1974 Fiat X1/9 Review

1974 Fiat X1/9 Stock, no radio, no air 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carMercury Capri

Summary:

A time-capsule example is not fair for comparison

Faults:

After a 25-year nap in a Toronto warehouse there was rust in the gas tank. I've doubled up the fuel filters and strained it out. The fuel tank leaks, from the sender, and I have to stay at 1/2 tank or I'll drip. I'll try to have a professional repair on that this year.

I had a heater valve fail and drop coolant into the passenger foot well, but it was replaced for about $25.00.

I get wonderful motoring pleasure from this car. I treasure it.

General Comments:

The handling is awesome, it is nailed to the road.

Not a lot of power, but at 2,000lbs, how much do you need.

I've got after-market rims and wide tires that soften and smooth out the ride I'm sure. I have the original tires and rims with plenty of rubber remaining on them.

My drivers door is a little quirky, sticky, and perhaps I'll have it adjusted. No rust, at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2003

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review