Appreciate the good ol days

Appreciate the good ol days

Rob
Rob

March 4th, 2005, 2:19 pm #1

I have always been the biggest Fiat fan around,but from what Fiat and the rest of the auto makers have been doing as far as business ventures,amalgamation, and auto design,,I honestly don't think Fiat has the balls to put out anything like the original X1/9.I to would like to have Fiat back in North America,but honestly,what I see from them is not that different from any other auto maker.Can we honestly think that Fiat is going to make a frame or chasis like the old X1/9? Not unless they just use the old one,which wouldn't be a bad idea with some minor changes.Fiat was once "special" because they once made cars with passion,they made their cars as more or less"the poor mans exotic"!I don't like beeing pesemistic,and God only knows how much I love my Fiats,but I think the good ol days are gone.Maybe we should appreciate and value our beloved vintage Fiat's that much more.Instead of hoping for a new X1/9,maybe we should put a little more commitment into our own Fiat's and enjoy them to the max.I've never owned an X1/9,but have always wanted one.I have a 124 Sport Coupe,and a 124 Spider and cherish them both.When I saw the "new" Spider the "Barchetta",I almost through up!! Front wheel drive!!! What the hell was that?And it looked almost,,gee,I can hardly bring myself to say it,,,Japanese!!! At least the new Coupe's were "on the edge" as far as styling,but again,,front wheel drive?? I hope the big brass at Fiat get to see this posting.I know it was suggested that we sort of "watch what we say" about the X1/9 project,but I think it's better in the long run that we let them know how most of us really feel,that we wan't Fiat to make cars like the great cars of the past.Gorgeous,fun,affordable and real!!
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Mac
Mac

March 4th, 2005, 2:34 pm #2

You must have missed where the whole "watch what you say" crap went out the window downstream!!

Xweb always has and ALWAYS SHOULD BE an OPEN forum, and as soon as I snapped out of my daze of all the crazy things that were going on behind the scenes talking to some people about all the possibilities, I realized that if Fiat really wants "concrete suggestions" (which was their quote not mine) the BEST way I could try to make that happen was NOT in attempting to guide people to frame statements "in a constructive way" but really to just shut the hell up about all that and let people SPEAK THEIR TRUE FEELINGS ABOUT IT.

FIAT IS WATCHING THIS WEB SITE, and SO ARE A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE!

So go on everyone, say whatever you truly feel. As for your comment Rob about loving our originals "that much more", I could not possibly love my X1/9s more than I already do. I think a lot of folks have mistaken my enthusiasm for the potential of Fiat to produce "any modern evolution of the X1/9" as some kind of shift in interest away from the original toward the promise of something new. THAT IS A LOAD OF CRAP IN MY OPINION - just so you all understand me there!

I have not lost one ounce of love or enthusiasm for the original X1/9, I simply have an interest in the possibility of something new ON TOP OF THAT.

I think FIAT has a great opportunity here, to do something to break out of the slump they have been in as a company for so long, and another misconception people seem to have about this whole "mission", I am not talking about "let's convince them to build the X1/99 concept!", I am saying, the X1/99 Concept has created a golden OPPORTUNITY, by some top guys in the company showing interest in THE IDEA, for the enthusiast community to "strike while that X iron is hot!!!" and voice our feelings to Fiat while they are already thinking of some modernized X in any form!

This is an opportunity not to be squandered or shrugged off people!

Peace, -Mac
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Joined: January 28th, 2003, 12:29 pm

