Frequently asked questions about FIAT Tipo 16V
Is the Tipo still manufactured anywhere?
The last place to produce Tipos was in Turkey until October 1999. They
made the 1.4i, 1.6i, and 2.0i 16v engines but there are not more in
stock. The models seemed to be the same as late Italian production,
but with higher specs, avaliable in 1.4 and 1.6 litre versions.
Interestingly the 1.6 retained the digital dash, dropped from series
II cars in Italy in 1993.
Is there a FIAT Tipo club?
is thinking of starting a performance Fiat club for owners of fast
Fiats. Anyone who is interested should contact him via his own
There is a "Sporting FIATS Club" in the UK. I have no idea how good this
is but details and an information pack can be requested by calling 01926 335097.
What precautions should I take in a cold climate?
asked what she should be prepared for when driving the car in a cold
I have taken my car to Slovakia in the height of winter and I
whilst there I was worried about the engine water freezing. I had
not expected it to get quite as cold as it did (-30oc).
I had only had 1 part antifreeze to 2 parts water which normally
gives protection down to -17oc.
If I had known it was going to get this cold I would have used
1 part antifreeze to 1 part water which should have given me
protection down to -36oc. Please check the label on the
particular brand on antifreeze you use just to be sure.
Remember that antifreeze spilt onto paintwork should be washed off
immediately with water.
Drain and replace antifreeze every 3 years and
do not dispose of antifreeze down surface drains.
Despite only having a 1 part antifreeze to 2 parts water my car
Putting a sheet over the car when left overnight helped keep it warm.
Parking next to a house rather than in an open space also helped keep
the cold off.
Minor problems I experienced were that the locks would freeze.
The key would turn in the lock but it would not trigger the central locking.
You can buy some spray to put into the locks to de-ice them which helps.
Snow and ice tended to build up and pack into the front wheel arches.
It would also form large lumps of ice under the side skirts.
The only space free was where the wheels actually turned and had
brushed the ice/snow away (have a look at my pictures in the
I left it in place thinking I might
cause more damage than good by chipping it away.
The biggest hazard was that the washer hoses and jets froze.
This resulted in poor visibility after driving for a while. Ice would
form over the front of the ice but providing the lights were left on whilst
driving the heat of the bulbs would keep the headlights clear.
In general though the car started and drove without problems.
Obviously please be careful when driving on snow and ice.
It's probably also worth talking to a local FIAT garage to see if
they have any extra advice.
How much are parts?
I don't intend this to be a complete
list of parts prices
but simply those
that owners have had to replace.
As you will see, some parts are
very expensive and some are surprisingly quite reasonable. Hopefully this
list will avoid any surprises.
What is the canister leading to the air filter for?
On 5 door versions of the car there is a canister of some sort underneath
the air filter box. A tube joins the air filter box to this canister.
Another tube which is about 2" to 3" in diameter leads from
the canister to the radiator.
Nothing actually covers the pipe at the radiator end. Does anyone
know what its purpose is? I have not seen this canister on my 3 door version.
Pete Mirams (ex Tipo 16V owner) says that the plastic canister ahead
of the airbox, and tucked under the front radiator pipework is some sort
of resonance chamber.
Can I access the forum directly?
If you want to set up a bookmark directly the the forum page without
having to go through the main Tipo pages then follow this
and bookmark the resulting page.
Where are the best places to buy Tipo 16V insurance?
The Tipo 16V is in insurance group 15 so no insurance quote is
going to be particularly cheap. As with most things, it's best to phone
around as many companies as possible (at least 10) as you will be amazed
at the difference in price. Try phoning direct companies (those that only
operate over the telephone), insurance brokers and also high street
There are standard ways of reducing your premium such as:
- Limiting annual mileage
- Volenteering a larger excess
- Limiting the driver to yourself
- Fitting an approved immobiliser/alarm - be careful though as discounts
given by one insurance company for the alarm may not apply to other companies.
Unfortunately the aspects that effect the quote the most will be the area
where you live (the crime record and number of cars), your age and
Be very careful before modifying your car. Some insurance
companies are very lenient and for minor cosmetic changes such as different
wheels and a spoiler the premium will not be effected. However other
insurance companies may increase your premium or even refuse to insure
Minor performance modifications such as performance exhausts
and air filters are relatively easy to insure. However, if more extensive
tuning has been carried out, such as internal engine
modifications, then you will find it extremely difficult to find
insurance. It's not just a matter of the premium being higher, as soon
as you tell them the engines been modified they just don't want to know.
