Lancia Prisma Reviews

1989 Lancia Prisma 1.6 i.e. from Portugal

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 i.e. Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres


Just a beast!


Shock absorbers and exhaust changed at 160000Km.

Air conditioner doesn't work.

Power windows switches need to be replaced, but no more big problems...

General Comments:

This car is very powerful for an 80's 1.6 engine, top engine rpm's are very high, with 110 hp, this electronic injected engine has a devil soul. The gear box is very short, and that improves a great acceleration. Top speed with down inclination is 200 Km/h.

Another good aspect of this car is the comfort, good seats, good climatization (with air conditioner), soft controls, only power steering is missing.

Brakes have disks at the 4 wheels.

Suspension isn't original, shock absorbers were changed, so I can't have an opinion for the stock suspension, but the car is VERY stable and comfortable with Sachs absorbers.

Electronics are good, the dashboard has a computer with fuel consumption and exterior temperature meter, max speed reached record, with a check panel that includes various warning lights including low brake pads, low brakes oil level, low refrigerant, low engine oil level and pressure etc... The main meter console includes various lights; engine oil pressure meter, voltmeter, and the common meters...


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2010

1986 Lancia Prisma i.exe 1.6 i.e gasoline from Norway

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 i.e gasoline Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance106000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 90


Italian quality (do I have to say more??) Monday car and a lot of good nights thinking :)


Exhaust pipe had to be changed at 67000km.

Something wrong happened always.

The clutch had to be changed at 70000km.

If it was below 0 Celsius, the electronic windows didn't work.

The carburetors didn't work properly. It was double Webber carburetors.

There was always a red light on the control panel.

The rust killed the car.

The choke was in on summertime, but in winter time it didn't work.


The gear stick shifter disappeared right down the floor; caused by a mechanic fault and rust!!!

Very often overheating, caused by hole in the water heat expansion tank.

Leaking gasoline caused by rust between the welding made by Lancia.

Fan didn't work as it should, causing electronic fuse problems. I never found the cause of hundreds of fuses I had to change.

Windows just went down and disappeared, so I had to open the door panel, and I found out that the list for the windows was rusted away. I found the same lists in Fiat Chrome.

Electric windows switch was burned by over voltage.

Shock absorbers was broken back and rear. Never fixed that, causing too expensive parts.

General Comments:

1. You have a big wallet for these kinds of cars.

2. You have too many bad surprises with this kind of car.

3. I had a charming experience with this car; never knew what will go wrong next and when.

4. It had a lot of HP, 106!! For a 1.6. It was like an GTI.

5. The car was great at acceleration, but used a lot of gas. 1.2L-1.5/pr.Mile.

6. It had 5 gears, but the fifth was for speeds over 130...

7. It made a strange but still charming noise when the Rpm wasn't high.

8. The car is RARELY known.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th January, 2010

7th Jan 2010, 09:19

Just searched your car on Google. Not a bad looking motor really. Sounds like it could do with a major restore.

7th Jan 2010, 11:11

"Italian quality"

- That's no quality at all! And I'm surprised that you kept it for as long as you did.

7th Jan 2010, 17:24

I had a VW and a Jeep, and they had more problems that you mentioned... which car doesn't have problems, especially if they are not maintained...

7th Jan 2010, 17:42

I have one Prisma 1.6i.e. with 170000Km and it runs perfect without any rust... only the air conditioner doesn't work :)

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 8 reviews