1990 Fiat Uno Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1990 Fiat Uno Formula 45 999 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 999 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Series 3

Summary:

Practical, but a bit boring

Faults:

Tyres ware quickly

Points the the main problem - they break, they get wider, they get more narrow, - if possible find an electronic ignition.

General Comments:

Excellent run about and town car.

Paint work and body excellent NO RUST PROBLEMS to speak of.

As Italian car - not much driver leg room.

Feels small and under powered on motorways.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2002

1990 Fiat Uno 60 S 1.1 from Israel

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carAutobianchi A112

Summary:

A spacious super-mini

Faults:

Electronic ignition failed once.

Air conditioning (local assembly) requires treatment at least once a year (expensive).

Wiper blades wear rapidly.

Engine thermostat changed twice.

Heater valve failed.

Gearbox whines.

General Comments:

Quick and reliable car.

Very spacious.

Poor build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2001

1990 Fiat Uno Formula 0.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.9 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carVolvo 340

Summary:

An economical nippy car

Faults:

Right front brake caliper went, and so did the tubing from the cylinders.

Both back brake cylinders went.

Puncture on the front right tyre.

Ignition and connections with the battery were faulty, resulting in loss of all or part of the electrical system.

General Comments:

Although a very cheap car to run, very cheap and economical on fuel, it has cost me nearly £400 in repair costs!!

Handles well, a good town car, and good on motorways.

Top speed of 90mph.

Good manoeverability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th May, 2001

1990 Fiat Uno 60S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54364 miles
Most recent distance59356 miles

Summary:

Bargain first car

Faults:

Nothing since I have owned it.

General Comments:

In terms of its engine size it is a quick and nippy car and I enjoy driving it. It is very fuel efficient and is fairly cheap to insure and is an ideal first car.

My Uno has done 5000 miles since I have owned it and I have travelled to South Wales and back from my home in Norfolk with no problems.

My only nag is that because I am fairly tall the driving position isn't brilliant and on long journeys it can get very uncomfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2000

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

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98999 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carFord Escort Estate (XR3i)

Summary:

Very quick car, low insurance group as well

Faults:

Wheel bearings.

Because it's lowered 60mm the rear tyres wear slightly.

Turbo oil seals...

General Comments:

Because it's tuned it is a very quick car, I've raced loads of cars and beaten most of them (no lie).

Handling is OK but quite a lot of body roll.

Providing the engine has been well serviced the engines are great. Check the turbo is OK. They tend to eat spark plugs as well.

Fun car, surprises a lot of people.

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

Review Date: 8th October, 2000

12th Jul 2001, 06:45

The Uno turbo that now sits on my mates drive, was my first car. Being 18, Insurance was going to cost me 4k per annum on 3rd party only. The temptation to get insured on it was heightened by the fact that the previous owner spent over 10k modifying the car, promptly lost his licence and sold the car to me to pay the court fines. So what with it being a pocket rocket and having more gadgets than the Star Ship Enterprise, I couldn't resist taking it for a lick up at the local Airfield. The Quick rack, soon gets rid of any handling issues, the adjustable bleed valve on the dash makes for a more manageable drive, the 18" alloys look the part, and the adjustable rods make cornering a joy. Acceleration is phenomenal. After the 1.4 has gone about half way through the band, the Turbo will pin you to your seat. Lag is an issue, however if you know how to drive a turbo, you will find this soon becomes something you are greatfull for. If it becomes a "drag", the closed loop dump valve my friend has now fitted, sorts it out! It's advisable to get a straight through exhaust system, Jan speed always come up trumps, copper gaskets are advisable if your going to up the Turbo. All these things were marred by the fact that it's Italian, and rusts for a pastime, both front doors and bonnet are almost see through! Other than that Fantastic.

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

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta XR2

Summary:

Put your foot down and hang on

Faults:

1st - Waterpump.

2nd - Thermostat.

3rd - Fan switch.

4th - Front shock absorbers.

5th - Remote boot lever seized

6th - Bodywork:- Rust on top of door panel, I removed the trims and found all the arches hanging.

General Comments:

Yes I do like my Uno, primarily because they are not common.

When I first got it the handling was extremly bad if not dangerous, shocks & springs (60mm) sorted that out.

Brakes are crap, and still are which probably stops me pushing too hard.

In short "IT'S A TOP CAR DESPITE ALL ITS QUIRKS".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2000

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