1992 Fiat Uno Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1992 Fiat Uno 45 Fire 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Excellent!

Faults:

Usual stuff:

Head gasket.

Exhaust.

Tension pully on the fanbelt.

Starter.

Horn.

Wiper arm and motor.

Passenger and driver's windows slip sometimes.

Front shocks.

Water lying on front passenger's floor and I don't have any idea how it's getting in... that's it really!

General Comments:

Excellent car... not built for comfort but I've found the Uno very reliable and cheap to run - cheap road tax and insurance, basic interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2001

4th Sep 2001, 04:02

Water in the footwell is possibly due to rear the passenger's side window mounting that slots into the B pillar. The plastic surround cracks and lets in water that drains down the B pillar onto the floor. Try sealing up around this mount with some black thick sealant.

1992 Fiat Uno Turbo ie 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova GTE

Summary:

Too quick for its own good; but damn good fun

Faults:

Faulty radiator fan switch.

Broken passenger electric window switch.

Intermittent oil temperature reading.

General Comments:

As you can see above, all problems are electrical! It's a Fiat, if you're gonna buy one, expect it.

I love it, though most of my friends hate it, as with most Fiats, you either love or hate them. Much better and more reponsive than my Nova GTE. More subtle than a 5 Turbo, less common than an RS turbo.

Handling requires at least two weeks notice before a bend; as do the brakes. Discs all round; but they don't help.

If you're particularly rough with cars, then don't buy one: you will break it! That said, they were built to be driven enthusiastically. The engine is superb, take care of it (Mobil 1 every 4k) and it will go on like a train forever.

If you're a new ('boy racer') driver, don't buy one: you will kill yourself. It is very unforgiving. It's so much fun though; the turbo is more fun than any bass box thumping stereo. Get it right and this car is so rewarding to drive. I've driven '000's of miles up and down the country every day for 3 years; I kept a clean licence until I bought this! It just begs to be 'driven' everywhere.

If you manage to find a good one, buy it. Have fun and don't kill yourself!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2000

23rd Nov 2008, 02:02

Yeah agreed - these 2 reviews sum up Fiat (and Alfa) ownership to a tee. I look upon it as making love to a beautiful woman - be good to them and they will be be very good to you too. You'll end up smiling. Not recommended for knuckle draggers though.

SK.

1992 Fiat Uno Fire IE 1.0 Fire from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 Fire Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A real workhorse

Faults:

Nothing major, although brake pipes, exhaust, fan belt and cam belt all needed changing the first time I took it for an MOT.

There are also several electrical faults which are a complete mystery, for example the rear screen wash does not work, even though there is nothing wrong with the motor and the wires are not corroded.

General Comments:

This is a very reliablework horse, starts first time, and there is an amazing amount of space inside for such a small car.

The build quality is a big improvement on my previous first generation Uno (also a fire engine model), although there are a few spots of rust appearing on the doors which I am having to keep on top of. This second generation model is however much heavier and this, along with the cat, makes it much slower in the acceleration stakes. It is not as much fun to drive as my first Uno, although it is much more stable on the motorway.

All in all, a good buy, and a lot cheaper than the competition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2000

1992 Fiat Uno Turbo i.e 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles

Summary:

A high performance hot hatch that's a total bargain

Faults:

Nothing touch wood.

General Comments:

This car is madness on wheels. Acceleration is explosive and even though Fiat say 0-60 comes in 7.7, I think it's more like 6.7. Tops, I think my car will do 140mph although I have never had the room to prove this!

A great little hot hatch that's faster than any car I've driven before.

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

Review Date: 2nd September, 2000

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 20 reviews