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Fiat Coupe Coupe 1993‑2000(13 reviews)
Deler | 10th October '15
I had a Coupe 20VT for 11 years. I loved it from the day I bought it Awesome power, great feel (like a real sports car). People look and wonder? A stunning looking car, inside and out.
Pro - Fast, Beautiful, Timeless Design, Smooth Power (urban, distance), The Engine Tone.
Con's - Build Quality, Parts (prices), Design Faults, Turbo will use some oil so oil changes are vital.
As these Fiats get older they will require ongoing maintenance Servicing isn't cheap. Parts are pricey,and be prepared for some weighty bills. The biggest for me were Turbos, Clutches, Oil Coolers and so on. Most mechanics will scratch their heads when up against the Coupe. Finding a good mechanic might mean being without your Coupe for a few days longer, but it will be worth it. My Coupe mechanic reported that this was the hardest cambelt change he had ever done in his life !
These Fiats are tweak-able and can be zoooooped up to roll like thunder. However as standard they are very very fast, and will destroy almost anything in the 30-80mph range !
There are a few quirks with this car, the winter months can be problematic = frozen handbrakes, frozen door locks, frozen petrol caps. If you can get along with these strange faults (and a few others that i cant remember), its a great car. Its was fine for daily use but as they age, it might worthy using as a weekend car to prolong the life. Fuel around town was ok, so long as you dont boot it (right foot) the car too much
You will love this car ! If you don't mind the bills and the ongoing maintenance they are worth it. A future classic.
cheap est little Ferrari I've ever had
dondomino | 2nd July '14
This car is one of the best I've ever owned reliable practical and always turns heads. I just wish that Fiat had kept it up and released a newer version. Well maybe one day.
She is parked and ready to spring into action when called and does she spring... when I first bought it she was given a bit of a thrashing now we just unleash the beast as and when needed. Would I buy another, yes. Just one thing. Please make it easier to service the timing belt.
My budget Ferrari
PaulScott | 25th April '14
Owned a bright red Coupe with Modena bodykit and wheels.
Loved it....even when it wouldn't start.
Only reaon I let it go was a move to Australia.
Looked great, sounded great, handled great, went fast.
I miss it.....even when it wouldn't start.
If it hadn't been a weekend toy I would 've probably sorted out the starting issue but it wasn't every time.
Once again.....I miss it.
Buy one.......do it......go on.....buy one whilst you still can.
This Italian Stallion really is worth it.
daveA | 23rd July '11
I will begin by telling you that it isn't the most reliable car in the world. The fan belt on my one broke 3 times in 3 years. I also found that the exhaust manifold didn't last very long before cracking. There was a water pump issue as well. It also wasn't exactly Wembley stadium inside - you could seat 2.2 people in the back easily, but they wouldn't have that much legroom. The boot isn't enormous, either.
Basically, you can definitely tell it's an Italian Sports Car. Partly because of the aforementioned reliability and practicality issues, but mostly because of the way it drives. It really does feel so good that you end up forgiving the car for it's problems. How can you expect it to be as spacious as the Royal Albert Hall and as reliable as a wood-burning stove? It's an Italian Sports Car for crying out loud! The main thing is that the 2.0-litre, 5-cylinder, 20V, Turbocharged, 221bhp, 320lb-ft, 158mph, 0-60-in-sub-6-seconds car is a thrill to drive. And my god it is. Whether you're in town, on a motorway, on a country road or on a race track, it just feels special.
Other plus points? It's reasonably comfortable, reasonably economical, stunning to look at, has fantastic handling and is very cheap these days - you can pick a good example of a 20V Turbo Plus for about £4,000 or less. Even £2,000 or less if you don't have the 'Plus' version. In my opinion, that's a huge bargain. So what are you waiting for?
Fiat Coupe 20v 5cly Turbo.
tomG | 30th June '11
Great, Fast, Cheap Fun.
Sub £2000 buys you a good condition 20v turbo 5cyl.
60 in around about 6 secs or sub 6 with a simple £150 remap and rolling road tune.
Nice roarty 5 cyl sound.
patchy reliability but fine if you are a bit handy with a spanner.
despite the bad press you can actually change the cambelt with the engine in, and many specialists will do this for around about £450.
All in all a decent competitor to a modern hot hatch with the economy to match.
ashleyC | 26th May '11
I always wanted one of these as my company car in the late nineties but the fleet manager wouldn't play ball. I have owned my 20v about six years now and wont be selling any time soon. dont be put off by cam belt change horror stories, a specialist can do it engine in for £400
Engine note better than a turbo model
always puts a smile on my face when I get behind the wheel
Owners forum support is terrific!
becoming a rare sight but will / is a classic with Bangle design touches.
Steering gives great feel
Turning circle could be better
Suspension a little stiff but it is a sports model!
handbrake cables can stick
Buy one before all the good ones gone! A lot of car for the money
fiat coupe 20v turbo
mikeN | 4th March '11
Pound for brake horse power, coupled with genuine future classic head turning looks, (kids love them) the Fiat coupe is a rare beast. if looked after by an enthusiastic owner who is as passionate about the car as the passion it breeds , then these cars are very reliable with a superbly smooth and reliable 5 cylinder engine.
insurance is a little high as can be mpg if driven hard, but well worth it if a fun drive is what you want.
