Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - autumnboy
Been looking at a Fiat Croma 1.9td 16v 150ps manual.

Anyone driven or own one, whats your views on these. I know these use the Alfa/Vectra/Saab engine made by fiat.

Regarding faults and servicing costs etc., and are the shells galvanized like Citroen/Peugeot.
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Honestjohn
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Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - robcars
My comment is.... it's got a Fiat badge on it, so no thank you!
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Armitage Shanks {p}
Are you looking at new, get a discount and still very steep depreciation, or 2nd hand? I don't suppose there are many on the 2nd hand market, yet.
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - PR {P}
Brother has a 156 with the same engine. He loves it, and has had no problems. Not sure about the galvanising thing but would suspect they do, it will come with a hefty anti corrosion guarantee.
I know that they are selling above Fiats expectations, not sure about over here though, although I've seen a few.
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - autumnboy
My comment is.... it's got a Fiat badge on it, so
no thank you!



So ??? Micheal Schumacher's - Ferrari has got Fiat on it too. But he and massa are doing alright !!
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Armitage Shanks {p}
How many Fiat parts, apart from an advertising logo, are actually used in MS's F1 car? Not a lot I'd guess!
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - robcars
if your knowledge of fiat and michael schumachers ferrari is as good as I think, then please buy 1 of these and tell me what you think in a couple of years? My comment still stands!

Not many fiat owners that i know would buy another one (any model). thats probably why the brand is suffering as much as it is?
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - autumnboy
Same for Alfa's ????
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - robcars
Yes!

Cheap running costs are not available for them ?
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Collos25
They are actually selling extremely well across Europe and unlike most other car firms making a profit with build and reliability problems overcome .I have run Alfas and Fiats and found them to be just as reliable as anthything else and more so than some (Renault,Nissan).The Alfa 166 must be the best value for money secondhand going if you want a large cruiser.Like all new cars depreciation is mind bending just look at Mondeos or Vectras. A pre reg Croma I think would make a good buy and they are superb to drive and well spect having used one as a rental a few weeks ago.
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Citivanvin
I've always had Fiats, from my first Panda to my current Brava 1.9 JTD, with a dalliance with a VW Polo for 6 mths, but a lot of trouble with it meant I went back to Tipos. In fact the Panda was such a great car I bought one again, and have since acquired another 2, so I currently own 3 of them.....

and a 126 FSM

and a 900T citivan :-)


As regards the Croma, the same JTD unit in my Brava has been faultless, and what I have seen at the Italian shows is the build quality has improved considerably.

Doing better than expected on Mainland Europe though. I've only seen a handful here but when I was at Lake Garda I saw loads of them.
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Avant
The trouble with big Fiats, as with big Franch cars, is that the unreliable ones, and the poor dealers, make more news than the good ones: so that they depreciate in freefall.

The only way you could have one and not get stuffed financially is to buy one a year old (where some unfortunate who bought new has taken the hit - or perhaps a demonstrator ) and run it into the ground over a long period.

Maybe see if Fiat UK will offload one of their management cars.
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Xileno {P}
That is true but rampant depreciation on French cars is also due (certainly in Citroen's case) to their determination to increase market share. That comes at a price in terms of residuals.

The main problem with French cars and Fiats is they don't have the right badge on the bonnet. In the snobby UK exec market these things matter. Who would pay 25K for a Citroen?

Residuals on Volvo V70 don't seem to be too great at the moment and I don't think anyone would say that was a poor car. I hope not as my Mother's getting one...
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Collos25
I think Alfas have the nicest badge of any car made.
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Gromit {P}
The summer holiday season will be ending soon enough and the hire fleets will offload their cars. I'm pretty sure Hertz are running Fiats, so could you wait until the autumn and look for an ex-hire Croma?

There seem to be more MPVs than I recall previously on offer as hire cars - I presume its because the golf holiday set who used to hire estate cars are now looking for MPVs instead so they can see the scenery better when they take a break from the greens...
Fiat Croma 1.9td 150ps - Your views ? - Avant
Gromit's point may partially answer Xileno's question. Maybe the families who used to buy second-hand Volvos, and keep up demand and therefore prices, now go for MPVs. Shorter, more economical and as much room inside if you don't have 7 seats up.

I'm not running down Volvos - but for a family with 2 or 3 children on a tight budget a Scenic or Picasso will seem to make more sense.
 

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