March 4th, 2005, 3:14 pm #3

I have always been the biggest Fiat fan around,but from what Fiat and the rest of the auto makers have been doing as far as business ventures,amalgamation, and auto design,,I honestly don't think Fiat has the balls to put out anything like the original X1/9.I to would like to have Fiat back in North America,but honestly,what I see from them is not that different from any other auto maker.Can we honestly think that Fiat is going to make a frame or chasis like the old X1/9? Not unless they just use the old one,which wouldn't be a bad idea with some minor changes.Fiat was once "special" because they once made cars with passion,they made their cars as more or less"the poor mans exotic"!I don't like beeing pesemistic,and God only knows how much I love my Fiats,but I think the good ol days are gone.Maybe we should appreciate and value our beloved vintage Fiat's that much more.Instead of hoping for a new X1/9,maybe we should put a little more commitment into our own Fiat's and enjoy them to the max.I've never owned an X1/9,but have always wanted one.I have a 124 Sport Coupe,and a 124 Spider and cherish them both.When I saw the "new" Spider the "Barchetta",I almost through up!! Front wheel drive!!! What the hell was that?And it looked almost,,gee,I can hardly bring myself to say it,,,Japanese!!! At least the new Coupe's were "on the edge" as far as styling,but again,,front wheel drive?? I hope the big brass at Fiat get to see this posting.I know it was suggested that we sort of "watch what we say" about the X1/9 project,but I think it's better in the long run that we let them know how most of us really feel,that we wan't Fiat to make cars like the great cars of the past.Gorgeous,fun,affordable and real!!
i'm not a FIAT fan especially, i'm a mid-engine italian sportscar fan first, and irrespective of price, the X1/9 is in my top 10 all-time desirable cars list.

over the last couple years i've come to really like the 124/131 and a couple of the other X contemporaries.  here in oz we didn't get much fiat stuff from the late 80's onward, but browsing other fiat-based forums where people spend their time rubbing the chrome on their front-wheel-drive econoboxes with some strange "iquento" or whatever in the name just seems a bit sad, and i'm glad we didn't get them, we have enough korean cars which look much the same.

so overall i don't think of the X as a fiat, but just as an X... except when i'm looking for spare parts.

i don't care what fiat DON'T do, but one thing i'm fairly vocal about - at least in my own head - is the tarnishing of a memory for financial reasons.  hell, i was really annoyed when i saw a frickin holden astra - one of THE most boring fwd econoboxes EVER - sporting a Bertone badge and a $50k price tag.  it's STILL a fwd econobox, and it's STILL ugly and boring, but now it's gone down in the history books as "penned by bertone", next to many lambo's, ferrari's, and our beloved X.

for reference, here's a Bertone Astra, just a mercedes rip-off... look between the door handle and wheel and you can just see the shining "b".

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i'm quite fond of the X1/9, please fiat, don't bastardize it's memory&nbsp;for the sake of some filthy lucre.
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Mac
Mac

March 4th, 2005, 3:36 pm #4

First of all nothing may even come of it, no evolution of the X in any form, front engine or mid, legitimate or otherwise, if Fiat is not convinced that enough someones in the world might like the IDEA!

Secondly, even if they decide it is worth doing (which they really just might) we then have not the first clue how it would go from there, how it would look, or anything at all, the concept does not necessarily mean anything as to a production version's final lines, features or characteristics, it's mostly to test the water for any such idea, beyond that it's all up in the air, and we are the FANS so we should do whatever we are able in order to blow some wind at this thing to see if it might drift in our direction...

You really never know. Fiat has pulled magic out of a hat before, I don't doubt they could do it this time, if only they make a few right decisions about what a "TRUE successor" could and should be. That's where we step up and TELL them what we believe that is. We have nothing to lose, and possibly something to gain...

Peace, -Mac
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Joined: February 15th, 2005, 3:35 am

March 4th, 2005, 10:13 pm #5

i'm not a FIAT fan especially, i'm a mid-engine italian sportscar fan first, and irrespective of price, the X1/9 is in my top 10 all-time desirable cars list.

over the last couple years i've come to really like the 124/131 and a couple of the other X contemporaries.&nbsp; here in oz we didn't get much fiat stuff from the late 80's onward, but browsing other fiat-based forums where people spend their time rubbing the chrome on their front-wheel-drive econoboxes with some strange "iquento" or whatever in the name just seems a bit sad, and i'm glad we didn't get them, we have enough korean cars which look much the same.

so overall i don't think of the X as a fiat, but just as an X... except when i'm looking for spare parts.

i don't care what fiat DON'T do, but one thing i'm fairly vocal about - at least in my own head - is the tarnishing of a memory for financial reasons.&nbsp; hell, i was really annoyed when i saw a frickin holden astra - one of THE most boring fwd econoboxes EVER - sporting a Bertone badge and a $50k price tag.&nbsp; it's STILL a fwd econobox, and it's STILL ugly and boring, but now it's gone down in the history books as "penned by bertone", next to many lambo's, ferrari's, and our beloved X.

for reference, here's a Bertone Astra, just a mercedes rip-off... look between the door handle and wheel and you can just see the shining "b".

