An underrated fragile classic
Stupid ridiculous small things - The rear suspension turret rubber bush fell apart, and cost a fortune to replace.
The handbrake cable snapped and cost a fortune to replace.
The electrics were a nightmare, it took me a month to decipher the wiring diagram, and the power cable for the rear de-mister changed colour 3 times between the switch, and the window!
I was a trained mechanic in the dealership, and had worked on the car previously, the owner sold it to me because it cost too much to keep running.
The flagship of the Lancia range, and last of the real (non-Fiat) Lancias. My first Gamma was totalled after hitting a deer, so I bought the second one with a broken engine. 2 bad Lancias make 1 good one.
This car was in the Mercedes class of luxury, comfort and performance, but it's exclusivity and rarity made it a pain to keep running. The Dealer Network is also spread very thin.
The Gamma also had a mad reputation for broken timing belts, and a full service history is essential. Missed servicing equals big money to keep the car healthy later in life.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th January, 2002