Lancia Ypsilon Review from Spain

2004 Lancia Ypsilon Argento DFN 1.3 Multijet diesel

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Multijet diesel Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance11700 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

Take my word for it... stay away

Faults:

The seat belts were not properly installed from new.

Door bolts come undone every few weeks. Must tighten them continuously.

The sequential gear shift gave up on me twice and took 1 month to get it repaired each time!!! NO KIDDING.

Still getting recurring gear shift problems (gears will not switch).

Now the power steering has given up on me and I am giving up on the car. If put it up for sale. Will take any price, but can't get anyone foolish enough to buy it. I will trade it in for the new Renault Clio Sport which is about to come on the market.

TRUST ME... STAY AWAY FROM LANCIA.

General Comments:

I was attracted by the looks of the car. I must admit it really looks good... if only it would work properly!!!

It's been a nightmare since I bought it. My wife doesn't want to use anymore as she is afraid it will break down any moment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th May, 2006

11th Feb 2007, 11:08

I would stay away from A Renualt Clio if I were you. They are no great shakes on the reliability front either.

15th Dec 2013, 15:13

I have a 2004 Ypsilon 1.4 with a semiautomatic transmission, and I can hardly call it a car because it breaks down so often. I have almost 140k km, and I am ready to toss it in the trash. When the transmission locks up in gear, and the car can't be moved, that creates a very dangerous situation if you get stuck on the highway. At some other times it shifts only thru 1st and 2nd gear, and according to the book, is doing it to protect the transmission, even though there is no problem, and you have to disconnect the battery to reset the memory.

It is my first experience with Lancia, and the last one. NEVER, NEVER AGAIN.

Also, in the automatic mode, while going uphill and the car shifts to a lower gear, there is split second hesitation, the RPM goes down before it switches, and that's a real pain.

My last problem is the car starts, but refuses to shift to 1st or reverse, so you go nowhere except to the tow truck, and to the service place once again.

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review