Lancia Delta Review from Belgium

1996 Lancia Delta HPE GT VVT 1.8 16v VVT

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v VVT Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

Smooth Italian racer

Faults:

Nothing.

But the variator of the valves is beginning to make a diesel sound, so it is going to go out. To replace this piece, you have to change your cam belt and tensioner etc, so heavy cost.

I drove one time with a frozen handbrake, which led to the changing of the rear brakes.

Recaro alcantara seats are great, but wear fast.

General Comments:

The engine is very smooth, and gives a lot of low end torque for a 1.8.

When you want, you can rev it higher, then the VVT starts working and it will go fast.

Not a super GTI performer; 130hp for 1200kg, but you won't be beaten either by snails.

Recaro interior/seats are great.

Dash has a lot of gauges; oil temp etc.

Paint is still great, even my red one.

Brakes are good.

I have lowered it 3cm Eibach.

MS Design Evo 500 body kit.

Exhaust.

17" rims.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2005

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review