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What Car? says

1 out of 5 stars

For It's cheap and has plenty of kit and good engines

Against Outclassed in every respect by too many rivals

Verdict Passable if you put price above space, style and quality

Go for… 1.9 JTD

Avoid… 1.6 petrol

Fiat Marea Saloon
  • 1. The Marea's based on the Bravo, so it's not as spacious as a Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Vectra
  • 2. The suspension and axles should be inspected closely, as they're the biggest source of problems
  • 3. Check for signs of overheating (specifically a milky emulsion around the oil filler cap) because Mareas are prone to it
  • 4. Engines that run rough or rev inconsistently could indicate problems in the fuelling system
  • 5. Catalytic converters can fail and are dear to replace
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