1995 Fiat Cinquecento Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1995 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 Sporting from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 Sporting Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

Its true what they say; good things come in small packages!

Faults:

Exhaust System is finally sorted. Each part of it seemed to break systematically!

Strange vibration from the heat shield. Eventually prised off by my Dad!

The wires in the horn fused together, resulting in the horn continuously blowing! I had to remove the fuse to stop it!Auto-Electrician sorted it out!

The motors in the wash bottles are "lazy" and i`m far to cheap to pay for new ones! You can often see me driving down the East Lancashire Road, hanging out of the window with a bottle of water!

One of the earth wires fused itself onto the ignition wire! Sorted out by the RAC and thankfully had not completely fused itself!

General Comments:

I LOVE this car!

Its nippy and is really quite fast!

It looks really cool! I love the bright, vibrant colors!

They arrive with a great package; alloy wheels, tinted windows, electric windows, plus more!

Sat at traffic lights in the slow lane of a dual carriage way, a boy racer in a nova or metro arrives at the side of you, believing that they can out-do you!...I don`t thnk so!...Get lost!

The "Sporting" is definitely worth the extra money!

You must buy one...Now!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2003

1995 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

A Sexy Little Package!

Faults:

Dodgy sound from the exhaust. Could it be the heat shield?

I had other problems with the exhaust. I have had the car around 4 months and the exhaust system is finally just about right.

Replying to another review, I have also found numerous problems with the balancing.

I had to have a new steering rack needed. I was told that this is a common problem with the Cinquecento.

General Comments:

The handling of this car is amazing! Every time I drive it, you can feel the car sticking to the road! Great round corners.

Cruises easily at 80mph along the motorway, although I`v easily topped 100mph with no problems!

A great little package. Alloy wheels, electric windows and tinted windows, and all in a low insurance group.

Great on fuel consumption! 10 quid gets me about 160 miles!

The car is somewhat strange looking, but a real little city car and really does look great!

Leaves boy racers standing!

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

Review Date: 26th May, 2003

1995 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

Boy Racer Beater!

Faults:

Strange vibration when I reach 50mph and then disappears. Could be the Heat Shield?

Someone keeps trying to break into it!

General Comments:

Excellent handling. Takes corners like a dream!

Really nippy. Leave all those boy racers behind at the lights!

Looks pretty cool due to tinted windows and alloys.

Extras such as electric windows and alloy wheels are great!...And all in a low insurance group!

Cheap to run. If you don`t ram it at 95mph on every motorway journey, £10 quids gonna last you AGES!

An excellent car. I absolutely LOVE it!

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

Review Date: 9th May, 2003

1995 Fiat Cinquecento S 899i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 899i Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles

Summary:

A good first car, it stops there though

Faults:

Cylinder head gasket blew at 40000 miles.

Noisy tappets.

In tank fuel filter blocks up easily and stops fuel being delivered to the engine, making the engine try and stall/stutter. This requires cleaning/replacing from time to time (this problem gets mixed up with EFI problems).

Handbrake is not too good on steep hills!

General Comments:

First of all I'd like to say it is an ideal first car.

It is a tall vehicle which is good for people like me who are over 6ft tall. It is very comfortable, although a little cramped in the back - but surprisingly roomy for a super-dooper-mini! Because of this the boot however is tiny.

The tiny 899i 39bhp engine is not too bad; it's reliable and always starts first time even in the winter. However I'd have to recommend no-one goes for this option, instead go for the 1.1i Sporting model, it has 15 more bhp and almost double the torque, and the insurance is more or less the same. Because it's a tiny engine it overheats very quickly, especially in the summer, the fan keeps cutting in to cool it back down.

Handling totally lacks in this car and sometimes I think it's dangerous. It does not hold the road at all. It is in fact poo. The Sporting model is much better - lower, stiffened springs and a front anti-roll bar makes to car go where you tell it to go, and you are not constantly fighting it.

0-60mph never seems to happen in this car making it dangerous when you are pulling out into a busy road. I do a lot of motorway driving and the little engine has a hard time. I am sure it should be illegal for the motorway; it lacks so much in power. Once there, it can quite happily sit at 80mph and cruise. I've had it up to 93mph - or so the speedo told me - but anything else is suicidal, the front of the car starts to lift and lose grip and the steering wheel vibrates like mad. Crazy!

The car can't generally overtake at all unless you really plan your moves and work it hard. Again it's not worth the stress and I'm only twenty I don't need heart problems at my age! Because the little engine needs revving hard to generally get anywhere you don't seem to get the mpg that you'd expect. If you are lucky you'll get around 400 miles on a tank, where as in theory you should be able to get slightly more than 500.

It's quite a nice stylish funky car, nice grippy steering wheel and comfy seats. The default car radio is rubbish, get a cheap CD player and some nice speakers from Halfords or somewhere, it makes the world of difference. I bought a bottom of the range JVC and some simple Pioneer speakers and it made the world of difference. The dashboard is really simple with shelves everywhere, a good place to put your mobile when you are driving, not that we use our mobiles when we drive, right! The fan has a good bit of power to it, but it's an illusion because it is such a small car. The wipers interfere with the radio and you get a strange clicking sound coming through the speakers. Also, the wipers lift at speeds in excess of 60mph. No good for motorway cruising.

Overall the car does have nice features and a lot going for it. It's just so very slow. Totally not suitable for long journeys, motorways or hills (!). You quickly outgrow it. It's small and slow. Not as cheap to run as you might think. But all in all a good first car, after that quickly upgrade. If you can avoid the S or SX model do so. My advice: get the Sporting or another car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2003

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