View Full Version : Fiat 124 (Midlife crisis)

07-06-2003, 05:50 PM
Oh god. There's a Fiat on the side of the road that has caught my attention.

1980 roadster. It's nice, rust minor. 58,000 miles, tan leather interior, canvas top. Six K is what they are asking. Someone talk me out of my mid-life crisis.

What does Fiat stand for? Fix it again Tony.

[ 07-06-2003, 07:59 PM: Message edited by: ishmael ]

John Bell
07-06-2003, 06:55 PM
Run, do not walk...

...as far away from this car as you possibly can!

Been there, done that, with Fiats. Terrible cars, every damn one of them!

My midlife crisis (fast approaching, 39 in a week or so) also involves a roadster, but it's a 'Vette. You could get a decent Corvette for not all that much money...

07-06-2003, 06:58 PM
A Fiat 124= no parts,no reliability(even when new),and a $6K price tag is for a museum quality restoration. One with rust showing could be worth $1k+/-.

07-06-2003, 08:29 PM
Another one of Margo's true stories: :D

When I was about 18 I decided I couldn't live without a red MG Midget. :D

The problem was the thing ran exactly 50% of the time. It'd run for a week and then break down for a week. Sometimes I'd get a couple of months without a problem, but then something really major would happen and it'd be out of commission for a couple of months.

My history of bright ideas is obviously long standing, because I honestly decided that because the stupid thing ran exactly half the time I should get another one. :rolleyes:

So I buy a little brown one. Not for parts, just 'cause I'm thinking if the brown one runs half the time and the red one runs half the time, I'm fine. (Tell me this makes sense to someone besides me :rolleyes: )

Imagine my utter disappointment and disillusionment when they simultaneously broke down. redface.gif redface.gif

Nothing like having two MG's broken down in the front yard :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

- M

07-06-2003, 08:47 PM
Tell me this makes sense to someone besides me Puofict sense, as the Curly would say. :D

07-06-2003, 08:48 PM
FIAT....Fix It Again Turkey? :D

ken mcclure
07-07-2003, 08:39 AM
I've owned Fiats and I've sold Fiats.

Even perfect I doubt the car's worth $6K except to an eccentric.

They look nice. They drive pretty nice. They even ride OK. They take someone who knows the car well to do maintenance.

They rust quicker'n a tin can in salt water.

Spend the $6K on tools.

07-07-2003, 08:48 AM
I'm with you Margo. I've owned 2 MGBs but at different times. The last one I had I drove up to North Dakota. Its only a 1500 mile trip from the house. On that trip I was pretty impressed with my MGB, it only broke down twice in 1500 miles. I reckon that has to be some kind of record for a MG. :D


Dan McCosh
07-07-2003, 09:31 AM
The 124 roadsters had a strong engine, weak wiring, and were rust-prone. The $6,000 sounds high from your description, but they are a decent, driveable antique.

Keith Wilson
07-07-2003, 11:23 AM
Run Away! Run Away! The only thing worse would be the old 850 Spyder. I had one, and you really don't want to hear that story. I paid a LOT less than $6K for it, though.


07-07-2003, 11:31 AM

Adam C
07-07-2003, 11:37 AM
Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino

07-07-2003, 12:24 PM
Price a Miata first!

Nicholas Carey
07-07-2003, 03:08 PM
If you feel a need for an italian roadster, look for an Alfa-Romeo Spyder first, then a Fiat X1/9 (especially after Bertone took it over from Fiat: adding Bosch fuel injection, ignition and electrics made all the difference in the world).
I miss my X1/9.

Garrett Lowell
07-09-2003, 07:33 AM
I had a 1980 124 Pininfarina, and used it as a daily driver for over 2 years with no problems. I paid 1800 for it and sold it for 1500. Two things I didn't like: the brakes were horrid, especially for such a lightweight car, and the heater controls were abominable. Also, it went through batteries. I had to replace the battery twice in the two+ years I had it.
I can say that it was light-years better than any British car I've owned.

Gresham CA
07-09-2003, 07:37 AM
FIAT X1/9th! I had an Econ. professor tell us that he had one and it was worth 1/9th what he paid for it. :D

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