What's the used Fiat Coupe coupe like?
You only have to look at the Fiat Coupe to know that this car is going to be fun. The styling raised a few eyebrows when the car was launched, but it has aged very gracefully and is rapidly gaining a following as a classic.
All of the engines provide decent performance and the handling is good - even the 220bhp five-cylinder units aren't too much for the chassis. The five-speed manual gearbox works well with every engine and only gave way to an equally slick six-speeder in mid-1999 on the 20v Turbo model. The interior is just as smart, thanks to the painted dashboard and simple instruments. There's plenty of space in the front and a good driving position, and there's also space in the rear for two adults to sit in comfort, which makes this Fiat a very practical choice even if the boot is not that big.
Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Fiat Coupe coupe?
A car that shows any signs of smoke should be avoided. In a Turbo, it's a sign the turbocharger is on its way out and on non-turbocharged models it's a sign of neglect. Either way, it spells expensive trouble.
The cambelt must be changed every 36,000 miles to ensure the engine's long life. This isn't very long for a cambelt, but the Coupe is a performance car and you have to expect this sort of TLC. Also, make sure you only buy a car with a healthy engine. A lot of engine work requires the engine to be removed, which is time-consuming and expensive, and those are the kind of bills you can do without. Some trim can also become creaky over time, but generally the cabin is well put together. More of a problem will be minor electrical glitches, so check every switch and button works.
What are the most common problems with a used Fiat Coupe coupe?
Is a used Fiat Coupe coupe reliable?
What used Fiat Coupe coupe will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Fiat Coupe coupe?
Even the most recent Fiat Coupe will be a few years old now, so look for one that's in top condition to hopefully stop any unexpected bills and reduce your running costs.
Of the various engines, the 2.0 16v is the easiest on fuel, returning around 30.0mpg. However, even the turbocharged models can produce economy in the high 20s, which is very respectable, although this will soon dip if you use their performance to the full. Insurance is not too much of a worry for the non-turbo 16v model, but the Turbo versions are in the top group 20 bracket, which may come as a shock on a Fiat. Fiat dealers are not too expensive when it comes to labour charges, but an independent specialist may be the better choice as the Fiat Coupe gets older and requires more loving care to keep it in tip-top condition. Lastly, when you're calculating your budget, don't forget to include the cost of front tyres, especially on Turbo models. There's a lot of power going through them, and that can soon wear them out.
Which used Fiat Coupe coupe should I buy?
The good news is that all Coupes handle well and are great fun to drive. The Turbos can spin the front wheels in tighter corners, but only if the driver is clumsy with the throttle.
The ultimate Coupe is the 2.0 20v Turbo thanks to its 220bhp five-cylinder engine, which gained a six-speed gearbox halfway through its life. Performance is very strong, with a 0-60mph time of around six seconds and a top speed of 155mph, which makes the Fiat Coupe one of the most affordable fast cars on the market. The non-turbocharged 16v model is the slowest of the bunch but still makes a good choice. It's cheaper to run and insure and is capable of 30.0mpg economy. The 16v Turbo uses a four-cylinder engine and is a bit more manic than the five-cylinder that replaced it. It also misses the later engine's thumping mid-range overtaking power and is reckoned to be less reliable.