1993 Lancia Thema i.e. 16v LS 2,000 petrol/LPG from Italy
Great daily driver for little money
Petrol pump when acquired at 93,000kms.
ECU at 150,000 kms (replaced it with a used one, but it would cost 1,000 Euros to buy a new one).
I bought the car from an old man, the typical Lancia fan: always kept in a garage and serviced by Lancia.
Nylon at the doors, for those who know the stereotype of a Lancia driver. I paid 1,400 Euros for it.
I immediately converted it to LPG. After nearly 100,000 kms with it, I must say that it is a real bargain.
Automatic A/C, alcantara tissue, ABS; great engine, great road holding, great comfort. 10-12 kms per liter with gasoline, 10 kms with LPG, not bad. Always parked outside, starts perfectly also in winter, no rust.
The car is now being serviced by a specialist, not a Lancia dealer. No problems, new engine oil and filter every 40,000 kms (yes, 40 thousand) but with constant refill (needs 1/2 liter every 2,000 kms because of the design of the engine: it does not burn it, it loses it in the upper part of the engine, in the camshaft; it is typical for the Fiat/Lancia DOHC).
Timing belt MUST absolutely be replaced every 40,000 kms, with NO TOLERANCE and NO DELAY; its fragility is typical of this engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th April, 2010
40000 km is WAY too long an interval on any engine for an oil change.
Thanks. I'll reduce the interval to 30,000 kms. The point is that through LPG, the oil has fewer problems than with a car that uses only gasoline. Therefore it should last much longer. Bye.
I'm the original writer: 201.000 kms now and everything still in great shape.
The car was stolen on December 21st 2010. It had 204.000 kms and run perfectly. Although it was worth very little money, I'll miss it. R.I.P.