2004 Lancia Lybra SW 1.9 JTD turbo diesel from Sweden


A rare gem from the FIAT group


Front suspension had to be replaced after 11 years. Not bad...

Airbag light can sometimes come on for a few weeks every few years. I was lucky once that it disappeared a week before the annual inspection. Airbag light has now decided to stay off for 18 months and counting. :)

Power window buttons sometimes move the window in the wrong direction, or require multiple presses to work. No big deal. Italian charm...

Some rust on the inside of the boot lid which I have to periodically take care of because Lancia did poor paint work there (paint on top of rubber on top of metal). Otherwise no rust on the car, besides some rust on the underside due to pebbles/rocks hitting the rust proofing (I scrape off rust and spray over it once a year).

Otherwise, only standard stuff: brake pads, tyres, etc.

General Comments:

Besides times when I have accidentally allowed the battery to discharge, this car, in 15 years, has never failed to start and never let me down.

Take it out on to the motorway, drive 120 km/hr and it cruises along quietly, doing 20+ km per litre diesel. The 1.9 JTD block is a masterpiece. Still not leaking oil after 15 years.

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

Review Date: 28th April, 2019

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.