OK you have spent £500 pounds. But still do not expect things to work properly on your car...
I think that if you are going to spend £75 on a car, then what do you expect, but the fact you say it rusts, that's not going to happen as I know for a fact that all Tipo's have galvanised body's. Also you said that as the spedo was stuck, this made the steering wheel snap off???, would be interested to know how this is possible, ha-ha. I have a 1.4IESTurbo, it is an absolutely fabulous car, the ride is good, handling is brilliant and it can blow most hot hatches away. I find the Tipo to be a brillient car & at the moment have the choice to swap for a brand new car & quite frankly, I love the Tipo so much, I'm not going to swap it. ADH.
They don't come with turbo and it costs more than £20 to have it fited, better than getting a punto for £12k tho.
I had a fiat tipo from new, back in 1994, cost me £9,000.
After one year - it was worth £4,000 and had cost me £2,000 in repairs, that was for things the warranty did not cover! other things went wrong which were covered, but was an inconvenience to keep taking it back, to have yet another new thing replaced.
I agree with the above comment about the oil. mine did consume a lot of oil, and even driven economically, did not return very good mpg. I asked a mechanic at the time about these two items, and a fiat mechanic said "there crap engines, and not well designed"
Overall - a rubbish car, and I will never touch a fiat (fix it again tomorrow!) ever again - since then I have moved onto better cars - and will never go back.
I'm saddened to read all those awful things about a Fiat Tipo - we have a 1.9 TD and it goes beautifully, is roomy, we love it and while I'm about to upgrade to a more modern larger vehicle, we are going to keep the Tipo as a little work vehicle as it's extremely economical to run. We have a full service background on our Fiat and have always kept its services up to date. We've had no problems with it at all. When we eventually sell the Tipo we'll make sure she goes to a good home as we just love our little Fiat.
When looking for reviews on any item, you have to remember people generally only write to complain, nobody really bothers if they're happy. That in mind, I don't think the Tipo fares too badly.
Whilst most comments made are plausable, things do go wrong, and I can concur, mine drinks oil, the rust comment is unfair. I've never seen a rusty Tipo bar 3 door versions where the roof gutter drips on the rear window sill and continues to the rear arches.