1990 Fiat Tipo Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1990 Fiat Tipo 2.0L gasoline from Germany

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carFiat 127

Summary:

High performance, catastrophique quality

Faults:

Well, my wife drove two 127 before. First for 7 years, second for 10 years, Both parked in a closed room under a roof /garage we call it). Problems: corrosion.

The Tipo is a much better car in this respect. After 12 years now, no (no) corrosion at all. The performance with the 112 HP engine is perfect. Fast and smooth. I like to drive that car. So far so good.

A catastrophe is the performance of the material.

After 3 years - new battery

After 4 years - new engine (70 000 km)

After 6 years - new gear box (120 000 km)

After 7 years - new 'torque' for front wheels

After 9 years - 3. engine (160 000 km)

After 9 years - new cooler system.

Not to talk about the normal wear of the brakes and brake disks (normal?).

In summary - there is nothing what is not replaced. Yes the car was cheap - 11 500 Euros at that time. But the investment afterwards - like a second car!!!

In the meantime I drove my AUDI A6 (bought later) without any bigger replacement 375 000 km, 7 years! (Gasoline, 6 cylinder machine 150 HP).

Now after almost 30 years with FIAT, finished.

Or would you buy another one after this experience?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2002

1990 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Faults:

A few minor things you would expect from a car of this age and mileage;

Exhaust downpipe.

Rear silencer.

Heater matrix.

General Comments:

An excellent first car, not as cheap to insure as I would expect. Quite pokey for a 1.4, handles well albeit with a fair amount of body roll.

Cheap spares, excellent steering with bags of feel. If a Tipo is what you are after the 2.0 16v is a real storm, but very few around (only 600 imported to the UK).

Have to say this car has got me hooked on the Italian marque, my next car being the Alfa 145 2.0 Cloverleaf (another rarity).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2001

1990 Fiat Tipo DGTSX 1600 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1600 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 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)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

A practical good looker

Faults:

New alternator at 90,000.

New coil at 100,000.

Heating doesn't work - still investigating.

New shocks all round at 90,000.

Problems with the exhaust manifold gasket. It keeps cracking every 10,000 miles.

Nearside electric window motor fittings became unattached, so window at the moment is unusable.

New clutch at 95,000 miles.

General Comments:

The room inside still amazes me for the size of the car. The rear doors open very wide. Overall the comfort factor is great.

The handling is very responsive and it hugs bends very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2000

1990 Fiat Tipo 1.7 D from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.7 D
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Many Electrical Failures.

General Comments:

Engine Motor is very good.

230,000 Kms and still O.K. !!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 1998

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 7 reviews