1988 Fiat Uno Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1988 Fiat Uno 45S 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired46250 miles
Most recent distance64675 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

A total waste of money

Faults:

Carburettor was faulty and could never be set up correctly.

Headlamps would only come on if you kicked the fuse box.

Outer o/s door handle kept working loose.

Water pipe for rear screen washer kept dropping out, resulting in a wet parcel shelf if unnoticed.

Kept cutting out in cold, damp weather, finally tracked to icing in carb jet, but never cured.

General Comments:

It was hard to enjoy driving this car as you never knew when it was going to let you down.

It also had an annoying trait of constantly "missing", as if a plug was failing or a wire was loose, however several trips to reputable tuners never cured it.

To it's credit, for a Fiat it was absolutely rust free!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2003

1988 Fiat Uno 45 Formula 0.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.9 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles

Summary:

Cheap motoring, but you don't get much for your cash

Faults:

Head gasket went and wrecked the engine.

Radiator leaked a lot.

CV joint worn.

Wheel alignment kept going off.

General Comments:

Cheap to buy, run and insure.

Plenty of room inside both in front and in rear.

Large boot space.

Poor interior styling (brown, nice!!)

Bad dashboard layout, too many big switches instead of steering wheel stalks.

Gear change was very vague.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2003

1988 Fiat Uno Turbo 1.3L turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3L turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Croma

Summary:

Rapid and economical

Faults:

I had to replace the clutch, but that is not really a fault.

The inlet manifold gasket was leaking and needed replacing.

Boost hose split.

The gearbox needs replacing, but if I didn't own it, it would be OK!

General Comments:

This is a very fast, fun car to drive.

This is a very noisy and rattly car to drive. Its got a harsh ride.

Handles OK at best, but very predictable.

The brakes are adequate if good pads are used.

Its very economical for the performance it gives. Its very reliable.

Its easy to modify and the engine will last a long time, its very strong.

You have to be easy on the gearbox.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2002

1988 Fiat Uno 45 S 1.1 FIRE from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 FIRE Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance127300 miles
Previous carVolvo 360

Summary:

Cheap and bags of fun

Faults:

It has rust, but mechanically? There has been nothing so far... but it has a disconcerting habit of occasionally losing power and stopping. After ten minutes rest its fine again. No one can tell me why.

General Comments:

The car does around 40 mpg in the winter and 60 mpg in the summer. It is comfortable, speedy for the size, and fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2002

1988 Fiat Uno 70SX 1.3 petrol 4 cylinder from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired74147 miles
Most recent distance75769 miles
Previous carFord Granada

Summary:

I want the Turbo i.e now! I'm turning into an Unomaniac!!

Faults:

The interior is immaculate, but the rear arches are looking a bit worse for wear, but generally body is good for year.

Rear brake shoes needed adjustment.

Passenger side electric window does not work.

Central locking also failed.

General Comments:

The car is quick for its size, and surprises many a smoky hot hatch owner at the lights.

Steering is spot on, and razor sharp handling makes it all the more fun to drive, despite it having those skinny 13 inch wheels!

Dodgy electrics are annoying, but fairly easy to fix. Engines are harsh at high revs, but plenty of mid range fun around town.

5 speed gearbox makes for ample cruising ability as well. Will sit at 70 MPH at just over three thousand revs. Not bad for a 1.3!

Slightly weird driving position, though pedals are well laid out, and distanced well for us drivers with big feet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2002

1988 Fiat Uno 70SL 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

Reliable versatile stylish Italian workhorse

Faults:

Electrical fault while driving at night caused total shutdown of engine and lights. However restarted immediately and I was able to carry on my journey. This never occurred again while I owned it.

Rust around factory-fitted sunroof, which necessitated three trips to the panel-beater over five years.

Front seat upholstery wore through at 100,000 km.

Plastic clip attaching rear compartment cover to hatch door snapped.

Body roll significant.

General Comments:

An extremely reliable and fuel-efficient car which achieved 42 miles per gallon on the open road.

Lacked a bit of power especially in upper revs and never got up to its claimed maximum speed of 165 km/h.

Nice tall driving position although sunroof limits headroom. I am 179 cm in height and my head scraped the ceiling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2002

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 16 reviews