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brilliant..

I always like the Spider in yellow, the 80's one and thought in that car it was the best colour, the MG midget is also a cracker in yellow as are various lambo's and ferrari's...

the fiat coupe does suit it no doubt but wanted something a little mpre understated..at least this time anyway!
 

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Known one or two people who've owned them and not a bad word to say, in fact the contrary.
My girlfriend is always noticing them, likes how they look (she's not overly excited about what lives under the bonnet).
 
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I think the later 'standard' ones might have got the uprated seats (and later wheels) too. It was a long time ago I owned mine though, so might be misremembering.

You're going to be very hard pressed to find an unmolested example nowadays, so you're going to have to research well to ensure that what you get is molested to a high standard, if you see what I mean.
I've been looking at these and like you say a lot have been molested one way or another. Remapped to the eyeballs so you know they've been driven hard.
 

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oh so it is a mother then, i read it briefly on the Fiat forum.
My Mum never touched it. I was saying that I too have a motor that needs removing for belts. It is expensive indeed.
 

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To clarify the mpg remark. The gta and my old 20vt both got around 24mpg in usual use. The difference is that on a long run the gta still gets the same. As I remember the coupe managed over 30mpg if you were mostly on motorways.
 

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My old man has the 20v non turbo with a blue flame back box, still quick and sounds like a rally car, as a daily driver I recommend the non turbo, maybe not as much fun but more low end power for town driving.
 

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I've had several - I was one of the original founders of the Fiat Coupe forum and still have one today (albeit VERY heavily modified - running a little short of 500bhp)

They are definitely a 'marmite' car, but then several Alfas are too

Engine-out for belts is no longer the case - most specialists (including Motormech, where I work part-time) will do it for around £400

The youngest is 14+ years old now, so rust is a definite issue. Motormech breaks a few Coupes for spares and the majority have corrosion issues somewhere underneath - be careful - worst place is the joint of the boot floor to the wheelarch - complex joint and difficult to repair

Most mechanical issues are simple - will post more later
 
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I've had several - I was one of the original founders of the Fiat Coupe forum and still have one today (albeit VERY heavily modified - running a little short of 500bhp)

They are definitely a 'marmite' car, but then several Alfas are too

Engine-out for belts is no longer the case - most specialists (including Motormech, where I work part-time) will do it for around £400

The youngest is 14+ years old now, so rust is a definite issue. Motormech breaks a few Coupes for spares and the majority have corrosion issues somewhere underneath - be careful - worst place is the joint of the boot floor to the wheelarch - complex joint and difficult to repair

Most mechanical issues are simple - will post more later
Nice bit of info :thumbs: i was surprised about corrosion as i thought these coupes were well protected. How are they for driveshafts and gearbox's if they are remapped?
 

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I've had several - I was one of the original founders of the Fiat Coupe forum and still have one today (albeit VERY heavily modified - running a little short of 500bhp)

They are definitely a 'marmite' car, but then several Alfas are too

Engine-out for belts is no longer the case - most specialists (including Motormech, where I work part-time) will do it for around £400

The youngest is 14+ years old now, so rust is a definite issue. Motormech breaks a few Coupes for spares and the majority have corrosion issues somewhere underneath - be careful - worst place is the joint of the boot floor to the wheelarch - complex joint and difficult to repair

Most mechanical issues are simple - will post more later
good and useful info Nigel,

thanks..its that kind of knowledge that helps with lemon avoidance..

still looking and have seen a couple but they were either wrong spec or in poor condition in terms of body work..

the search continues.

agree the British racing green is lovely especially if you can find one with tan leather, a very classic combo.
 

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I had a Scots green and tan leather 20vt. I have missed that car ever since I sold it 14 years ago. Found it again last year for sale. Sadly as a cat c with a smack up thd rump. Deeply disappointed. :cry:
The five cyclinder wuffle is awesome and playing with the throttle to hear the turbo whistle is so much fun. Oh yes, they go like stink too. :thumbs:
Definitely on the list to get another and a Gtv V6 so I have the best of both worlds.
The FCCUK is a great place to find all the answers you need, wishing you all the best if you purchase.
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thanks Gennaro,

love my GT JTDM but need a petrol car in the mix too and don't want two GT's or I would get the V6..

was looking at a Maserati 3200 but the fiat coupe offers much the same in style and performance, admittedly the kudos is not there but the reduced running costs will make up for that!

will check out the FCCUK when I get a minute, have been browsing a couple of owners forums to get a heads up on potential problems.

will keep you all posted and let you know when I get one.
 

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agree the British racing green is lovely especially if you can find one with tan leather, a very classic combo

which is what my 147 is. Not as classic as a couple but they are still brilliant cars. Old brutal turbo 20v 5 cylinder engine.

Lag like no other but what an experience
 

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They really did a good job of the colour choices on the Coupe. Almost all of them look fantastic, depending on what you want from the car.

If you want something understated and classy, the BRG and the black like immense. The grey, burgundy, and metallic blues are great too. Even the lilac doesn't look as bad as it sounds!

If you want brash instead, then the yellow and the solid blue really suit the car, and red is an obvious choice.

As for lag, I don't remember it being such a problem. The engine picked up well from relatively low revs (~2000rpm) so you had to very definitely be in the wrong gear to have a problem. Maybe it's worse on fettled examples?
 
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