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ccmanuals
10-02-2013, 10:00 AM
Flew to Dover, DE this past week for a wedding and we rented one of these in Philly. I was surprised how well it handled and the tech gone into this vehicle. I'm 6/2 and it was comfortable and quick enough. A really fun car.


http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/04/2012-fiat-500c-opt.jpg

oznabrag
10-02-2013, 10:21 AM
When I was in high school, my dad had a Fiat 128 AF

http://img.yauto.cz/photos/30803/960114/Fiat_128_1_1_AF_RV_1973.jpg

My brother and I beat the crap outta that thing.

It would go like stink, and you could NOT get it stuck in the mud.

What a blast!

We had to let it go after it caught fire for the third time.

I still miss it, sometimes. <sigh>

Jim Mahan
10-02-2013, 10:26 AM
I have very fond memories of my '77 124 Spider. The only car I ever bought new. I didn't really like the greenish yellow color, and I was unhappy that the vinyl seats rotted in the sun the first year. Otherwise it was a great car.

Full Tilt
10-02-2013, 10:32 AM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/04/2012-fiat-500c-opt.jpg

Don't even think about it Fredz!

Garret
10-02-2013, 10:40 AM
I rented one recently & thoroughly enjoyed it. I did notice that the fuel mileage was significantly different with a headwind......

I would take it over a Mini any day - though it does have a less solid feel.

oznabrag
10-02-2013, 10:54 AM
I have very fond memories of my '77 124 Spider. The only car I ever bought new. I didn't really like the greenish yellow color, and I was unhappy that the vinyl seats rotted in the sun the first year. Otherwise it was a great car.

Like dis hyer?:

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSKHGVBlHvZV1VeHa2YSpvXuvMWOJZ_s eqId1hvQrkffLjRw3f9Kw

A friend of mine had a 128 that had been sitting in the side yard rusting. I needed something to drive for a Summer, so he told me that, if I could get it running I could drive it.

One electric fuel pump later, and ZOOOOM!

What a blast!

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQLBHJVDyOnO1CqrvDpa7KcNhSTItiMs 6_11-KpOEIf7t7zIrfeCg

Keith Wilson
10-02-2013, 11:12 AM
I had one of these, although mine was about 70% rust, and eventually broke in half after I sold it (really) It was great fun. But Fiat's technology is not like in the old days, thank God..

http://shop.avala.biz/images/Fiat_850_Spider.jpg

Concordia 33
10-02-2013, 11:14 AM
I had one of these for my first car (1974 FIAT 128 sport coupe)


https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRN27I-4lGBgRm3DM0USzFWQ-WUxsDHRn47YllLdrLC9ojgcZop

I loved driving it but it broke down often and was expensive to fix. I had to learn to do my own basic repairs. I was told by a mechanic that FIAT stands for Fix It Again Tony. I went through 4 clutch cables in the 3 years that I owned this car. In slushy snow, the points would get wet and the car would stall inducing a skid as the front wheels locked. Despite all this it was a fun car to drive.

leikec
10-02-2013, 11:25 AM
I had a 128 2-door that was a great car. I put just under 90k on the car with no real issues. It was a fun car.

Jeff C

Garret
10-02-2013, 11:25 AM
Like dis hyer?:


I've got a 124 Spider - an 80 - but it's blue not that ghastly color....

More fun per dollar than any car I've had.

ETA: It also stands for First Italian Attempt at Technology.

Paul Pless
10-02-2013, 12:27 PM
I'm 6/2 and it was comfortable and quick enough. A really fun car.


http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/04/2012-fiat-500c-opt.jpg

i should think so, where's the roof?

Jim Mahan
10-02-2013, 12:39 PM
Mine had the new style collapsible bumpers like this
http://tenwheel.com/imgs/a/b/o/s/p/1978_fiat_124_spider_convertible_2___door_1___8l_1 _thumb2_lgw.jpg
but with steel wheels. I loved that 1.8l double overhead cam engine.

John of Phoenix
10-02-2013, 01:10 PM
A friend had one. He was always looking for someone to give him a ride.

He called his
Fix
It
All the
Time.

Nice to see they've improved.

Tom Montgomery
10-02-2013, 01:16 PM
I always heard Fiat stood for:
Fix
It
Already
T​ony!

Jim Bow
10-02-2013, 01:29 PM
Shouldn't it be all caps? FIAT stands for "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino".
The word "Fiat" means "an authoritative decree, sanction, or order."

You wouldn't see "Gmc" or "Usaf", would you?

bogdog
10-02-2013, 01:49 PM
I bought my sister a new Fiat 128 in '74, based on Consumer Reports recommendation. She hated cars, didn't even have a license. She had just finished grad school and needed to drive to work. The engine went right about the time Consumer Reports reversed their recommendation, still under warranty but I trashed it I was so ticked. Then I got her a Datsun B210 which blew it's engine in two weeks. Luckily it was under warranty and the dealer gave her a brand new engine, she drove the car and new engine into the ground about 200,000 miles later.

Garret
10-02-2013, 03:05 PM
Mine had the new style collapsible bumpers like this

but with steel wheels. I loved that 1.8l double overhead cam engine.

In 1980 they switched to the 2.0 (same engine, but longer stroke) & most important - Bosch Fuel Injection. Noticeable improvement in performance, less maintenance & much better starting.

Rum_Pirate
10-02-2013, 03:23 PM
I bought my sister a new Fiat 128 in '74, based on Consumer Reports recommendation. She hated cars, didn't even have a license. She had just finished grad school and needed to drive to work. The engine went right about the time Consumer Reports reversed their recommendation, still under warranty but I trashed it I was so ticked. Then I got her a Datsun B210 which blew it's engine in two weeks. Luckily it was under warranty and the dealer gave her a brand new engine, she drove the car and new engine into the ground about 200,000 miles later.

What is it with you and engines?