1987 Fiat Panda Reviews

1987 Fiat Panda 750 L 750 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 750 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired64500 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Bargain, V. Reliable Engine and a fun drive!

Faults:

The Exhaust started blowing at around 73000miles and had that replaced.

Driver seat is worn, just general wear really, no cigarette burns or anything.

One clip on Air Filter box snapped due to my ignorance, forcing the clip shut when I hadn't put it on properly! Unlike other pandas, this one has no rust! Excellent condition!

General Comments:

For a 750cc, I must say I'm surprised at it's performance. Top speed of 87mph, foot to the floor. Easiest car ever to park in the smallest of spaces. The interior decor is absolutely disgusting, but it's a sweet car, does the job nicely at 50mpg+

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2003

3rd Jun 2004, 05:10

I have to disagree with your comment about the interior design being absolutely disgusting!

My 1994 FIAT Panda is dark metallic blue and there is plenty of painted metal inside. It is beautifully complimented with contrasting blue, green and yellow stripy fabric, far friendlier and original than any matt black plastic in all other cars.

24th Aug 2004, 09:14

I must agree with the first poster - I just bought a 1988 Panda in France for Euro 500. It needed a new jack, wheel brace, battery and top hose. It's the two hooded (a must in le sud) 750 cl estivale model. My wife loves it - but there's still plenty of work to do yet. Mainly the interior fittings and bodywork.

1987 Fiat Panda 750 750 cc from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 750 cc Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance82000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Still overpriced for what you get

Faults:

The Gearbox started to make a lot of noise. The choke had to be left on a lot of times. The engine would stop working very often. The seats where totally worn out. The car was also rusty.

General Comments:

The gearbox was not smooth. The car did not do well on bumps because it's so short. It also doesn't feel very safe. This is the last car I would want do have an accident in.

The only plus on this car is it's low price. However, you can get much better cars for just a little bit more money. I paid 300 euro and got 0 back. Panda's are very cheap, but not worth even that. I'd rather have a 10 year old Toyota than a brand new Panda.

In retrospect, the almost 30 years old Beetle which I had prior to this car was even better and much more reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

1987 Fiat Panda 1000 i.e. 1.0 from Austria

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance171000 kilometres

Summary:

A funny, cheap and reliable car!

Faults:

The electronic ignition had to be replaced two times. A very expensive thing!!

Car body shows a bit rust... for example doors, bonnet.

General Comments:

The Panda is perfect for one or two person (s).

For it's size the Panda is very spacious inside and as long as you don't have to sit behind it is not that bad to sit.

The double sun-roof is incredible and you should not buy a Panda without.

Performance is enormous for only 45HP. Top speed is about 160km/h! Acceleration in the first two gears is also very good.

Perfect city-car.

Fuel consumption is perfect... it is NEVER more than 7l/100km. Absolutely NEVER! Most of the time it is about 6l/100km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2001

1987 Fiat Panda 4x4 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles

Summary:

Able off-roader that's good fun on road

Faults:

Main jet dropped out of the carb. Still ran quite well, though the MPG plummeted.

CV gaiter split.

Door bottoms rusted.

Brake master cylinder went.

General Comments:

The faults listed above are not complaints - they're just what you expect from a cheap, aging Italian car.

For a car so good off-road, the Panda is brilliant on the tarmac. While a bit noisy on motorways, it buzzes about happily in town traffic and pulls away far faster than you'd think.

Parts are cheap, servicing is simple and you get more individuality than with a Fiesta or Nova.

Land Rover drivers can't work out why there's a shopping trolley following them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2001

1987 Fiat Panda CL Bianco 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Allegro

Summary:

A great choice for shorter and town journeys

Faults:

A bit of rust at the rear seat belt mounts.

Tailgate tends to close automatically (usually on my head!) in cold weather.

General Comments:

This has got be the cheapest car I have ever owned & run. It does 50mpg regularly.

Gear box is a bit flaky but excellent at nipping away.

For a small car there is a lot of space in the front.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 11 reviews