30th Dec 2000, 17:35

I bought a Turbo model on the basis of having my Mum's 45 fire for a few months. She taught as an instructor in that car up to 100,000 miles. No problems.

Very rarely serviced or maintained it. I had it as my first car, and tried without any success to kill it. This car just would not die! It's still going strong 140,000 miles later... I think you had a stroke of bad luck.

1st Jan 2001, 06:34

You're not the only one with problems! Mine's a 93 1.0ie.

My cylinder head gasket went.

Horn connections corroded.

Electrics went haywire.

Brakes squeak even after replacement.

Wheels are corroding and dent at the slightest bump.

Handbrake is useless.

Alternator died.

A bit of corrosion (some due to the passenger door being bent back 3 times by scumbags).

To top it all New Years morning, went out with a sore head to discover scumbags (don't think they are the same ones!!) had ripped out most of the wiring in the column. Try finding an auto electrician on New Years Day!!

All this happened between 75,000 and 88,000. Bar all these problems, she starts every morning (well you have to optimistic!!)

10th Jul 2001, 00:48

Hello! I'm a Fiat Uno Fire owner from Finland and I also have had very bad experiences with my little red danger. I bought the car with about 1000 euro 4 years ago, and now the car is worth of 2000, if you count the repairing and the spare-parts that I've bought. Fiat Uno Fire is nothing but trouble!

1st Nov 2002, 07:49

I have recently bought a Fiat uno 1.0i.e with only 61k miles on the clock, it has had many owners (8) and came to me for feeling very tired and worn, it misfired, stalled, refused to start, brakes locked, hand brake didn't work, rear washer didn't work neither did the wiper. It was my second car and it had a perfect body (no rot!) so I decided to use it as a learning curve, if I fixed it I'd keep it if not scrap it.

After changing manifold, e.c.u. and many other parts, the car is now perfect, and I would not change anything about it, except I have the feeling a turbo is needed for some fun.

Anyway it is a nice simple little car that can be worked on by any novice mechanic, and that is all the car tries to be, so bear this in mind every time you feel like bad mouthing or scrapping it.

Hope you all have as much fun as I do with the little car.

My partner and I are planning a trip to turkey by road in it so lets hope the plan comes together.

5th Apr 2003, 04:55

I have a uno 60s and have had no problem for three years, now it was come to it MOT it only failed on side light not working, horn not working, tyre below limit.

It has been broken into twice and it is easy to get into.

14th Jun 2003, 09:27

I have a 1992 Fiat Uno 1.0 Fire. It is currently at 65000 miles and has had a new head gasket, The current problem is that it comes up to temperature, then the engine cuts out. It will then start again using the key almost immediately. By the look of it there is no fuel starvation and the fuel injector/ throttle mechanism alters very slightly just before it cuts out, slightly increasing the revs. The car works fine when cool or on the motorway at reasonable speed.

Any ideas? Many thanks.

9th Nov 2003, 13:41

I've had a 1989 Uno 45S for a year and a half and at 120000 miles the engine is still running perfectly. It starts first time in cold weather and does about 45mpg. The only thing wrong is leaky gaskets and a rattling noise when accelerating under load, but this is probably normal in an old engine with worn bearings. I find that the engine runs at a low temperature, 70C so the heater hardly warms the car in winter. The only other mechanical defect is the handbrake which I've given up on.

The undercarriage is badly corroded, especially the front sub frame and I have had to apply new rustproofing. The bodywork rusts around the sun roof, door sills and wheel arches, but I keep on top of that. The electrics were always failing until I cleaned the oxidation off the contacts and covered them with WD40, no problems now.

I like this car for its very good fuel economy, cheap insurance and road tax. Its good enough to get me about the local area. It just needs constant TLC.

1st Jun 2004, 18:37

Have a 92 1.0ie 3doors, owned it for 3 months. The car has a full service book and mechanically everything is working fine. I have replaced the panel below the doors "don't know the English phrase" in both sides and given the car a general checkup eg ignition wires, plugs, filters, liquids, brake cleaning etc now runs like new. I strongly advice everyone to perform this cheap (all parts 450 euro) checkup before criticizing a very well designed car from a maker of fine automobiles, one might say it is of a nice house.

1st May 2008, 20:14

It always seems to amaze me that this car was cheap from day one. God, it's was cheaper than a Fiesta.

Yes, I have had a Fiat Uno. A good first car, not a lot of problems with it, good on fuel, cheap to run. That's all this cars is, so stop being so hard on it. God, your not going to get a Ferrari at the end of the day.

13th Feb 2009, 12:28

Hi, I’m also a owner of a 1997 Fiat Uno Cento. It was given to me as a student car from my parents. Mostly the car only brought me in trouble with the law and all, but jah..

Anyway I have to say that I absolutely hate the car but in the same breath love it as well.

With all my owner experience of the little car I concluded that it is actually a car for the exceptionally wealthy people, because of all the money you have to spend it to keep it running, is mind blowing.

Now as a student, I don’t drive it like rubbish or like people with clutch problems having to smoke their tires to pull away, I’m civilised! Haha

It’s actually a very fun car to have considered where I have been and done with that car in south africa.

If that car could speak it could write hundreds of story books of our trips. (sober student trips) ……not.

My Fiat Uno it a legend! Even if I had to give it more than 2 chances in live or 3 or 4 or 8 or 12…I lost count.

15th Apr 2010, 03:27


Interesting read! But consider this;

The cost to fix and repair the UNO is minimal compared vehicles like Peugeot.


My head gasket blew on my Uno Fire 1100 1996 model - the cost for a complete removal of the cylinder head, skim of the cylinder head, new cylinder head gasket, new oil and filter, new water hoses, refitting and torquing the head was 112 Euro opposed to the same scenario with a Peugeot 206 1400 2005 model at a cost of 450 Euro.

The same costing applies to body parts as well.

It costs far less to fix and repair the Uno than other models like Ford, Toyota, VW, Opel, etc.

1st Mar 2011, 03:01

Hi. I have a Fiat Uno 1996 model. I like this car, I have been running it for 4 years now, but I have a problem with the distributor.

Please let me know if you can help.

23rd Mar 2011, 15:46

I have an Uno, and get 100 km on 100 Rands of fuel. Is that not too much?

28th May 2014, 02:20

Good day.

I also own a 1100 Uno with that exact distributor problem. This is the third distributor in the 6 years I've owned it that I've had to replace. I found the distributor gets oil in between the ignition module, so you have to take the module off and clean there, but after a few times of doing it, the plastic mounting gets worn out and the ignition module no longer sits tight to the distributor. After a while, the distributor bushes are worn out and also the ignition module and vacuum advance itself doesn't last long either. I am looking to find a way to throw out this distributor and replace it with something more reliable. I hope this helps.

3rd Jan 2015, 17:58

Hi guys.

I own an Uno 1100 model (1996). I had the same distributor problem until I changed the whole system by putting in a Mk2 16 valve Golf distributor with 7 pin module, plus Golf wiring and the bottle like coil. That's when my problem was been sorted. Since then it's been running like a dream.