1989 Fiat Uno 60S 1.1 carb from UK and Ireland
Great first car if looked after, don't believe the rust stories
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!!!
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.