Lancia Thema Review from Italy

1993 Lancia Thema i.e. 16v LS 2,000 petrol/LPG

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2,000 petrol/LPG Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Vectra

Summary:

Great daily driver for little money

Faults:

Petrol pump when acquired at 93,000kms.

ECU at 150,000 kms (replaced it with a used one, but it would cost 1,000 Euros to buy a new one).

General Comments:

I bought the car from an old man, the typical Lancia fan: always kept in a garage and serviced by Lancia.

Nylon at the doors, for those who know the stereotype of a Lancia driver. I paid 1,400 Euros for it.

I immediately converted it to LPG. After nearly 100,000 kms with it, I must say that it is a real bargain.

Automatic A/C, alcantara tissue, ABS; great engine, great road holding, great comfort. 10-12 kms per liter with gasoline, 10 kms with LPG, not bad. Always parked outside, starts perfectly also in winter, no rust.

The car is now being serviced by a specialist, not a Lancia dealer. No problems, new engine oil and filter every 40,000 kms (yes, 40 thousand) but with constant refill (needs 1/2 liter every 2,000 kms because of the design of the engine: it does not burn it, it loses it in the upper part of the engine, in the camshaft; it is typical for the Fiat/Lancia DOHC).

Timing belt MUST absolutely be replaced every 40,000 kms, with NO TOLERANCE and NO DELAY; its fragility is typical of this engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2010

11th Apr 2010, 15:01

40000 km is WAY too long an interval on any engine for an oil change.

18th Apr 2010, 14:24

Thanks. I'll reduce the interval to 30,000 kms. The point is that through LPG, the oil has fewer problems than with a car that uses only gasoline. Therefore it should last much longer. Bye.

20th Oct 2010, 15:50

I'm the original writer: 201.000 kms now and everything still in great shape.

10th Jan 2011, 16:13

The car was stolen on December 21st 2010. It had 204.000 kms and run perfectly. Although it was worth very little money, I'll miss it. R.I.P.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review