2004 Lancia Ypsilon Platino 1.4 16v from Greece


Avoid at all costs - Better go Japanese


Door stop hinge broken at 1700 kilometers.

Sunroof sun-visor broken from new.

Rear seat not properly placed from new.

Clutch not disconnecting engine from transmission completely from new.

Thermometer of outside temperature reading false from new.

Squeaks and rattles from first 1500 kilometers.

Plastic cover below glove compartment fell off at first 500 kilometers.

Squeaks when cornering from new (reason: a part of the brake system touched the front brake disk!)

General Comments:

My new Lancia Ypsilon is very stylish, has a great Bose stereo, a very practical trip computer and handles wonderfully... that's about it with the positive remarks.

I have owned the car since 11 March 2004 and I am very disappointed with its reliability, considering the car is brand new and is the most expensive car of its category, having every available extra as well.

This car is heavy and not so agile as expected by its 95 hp engine.

Its consumption is fairly average for such a small car (driven normally: 10 liters urban, 8 liters highway).

The pretty seats of full tan hide offer no support whatsoever when cornering.

Worst of all, the dealer is very rude and unhelpful. The car stayed at the workshop for 8 days and practically nothing of the above was rectified.

Unfortunately Lancia, a marque of great heritage has no chance of surviving if it continues producing cars like this.

I have had a Lancia Thema in the past and it was wonderful. Too bad the company didn't keep it up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

30th May 2004, 17:43

I don't know for the latest lancia Y-lancia has stop to import models in UK almost 10 years ago- but the 90s Y10 that I own had never bother me with any of your complains except some electrical problems. Maybe you were unlucky with the specific car.

6th Jul 2009, 05:21

You were very unlucky with that car. My 2004 Ypsilon works perfectly. The only problem I had with it was the seat belt plastic cover (near to the front seats). Broke after two years.

14th Aug 2009, 14:03

Hi, I must agree with the other readers, you have been very unlucky. I've owned from new an Ypsilon 1.4 16V since 2007 and had no problems what so ever. The care has done already 65000km.