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.

General Comments:

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

1988 Lancia Prisma LX 1.6 petrol injection


I lost 3rd gear (apparently common on these).. errr just little things really, new distributor, starter motor, dodgy electrics, welding for MOT. But I've sacrificed solid build quality for great fun!

General Comments:

Ace car, i'ts the same as the Delta GTie.

Running costs can be horrendous, but for the low price you get a lot of car. The handling is better than any rival in the class, and the twin cam motor is more than capable of seeing off XR3i`s and the like. I`m hoping to go for an HF turbo, or maybe even an Integrale soon. I'll let you know what it's like!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

7th Jan 2004, 10:27

I have a brand new Lancia Prisma 1500cc 2nd hand 1988 model. This is a great car, and I enjoy it a lot.

I have a 1.6 turbo engine with 160hp, and only at 0.5 bar.

The car is perfect, and can be very fun to drive in.