1996 Fiat Coupe Reviews

1996 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

20v Turbo - Awesome

Faults:

The car smoked when idling; possible oil seals.

Rear suspension bushes (knocking in first gear).

Water leak (corroded pipes).

General Comments:

I didn't care what was wrong with the car, I fell in love with it.

The sound was awesome; it had a full stainless exhaust from the turbo back.

The car was good to drive, the boy racer bucket seats weren't the most comfortable seats in the world. I did a thousand miles in the car and that was the best car I've ever driven.

Yes, I would buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2008

1996 Fiat Coupe 16v 2.0 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 106 rallye

Summary:

Like an Italian model. Lovely to look at, but high maintenance

Faults:

Gearbox reconditioned.

Oil pressure gauge has its own ideas about what the pressure is.

Headlight adjustment motor seized.

Stepper motor (car keeps stalling).

Eats at least one rear light bulb per month. (I think this is a Fiat quirk, my old Uno did the same)

General Comments:

When it's working I love driving this car. Comfortable, quick enough (but not so much that my licence is in serious jeopardy), and smooth.

However, it does seem to like visiting the dealer regularly (who are, I must admit, very good-but they should be, parts are expensive)

Handling nice, but nothing like my Peugeot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2003

9th Jun 2003, 08:50

Did you purchase this car in Australia or import it directly from Europe. If so where abouts from and how much were import taxes etc?

Please reply to winston.martin@virginmoney.com.

16th Jul 2003, 00:23

Chances are he lives in New Zealand- the car was sold new there for about 5 years- there are plenty of examples kicking around.

1996 Fiat Coupe Turbo 16v 2.0 turbo from Japan

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 325i Coupe

Summary:

Excellent, fun, reliable and cost-effective

Faults:

Nothing major. Front tires used to wear fairly quickly but top of the line Bridgestones seem to have fixed that.

General Comments:

The best car I have had for fun and looks -- Alfa 164 was perhaps more luxurious, but auto transmission loses out to the manual Fiat.

My previous car, after Alfa, was a BMW -- I dumped it 1 week after taking a test in the Coupe even though the BMW was less than 15 months old. It was THE worst car I have ever owned, the Fiat is probably the best or very near.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2000

31st Jul 2005, 12:36

My dad bought a 330i sport a few years back with 230bhp. He kept it for 4 weeks and sold it as he was so disappointed with it. It didn't seem fast and was nothing special to drive - even the pedals were offset to the steering wheel. Steering was numb too. After he sold it he bough a 20 valve turbo plus Fiat, and it was better in every respect even the build quality wasn't far off. On top of this it was a lot cheaper.

BMW are over rated and over priced, as well as as having an image problem in the UK.

1996 Fiat Coupe Plus 2.0 16v Turbo from Luxembourg

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Turbo
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Air conditioning, starting when the engine was cold.

General Comments:

Thanks to Pininfarina for this beautiful car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1996 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo 2.0 20v petrol turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 20v petrol turbo
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

New ECU with much re-setting and fuss. The problem was engine cut out and poor idle when stationary.

Yes it does eat front tyres for breakfast. P-Zero are crap, F1 better.

General Comments:

Great car to look at and drive. The Turbo is calm and easy to drive around town and kicks hard and sounds great on the open road. Turbo lag not a problem 30-70 for over taking is the best. Hard to get away from junctions in the wet, 220 bhp is the problem but I won't moan. Very good value for money and resale value is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 1998

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 5 reviews