1989 Fiat Panda Reviews

1989 Fiat Panda 4x4 Sisley 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired59656 miles
Most recent distance59688 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

Lots of fun..

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 59,658 miles.

Gear stick loose.

Rust round doors and windows.

General Comments:

The car itself is great, a great first and fun car to drive!!

Cheap to run, my first car and will never sell it; it's great!

Yes I had a few problems with it, but I will still keep it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2008

1989 Fiat Panda 750L 769cc petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 769cc petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carFord Capri

Summary:

Cheap and very cheerful! A future classic!

Faults:

Drivers seat would not stay upright.

Rust!

Boot Lock would jam.

Driveshaft gaiter leaked oil.

General Comments:

Having previously owned an old Panda back in the late 90's, I brought my girlfriend to look at this one, she didn't like it, but I bought it on the spot!

Pandas are funny cars, they look very boxy and everything is quite flimsily made, being the basic 750 model, it also lacked ANY creature comforts whatsoever, however I think this added to the overall driving experience, it was a car that you could get involved with, in a world full of electronics, the basic electrical system was fantastic, and there wasn't a hint of a problem with it.

Fuel consumption averaged over 40 mpg and the engine was a revelation, the FIRE is probably the best small engine mass produced for a road car, felling unburstable, and made a lovely noise, it was only 34bhp, but felt much more!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2006

1989 Fiat Panda 4x4 1.0 Fire from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 Fire Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

A small car with attitude - who needs a Smart car!

Faults:

2003 - Gearbox bearing; replaced gearbox and clutch as a result.

2001 - fuel hose split - minor engine fire resulted, but extinguished with no major damage.

No other serious faults.

General Comments:

As a 14 year-old car it has no significant sales value, but as a soft-top runabout (I have the twin sun roofs) it is priceless; especially in the hot summer weather.

It handles very well - the steering is direct and the turn-in is very good.

The 4x4 is great fun in light snow and ice - it is light and therefore it is easy to correct slides.

The throttle response is sharp and although the gearing is quite low, it buzzes along the A-roads at a crisp 55 mph without fuss. I have even given it the occasional blast on the motorway - 60mph!

The bodywork has some small rust spots - mainly in the lower section of the door, but Wax-oil seems to have halted the spread. A regular coating of Mer has brought the white paintwork up to a showroom shine.

The interior is wearing well, although some bits of the plastic trim have come away - interior door sills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2003

6th Apr 2005, 06:04

Why only 60 mph on motorway? I made 80 on flat road and 90 downhill! It takes time to reach this speed, though...

SG.

1989 Fiat Panda CL 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance33000 miles

Summary:

It's a beaut!

Faults:

Not much really, the cars a beast! It had a new front swivel in an MOT, not expensive though, it had only done 32,000 miles.

General Comments:

The cars a mini Jeep, its like being on perminant safari. 4x4 is excellent, can out perform a Range Rover. The manual chokes a novelty extra and has loads of charm, I love this car and would gladly give my life for it. The seats are nice, backs spacious ;) and she can move like a bat out of hell! I got 85 out of her and shes only meant to do 100 tops. Not bad. If you see one buy her, look after the beast and she'll go on forever.

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

Review Date: 19th July, 2003

1989 Fiat Panda Bella 903cc from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 903cc Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60606 miles
Most recent distance68900 miles

Summary:

Ideal first car

Faults:

Nothing serious has gone wrong, except for when I hit the back of a Volvo.

It needed a new bumper, radiator, fan, and grille. All of which cost just £30.

Some rust on the bottom of the doors. Only cosmetic.

I've had some trouble with the windscreen wiper. It has fallen off a few times.

General Comments:

For a first car, you can't really ask for more.

Its the lowest insurance group there is, lowest tax group there is and costs just £20 to fill up (depending on the price of petrol).

The back seats are abysmal. They have a fair bit in common with a hammock. Having said this though, they can be completely removed and there is masses of space once they are out. I have brought all my stuff back from university in the boot.

Front seats are much better and are very comfortable.

Parts are very cheap since there are loads of old pandas around in scrap yards.

It doesn't handle to badly, but it is rather underpowered. However, since Pandas are very minimalist (no power steering etc) you don't need much speed to have a laugh. Also, since the tires are so thin, you can pull of huge squealing wheel spins.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 15 reviews