1993 Fiat Uno Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1993 Fiat Uno ie 1 litre from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1 litre Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Good, but fuel injection and cat means expensive to service

Faults:

Brakes non-existent when bought.

General Comments:

This car is great for a runabout, up to about 70,000 miles, after that it basically falls to bits.

It's not the first time I've had a Fiat Uno, my wife also has one that's got to 80,000 miles although things are starting to go wrong with hers - broken suspensions spring, rear brakes/handbrake ineffective (always problematic on Unos, once the automatic adjusters reach a certain age you no longer have a handbrake), damp in the electronics that control the fuel injection.

My Fiat Uno however is biting the dust now as the Catalytic converter and oxygen sensor has gone, total £200 to replace, even then no guarantee that it'll be fixed as far as fuel emissions are concerned, much prefer carburettors you can tweak yourself.

It's also misfiring on one cylinder at low revs, same problem as my wife's car, changed everything - HT leads, distributor cap, rotor arm, plugs, so don't know what that's about.

Tappets are difficult to adjust - you need to get a set of shims, this is a car that you can only do so much on yourself, like all modern cars, and then it starts to get expensive.

Bottom line - check fuel emissions, catalytic converter, electronics before you buy as these cost a lot of money. Expect it to all fall to bits around the 70,000 mile mark.

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

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

1993 Fiat Uno Mia 1.1 from South Africa

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres

Summary:

Not satisfied at all

Faults:

Doors leak and dust gets in.

No floor panel for foot.

General Comments:

The vehicle is very cost effective and only this fact that vehicles are so expensive is the only reason I still have this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th August, 2004

1993 Fiat Uno 1.1 i.e.S 1.1 injection from Norway

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.1 injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance118000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Ritmo

Summary:

You might start talking to it

Faults:

Only one thing has has really gone wrong:

The fuel tank corroded at a welding and started to leak fuel.

Else it has been some natural wearing (enthusiastic driving) and therefore changed:

Rear shock absorber bushes.

Shock absorbers and coil springs.

Front wheel bearings.

General Comments:

The car accelerates very fast up to 60 kph. Then it flattens out. This makes it the perfect city car and still having the opportunity to compete at a green light race and win - making the guy in his BMW cab getting a long nose.

Handling is good, and with stiffer shocks and coil springs it is really fun to drive on curvy roads.

The car is stripped for extras. Nothing. You have a cigarette lighter, heated rear window, and maybe a radio if the previous owner installed one.

It makes any sorts of noises, and if there is a new one, you shouldn't worry - it will disappear just as quick as it came. Install a radio.

Original parts are expensive, but aftermarkets are very cheap. My local dealer has been very helpful giving advices and tips instead of insisting the need for service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2004

1993 Fiat Uno ie start 999cc FIRE from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 999cc FIRE Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance80700 miles

Summary:

A cracking little motor

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 63000 miles.

Front nearside wheel bearing had to be replaced.

Inside light has ceased to function.

General Comments:

Being only a 1 litre it is a little sluggish on acceleration, but on open roads it it is happy at 80-90mph.

The seats are perfectly good for long journeys and the seatbelt is well positioned.

Externally it looks very good for its age.

Brakes are excellent.

Cross winds can make the car a little twitchy, but nothing too serious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2004

1993 Fiat Uno S70 1.4 from Israel

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 kilometres
Most recent distance97000 kilometres

Summary:

It takes you where you want to go, and at low cost!

Faults:

It consumes a little more oil than average.

General Comments:

The car functions realtively well, doing only 40 kilometers a day, but even on long trips it does no problems.

The car was very well maintained by it's previous owners, so I must say it's in pretty good interior shape.

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

Review Date: 22nd October, 2003

1993 Fiat Uno ies 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carFiat corolla

Summary:

Great first car for new drivers

Faults:

The catalytic converter was damaged because it hangs below the level of the rest of the car and there an awful lot of speed bumps around me which it caught on a couple of times.

The petrol tank has a fault with the fuel pump cage inside which has a mounting plate on the bottom and the edges of the mounting plate tend to rust easily.

Exhaust again. damaged manifold when I caught it going down a curb.

General Comments:

The car has good handling for such a small car.

The acceleration is not great (it's a 1.1) but it is very nippy for town centre driving.

The seats are very comfortable as standard and the car is easy to drive.

Good fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

31st May 2004, 07:08

I have had the same problem with the Catalytic converter. It is way too low even without speed bumps. The other problem I had was the poor handbrake which is difficult to adjust. I also had a problem with the indicators. The flasher unit kept chattering as I drove the car. This was found to be a result of brass in the contact lubricant shorting the switch. I cleaned away the lubricant and put in new and this resolved the problem.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 24 reviews