1990 Fiat Uno Reviews

1990 Fiat Uno Turbo 1.4 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 kilometres
Most recent distance164000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A rare and fun little car

Faults:

Alternator stopped working - repaired.

Clutch started slipping, replaced clutch kit, master and re-kitted slave.

Turbo started making excessive noise. Engine starts smoking at idle. Engine using excesive coolant.

Engine block cracked, exhaust manifold cracked, turbo seals gone. Replaced complete engine, new turbo, just about new everything else.

Found rust in the floor, repaired.

General Comments:

Car is very fast and fun to drive.

It is actually very reliable, it needed a new engine when I bought it though.

Driving position is not very good, it's a little cramped. Comfortable and quite.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2005

1990 Fiat Uno Turbo i.e 1.4 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Great little sprinter, but watch out for rust

Faults:

A few problems with the fuel injectors, they tend to get clogged quite easily.

The gears are alot more notchy than they used to be.

The single biggest problem with these cars (in general) has to be rust. Fiats are renowned for it and this is no exception.

General Comments:

Overall there is one very good reason and one very bad reason to buy this car.

The good reason is that the engine (developed by Abarth, the racing devision of Fiat) is as tough as nails. Its still boosts extremely well for a car that is 15 years old and really does fly if you let it. The fact that the car is likely to have passed through several boy racers hands and yet the engine is still extremely reliable is a testament to its build quality. For it's insurance band (11) you can't get faster.

The bad reason however is that they have placed the engine in a standard Fiat Uno shell, meaning that there are few around that haven't had welding done at some point. If you decide to buy one check everywhere, including the usual places, because they love to rust. On a minor note, the seats are stupidly uncomfortable and the interior is tacky, but no doubt few will be buying it for its comfort options.

Other than that they are great little cars and as long as you maintain them they shouldn't disappoint performance wise. Roughly 8 seconds 0-60 and 125 mph as standard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2005

1990 Fiat Uno 45S 999cc petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 999cc petrol Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired153800 miles
Most recent distance161000 miles
Previous carSubaru Justy

Summary:

A great Italian buzz-box

Faults:

Water pump seal failed.

Rear wiper didn't work when car was bought (fixed)

Some welding needed on sill for MOT.

General Comments:

Great car, good performance for 999cc FIRE engine. I have replaced the four speed gearbox with a five speed one so 80-90mph is now an easy speed to reach. Car has done 161000 miles, still runs sweet and very little engine wear, has still got a lot of years left in it.

Handling pretty good, leans a bit, but grips well, fun to drive, reasonably comfortable.

Buy one with no rust if you can (sills and doors are a weak point), then spend a day rustproofing it and regular servicing should see it last for ever!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2004

1990 Fiat Uno 45 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance95000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo Alfetta GTV

Summary:

Reliable, cheap to run. Buy a good one

Faults:

Virtually nothing. I purchased the car from someone who personally imported it into Australia. (There are approximately 2 or 3 Fiat Uno's in this country.

The brakes needed attention. Also it was in need of some TLC. Mainly the interior and a light buff on the exterior.

General Comments:

A cheap to run reliable car that's easy to drive in and around town. Not really suited on the motorways as it's only a 4 speeder. (Needs a 5th gear) but it will cruise comfortably at around 110km/h.

The 999cc FIRE engine is a little underpowered when going up steep hills with 4 passengers, but it returns around 4.5 litres per 100km when driven normally.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2004

30th Apr 2005, 21:53

Was it really worth the cost of transporting it?

(NZ Uno 45 owner)

27th Jun 2005, 19:54

Can't complain. Got it for virtually nothing.

11th Sep 2012, 01:00

***UPDATE***

It's 2012 and I've had the car for over 10 years now.

Driven daily, and the body has a few parking knocks here and there.

Parked outside. Starts every time. Still great on fuel. A bit of rust has just emerged on the door sills.

Had to replace the gear linkage bushes, and did a complete brake overhaul (new brakes all round and a master cylinder), plus the regular scheduled oil & filter changes... and THAT'S ALL!

A testimony to the model. Recently visited Italy, and quite a few are still on the roads over there.

Just goes to show... loads of power isn't everything.

A faithful friend. "Un grande amico".

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 19 reviews