1985 Fiat X1/9 Review

1985 Fiat X1/9 Bertone 1.5 L EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 L EFI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carHonda City Turbo


Snazzy European sports car


Power window switch got dirt into it.

Air conditioning does not hold FREON.

Starter was replaced once.

Water pump replaced twice.

Radiator cleaned out once.

General Comments:

I am using SynLube Motor Oil and Gear Oil since new, never had an oil change, changed the oil filter twice at 30,000 miles and at 120,000 miles.

I get 33 to 36 miles per US gallon. Top speed 118 MPH.

Other than the slow power windows and air leaks and noise at high speeds, it is an OK car.

Drove it many times non stop from Los Angeles to the East Coast in 36 to 45 hours.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2001

6th Aug 2001, 13:38

Could you tell me about this oil please?

Did I read it well, that your engine uses the same oil since it was new?

If it's true, how does it look like now?

Didn't you have a filter blockage?

You made me curious!!

Please answer me!


28th Nov 2002, 00:17

I think that you are being rather cruel to that engine.

To think that it has done that many miles without an oil change, are you too poor to purchase oil?? If so then I'll buy it for you, I hate to see such a sweet little engine dealt such a blow!

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