1992 Fiat Tempra Reviews

1992 Fiat Tempra 2.0 from Sweden

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

Underestimated

Faults:

Everything electric, except engine-related functions, went crazy once, probably due to earth fault. Cured itself by and by over a month. Most annoying. Quite funny, though.

Several smaller faults, some of the causing stand still, but surprisingly cheap to remedy.

Rear brakes needs frequent greasing.

General Comments:

Mechanically reliable. Nice engine.

Surprisingly comfortable suspension (with Pirelli tyres), not so bumpy as comparable German cars.

Roomy, higher than most other cars.

I like the digital meter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2006

1992 Fiat Tempra 1.6 from Israel

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres

Summary:

Does the work

Faults:

Had problems with the carburetor. The mechanic solved it after 3-4 times of handling it.

It consumes fuel more than it should consume.

General Comments:

This car is cheap to buy, and cheap to handle.

Pretty comfortable car with much space for the driver and the passengers.

Has many kilometers and years and still runs good.

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

Review Date: 17th September, 2005

1992 Fiat Tempra 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A nice car that is cheap to run

Faults:

My head gasket blew at around 61,000 miles.

The alternator has just packed in at 74,000 miles.

The starter motor went at 70,000.

The windscreen wiper motor stopped at 68,000 miles.

The reversing lights stopped working, due to a worn pin in the gear box, at 62,000 miles.

The horn had stopped working when I bought the car at 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love the car. It has loads of room inside, even more than the Volvo 240's have.

The engine has more plenty of pulling power at lower speeds, but lacks any pull in the higher gears.

The interior is plain, but practical in it's layout.

The car handles well for a family car, making the ride smooth and comfortable.

The boot compartment is spacious, but limited by the layout of the frame of the car. A big box, for instance, won't fit even though the boot has the space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2004

1992 Fiat Tempra SX Selecta 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Different, rare and like nothing else on the road

Faults:

When I got the car, the CVT had a problem which is very common. Not a reason to reject the car though, because I had it fixed and it's been excellent since.

Electronic check panel seems to light up when there are no faults! At least it also lights up when there are faults.

Central locking motors need regular attention. Electric window motors required some lubrication.

Car got me a couple of speeding tickets, but I suppose that isn't Fiat's fault.

General Comments:

This car was very good value for money second hand, being a CVT model which are little understood and therefore most people steer clear of them. They have a bad reputation because most of these transmissions do start to go wrong at an early age. BUT they can be easily sorted by any automatic specialist. For someone looking for a car that isn't like everything else on the road, and a roomy and comfortable saloon at that, this is a good choice. As long as you're mechanically aware, that is.

Oh yes, the digital dash, I almost forgot because I'm so used to it. I wonder why all cars don't have one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

1992 Fiat Tempra 1.6 petrol from Singapore

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 kilometres
Most recent distance134000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 21 TS

Summary:

A good car it may be, but spoilt by poor back up service!

Faults:

Engine stall if caught in a jam for an hour or so, will start and run like nothing happened after 15 minutes.

The carburettor is so complicated, many vacuum/pressure lines to connect, even the agent's mechanics are not sure how to deal with them.

The problem was never solved, so this car is only fit for domestic use within Singapore, could not go to Malaysia because of the possible jams!

Fiat refused to sell a service manual even though their workshop could not fix the car properly.

General Comments:

Fiat should not sell their cars in Singapore, cars here are expensive and servicing is costly. If their mechanics are not experienced/well trained, and they refuse to sell service manuals for owners to help in maintaining their car, they should not be in the market at all! It is unfair to the consumer here.

Very often a Fiat owner have to wait for spare part to arrive, and the worst is, their reliability is horrible! Their cars are not built for tropical usage.

My temperature gauge failed two years back, the agent said I had to change the whole instrument panel for S$ 2000 plus!

Stay away from Fiat, all tropical country people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th December, 2000

9th Dec 2002, 06:47

Concerning your engine stall problem: I had exactly the same problem with a Fiat Regata. It was a "thermal" short-circuit in the digiplex ignition control unit. Whenever the temperature in the engine compartment would be high (as is especially the case in a traffic jam), the unit would just stall the engine. Going full speed for hours on the highway was no problem, because of the good under-hood ventilation.

A replacement of the digiplex unit solved the problem permanently. By the way - the Fiat service is really lousy. The dealer told me "Fiat electronics NEVER fail", but wanted to sell me the part for the equivalent of 550 US$.

I got my unit from a used part dealer for 180 US$. This guy told me, that a lot of people asked for the same part because of a similar problem.

Bye

Martin, Austria.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews