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1998 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo 2.0 petrol turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40040 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Awesome performance for the price

Faults:

Nothing at all. Perfect condition inside and out, only owned it for 1 month, but it's a real credit to the previous owners.

Buy a well maintained mint example, and it should last the distance.

General Comments:

Great looks and stonking performance.

It's deceptively fast. You may think it's not that quick, but watch that speedo and you will soon realise it's faster than you thought. Very easy to drive quickly. The 5 cylinder engine sounds superb under full acceleration.

The ride is slightly harsh, but with the looks and the performance, it's more than acceptable.

The bodywork is prone to chips, especially the leading edge (useful haggling tool). Truly a beautiful looking car.

Interior is fantastic, leather seats are very comfortable, and the Pininfarina styled interior looks great.

It uses oil so keep an eye on it. Keep her well serviced and don't skimp on consumables i.e. oil (buy the best) etc...

Oh one final thing; ENJOY it, it's a great car, faster than most things on the road.

Check out www.fccuk.org. The forum is an invaluable source of information.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

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

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164

Summary:

Hugely under-rated road rocket

Faults:

The airbag ECU has failed

The steering column bush has worn in 28k miles.

General Comments:

Once the turbo spins up, the car accelerates in an amazing way, leaving just about everything else for dead.

Build quality is as good as most cars and at the top end for Italian machinery.

I was originally looking for an Alfa GTV, but, in just about every way, this car is better and it's cheaper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2002

1998 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Sexy and fast, but needs a lot of love

Faults:

Air Conditioning problems early on, not covered by warranty, Fiat dealer slow to fix. Cost me approx £1000.

Threw a rod at 38,000 miles. Repair (needs new engine) may now cost almost as much as the car is worth. No warnings on the guages i.e. high temperatures. Just bad luck?

General Comments:

The Coupe is one of the finest looking around, nice power, and in the dry the handling/grip seems almost surreal.

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

Review Date: 18th April, 2002

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

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance8500 miles
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

So much more desirable than a Scooby - Try one...

Faults:

Engine undershield came loose.

Central locking stopped working (fixed easily by me).

General Comments:

Superb - beautiful car, storming performance and lovely engine note. Suspension a bit hard, but the handling is excellent.

Most people don't know it's a Fiat! The only let downs are the dealer network, the lack of tuning parts and the petrol (and tyre) consumption when I'm having fun. Insurance reasonable for a Group 19 car (£700).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2000

1998 Fiat Coupe 2.0 20v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 20v petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

New dashboard cluster.

New alarm.

New stereo.

New wheel nuts (due to rusting).

Broken passenger door handle.

New clutch (faulty manufacturing in clutch springs), repaired for free kindly, just out of warranty by a different dealer!

CD changer broke (not fixed as yet).

General Comments:

Original dealer quite poor. Late delivery and took ages to finally fix anything.

Looks superb, handles great.

Perhaps a Turbo Plus next time!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 1999

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