1989 Fiat Tipo Reviews

1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carLancia Prisma

Summary:

Good cheap runner

Faults:

Door latches and locks fail regularly. They only need to be lubed though.

Alternator failed, was rebuilt.

Clutch had judder, replaced.

Carburettor fell off! needed a new rubber mount.

CV boots leaked, were replaced. CV noisy, was replaced.

Rear wiper does not work.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable, cheap to run. Can be left outside and does not rust. Simple to work on, mechanics don't get grumpy with it.

Handles very good, could have more power.

Comfort adequate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2005

1989 Fiat Tipo 1.4 from Italy

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Economical, but unreliable

Faults:

Brakes locked up on me all the time, in wet weather. Not just for a few seconds, but LOCKED up.

General Comments:

I just recently wrecked the car around a turn because of the brakes locking up, I was only going about 30-40 Kph. In wet weather they locked up constantly, even after replacement.

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

Review Date: 10th July, 2004

1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles

Summary:

An extremely high performance car with nice looks and very cheap

Faults:

The clutch is slipping slightly as I drive along, but I think that maybe down to the other driver, as she does ride the clutch. The engine does need to be re-tuned, to gain maximum fuel value, but over all the fuel consumption is not that bad, it will probably be amazing when I take it to be re-tuned. When I purchased the car I had the full service history and the repairs were nothing serious, two of which were complimentary, the problem about the electric windows and children getting their heads stuck in the windows as it closed on them. but there have been no problems and the last owner was an elderly lady who drove it 3 miles every weekday.

General Comments:

I'm only a student and all my friends have 1.1's and I think the highest one of them has is a 1.4 so I'm proud to be driving the biggest sized engine, silly I know, but still worth being proud of.

The car does have a mean acceleration and has a nice purr to it when forced.

When I was learning my mum borrowed my car and she took it up to 96 mph without realizing, this is a problem as you don't have a needle dial, the digital dial can make you speed without realizing.

The interior is lovely, apart from the dashboard, but never the less it has beautiful seats and so much leg room its unbelievable, its like being in a BMW, but in actual fact a small hatch back.

The stereo is a bit poor, but I changed it anyway and the speakers have improved a hell of a lot since then.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2002

1989 Fiat Tipo S 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

A fun drive, but first car material only!

Faults:

Where to start! First off, the radiator sprung a leak.

The speedometer had a tendency, regardless of actual speed, to zoom up to 130+ MPH, and stay there - piling hundreds of extra miles on the clock.

Engine mountings are extremely weak, leading too many an exhaust front pipe/manifold being destroyed by excess vibrations.

Rear tail wiper seized completely, after the rear washer had stopped working.

General Comments:

Well, to be honest, I love this car. Mainly because it is my first one, yes - but at the same time, I cannot help, but enjoy the go-kart-esque handling, the excellent range of 4th gear, and decent top speed for a 1372cc non-injection engine.

The space on the inside is legendary. In fact I am sure that there can't be that many cars around that are so big on the inside, for how compact they are from the outside.

The gearbox is quite iffy, with the distinctly annoying trait of wantonly popping out of third gear, plus utilising the synchromesh to get to reverse gets a bit annoying after a while (place in neutral, pick up clutch, depress clutch, place in first, place in reverse).

Having said all this, it's really fun to drive at it's limits - and thanks to the small engine size, isn't that much faster than the speed limit!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2002

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews