1980 Fiat X1/9 Bertone 1.5 from North America
More fun than a day at 6 Flags over Texas
Majority of the problems have been electrical in nature, poor grounding system, wire gauge to small for the load being placed on them.
Speedometer cable has twisted off due to snake like path under the dash.
The first time I drove this car (13 years ago), it was scheduled for the junk yard and in desperate need of repair, but it had something that had been missing for years, heart and soul.
While most X1/9's were known for rusting out, this one escaped the brown rot even though it had been out in the Texas weather for years. For this, I would like to thank the original owner for the heavy coat of rust proofing.
Although the 1.5L engine lacks the HP for neck snapping acceleration, it does not lack heart, it delivers when needed and loves cranking out the RPM in amounts that would scare most sports car owners. The down side, valve adjustments should be done every 15,000, Carb has a tendency to get too hot (even with fan on) during our hot Texas summers.
The soul of this car is in its handling, it loves a narrow country road with lots of curves. Having driven on these roads, I can't help but feel the X is one step ahead of the driver and is anticipating the next abrupt move and grabs the road.
I am sure there are those out there who think the X1/9 is a cheap hunk of junk and drive around in expensive BMW's, Ferrari's, etc. For those I have just one thing to say, I paid $150.00 for my X, spent $2000 restoring it, and have just as much fun and turn just as many heads as you do. Being 64 years old, I need all the help I can get... just kidding.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th April, 2008