2001 Fiat Marea HLX 2.0
Cracking - wolf in a very boring sheeps' clothes
Nothing apart from some loose interior trim around the A frame and snapped bolt holding splash guard on.
Goes like hot snot! Fantastic noise, nice gear change and comfortable ride.
The car is not designed for cornering at speed as there is body roll, but as an everyday car it is extremely good.
Spares are easy to get hold of though some can be expensive, I bought the car in February for £1300 and then spent £400 getting the cambelt done. Additionally I have carried out servicing myself on it which has kept the cost of running down.
It is not the most fuel efficient of cars to run - and that engine note encourages you to use it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th March, 2007