Fiat Croma Review from Germany

1988 Fiat Croma LX 2.0 ie

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 ie Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance194200 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki SJ410


An inexpensive and spacious, reliable and easy to repair, large Italian car


I got the car from my parents, who bought it new. After the registration of the valves in the garage at 60.000 km, they started a trip to Italy. After two hundred km the engine blew because all the oil had been squeezed out of the O-rings between cylinders and head: The apprentice in the garage had tightened the bolts that hold together the two parts too much, so three of the four (I think) broke. Result: new engine and my father didn't trust the car (and garage) any more...

Recently (194000 km) the car started choking. My garage changed all the cables and ignition system for a lot of money. Only after a second trip to the garage they found out that the previous garage had mounted wrong spark plugs 5000 km ago.

It started to get wet inside after rain, but I managed to seal the front and rear window with silicone. The rear door still lets some moisture in after heavy rain.

General Comments:

Great car for a family (lots of room), even though it's not really a nice design. It started to get a little rusty lately, no wonder with the Munich winters with the salt on the roads. But I must admit I have neglected the wheelhouse and floor-panels in the last few years as I thought the whole car would not last that long. But it has proven to be a pretty reliable car even in wet or cold periods. The maintenance is not more expensive than for any other car, brakes, exhaust-pipes, nothing unusual. Needs quite a bit of oil though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2001

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review