1987 Fiat Panda Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1987 Fiat Panda 4x4 1.0 F.I.R.E from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 F.I.R.E Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance107200 miles

Summary:

An absolute bargain, see one and buy it! They are getting rarer

Faults:

Front brakes seized.

Boot lock won't unlock properly.

General Comments:

I bought this car to see me through when I had to give up my company car.

I have seen a few around over the years and always thought about getting one for a laugh but they are seriously good off road (this is from being an ex Discovery/Range Rover owner), good on fuel and cheap to run.

My other cars are a 1990 BMW 535i, 1984 BMW 318i, 1999 Ford Ka, the Panda 4x4 and another standard Panda I bought for spares.

It would eat the Ford Ka for breakfast in a race, is just about as comfortable, is easier to park and almost as cheap to run.

The brakes seized a while ago after an off road expedition but I think this is because I didn't clean all the mud out from them, so beware.

They are still available in Italy but don't bother trying to get one through Fiat Italy as they will just fob you off, something to do with all the UK cheap exports of all their other cars.

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

Review Date: 12th November, 2000

1987 Fiat Panda CL 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance62500 miles

Summary:

Not too bad

Faults:

Replaced:-

Rear wheel cylinders and brake pipes - cost DIY £14.

Front brake discs - £14.

Front track control arm bushes - £24.

2 x driveshaft inboard gaitors - £14.

1 x steering rack boot - £4.

Handbrake cable from a scrappy - £2.

Welding was done to the chassis - £60.

Exhaust support rubbers always snapping.

Bulbs seem to blow a lot.

You can't buy oil seals for the master cylinder or brake callipers, you have to buy the full parts.

General Comments:

For a 13 year old car it's fairly good. It's never let me down. It starts first time. Cheap insurance and cheap parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2000

1987 Fiat Panda 1000CL 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles

Summary:

Loads of fun!

Faults:

££££ spent on Brakes:

Master/slave cylinders.

Miles of brake pipes.

2 calipers.

Drums.

Discs.

Handbrake cable.

Rear compensator.

Hoses.

Shoes/pads.

General Comments:

Besides the brakes (which are still not right!), this is the greatest car I've ever had! Very nippy!!! And not bad on the motorway either!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2000

23rd May 2001, 08:31

I'm from Portugal. I own a Fiat Panda 750L. It's from 1987, I guess. It's one hell of a car but problems are something that rarely go away. light switches, hoses, rust spots and the whole electric system is something to forget. The horn (spelled right???) was the only thing that didn't make any noise, some time ago!!! However... I've been driving this car for three years now. It's been very fun but not as cheap as I wanted it to be!!! BYE.

23rd May 2002, 07:10

Seems to be very difficult to find parts for my very first panda... looking to recondition my engine and can't find what I need in the UK... I see what people mean by the brakes in the wet, but you couldn't get better from a small car if you tried... boy racers eat your heart out getting away from traffic lights...BMW? PORSCHE? forget them give me a panda any day.

1987 Fiat Panda 1000 Super S/R 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Electrics shoddy (flicker on and off!).

Front tyres wear a bit quick (Took only 10 months from passing the MOT to becoming slick!)

Fan suddenly stopped working on motorway.

Brake calipers seized twice.

Two clutch cables broken.

General Comments:

Car has now done 80,000 miles and has passed the last two MOT's flawlessly. Definitely the cheapest car on the road (Group 1 insurance, 45+ MPG).

Engine surprisingly nippy and handling not too bad although suffers from understeer (Front slides before rear!)

An all round cheap car with a bit of fun.

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

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

1987 Fiat Panda CL 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing at all!!!!

General Comments:

My car is so fine, it's so kind it makes me whine.

The Panda can be quite a fun car.

Fiat should update the Fiat Panda like VW are doing with the Beetle.

Everyone should have their own Fiat Panda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1987 Fiat Panda CL 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Nothing much withstanding the age !

Usual servicing replacements.

General Comments:

A very fun car and cheap to run, the comfort lacks but I love the car, especially its sunroof.

Very surprising, was the very little rust that cropped out after 8 years, not usual for a Fiat. With a little care the body remains intact.

Its performance is very good for a 1.0.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 1998

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