1990 Lancia Thema 16v Turbo SE 2.0 16v turbo
A fine balance of performance and comfort. Nice to have something different!
Head gasket went at 125,000 miles.
Water radiator disintegrated at 140,000 miles.
Minor electrical problems.
My second Thema Turbo and still going strong after 10 years of ownership. For a big car its great to drive and much faster than anyone expects.
Interior is well equipped and comfortable even compared to much more modern cars.
Expensive on insurance (group 17) and heavy on fuel depending on how you drive it. Also eats front tyres, brake pad and discs if used hard... but worth every penny.
Very underrated car and excellent value/performance for your money, but not worth much to sell unfortunately!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th March, 2007
29th Jul 2010, 10:52
I agree! What a car!! I had one for years, and really miss the comfort, power and size. Fuel consumption definitely could be high, especially when motoring hard.
I left Maranello (yes, that one) at 1pm one Monday in my 2.0 SE 20 years ago. Heading to Milan and then up the length of Switzerland and finally, across the top of France, we stopped to pick up some wine at a supermarket and for a meal on a motorway as well as at toll booths and for comfort stops along the way.
We arrived in Calais at 2am - thirteen hours and 1300 km later, safe, sound and much, much poorer at 14 MPG!! Boy, what a drive, 140+ MPH, the petrol gauge dropping like a stone, scenery flashing by, no speed cameras and the Italian Police treating you like Royalty (these were after all, the car of choice of Mafia heads).
Would I be irresponsible enough to do the same now? Of course I would, just give me the Thema to do it in!
Come back to the UK Lancia, all is forgiven!!!