2002 Fiat Marea Review from UK and Ireland

2002 Fiat Marea elx 100 weekend 1.6i

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6i Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Amazing car for a mere pittance

Faults:

Tailgate catch sometimes sticks which is most annoying.

General Comments:

Ridiculously cheap to buy as used with massive UK depreciation.

Car is quick especially in sports mode and appears to be slow which is an illusion it is easy to break speed limits eg: 70 mph seems like 50 mph, lower speeds are hard to maintain.

Rear is cramped and so is driving position with the rear seats down.

The built stereo system is a silly idea and cannot be removed which is a pity as I wanted to install my JVC CD/mp3 Player, come on FIAT tapes went out with the Ark!

Fuel consumption is a taj on the heavy side I am averaging 40 mph on a run and around 25 mph urban.

I paid the ridiculous price of just £1200 for a car a little over 3 years old, with just 42k on the clock and with FSH and in excellent condition.

It's a 1.6i with ABS/Air Con /Climate Control, EW/CL etc etc so an awful lot of car for the money.

Well worth checking out as the massive depreciation can work well for the used car buyer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th May, 2006

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 1 review