2000 Lancia Lybra JTD 1.9 turbo diesel from Bulgaria




No major problems.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and beautiful. I like it from the outside and inside.

It lacks the storage place. Not only that; the boot is small, but there are not enough drawers and niches to leave stuff. The glove compartment is what it sounds like. Big enough just for a pair of gloves. The door pocket is OK, but that is all of the storage room I have inside.

The car is very nimble and easy to drive. The gear shift moves just with a look. Power steering is superb.

I haven't had such a comfortable soft ride for years. On the highway I drive it well up to 140 km/h. Above that speed, the car is a bit unstable. I have the feeling I will fly out of the curve with 160 km/h. I think this is because the car is a bit narrow. Have in mind that I compare the car with my previous 1993 Mazda 626 station wagon, which is actually a truck pretending to be a car.

The materials of the glove compartment door and the seats are the biggest minus. The plastics are melting on a hot summer days, and start sticking. Awful experience. If some one knows how to remove this stickiness, please share. Thanks.

The leather interior is a must for this car, because the plush material is not durable at all. Alas mine is not the leather one.

The central screen is without navigation. I think the models after 2002 have it. The most important part is that the pleasure of driving is back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2012

17th Oct 2012, 08:50

Can you help me tidy the sticky/melting dashboard?

15th Nov 2012, 07:17

Sticky, melting car interior can occur anywhere and anytime. It has been around for many, many years. Only recently there is a non corrosive solution formulated on Youtube. Just check it out on fixing sticky dashboard/melting dashboard, if you are facing the same condition as what was posted. Sticky until papers stick on the dashboard.

10th Jul 2013, 14:32

I had the same problem after 10 years and strong temperatures in the summer. The only solution is to repaint it. I did it, and I am happy now.

20th Feb 2015, 23:17

I come from Ghana (West Africa). I owe a Lancia Lybra and had the same sticky problem. I used turpentine, and afterwards sprayed it with dashboard spray. Since then, I have never experienced it again.

19th Feb 2017, 00:12

You can clean plastic which is "melting" with alcohol and clothes, or try it with wet baby napkins. I did this on my Lybra and now it is OK. You will need couple of hours to do that, so I wish you happy cleaning.

2000 Lancia Lybra SW LX 2.0 20V Comfortronic from Germany


One of those special Lancias, and this time it's reliable


Major faults have not come up on this vehicle.

The car came from immediate family, and never had any notable repairs needed (only services).

The wear of time has made the front Alcantara seats fade a bit; proper maintenance will remedy this.

The BOSE speaker on driver's front side has failed... replacement of newer speaker possible.

General Comments:

This vehicle is an upstate Kombi (SW), with a powerful, torquey engine capable of super autobahn traveling and city mobility.

The engine likes its fuel however if used properly..

The butter smooth Tiptronic box is a treat, and quite capable of a fast acceleration in 'Sport' mode.

The features and extras are usually only found in a Daimler, Audi or BMW, and not as standard...

Landstrasse/autobahn handling is great! The car sits very firm and will manoeuvre effortlessly around any corner at good speed. Roll is minimal and always power on the 'out' ;)

Slow city travel the car does feel more 'sluggish', but you don't need much more in a city anyway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2012

23rd Apr 2012, 08:58

Update: We just finished service and compression test: (cold engine)

1. Zyl 190 (PSI)

2. 185

3. 180

4. 160

5. 185

This engine is superb, 12 years old, and very very good health.

- Brake pads front need renewing.

- Ordered BOSE speaker - 25 Eur.

- Replaced oil filter - 20 Eur.

Apart from 2 stone chips on the bonnet, absolutely NO rust!

Underbody is very straight. That said, the CVT joints need renewing.

My Father said he never saw a Fiat/Lancia model ever which was this good after 12 years.

Can only recommend this model 100%.