1990 Fiat Tipo Formula 1.4 from UK and Ireland
It doesn't rust, but does need repairing frequently
Gearbox and clutch were replaced shortly after purchase (87k) due to serious wear!
Leak somewhere caused water to collect in passenger foot-well.
Various oil leaks.
Annoying small items needed replacing frequently - hoses, clips, plastic bits that weren't moulded properly in the first place and fell off.
Needed to repair stitching on driver's seat at c. 100k miles.
Rear wiper needed to be removed when it seized and filled the interior of the car with black smoke.
Wheels never stayed tracked or aligned for long.
Alternator gave out at 110k.
And plenty of others minor things...
Didn't really let me down badly, but just didn't inspire much confidence.
Feels like it's made from fairly good materials (especially exterior) but bolted together by monkeys - take a panel off and see where bits and pieces have had to be sanded, re-threaded or otherwise jerry-rigged to make it fit something else.
Being one one of the first galvanised cars, it won't rust. (without dire provocation)
Supposed to have a really well designed chassis with good torsional rigidity.
Chronically underpowered, with an annoying flat-spot under hard acceleration.
It likes to ROLLLLL! Get used to driving sedately.
Really enormous cabin (for those in front anyway). Could drive a bus between driver & passenger.
Still preferable to alternatives in price range - more expensive Astra may be faster, but is uncomfortable & is like an old tin can.
I was fond of it and liked many aspects of it... but was relieved to get rid of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th August, 2002