<IMG id=thepic onclick="scaleImg('thepic')" alt=bertastra9pj.jpg src="http://img197.exs.cx/img197/4761/bertastra9pj.jpg" onload="scaleImg('thepic')">

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i'm quite fond of the X1/9, please fiat, don't bastardize it's memory&nbsp;for the sake of some filthy lucre.
I am not a fan of fiat exactly. though I love my x i'd trade it in a heartbeat for an elise. I too am fan of mid engine rear wheel cars that have very oversquare engines and almost no electronics.
I'm also a fan of turbos, awd, clutch based lsd's, locking diferentials, torsen center diferentials, boxer engines and inline six's amoung other things.
Front wheel drive is at the top of my shit list. (it's ok for free cars)
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Joined: January 28th, 2003, 12:29 pm

March 4th, 2005, 10:43 pm #6

First of all nothing may even come of it, no evolution of the X in any form, front engine or mid, legitimate or otherwise, if Fiat is not convinced that enough someones in the world might like the IDEA!

Secondly, even if they decide it is worth doing (which they really just might) we then have not the first clue how it would go from there, how it would look, or anything at all, the concept does not necessarily mean anything as to a production version's final lines, features or characteristics, it's mostly to test the water for any such idea, beyond that it's all up in the air, and we are the FANS so we should do whatever we are able in order to blow some wind at this thing to see if it might drift in our direction...

You really never know. Fiat has pulled magic out of a hat before, I don't doubt they could do it this time, if only they make a few right decisions about what a "TRUE successor" could and should be. That's where we step up and TELL them what we believe that is. We have nothing to lose, and possibly something to gain...

Peace, -Mac
unless someone's capable of putting together a "production" car which looks 95% the same (it's ALREADY one of the best looking cars damnit) and&nbsp;has the same driveline configuration, i don't want it to BE an X1/9 at all.

case in point, remember the Ford GT90?



in the mid 90's ford put together a concept car which was to be the "spiritual successor" to the GT40.&nbsp; it's got the supercar performance, it's got modern systems, it's got cool styling... but it's still only in the shadow of the original GT40, and has no reason to be compared to it at all.&nbsp; what happened to it?&nbsp; i dunno, i haven't heard of it ever making the production line, but this was a BIG concept, not just a "we'll show a mock-up at Geneva and see the response".

then ford toyed with just remaking the GT40 to modern standards... wow, look at the response to THAT.&nbsp; it looks almost the same, it has modern systems, and has at least equal-if-not-better performance.

so in the end i don't give a rat's ass how much development can happen between prototype and production, anything less than a TRUE recreation and i don't see a reason to care.&nbsp; i doubt i'll ever buy a brand new car, i like old one's too much.&nbsp; a brand new X1/9 and i could possibly be persuaded, otherwise all my cash is going into making old X's the way i want them.

the ONLY things i would want changed with a "new" X1/9 are more options for the powerplant, and a factory sport-package so we can go racing out of the box.&nbsp; imagine a new series of X1/9 races like there are with the elise!&nbsp; the car could be made a little wider and a little lower, but lose more than 5% of the original styling and i'd rather go buy a lotus.
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Matt (Dr.Auto)
Matt (Dr.Auto)

March 5th, 2005, 4:43 am #7

I am not a fan of fiat exactly. though I love my x i'd trade it in a heartbeat for an elise. I too am fan of mid engine rear wheel cars that have very oversquare engines and almost no electronics.
I'm also a fan of turbos, awd, clutch based lsd's, locking diferentials, torsen center diferentials, boxer engines and inline six's amoung other things.
Front wheel drive is at the top of my shit list. (it's ok for free cars)
that if Fiat does produce that car that they think is supposed to be simular to the origonal X-1/9 then they do not need to associate it with the X in any way as it doesn't resemble it at all. Call it something else completely and never even mention the X-1/9 in the same sentance with the car. Think of the Nova, started out as a decent muscle car and slowely disolved into a rice cake unworhty of the Nova nameplate, something that actually shames origonal Nova owners. And if produced in association with the X this car will do the same to us. Why don't they just make a Geo Metro for God's sake and say it's a new X-1/9!