With the modifications I've made to my car I only found a handful of
insurance companies that would insure it. It actually got to the stage
that I was beginning to think I was not going to be able to insure it.
If your car has major modifications then try the following companies:
I'm currently insured with Adrian Flux. With
full NCB, legal protection, clean driving license and being 30 years old
it cost £595
fully comprehensive. Bear
in mind that this price takes into account the extensive engine
modifications my car has undergone.
- Performance Direct - 01708 716031
- Herts Insurance Consultants- 01279 506090
- Adrian Flux - 01553 777888
- GSI - 07000 411888
- Firebond - 01223 566020
Nigel Gladstone with
full NCB, no offences, licence for over 10 years, unmodified and
off road parking was charged £670 fully comprehensive.
Calvin Jones with
identical licence details as Nigel got fully comprehensive insurance with
Zurich for £450.
was charged only £311 with Churchill with
again the same licence details to Nigel.
is insured with Privilege, telephone number 0113 2438448.
Roy has full NCB and was charged £328 with £150 excess.
is insured fully comprehensive with Privilege, telephone number 0113 2438448.
whoe charged him £325.
is insured 3rd party through Adrian Flux for £645.
This is based on him being 20 years old, 3 points for sp30, K&N 57i
air filter and no catayltic converter.
How do I stop the heater fan making a noise?
says that the fan in his car is very noisy (grinds and wails) and
the output does not seem very good.
How can he remove the unit
and is it possible to quieten down the noise? If he looks in the passenger
footwell he sees a black cylinder with a plug going into it. Detaching
this plug stops the fan and stops the noise.
Nigel Gladstone says he has
a imilar problem whereby when it rains heavily or he goes through a
car wash the fan makes a wierd knocking sound.
says to look under the glovebox. You will find that one screw holds
the heater fan in place. Remove this screw, get hold of fan housing
and twist the whole thing until it drops out. Nine times out of ten the
noise in the fan is caused by leaves. These get sucked into the
fan, If left inside they may mess up the bearing in the fan. This is
because the fan runs on a plastic spindle which will wear away
causing it to come out of place, slip and grind.
Worth fixing as soon as possible as a new heater fan motor is £120.
What was the first 16V in the UK?
Neil Watson says that he was privileged to be the first person to drive a
16 valver in England. The cars registration number was J161 LCX.
He worked for Fiat at the
time and fell in love with the car on the first drive.
Before delivery of the first car none of them had driven one so,
knowing Fiat`s choice of all the best going to Alfa or Lancia, we thought
the 16 would need a turbo to be interesting. Wrong!
The 16 was fast, comfortable and handled like a dream and should anybody
tell you it can`t compete with an Escort RS2000, Astra GSi or Golf GTi,
sorry wrong!. They put J161 up against all three and it excelled in
all catagories against all of them. Although may be not in build quality.
However you couldn't argue that it was and still is an amazing car to drive.
Alan Shurety disputes that Neil was the first person in the UK to drive a 16V Tipo.
He worked for Fiat Auto (UK) Ltd for nearly 10 years managing their company car
department including all Press, Pre-Launch and Homologation Vehicles from February 1988
until August 1997. He saws I may be interested to know that when the Tipo was first
launched in the UK back in the summer of 1988 the 16V was promised along with
all the other versions, but due to technical reasons at the factory it never
materialized. The First three RHD Tipos (all in white) were delivered to our
workshop's at Park Royal, West London in the spring for homologation purposes,
a 1.4s, 1.6dgt and a 1.9tds, these cars were basically put together by hand
and strangely had a smooth dashboard as they were pre-production (without any grain).
After they were type approved by the Ministry of Transport they went on to be
used by Fiats technical training department to familiarize all of the UK's
Fiat technicians on the "model". Alan says he can't remember the exact
registration numbers of these but they were "E*** KLN".
Shortly after another 30 RHD Tipo's arrived for the UK press launch (still no 16V).
Apparently because of stringent EU laws immanent on emissions the 16V had to be
fitted with a catalyst thus substantially reducing bhp, this took time to
overcome so that is why the 16V didn't reach our shores until 1991
(originally the 16V was to have 156bhp on tap as opposed to the 148bhp it arrived with).
