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          A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Fiat 128




Car: Fa. Zimmermann Geilenkirchen




Fiat 128 N /128 / Rally (1971)
EngineIn-line four-cylinder
Displacement1116 / 1116 / 1290 cm³
Bore * stroke80,0*55,5 / 80,0*55,5 / 86*55,5 mm
Crankshaft5-bearing
Compression7,8 / 9,2 / 8,9 : 1 (regular)
Engine controlSOHC, (toothed belt)
Valves2 per cylinder
Mixture formationCarburetor
Torque79 / 90 /88 Nm at 4100 rpm
Max. power33/40/44 kW (45/55/60 HP)
Rated speed5400/6000/6000 rpm
ClutchFriction clutch
TransmissionFour speed
PowerdriveFront drive (transverse)
Wheelbase2448 mm
Turning circle1030 mm
Front suspensionMcPherson spring strut
Rear suspensionTransverse arm up with transverse leaf spring underneath
Suspension frontCoil spring
Suspension rearLeaf spring
SteeringToothed belt
Brakes f/rDiscs, drum brakes, brake booster (later on)
Tyres145 SR 13 (4,5")
Body2/3/4-doors
Length3840 / 3870 mm
Width1590 mm
Height1420 / 1390 mm
Trunk370 liter, 400/1300 liter (Van-like)
Tank capacity38 liter
Trailer435/800 kg
Basic weight800 - 820 kg + driver
IntroductionTurin 1969
Sales price5800 - 9300 DM
Years of manufacture1969 - 1980
Top speedApprox. 130/138/141 km/h
Electric system12 V/ 34/45 Ah/ 33 A


It is the time head restraints have an additional charge, but all in all the cars are much cheaper. Fiat sells really good in Germany and is in totally European champion. The "128" has probably done its part to this.

One can confidently speak of a forceps delivery, because once before the responsibles at Fiat lacked the courage, to present a front wheel-drive. It was then presented as a Autobianchi. Also one suspects the fear with look at the body, to promote a car possibly too advanced.

So it remains at the conventional notchback solution, with no other major manufacturer introduced the front-wheel drive. More practical hatches are segregated again, for example to Zastava in Yugoslavia. The car looks almost like the larger 124. Who does not know better, could therefore also conventional technology suspect under the metal.

Maybe the Fiat superiors are not so wrong with their caution, still the "128" is required two years further after the presentation of the Ritmo. For its conventional design, it looks not even bad. Shorter than the 1100 it seems to come from another world. However, its air resistance would at least be not lower.

Withal it is lightweight and fleet-footed. Even with 40 kW you have fun of driving. A little higher you must rotate it well, but the short engine has no problems with it. The same in principle is with the then very modern valve train, if there were not some irritating little things. The timing belt is not completely covered and sometimes get slackness one of its from various materials made wheels. Both can lead to cracking or skipping of the belt. After all are then usually only the valves bent, but it's annoying.

At this point we do not deepen the Fiat-rust debate again, this phenomenon is known. Also here is not to talk of the not smooth transmission with its weak synchronization. We are dedicated to the benefits. If you are not just considerably larger than the average Italian, one has a lot of space in this car and can take with spare wheel in front also some baggage rear. And if you look to the year of introduction of this front-wheel drive from Fiat, the other major concerns presented even much later the front drive. 01/09


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