There are a lot of specialists around now who will carry out the once very expensive jobs Fiat charged the earth for so owning one can be as cheap as owning any other mid nineties sports car or mid sized saloon.
You need to make sure you buy from an enthusiastic owner or club car owner as they are often the best cars, usually well looked after and all the essential jobs done when needed, rather than an owner who bought for a cheap fast car and has neglected it over a few years then selling on a tired neglected bad example, giving the mark a bad name.
Driving the coupe is always a pleasure and still makes me feel proud to own one despite its humble badge, and even better when up against the odd porsche who cant believe you just kept up with him!!
Check the oil every 500 miles or so they tend to burn oil naturally, and make sure to use the correct type (10/40 full synth) is recommended, and change every 6000 miles.
Day to day it is quite practical, although it has a very small turning circle. Boot is spacious and will seat 4 adults fairly comfortably, great for you, the Mrs, and a couple of kids.
The alloy wheels are very prone to scuffing due to design so be careful, refirb all 4 for around £200.
Parts and used spares are fairly cheap, and readily available, again there are specialists sites that sell all italian parts with good prices.
This is my second coupe, my first a 1998 20v turbo, the earlier models did have some annoying silly faults like squeeking brakes or silly electrical faults, my later 2000 model has been much better, but thats just my experience.
Overall the Fiat coupe is a great buy if you get the right looked after car, be careful there are a lot of ropey examples out there do your homework and check out the fiat coupe forum for buying advice.
Bang per buck? Nothing to touch it!
paulM | 25th February '11
Bought mine from a chap at work for £1000. I had never taken any notice of them previously but my attention was gained when I saw the mention of 220HP in his advert. I evntually took it for a drive and even though it clearly needed some mechanical work it looked, sounded and felt so good that I just had to own it at least for a while.
The first thing I did was join the Fiat Coupe Club UK (FANTASTIC forum)and based on what I learned there, got it seen to by one of the specialist garages - new clutch & brakes and I was away. Gradually worked out various other improvements and minor repairs. The last thing I did was to get the chip mapped by the leading specialist in Brisol (see FCCUK Forums) and now I have easily the best, most enjoyable and fastest car I have ever owned (which have included BMW M5 and 205 GTi). It has quite stunning performance especially if you use the gears and has the major advantage of being pretty unusual these days. And very often underestimated! I absolutely love it.
Fiat Coupe 20 Valve Turbo - A fast and appreciating Italian Classic!!
davidB | 23rd February '11
I am slightly biased as I have always loved Italian cars, from my first Fiat 124 Special T to my current Fiat Coupe 20 Valve 2 Litre Turbo.
The Coupe is probably the most striking and at the same time the most powerful of modern Fiats. Pininfarina designed, it is beautiful to behold with curving body and a squared off thrusting boot highlighted by round rear light housings. Introduced to the UK in 1995/6 initially as two litre 16 valve with a turbo version and a two litre 20 valve with a turbo version (220 BHP).
Equipped with a very efficient Viscodrive limited-slip differential.
At the front -MacPherson struts and lower wishbones and anti-roll bar. The car has stunning acceleration as the turbo cuts in and makes this an exhilerating car to drive. 0 to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph.
The dashboard is unusual and not to everyone’s taste as it is painted the same colour as the bodywork. Dials are easily visible and functional with a nice chunky leather bound steering wheel. The seats are OK but nothing special. Electrics can be a bugbear with Fiats and I must admit to a front electric window not working. Apart from a washer pump(now replaced) and new rear wheel bearings no other problems over the 15 months I have owned the car.
The coupe is reasonably economical varying between 22mpg if driven hard and 36mpg on a 60mph mainly motorway commute.
Cambelts are expensive to have changed although good specialists are available at reasonable prices. As it’s now turning into a bit of a classic parts can be hard to find but again there are several specialist suppliers for parts if you look. I have found my Coupe pretty reliable -It has a full service history 141,000 miles on the clock with two cambelt changes.
As regards the bodywork rust is beginning to just show around one of the rear wheel arches. Not too bad for a 13 year old car.
The Coupe suits me to the ground as I commute partly by bike to work and the bike just fits across the rear seat.
In conclusion, if you like Italian cars and speed and want to stand out from the crowd (of German & Japanese cars) buy one quick, the price is starting to go up.
Fiat Coupe 20V T Affordable Power
alanC | 6th February '11
It's sometime called the cheap mans Ferrari...and from experience I can tell you why. For a late 90's street car, the 20V turbo version is nippy to say the least. It handles very well for a front wheel drive car, although does suffer some understeer. It's an easy car to drive but can provide some excitement when required, but at more than reasonable price in quite a unique setting. The interior is stylish and different from most cars of that era. I have owned two of these now and both have provided some fantastic thrills. They do require some upkeep and from that point, they can seem expensive, but if you want your coupe in top notch condition, then it's really worth the upkeep. I'd love another one and am already working on the wife's approval! Enjoy!
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