1986 Fiat Panda Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1986 Fiat Panda 1000 CL 999cc petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 999cc petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles

Summary:

A good alternative to taking the bus

Faults:

A blown fuse - and it was very serious I can tell you... We actually had to replace it with another one.

General Comments:

Although it is very cheap, I will not beat around the bush by saying that it's lovely, nippy and full of life. Because it's horrific.

It is slow (although quite good in town because of the low gear ratios), it is uncomfortable and it's as ugly as a turtle after a night on the town, who hasn't slept in days, and who's face is rotting away. It IS, however, very cheap to run indeed and good if you're on a budget.

My advice is to save a bit more and look for a Peugeot 205.

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

Review Date: 2nd April, 2002

1986 Fiat Panda 45 0.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.9 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carVarious Various

Summary:

Brilliant

Faults:

Nothing other than what you'd expect at this age. I've changed discs, pads, points and condenser.

I failed to notice that someone had damaged the engine fan wiring and the head gasket failed in a bad motorway tailback in 1998. I did a top overhaul, had the head machined and it's been fine ever since.

It's a Mark 1 and the bonnet and doors were quite rusty so I've just fitted good ones from a late car in a breakers yard and Waxoyled the whole car. The new doors have no quarter-lights so it's a lot quieter at speed and I like the internally adjustable door mirrors.

General Comments:

I got it as a (neglected) 3rd car for shopping and commuting to the railway station.

I've moved house 3 times in 3 years and never cease to be amazed at the amount of things you can cram in the back.

At 46 miles to the gallon I'll keep it forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2001

1986 Fiat Panda 1000 CL Bianca 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles

Summary:

A small powerpacked monster

Faults:

New reverse light.

New headlamp.

New spark plugs.

Two new tyres.

General Comments:

Well what can you say??? After having only ever driven two company cars (Xantia & Peugeot 306) I was a bit weary when my dad offered me my younger brothers old Panda, "Don't worry, I'll get it through the MOT" he said.

The car has been an absolute marvel, a wonder to drive and an education. It's incredibly cheap (providing you remember to take the choke off 5 miles in...). You always get a ryeful smile from other owners at the supermarket when you pass them. If I get the chance, the next car after this will be a Panda as well!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2001

1986 Fiat Panda 1.0 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres

Summary:

The perfect first car

Faults:

Exhaust.

General Comments:

What a fun car to drive! I felt like a rally driver in my little Red Devil! It was my first car and I got it really cheap (100 pounds), so I drove like an idiot. But the Panda didn't give up! Using the hand-brake on every corner was a lot of fun. Compared to the Panda, my currently owned Escort is quite boring.

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

Review Date: 15th December, 2000

1986 Fiat Panda Bella 0.9 unleaded from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.9 unleaded Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance144892 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Fiat Panda - a future classic

Faults:

The main problem has been that the (expensive to repair) cylinder-head gasket has blown - twice.

This situation has now led to me buying another Fiat Panda - 1000 Fire convertible - because I loved my old one so much!

Otherwise the repairs were just normal stuff eg. a new exhaust now and then, calipers, brake shoes, a bit of rust etc.

General Comments:

These cars are great - cheap on petrol and on parts generally, really nippy, dead easy to park, and their basicness means that they are a thrill to drive on any road for anyone who enjoys driving.

These cars are also characterful and cool-looking in comparison with many of the other anonymous clones on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2000

5th Feb 2002, 04:23

The head gasket isn't too difficult to repair yourself with some time and patience (and as always the trusty Haynes manual!)

I would recommend it to anyone. There is also a more comprehensive review of the model written by myself on this site.

1986 Fiat Panda 1000CL from Norway

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres

Summary:

Buying a lifestyle!!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The Fiat Panda, is just not a car. It is a personality. A state of mind. The salesman told me: "When you buy this car you buy yourself a lifestyle". And he was right. I'm moving to the states now, and considered selling the car.... but I couldn't. We have had our disputes, like a normal married couple, but we've always made up!

Fiat Panda 1000CL, is a fun car to drive. It's like driving a "Bumper-car".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2000

28th Aug 2001, 03:05

Hi man! I agree totally with you: Panda is not only a car, it's a life-style!!

No way, only Panda style will survive!!

Cheers,

Enrico Mad-Doctor H.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 8 reviews