1991 Lancia Dedra 1.6ie from Finland


Pretty good to drive, but there are big quality problems (especially in the electrics)


I did get this car FREE, so it didn't cost me anything. Ex-owner said that there are two little rust bits under the car, but he was wrong: there were just one big rusthole which begins about the taillights and continued to the front fenders, all the way. One whole winter it took to get all the rust and holes away. So rust is one BIG problem in these I think.

After about 200 km driving, I have to change radiatorthe .

Electric windows work in an uncertain way. So do the indicator lights.

Heater doesn't work.

Seats warming doesn't work.

And lastly, the clutch did broke (we haven't even repaired it yet).

General Comments:

I feel more familiar with American made cars - they look so much better and are more comfortable, but I must say that this Dedra did surprise me in positive way, it is quite good to drive (I mean when it is not broken).

Fuel economy is also quite good.

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

Review Date: 8th March, 2007

1993 Lancia Dedra 1.6 i.e. from Slovenia


Not a rocket, but doing the job very well


I don't have major problems with the car.

Just doing the regular services (oil filters) at 10000km. (Timing belt, spark plugs at 185000)

Now the oil consumption is high (1l on 2500km), you just have to check level.

Changing the minimum regulator at 165000km

Changing radiator (because of a reley fault of the cooling system) at 210000km.

General Comments:

The performance are not surprising (only 90hp) and the fifth gear is short..

8.5 litres for 100km

But the car have all I need (..automatic A/C..) and is very economical to run in fact I always found everything I need (brake pads, spark plugs, belts.. very cheap)

The car is still going without problems!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2007

1992 Lancia Dedra ie 2.0 from UK and Ireland


I'm in love


Nothing that you wouldn't put down to normal wear and tear. This car has never let me down on a journey. The only thing that occasionally caused trouble was a worn hand-brake cable that would seize sometimes in cold weather.

Recently the alloy wheels have begun to leak, requiring regular (daily, some of them) pumping. Refurbishment or replacement appears to be in order.

General Comments:

The Dedra is a beautiful car that is very fast and responsive, sticks to the road like glue, gives a very comfortable ride, has plenty of room and by being so unusual on British roads makes you feel very special.

If I could buy a new one, I would without hesitation. The brand new Alfa I have bought is equally beautiful, handles equally well, but doesn't have the immediate response from the engine I've grown accustomed to with the Dedra.

The Dedra gives me a consistent 30mpg of hard urban driving, fast (85-90mph) motorway driving - it doesn't really seem to matter. The "low fuel" warning light comes on when the tank is half-empty. I fill up when I've done around 330 miles since the last fuel stop. Costs me £45 or so, whatever that equates to at 90p/litre or whatever it is these days.

I've never got to the point where pressing on the accelerator hasn't made the car go faster (up-hill touching 100mph in fifth gear : "Faster?... OK..."). The brakes are quite soft, which is good for the gentle, controlled braking I prefer to use, but bite hard when needed. If you want to go faster or slower, the Dedra does it in just the way you ask.

The Dedra has proved to be an extremely reliable car, that has never broken down on me, but when spares are needed, they're often hard or slow to obtain and expensive to boot. I've been lucky to find a Fiat dealer happy to honour their Lancia service responsibilities (albeit at dealer rates). Other dealers may not be so happy or able to provide the level of service this car deserves.

I can't say how much I love my Dedra, and how sad I'll be to see it go. If it wasn't for the practicalities of keeping it running, I'd be buying the replacement wheels and getting the couple of bodywork blemishes sorted right now. Actually, if I had the drive-way space, I'd probably be doing it anyway.

Unlike the famous, rally winning, Delta, Dedras change hand for very modest sums these days. If you get the chance, buy one. Even if the MOT only lasts a few months, it will be the most enjoyable and exciting months driving you ever have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2006