1997 Fiat Marea HLX 2.0 20v
The worst car I have ever owned bar none
Engine Rattle could not be traced.
Accessory drive belt broke, off road 6 days as none in UK.
Hand brake cables corroded. twice.
Suspension arm ball joint broke.
Suspension geometry could not be set correctly.
The engine was powerful and the variable valve timing certainly provided a kick when it advanced.
Ride comfort was not as good as it should have been.
Road holding was sometimes scary.
Car very difficult to work on and tool set that came with the car did not inspire confidence. The tow eye supplied did not fit.
Tyres wore out very quickly and cost a small fortune to replace.
Boot space not too bad but small boot lid made access very difficult. Made slightly better when seats folded down.
Sadly the reliability factor made me nervous whenever I had to do any sort of journey away from my home town. I just could not trust it to make it there and back.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th May, 2008