1989 Lancia Prisma Symbol 1.6 i.e.
Brilliant retro experience
Failed to start after stop on way home. Traced this to a common Fiat/Lancia problem of loose wire to starter motor.
Rattle from rear brake caliper. Solved by repositioning anti chatter spring from bottom to top of pads.
False error readings from check panel. Sorted by cleaning connections and wiring out signal from brake pad wear sensor.
Clutch very heavy with bite point too high. Replacement clutch has transformed the car.
Bought this on a bit of a whim back in the summer. Have used it as a daily driver ever since and absolutely love it. The Lampredi twin cam engine is a real delight and the comfort level is so much better than any modern car. The best £2000 I have spent on a car, and worth it just to enjoy for as long as it keeps going. Hopefully plenty of life left in it if I can keep the rust at bay.
The car is much better built than Lancia critics would allow, and is perfectly usable in modern traffic conditions. A real understated gem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2017