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Sweet Car For Backroads And Auto-cross — Smaall too small trucks like to run you off the road. Snap back situation described above. Parts issue biggie here too. Tranny extremely sensitive to bad drivers.( so don't be one and your good was what I was told) Reverse should never have the clutch "dropped into" but feathered gently(told by guru wont last 50K if you don't)(bad driver note again) also dead stop first. 80s body kit(factory to go with changing bumper requirements) is horrible and is easily removed to better the entire cars appearance. And if you Can find one a set of the original engine covers and side-vents bring the Italian styling back to an almost Ferrari look.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Awesome handling car. always "there" you can feel every bump in the road. but not even remotely in a bad way. no bump feel just road hugging Zero-loss handling feel. Never felt this before in a car and having driven easily over fifty different vehicles. no power unless modified from stock. removal o fi sys to dual-down draft webbers and hot cam make for a great combo. I added merged headers and no CAT. make for a car You want to live in. Because it will feel like when you get out you stop living. Removeable hard top stowes in front trunk but still allows for almost full use of the trunk. If you remove the 80S bumpers and plastic gawdy scoops?? there is an all metal body underneath that looks way better and is reminiscent to that of a lotus elise.

Cons: Parts extremely rare and mechanics go what the F? Is that? No wont touch that etc. No leaning back makes for a long -ride that requires stretching of passengers legs.(Note driver always entertained). This car wont let go of the road(good thing right, wrong) this car tricks you into thinking you can hit every turn double the marked speed( and you can) until... it lets go you will usually do this hard throw into a turn with a bump in the middle. The back end is where you front end was and you are backwards sliding sideways. I have luckily pulled this situation out my ass and saved the car and myself many times. spun 3x around on freeway on ramp on time went into ditch. turned car back on kept driving....

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1981 Fiat X1/9 Review
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About The Best Mid Engined Sportscar For The Money — I just had to have this car. I test drove an '83 model in '09 and fell in love with it, but the example I test drove needed more work than I could afford at the time. The next year, I purchased my '81 model which only really needed floor pans. I purchased the car from Midwest Bayless in Columbus, Ohio, and I strongly recommend them to anyone in the Midwest wanting to get into an X1/9 or any sort of FIAT in fact. Anywho, on to the review. The car is extremely responsive and the wheel is quite light, despite not having power steering. While not very quick in stock form in a straight line, the weight balance and chassis/suspension setup allows you to take corners at somewhat high speed. Add to that any upgrades to the engine or suspension, and it can be a very formidable sports car. If you are going to look at an X1/9, look for rust in the strut towers bubbling up, as well as the engine crossmember (from below). These cars have a very stiff chassis from stock (due to safety legislation that never ended up being passed) but low quality steel that is somewhat prone to rust can mean very time consuming repairs (like replacing the crossmember). Overall the X1/9 is easy to work on, but jobs like replacing master cylinders and brake lines are difficult due to compact packaging. If these jobs have been done recently on a used X1/9, count it as a major plus (I learned from experience these are not fun jobs) You might check for master cylinder leaks before buying as well. There are a few performance parts available, like cams, headers/exhausts, and carburetors. The later fuel injected models are generally better for reliability, but many run carburetors without issue. If you value handling over outright acceleration, the X1/9 is a must drive. I absolutely love mine and I can't think of too many cars I would get rid of my X1/9 for. I recommend you read my previous review (1983 model) for more information.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Mid engined, targa top, Bertone styling, nimble handling, lightweight, decent fuel mileage, low insurance cost, low parts cost generally, growing parts base and tuning options

Cons: Low quality steel (rust issues), Italian electrics (most easily fixed), Low amount of power in stock form

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Super Smiles Per Mile,just Hope Nothing Breaks,parts Are Impossible To Find. — Very stylish...Bertone styling has held up very well. She just rips through the twisties...feel glued to the road even on it's stock 13" wheels...all thanks to the low to the ground mid engine layout. As winter approaches she will sleep while the Jetta take on the bad weather.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: great handling

Cons: needs more power,sounds like a shreeking animal at full throttle.

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Great For The Mechanic — Well since i have spent the last year repairing it, i hve to say that i have found some weekspots. Rust is the main problemissue, but there are other problems. The electrics is a bit medievil and week. The cooling system is not efficient enough.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Handling

Cons: Rust

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