Lancia Delta Review from Norway

1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution III 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing serious has gone wrong with the car. I'm amazed but the late Integrales appear to be very reliable, well put together cars (They were actually built by private coach builders as they were so different to the normal Delta they couldn't build them in the Lancia factory).

Handbrake tends to freeze on in cold (-10 deg C) conditions but it can be unfrozen if you reach in front of the rear wheel and 'wiggle' the brake cable.

Front wheels stick outside of the wheel arches which can result in stone chip damage on rear arches if you drive on gravel etc. I have fitted huge mud flaps to front arches.

General Comments:

Brilliant car. It would appear that the more expensive late Integrales are well worth buying as they appear to have no problems with rust (they came with a 7 year rust warranty from new) and don't appear to have the same electrical problems as the older cars. Also the most recent cars don't have the ridiculous bank of warning lights to go wrong!

Car is fantastic in snow and ice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

23rd Jan 2005, 05:10

There was never an evo III made - it is an urban myth.

3rd Feb 2005, 16:50

I agree with the previous friend-lover of these Italian witches! That EVOIII is really a myth... even in countries near Italy like Greece! Get an education on this car because it really is the driver's biggest school...!

Member of HFintegrale.gr.

2nd Jul 2009, 20:21

The reason for the common misconception regarding Evo 3's is set out below.

First off, they made the 8v, then the 16v, then in 1991, the 16v evoluzione, then the evoluzione ii (with cat) was the final iteration.

Yes, there was an evoluzione sold with the 8v engine in some countries due to emission regulations.

But anyhow, the evo 3 mistake comes from people considering the 16v as the first evolution. Then the first real evo would then be the evo 2, and the evo 2 will become the evo 3. This is incorrect, Lancia didn't use the evoluzione name until after this in 1991.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review