I say either build a new X the right way or don't try at all. If that thing makes it back to the U.S. I won't be in support of it. Especially if it is badged as a new X. It will be a eye sore just like alot of the new cars out there that all look the same till you read what the emblem says, if you can find it. WHat ever happened to charactor? It wnet somewhere and I only see it every once in a while in a car design, and I definately don't see any in the new so called X! You could easily get that thing mixed up with an Audi, VW, Scion, or hyndai. Why don't these manufacturers just all get together and build one chassis and use it to produce 15 differant make and model cars? They all look simular anyways and they'd all save money doing it. then again......they are starting to do that
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Chris Prince
Chris Prince

March 5th, 2005, 8:57 am #8

really nice car..but, almost unobtanium for most mortals(money wise)..i really think they(nissan) missed a boat there..if they had really come out with a modernized knock off of the 240..they might have sales in the MIATA territory..someone would have had to tell me,if i did'nt already know better, that this was the supposed "New spirit capture" of the famous Z car?..funny ,i thought it was a poor attempt at an Audi TT..essentially ..FIAT's dilemna is to make a relatively affordable Elise..all they(FIAT) have to do is look at the wait lists for the Elise,in order to realize that there is a market for a niche car like this..make one for ten or fifteen grand less..but with the same chutzpah..and adhering to basic x principles..things might get very interesting..if FIAt ever comes back to North America.it needs a headliner..and in order to kick the Fix It Again Tony..moniker..what better way to do it than a modernized X and the reliability that entails..most are familiar with the X cause' it has been sold here..so there is recollection to a degree and nostalgia...why are the Italians so scared of the N.A market?.Beats me..how can they afford to be scared of such a huge market..hmm..Italian beauty must be shared!! Lordy, I can ramble..cheers
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Joined: January 28th, 2003, 12:29 pm

March 5th, 2005, 11:09 am #9

there's no wait list anywhere else, they can't push 'em out the doors in oz, but then to everyone but you guys it's a ten year old car.
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Xhead
Xhead

March 5th, 2005, 10:40 pm #10

that if Fiat does produce that car that they think is supposed to be simular to the origonal X-1/9 then they do not need to associate it with the X in any way as it doesn't resemble it at all. Call it something else completely and never even mention the X-1/9 in the same sentance with the car. Think of the Nova, started out as a decent muscle car and slowely disolved into a rice cake unworhty of the Nova nameplate, something that actually shames origonal Nova owners. And if produced in association with the X this car will do the same to us. Why don't they just make a Geo Metro for God's sake and say it's a new X-1/9!

I say either build a new X the right way or don't try at all. If that thing makes it back to the U.S. I won't be in support of it. Especially if it is badged as a new X. It will be a eye sore just like alot of the new cars out there that all look the same till you read what the emblem says, if you can find it. WHat ever happened to charactor? It wnet somewhere and I only see it every once in a while in a car design, and I definately don't see any in the new so called X! You could easily get that thing mixed up with an Audi, VW, Scion, or hyndai. Why don't these manufacturers just all get together and build one chassis and use it to produce 15 differant make and model cars? They all look simular anyways and they'd all save money doing it. then again......they are starting to do that
>Think of the Nova, started out as a decent muscle car and slowely disolved into a rice cake unworhty of the Nova nameplate

The Nova was an economy car first (for its day) and THEN turned into a muscle car, not the other way around. It was one of the smallest cars of the Chevy era.


>Why don't these manufacturers just all get together and build one chassis and use it to produce 15 differant make and model cars?

They already do that... .. have been for YEARS! See Mazda3, Ford Focus, Volvo S40/V50, and a few others that will be coming our way.

Epsilon 2 has a quite a few cars on it, including the Fiat Stilo.

Heck, the Alfa 155 was a Fiat platform.


You can certainly have a different look to a car, spend a few $$, tell me the Chrysler 300C looks like anything else on the road, umm no, it sets itself apart from EVERYTHING... Audi is now copying them! (big front grille), New Mazda 3 looks quite hot...

Anyhow, just wanted to clarify those two points, especially about the Nova... hehe.. I know, I had several, cream puffs..

The '86 or so Novas were on a Toyota platform, GM couldn't develop a good FWD platform back then if their company success depended on it (see Chevy Citation). They got it better now, see Cobalt.

You can also have a front mid engine car, everyone seems to forget that possibility.
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