What do you recommend doing when storing a 124 over winter?The heads are the same. In fact, functionally everything is the same. The blocks do have external differences due so I don't recommend trying to put a 500 type engine into a 124 or vice versa.
The no start issue after storage is primarily a 124 issue simply because it's the only car that's often parked for the winter. Even then, if you follow my instructions on this it's a non issue period.
The thermostat issue with the 124 was a software issue, if there was an issue with the actual thermostat, I don't know about it. I haven't seen the water pump issue, but I have heard about it. I'm not sure if they fix it with a new water pump or just tighten the bolts.
There have been very few 124 engine failures. I know of a few failures of stock engines. One is being discussed in a current thread, and I posted my theory about it there. Modded engine failures are very rare. The only one I know of that failed with our products was due to an aftermarket turbo blanket jamming the wastegate actuator. Overall, these are very rugged engines.
Probably unfair and undeserved biases perpetualted by those that love a good story. And stories are hard to displace, for once they have a foothold, people relay them as gospel truth regardless of how well founded they are (or not).General question...Fiats are at the bottom of any US list you see for reliability. I assume the spider is better than the usual Fiat since the non-engine parts are Mazdas. What makes the other Fiats so unreliable??
After having spent major portions of my life in three continents, I love collecting anecdotes on the perception that people in different countries have of different brands. Buick has a superb reputation in China, apparently because the last emperor owned two. VW is considered a serious brand in Europe, which deserves a premium price, when I twice had mechanics in the US spontaneously telling me the "truth" about my then-new 2006 Passat (200k miles later, they were wrong). FIAT engines in Brasil and Europe have reputation for being bullet-proof, but the car's electrics are sub-par. Peugeot is what will last 20 years in Africa, and Mercedes is what a Lebanese taxi needs for reliability.General question...Fiats are at the bottom of any US list you see for reliability. I assume the spider is better than the usual Fiat since the non-engine parts are Mazdas. What makes the other Fiats so unreliable??