1989 Fiat Uno Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Fiat Uno 60S 1.1 carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.1 carb Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini Mayfair

Summary:

Great first car if looked after, don't believe the rust stories

Faults:

Electrics - indicator wiring; starter motor seized; didn't like the damp! Car's biggest Achilles heel.

Transmission/engine - clutch cable siting bad, cable wore against bulkhead despite plastic gaiter, replaced cable three times; two clutch plates in 70K miles; timing belt slipped; eventually the syncromesh went on second gear!

Body/interior - plastic window support wore so the driver's window twice fell into the door, easily fixed; seat material wore through; NO RUST!!!

General Comments:

Great little hatchback, really deserved to be European Car Of The Year, despite odd reliabilty hiccups. NO RUST ANYWHERE even after 104K miles of all-year use!

Bit of a change after the Mini's very firm "suspension", but the Uno's grip was excellent, almost as much fun as the Mini, and far more practical. The inside had Tardis-like space.

Good on the motorway or around town, really good all-round vision, and easy to park. We kept this car as a second car when we got "something finer for work" (Golf GTi), but the Uno out-lasted the Golf!! Very sad to see it go, I really miss it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2000

19th Jul 2002, 07:36

Unlike you I am rather disappointed in the vehicle. My April 2000 model Uno Mia (five door) is covered with the first pimples of rust. Chassis, doors, body panels chassis, basically everywhere. The vehicle has only just done 11,000Km and went in for service when rust was detected. Neither sea air nor pollution are factors.

A very disappointing response from FIAT S.A. who refuse to even look at the vehicle. Admittedly I missed the first rust inspection so I am partly to blame. BUT who would have thought so much rust in such a short time and a totally unsympathetic response from FIAT S.A.

Signed : An EX FIAT FAN.

1989 Fiat Uno 75s 1.3 from Malta

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles

Faults:

Too much hidden rust. It wasn't worth it to repair the body.

The engine needed a rebore too.

General Comments:

It was much more like a toy car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2000

1989 Fiat Uno 45 Formula 0.9 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 0.9 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10

Faults:

Persistent overheating, blowing head gasket, seats and steering column came loose, seatbelt failed, brake master cylinder failed, engine mountings wore out - all before 40k miles.

General Comments:

Bought as a cheap-to-run car but ended up costing more than the Alfa it replaced because it went wrong so often, despite being a one owner, low mileage, dealer fsh car.

Cheap on fuel and insurance. Good handling, lovely steering, horrible ride. Fiat dealer was an absolute disgrace.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 1999

1989 Fiat Uno 45 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10

Faults:

Easily overheats, heating never works, the most uncomfortable seats ever!!!, in addition to the fact that the car can only take turns at 20mph, handbrake is a bit dodgy and generally the steering is too loose so it feels like power steering but you don't get the benefits!!

General Comments:

It's a decent first car, don't get me wrong, for a new driver; the Uno does its job for about a year, the insurance is low, the mpg is incredible and the chances of your car getting nicked is between none and slim-jim. It is also amazingly reliable, But as soon as you get better on the road change to a better car - FAST!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

1989 Fiat Uno 45 1.0 from Sweden

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.0
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

I've just owned it for a few months. Previously it was owned by an old lady who had it since it was all new.

The car is in very good shape. No rust at all which is very unusual for this model.

General Comments:

Cheap insurance and VERY low running costs make me love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

1989 Fiat Uno 45 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Front brake pads, rear brake shoes, rear brake cylinders, master cylinder, throttle cable snapped, petrol cap disintegrated, rear screen washer hose broken, reversing light switch becoming erratic.

General Comments:

I have had this car for about 18 months now and apart from the odd niggly fault it is a pleasure to drive, a cheap car that I can fit 4 people in comfortably and extremely economical (around 50 mpg).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

1989 Fiat Uno 70SX 1.3 twin choke petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.3 twin choke petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Carburettor £250.

Needs new clutch and possible Driveshaft.

New head gasket required.

General Comments:

Has never been great since puchase.

BUT: It now has 75,000 miles on the clock and has run with the above mentioned faults for over a year without reoccurring problem.

Excellent engine.

Takes a beating !!!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 1997

1989 Fiat Uno 60 S Eleganza 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10

Faults:

I have driven the car for a year and a half covering almost 30,000 miles and never once did it fail me.

General Comments:

For the age and price this car has been excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 19 reviews