Fiat Coupe Review from Japan

1996 Fiat Coupe Turbo 16v 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 325i Coupe

Summary:

Excellent, fun, reliable and cost-effective

Faults:

Nothing major. Front tires used to wear fairly quickly but top of the line Bridgestones seem to have fixed that.

General Comments:

The best car I have had for fun and looks -- Alfa 164 was perhaps more luxurious, but auto transmission loses out to the manual Fiat.

My previous car, after Alfa, was a BMW -- I dumped it 1 week after taking a test in the Coupe even though the BMW was less than 15 months old. It was THE worst car I have ever owned, the Fiat is probably the best or very near.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2000

31st Jul 2005, 12:36

My dad bought a 330i sport a few years back with 230bhp. He kept it for 4 weeks and sold it as he was so disappointed with it. It didn't seem fast and was nothing special to drive - even the pedals were offset to the steering wheel. Steering was numb too. After he sold it he bough a 20 valve turbo plus Fiat, and it was better in every respect even the build quality wasn't far off. On top of this it was a lot cheaper.

BMW are over rated and over priced, as well as as having an image problem in the UK.

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review