1992 Fiat Panda 750 768 Fire from UK and Ireland
Goes better than it ought to
Gearbox lost the synchromesh on second gear at 60,000 miles and had to be reconditioned. Clutch replaced for good measure while the gearbox was out of the car.
Vacuum advance diaphragm had a leak causing the car to stall.
Distributor and points need replacing regularly to ensure proper cold / damp starting.
Timing belt went a week ago while doing 65mph - hadn't been replaced since the car had been purchased.
Good basic car which is amusing to drive!
The engine is unburstable, although acceleration when loaded is leisurely at best.
The FIRE engineering is non-interfering, so the timing belt failure had no serious consequences (it should have been changed at the appropriate time!).
Gearbox is a bit awkward and the brakes need a hard shove in order to stop you!
Not rusting very much, surprisingly.
Other than the gearbox problem, reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2002
7th Jan 2003, 04:26
Further to this review, I had the timing sorted out by Firela Motors in Stockwell, London (020 7622 7844) as the car was not running right. Also had an oil leak and other minor problems fixed. Total bill including VAT was under £100.
On this and a friend's experience with his Punto, if you need a decent independent Fiat garage, give them a try. Good Fiat garages aren't easy to find, so I thought I'd mention them! I have no professional connection with them other than being a satisfied customer.