1981 Fiat X1/9 Review

1981 Fiat X1/9 1.5 FI from North America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 FI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance126000 kilometres


Refined Italian classic/open air love affair


Replaced original clutch at 88K.

Replaced heater valve.

General Comments:

Being that it is a 25+ year old car, it is considered a classic and has "Collector" plates on it.

Contrary to popular belief, this little gem of a sportscar is more reliable than today's more high-tech engineering. I've owned several X1/9's, but this one is my fave!

It is completely restored to "better than new" condition, and resides in British Columbia, Canada.

I use it on long road trips over high mountain passes and winding roads. This is a no no-nonsense 'point and drive' car. I LOVE IT!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2009

17th Aug 2010, 22:32

I have a 80X, I love it, motor loves 6-7,000 RPM all day at autocross, beats out lots of pricey cars, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review