be a bit worn out, as it's a Fiat and they are not generally known for being the best built cars, and the interior certainly proved this! I found the car to be uncomfortable on longer journeys, and the small fuel tank means a few petrol stops on the way.

To drive it's good fun, considering the small engine. Although on the other hand this does mean of course the running costs are minimal, the insurance group being one of the lowest around.

Very good handling, especially as mine was fitted with 14in wheels and much wider tyres.

The gearbox is okay, but occasionally can be temperamental when changing fast or selecting reverse.

The body of the car was in pretty good shape considering the age, the front and rear bumpers were repainted by the previous owner which helped. The paintwork isn't the best however with a couple of spots where it's 'orange peeled'.

For the money you can't really beat one of these, but don't expect it to be free of faults obviously. But for laughter per pound it's a winner!!

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

Review Date: 25th August, 2008

1995 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired62820 miles
Most recent distance64500 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Go-kart with all weather protection

Faults:

Soon after I bought the car the gears became difficult to engage. The problem was a worn/sticky clutch release bearing. The gearbox needed to come off to replace this so replaced whole clutch at same time.

Oil leak in sump - patched up.

Central locking dosen't always work - but you can still lock it manually.

General Comments:

I love this car.

It is a typical fiat, but if you have owned one before you know what to expect, i.e. it feels like a tin can and is unreliable.

One problem that this fiat dosen't have is rust. It is fully galvanized making it a lot more attractive than many other cars of this age.

Insurance is cheap. Body colored bumpers, alloy wheels, sports seats, 100mph+ = insurance group 3.

The driving experience is similar to a go Kart - small chunky wheel, stiff suspension, small and noisy. However if you like cars this is a good thing. the handling is amazing, gear change is great and ratios perfectly matched to the nippy engine.

Overall it is nowhere near as practical as my previous car, but it is 10 times as much fun.

Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys driving, but dosen't want to spend lots of money on buying, insuring and filling up a high performance car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2004

4th Mar 2005, 13:39

I've just bought one of these for £650 and the insurance is the same as my old 1.1 litre Peugeot 106. The 106 was nice enough to drive, but the little Fiat has really surprised me. It's a proper drivers car with great handling and a responsive, nice sounding engine.

Can't believe a car this much fun cost me so little :)

1995 Fiat Cinquecento SX 0.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 0.9 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles

Summary:

An ideal reliable first car!

Faults:

The drivers side door lock needed tightening as it didn't shut tightly enough and would often stop the central locking from locking up the car.

The handbrake cable snapped around six weeks after I bought the car. This was quite cheap to replace though, I managed to get one for £13, amazing!!

The washer jets (both front and rear) didn't function at all, but this was also cheaply fixed by replacing the valves with new ones, from a fish tank pump!!

I also had to change the rubber on the passenger side window as it often pulled out when the window was opened and shut.

The thermostat switch for the fan also didn't work and the car boiled (poor thing!!) every time I was stuck in traffic. Again this was easily fixed and cheap enough too, as I bought a new switch and it only cost me £8, bargain!!

General Comments:

All the bad things aside, this car is great, I love it!

The first thing you notice when you get in the car is the great all round visibility!! The car seems so open, and the driving position is also great!

I haven't yet started to "funk my car up" body wise, but I do intend to! Inside the car I have made minor changes such as covering the seats with a sports style set of covers. I have also bought a set of Sony Exploids which I mounted in the parcel shelf, and the difference is definitely noticed!

Many people have commented on how small the car is, but with the rear seats folded down it turns into a mini-van!! It's amazing how much will fit!! I managed to get all my camping gear in!!

This car is a great run around, and is very cheap on petrol, £20 will fill the tank up and I easily manage 500 miles on a tank!! 40 mpg is easily achievable from this little motor!!

This is a very fun and fast car! It's also very quick off the mark due to the power to weight ratio, I often find speed I never knew this little car had!!

I paid £850 for my "Funky Monkey" as I call her, and I am so glad that I did! I love it, what more could I want for a first car - sunroof, CD player, central locking, and electric windows.

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

Review Date: 9th August, 2004

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 16 reviews