Anyway its 1991 and the first Eight pre-launch 16V's arrived at our now moved workshops
in Southall, Middlesex. As you can imagine it's been three years promised and my
colleagues and I are virtually fighting over them as they were being unloaded off
an Italian transporter, need I say more? My colleagues and I were Officially the
first to drive the new 16V, and this is all before any Fiat Dealerships knew that
a RHD 16v existed. The registration numbers of these 16v's has eluded Alan but again
they were "J*** LLH". Alan says you may find some pictures in old magazines
but more often than not Fiat change the number plates for photo shoots.
What do you have for us PC gamers?
If you have "Need for Speed" on the PC then
has kindly added a Fiat Tipo Sedicivalvole to the list of cars you can
choose from. It took him several hours and they can be found at
Is the Tipo in the film Ronin a 16V?
There are three Tipo scenes in the film all in Chapter 25, the
Parisian Pursuit. As the BMW enters the first tunnel it overtakes a
normal red Tipo. You see the Tipo on the right as they enter the
tunnel (1 min 23 seconds into chapter) and strangely on the left
when the view switches to the front. They exit the first tunnel
and drive through the streets, the BMW hits a motorcycle and goes around
a roundabout. They then approach three lanes of stationary traffic.
The car in the left hand lane is a white (possibly 16V) Tipo
(3 min 10 seconds into chapter). They turn left and crash through a
barrier. They then enter the second tunnel going against the flow of
traffic. They cross over into the correct lane. One car crashes into
the central reservation. As they cross back into oncoming traffic
there is another white 5 door Tipo in the right hand lane
(4 min 28 seconds into chapter). Again this could be a 16V.
It has alloy wheels and fog lights, however it has black door
mirrors and a strange front grill.
How can I tidy up my Cam Cover?
asks how does he clean up all the dull metal under his hood such as
the cam cover etc?
Nareman Virk says
take it off, clean it with paint thinners and sand it down and
then re-spray it with heat resistant paint. Anyway, you could
alternatively remove it and have it sand blasted for a newer than new
finish. The advantage of spraying it is that you can change the colour.
John's is particularly cool in red, or Baber's in black.
I saw a yellow Integrale with yellow cam covers. If you do decide to take
off the cam cover yourself, remember which bolts came off where because
they are different sizes. Also, you may need a new cam cover gasket
when replacing the cam cover.
What cars does the Tipo share its floorpan with?
Phil Ward says that the Fiat Tempra and Lancia Delta, Alfa Romeo 155, Lancia Dedra
and Fiat Coupe all share the Tipo's chassis.
How many Tipo 16V cars were made?
Alan Shurety who worked for Fiat Auto (UK) Ltd for nearly 10 years managing their
company car department including all Press, Pre-Launch and Homologation Vehicles
from Feb 88 until Aug 97 contacted Fiat regarding the above question.
Acording to thier marketing records thier were 600 16v's officially imported
into the UK, But RHD Fiats have been imported by third parties from Asia & Southen
Ireland. Unfortunatly a specification breakdown is not kept by Fiat as it
has no valid use once the vehicle is no longer imported.
My cars reporting speed/mileage when stationary?
Jara Shaw said his car reported
that he was doing a constant fictional speed whilst stationary. Other problem were
that the rev counter did not work, the fuel gauge had a lower reading than expected or
no reading at all. Another sympton was that the electronic check light was lit but would
go out whilst braking. Part of the problem was a dodgy
electrical connection in the big block that sits behind the nearside headlight. Fixed
with the use of a water dispersant such as WD40. However the main cause of the problem
turned out to be a bad earth connection.
The speedo cable wires are cream and blue with a brown stripe were fine the
blue/brown wire has a 12 volt, these two join another 20 wires snaking to the right
side of the battery. The untaping and de sheathing resulted in dashdoard flicker.
The pipes had a T piece taped which contains a black and purple/black wire that
connect to a spade washer on the right hand strut the bumper cross member is bolted to.
This connector had perrished. Once replained everything worked correctly.
What does Sedicivalvole mean?
It's Italian for sixteen valves.
Other names for the car include "Teapot".
The Fiat Coupe owners often call then "Bricks"!!