Lancia Beta Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1983 Lancia Beta HPE 2.0 injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles

Summary:

Lovely slim shape; if only it was cheaper to run

Faults:

Quite a few, but the problem was that I never had enaugh money to fix things properly.

Electrical bits are a bit of a pain and I had problems getting spare parts.

Rusty tank that I had to replace, but surprisingly no rust elsewhere.

General Comments:

Great shape, absolutely original.

Thirsty (petrol).

Good performance, handling.

A lot of room at the back.

I miss it, but I didn't have enaugh money to keep it.

I used it quite a lot, though, driving through Europe 3 times (from London to Austria, Italy, Corsica, etc)

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

Review Date: 24th March, 2000

1980 Lancia Beta Coupe 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10

Faults:

Brake seals, big end bearings, all four struts have been replaced.

Rust around windscreen and rear strut mounts.

General Comments:

Excellent drive, by far the most torquey motor I've ever driven.

Unfortunately bits are not too easy to get but then again you can always scrap it and build a Stratos replica using the engine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 1999

1984 Lancia Beta HP Executive 2.0 carb petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
Engine and transmission 2.0 carb petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10

Faults:

Things too numerous (and unexpected) to list. It was like some surreal symphony of failure. I read that "owning a Lancia is like being in love with a beautiful woman who doesn't care if you live or die." That was about a Gamma coupe, but also applies to the Beta HPE. The design, especially the electrics, was hopeless in parts, but the car was the prettiest I've ever owned, even better than a 105 Alfa I had.

General Comments:

If you buy one of these, at least make sure that it's the HP Executive model rather than the HPE. The Exec (from about 1984 and only for a brief period) has a fully galvanised body, so it won't rust like the rest. But the bits and pieces will still drop off, and new things will go wrong while the car is stationary being repaired...

But they drive superbly (when going), and two people can sleep in comfort in them, and they look terrific. If you fall in love with one, indulge yourself, but be warned, and always carry a chequebook!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 1999

24th Nov 2001, 12:30

The Beta is rubbish. This is the model that stopped Lancia selling vehicles in the UK. I wish that Lancia never launched this rubbish model.

9th Dec 2001, 15:37

I loved my little 1600 HPE and I only sold her because someome rang me after seeing her around and told me to name my price - which I was stupid enough to do! She never gave a minute's trouble and drove like a dream. The body was unmarked as well! I would love another, but I've never been able to find a nice one!

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 13 reviews