1988 Fiat Tipo Reviews

1988 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.6 from Spain

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance187000 kilometres


I love the Tipo, always did, always will


Usual wear problems, i.e. temperature sensors, brake pads, exhaust.

General Comments:

The Tipo was definitely the best car of this class available in the late 80s, well built, reasonably quick, very spacious, personal design both inside and outside, and just different from the rest.

When I think its main rivals were the VW Golf and the R19, and that most people preferred both of them to the Tipo, I realise that we are heading towards plain and boring uniformity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2001

1988 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.4 norm. aspirated from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.4 norm. aspirated
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10


Leaking heater matrix in passenger compartment.

Broken clutch cable.

General Comments:

Very good car, well built, well designed and amazingly well behaved on the road. I bought mine after running a Golf 1600 - the Tipo's build quality was better and the performance, comfort and handling well ahead of the Golf's. I'm now looking for another with a bigger engine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 1998

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews