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Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

I recently got a new Tipo 1.4 easy after having had a Stilo 1.4 for the last 13 years. I expected the basic specs to be pretty similar but was surprised to find that the rear brakes on the Tipo are drums. All Stilos had discs at the back and in all honesty they were a pain in the neck - calipers sticking and poor handbrake performance were the main problems. I think the move to drums is welcome as the hand brake works much better and they are unlikely to need as much maintenance as discs. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Did Fiat switch to drums on cost grounds or because they recognized that rear discs gave too many problems in use?
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Quote Originally Posted by jim cooper View Post
I recently got a new Tipo 1.4 easy after having had a Stilo 1.4 for the last 13 years. I expected the basic specs to be pretty similar but was surprised to find that the rear brakes on the Tipo are drums. All Stilos had discs at the back and in all honesty they were a pain in the neck - calipers sticking and poor handbrake performance were the main problems. I think the move to drums is welcome as the hand brake works much better and they are unlikely to need as much maintenance as discs. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Did Fiat switch to drums on cost grounds or because they recognized that rear discs gave too many problems in use?
Is this a brand new one?
Because I've o my ever seen rear discs on tipos in the UK
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

Plus your rear wheels don't get as dirty from brake dust. It's a winner (-:
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

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Is this a brand new one?
Because I've o my ever seen rear discs on tipos in the UK
New in March this year.
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

Looks like they may have changed recently then and starred fitting drum brakes on the rear in the UK like they do in other countries
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

Isn't it that the non turbo has drums ?
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Quote Originally Posted by Remould View Post
Isn't it that the non turbo has drums ?
My 1.4 16v has rear discs
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My 1.4 16v has rear discs
That's interesting Chris. So the move to drums is quite recent. I am still wondering what reason Fiat had for the switch, although I am happy enough with the decision; I was getting tired of the frequent maintenance required by the rear calipers on my previous Stilo.
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Quote Originally Posted by jim cooper View Post
That's interesting Chris. So the move to drums is quite recent. I am still wondering what reason Fiat had for the switch, although I am happy enough with the decision; I was getting tired of the frequent maintenance required by the rear calipers on my previous Stilo.
Cost cutting I guess

That being said I think rear drums have been provided on a lot of cars in Europe
It just seemed to be the UK that had nearly all rear discs
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

Hi.. I have a 2018 1.4 95hp tipo lounge. I was expecting discs on rear but on my model drums are standard. Dealer did not know there was a different brake spec between models
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

Odd my 17 plate lounge had rear drums and every one I saw when I was looking online for mine had rear disks as well
Perhaps it's an extra that many customers had ticked
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

I believe the 1.4 95 hp model had rear drum but the 120hp version has discs.
There are one or two other difereces in spec between a 95hp lounge and the 120hp lounge.
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Quote Originally Posted by Ian Stobbs View Post
I believe the 1.4 95 hp model had rear drum but the 120hp version has discs.
There are one or two other difereces in spec between a 95hp lounge and the 120hp lounge.
Mines a 95hp lounge bit has discs
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

Thats blown that theory out of the water. Sometimes I think they just fit whT is at hand on the production line.
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Re: Bye, Bye rear disc brakes

Quote Originally Posted by jim cooper View Post
I recently got a new Tipo 1.4 easy after having had a Stilo 1.4 for the last 13 years. I expected the basic specs to be pretty similar but was surprised to find that the rear brakes on the Tipo are drums. All Stilos had discs at the back and in all honesty they were a pain in the neck - calipers sticking and poor handbrake performance were the main problems. I think the move to drums is welcome as the hand brake works much better and they are unlikely to need as much maintenance as discs. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Did Fiat switch to drums on cost grounds or because they recognized that rear discs gave too many problems in use?
My experience of rear discs has been similar to yours, especially as they age. Then when they need serious attention you are shelling out loads of dosh to put them right. I've had more than one wee rant on the forum about this. Looks like you lucked out you lucky person you!
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