1990 Fiat Tipo DGTSX 1.6 from UK and Ireland
One of the few cars I have owned that I wish I still had today
The only problem was a really big one - the cambelt snapped and destroyed every single valve as a result.
I really liked the looks and the interior of the car; it was something different and the seats were very supportive. The digital dashboard was a cool thing to have, even if it brought no practical benefit! The only real comfort issue was the lack of headroom - I had to sit with my head under the sunroof to gain the extra couple of centimetres required, or slouch down in my seat to fit in.
One thing that always struck me was the lack of rust anywhere on the car, despite it being kept outdoors in all weathers. I had grown up with tales of Italian cars falling apart from rust, and it was a very pleasant surprise to have one that was so solid.
The car was fun on back roads, relaxing on the motorway, and easy to drive and park in town; there wasn't a situation where I found myself wishing I was in something else. It was also a proper 5-seater with decent rear space. I loved driving this car; so much so, that after the cambelt problem I got the head rebuilt. Unfortunately the car was never the same again after the rebuild; it had to have the mixture changed to make it run properly, but that made it incapable of passing the emissions test at the MOT...
I'd have one of these as a runabout even today, if only there were any still on the road.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2019