1978 Fiat X1/9 Review

1978 Fiat X1/9 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Previous carHyundai Santa Fe

Summary:

The best fun machine ever designed

Faults:

Carburettor problems with intermittent flat spot - seems OK now.

Heating problems - replaced thermostat.

General Comments:

I have wanted an X19 from when I first saw one in 1978. (I had a 124 then) This is without doubt the best handling car I have ever driven. It could certainly use an extra gear or more power. For the price I paid for this car there is nothing that comes close to its cornering ability.

I'm thinking about putting a Lancia Beta motor and gearbox in it. Any comments?

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

Review Date: 14th June, 2006

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