Fiat Marea Review from Venezuela

2000 Fiat Marea SLX 2.0 petrol unleaded

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol unleaded Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 146

Summary:

Doesn't shine at anything

Faults:

Driver's side front window (electric) stopped working about 2 months after buying the car (fortunately the window was up). The dealer took 16 weeks to get the spares to fix it.

At about 17.000 Km, the car developed a noise in the front suspension which the dealer has not been able to fix. The noise consists of a thud, from the front left part of the car when letting off the accelerator abruptly while accelerating quickly or going up a hill. The noise has gotten worse with time. It is not noticeable if the car is driven at VERY smoothly.

General Comments:

The car has good acceleration and a reasonable top speed (205 Km/h), but I expected more judging from the power and the weight (manufacturer's specs).

The gas consumption is unacceptably high for the performance and the size of the car. I find it difficult to get more than 9Km to the liter even on the highway at relatively slow speeds (140 Km/h).

The Alfa was of roughly the same power and of the same engine capacity, but used much less gas and was quicker all around.

I'm 1,85 mt. in height and the car is a bit cramped, again compared to the Alfa.

It is not a bad car, but after the Alfa it was a let down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 2001

13th Dec 2002, 18:19

You think an Alfa is a good car?! Ha Ha Ha! Funny.

9th Feb 2003, 19:55

As for the knocking sound from the front it sounds like an engine mount splitting.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review