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
11th Apr 2010, 15:01
40000 km is WAY too long an interval on any engine for an oil change.
18th Apr 2010, 14:24
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.
20th Oct 2010, 15:50
I'm the original writer: 201.000 kms now and everything still in great shape.
10th Jan 2011, 16:13
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.