1998 Fiat Coupe Reviews

1998 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo 2.0 5 cylinder turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 5 cylinder turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 kilometres
Most recent distance91000 kilometres

Summary:

Performance bargain!

Faults:

Front brake hoses needed replacing.

Turbo hose split.

General Comments:

Great performance! People don't know what it is, which is great.

Leather seats have poor support. Asked for a replacement turbo hose from dealer - and they said it is no longer made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2009

31st Mar 2009, 07:22

Parts for the Fiat Coupe are widely available all over the Internet, do a search, plenty of turbo hoses available, do a search :)

1998 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carAudi A6

Summary:

Baby Ferrari... only better

Faults:

Nothing serious - Handbrake cable changed, clutch, power steering belt.

I've always treated the car well with regular services and respect for it when cold and prior to turning off when the turbo needs to run down, and it was rewarded me with no problems, no smoke, good oil consumption etc. Look after it and it'll look after you.

There have been some minor faults which I quickly came to ignore - the indicators don't self-cancel, and the intermittent wipe can be, well, intermittent! But it's all part of the Italian car fun.

General Comments:

Probably the best looking car made in the 1990s, and stunningly quick. It's the only car I've owned where after a few months the power hasn't seemed "normal".

Very few things on the road are quicker, Boxters, 330is, Audi TTs etc are easily embarrassed by a standard spec coupe.

The handling is also very good for a FWD car with lots of steering feel, quick responses and surprisingly little torque steer thanks to the clever "viscodrive" front diff.

The seats are comfy and ride hard, but not as harsh as might be expected. I've also found the air conditioning to be very good.

It's far more fun than other cars I've owned, including a BMW 325i and Audi quattro.

I'd happily have another one.

Whilst it has been reliable, the fiat coupe forum has been an invaluable source of knowledge and removed so called 'coupe paranoia syndrome' where owners worry about phantom faults.

The reliable ones are the un-modified ones, and my advice would be to keep in standard and as Fiat/Pininfarina intended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2006

1998 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Very quick, and better than you think!

Faults:

Clutch plate broke (fingers).

General Comments:

I have just got rid of this car, but I thought I would share my experiences from a year of ownership.

I have owned about 15 cars over the last 8 years, and this is the only one that continued to feel special every time I got into it!

It is a superb performance bargain, and if properly maintained, can provide years of reliable service. Just one thing; don't try and run this car on a budget.. it costs to keep it mint!

Things you need to consider for a car about 6 years and 60k plus would include:

Cam belt + all auxiliary belts (£400 - £800 from a specialist).

Front wishbones (£200).

Clutch (£500).

As voiced elsewhere on here, check out www.fccuk.org; it really is an invaluable source of information.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th March, 2005

1998 Fiat Coupe 2.0 20V turbo from Slovenia

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 20V turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 kilometres
Most recent distance113000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Great, fast, attractive

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

Great car, lots of torque. The acceleration from 120 or even 180 km/h on-wards is amazing.

The handling is OK, but not the best. It is more like a GT tourer than rally car. There is also quite a lot of under steering. Also the seats doesn't support you enough for trashing through corners.

Costs; tires are expensive and they don't last long. Fuel consumption is very good for such a car; my average is 11 l/100km, my max was 15l/100km, and the lowest was 8,5l. And this for turbo 220HP!

You cannot get more car for the money; leather, air-con, great performance and a lot of space compared to TT, GTV and co.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th June, 2004

1998 Fiat Coupe 20V turbo from United Arab Emirates

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 20V turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance87000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Coupe

Summary:

A high performance bargain

Faults:

REPLACED THE STEERING PUMP

Steering felt hard and made a wierd noise. Cost USD $250 to replace with a second hand pump.

A/C blower switch is faulty.

Haven't changed it as yet. sometimes the blower starts automatically. mechanic said it was only a loose connection.

General Comments:

Awesome performance. better than cars twice it's price. looks are very impressive. people constantly stare at the car.

Nothing to complain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2004

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