1994 Fiat Uno i.e. 1.0 from UK and Ireland


A good car with no fuss


As can be seen above I have rated my car at 10 for reliability. It never fails to start. However, at 68,000 miles the head gasket failed and at approx. 62,000 miles the fuel pump became faulty. These however could fail at anytime. Nothing else has gone wrong with the car since I got it.

General Comments:

Very economical car. Very cheap to run and service. Some would say these cars lack power but for 999cc I think they're as good as others of their time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2000

1994 Fiat Uno ie Start 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Clutch fluid leaking and needed replacement of the fluid line.

Worn brakes, but that is just general wear.

Horn stopped working because the contacts had corroded and snapped off.

Other than that, the car is as new after 65,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very light car with good power to weight ratio at low speeds. A bit slow 40-60 mph but it can still manage 100mph on the motorway. Handling is reasonable for the class of car but I think it has dangerous understeer in high speed corners, but the car is easy to recover.

Only major fault is running out of power at speed, this makes overtaking a problem on single carriage way roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 1999

11th May 2001, 08:33

Completely agree - but I don't find the understeer dangerous. However, the skinny tyres can make it treacherous in the wet.

10th Dec 2003, 02:19

Agree that the skinny tires aren't great in the wet - which resulted in mine leaving the road as I left a roundabout. Complete write-off, which was a shame as it was a nice car to drive... in straight lines.

13th May 2004, 14:30

Basic Uno`s only had 135 section tyres, and if yours was fitted with these then the road holding and grip really does suffer. 135 is woefully inadequate, especially as a well sorted Uno (even small engined versions) can encourage spirited driving!

My old Uno 45 (999cc FIRE) had terrible grip on 135`s, so I upgraded to 155 section tyres. Made a tremendous difference!

Whatever engined Uno you have (except Turbo) try a decent 155 section tyre if you feel that grip is lacking. Not much point in going bigger than that as such a light car with too wide tyres will cause aquaplaning in the wet. Bear in mind as well, the Turbo versions were `only` fitted with 175 section tyres, albeit low profile.

Hope this helps!