1992 Fiat Uno 45 S 1.0 Fire from Portugal


Superior piece of engineering


I got the car with around 70000 Kms.

I changed the suspensions (complete set, arms and shocks), tyres, clutch, discs and the clutch.

Made around 50000 Kms with the car until someone trashed it and every parts I bought were practically new.

Got problems with vacuum pump, cheap piece (<5€), but made the car disconnect.

Got to change the "ignition cannon" (don't know if its the right term in English).

Thermostat went down to.

Parts are very cheap and any mechanic can repair it because it has a simple engine.

General Comments:

This car should not be the first car of anyone.

To be driven correctly, 1 has to know what driving is. The problem is that an experienced driver does not want a 1000 cc motor.

With good tyres and suspensions is 1 of the safest cars around.

Has an unique braking system (Only brakes with pedal too low), therefore most of the people say he does not brake well.

If well driven, its not an economic car (never could make <7 liters per 100 kms). In compensation no other 45 S was faster and more aggressive than mine.

Now I bought a Fiat Uno 1.4 TD. Runs perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2006

1992 Fiat Uno Formula 903cc from UK and Ireland


Mechanically Sound, Fun, Basic Motoring


Nothing, but then I have only had this car for a few months, and I've covered approximately 3000 miles. Uses a lot of water very quickly though.

General Comments:

The car is very well built in terms of mechanical components, although the bodywork and interior feel flimsy. The slightest knock causes the body to dent; The slightest bump in the road rattles the dash like a babies rattle, but every thing's still in one piece. Paintwork chips easily though.

Obviously this isn't a performance car, so I'm not going to criticize it on how slow it is. But for what it is, the performance isn't as bad as you might think (the fact that the car is very light helps). It cruises nicely on the motorway, despite only having a four speed gear box.

The ride is soft, but bouncy, so as you might expect, it leans a lot round corners. The wheels were nicked from a parts bin from a pram factory, so this makes it lean even more round bends. Despite this, the handling is very precise, and everything on the road surface can be felt through the steering wheel.

The car doesn't have power steering, but whatever anyone else tells you, you don't need it: it's very small and light, so parking is a doddle.

Practicality is one of the Uno's high points. The boot is more than adequate for my needs. It has more interior room than many cars in the class above! Seats four in comfort, five at a squeeze. I've driven for hours on end, and the seats remain as comfortable as ever. I've driven half the distance in a Ford Focus, and I've had to get out for a rest.

The styling is dated, but you don't buy an Uno for style. So overall, it's a chap to buy, cheap to run car, that's fun, practical, comfortable and perhaps above all, fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2003

1992 Fiat Uno Ie Start 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Reliable little run around with great economy


Oil tank started to leak slightly at 30,000 miles stated previous owner.

Rust is a huge problem on wheels and arches.

Key's stick in lock.

Water pours out from underneath front door seals.

General Comments:

Excellent economy at about 50-60MPG

Good nippy car for 999cc however lacks power on steep gradients.

Very reliable however it is and was owned by nurses and a police officer.

Not exactly a hot hatch, but a super first car, even if steering is a tad heavy.

Heating (What Heating) it takes mine miles before it warms up...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2002