1991 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.6 petromatic from Australia and New Zealand
Not all bad
Nothing has GONE wrong so far. Not quite perfect to start with.
OK, OK - a few lines about my recently acquired Tipo. I'm a car nut, so had to give one a try as I'm told they are a fine chassis. My reasoning was, I decided to get something a little more hatch-versatile as I work as a tradesman currently, and this a bit more space/versatility than my Mitsubishi FTO. A van would be ideal, though, I'd pay a lot more for any decent one. So my expectations weren't high.
I must say this one is growing on me. Metallics are the colour to go for, as these seem to look quite contemporary for a car now hitting its early twenties. Mine is quite straight too, which is good as I'm past driving old sh**e-boxes, so I'm not at all embarrassed to park and walk away from it when there are people about.
To drive - well it's not exactly a rev happy screamer that'll take your breath away. My old 1.3 Uno loved a tickle-up far more than this does, I wonder whether the top end needs some work. I've played about with the timing as it was clearly retarded somewhat - that makes 2 of us... so now it starts, and pulls better. The heater and fan don't work, but I reckon I can see to this myself before next winter, neither does the drivers' electric window, something simple no doubt.
Well the real measure for me and this car is how does it drive? And so today I took it through one of my favourite twisty roads. I got home and I was grinning; my God, what a chassis. So neutral, it just seemed to laugh at everything I was prepared to serve up, holding its line and instilling confidence at every corner. Beautiful steering, which can be tillered one-handed, and not bad at all on puny 165-section rubber - I think my lawnmower is better shod. The motor is laughably anemic, then again I am used to a 2 litre mivec V6, which will rev to the moon. Ride comfort in these is good too.
In a nutshell then, Fine and functional, but not a Toyota. All they need is some power - I want a Sedicivalvole now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2010
23rd Mar 2010, 04:17
I'm back again with an update. I've managed to make it run much sweeter. BUT the electrics have gone mental. The wipers go at random, the dash is sometimes an array of warning lights, or sometimes it's none. I've been locked in/out by the central locking seizing up. The relays under the dash make noises, so presently ownership is NOT a pleasure. Sounds scary you might think. Not so for me as I own a gasaxe, so WILL have the last laugh.. Any ideas?
4th Jun 2010, 14:58
I bought two new Bosch contacts for the headlight bulbs.
Did a lot of good for the electronics. Only cost about $10.