Fiat Coupe Forum
- Founded by Kayjey & James Northam
- Funded by the Club for the benefit of all owners
Fiat Coupe Club UK
join the club
Fiat Coupe Forum
 
» Announced
    Posting images


» Related sites
    Main club site
    fiatcoupe.net


» External data
    owners listed
 
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 99 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums65
Topics112,306
Posts1,327,746
Members1,976
Most Online731
Jan 14th, 2020
Top Posters(All Time)
barnacle 33,037
stan 32,112
Theresa 23,168
bockers 21,053
PeteP 20,651
JimO 17,917
Nigel 17,336
Jim_Clennell 16,596
RSS Feeds
Club Events
Club Information
Track Events
Rolling Road/RWYB
Social Events
Non-UK Events
Coupé Related Chat
Coupé Spotting
Coupé News/Press
Buying/Selling Advice
Insuring a Coupé
Basic FAQ's
How to Guides
Forum Issues
Technical Problems
General Maintenance
Styling
Tuning
Handling
ICE and Alarm
Coupés for Sale
Coupés Wanted
Parts for Sale
Parts Wanted
Group Buys
Business Forum
Other Vehicles for Sale/Wanted
Other Items for Sale/Wanted
Haggling/Offers
Ebay links
Other Cars
Other Websites
General Chat
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Six figure mileages #1657212
27/04/2022 09:15
27/04/2022 09:15
Joined: Apr 2022
Posts: 10
Hampshire
J
Jeremy Offline OP
Newbie
Jeremy  Offline OP
Newbie
J

Joined: Apr 2022
Posts: 10
Hampshire
I've been looking at Coupes for a few weeks (Sorry John, I will call you when I have some spare time) and their are quite a few on sale with mileages in the 100-150k range. In a way this is a good sign for someone who wants the car as a daily drive.

However I'd value opinions on the engine longevity. Normal servicing and cambelts aside do they happily go 150k+ without heavy duty engine / gearbox work (heads, pistons, bearings etc.).

Thanks.

Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657220
27/04/2022 14:26
27/04/2022 14:26
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 486
Guildford
wink Offline
Club member 1590
wink  Offline
Club member 1590
Enjoying the ride

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 486
Guildford
They can do. Mine had an engine rebuild at 168,000 miles. Crank, pistons, bores & camshafts were all still to original spec. I had a new head put on because the valve guides had some wear and the exhaust manifold had a few badly helicoiled snapped studs, which is fairly common. Probably it only needed the new head in fact. Turbos are likely to fail after about 100,000. I think it's had 3 clutches in total, and at least 4 exhaust manifolds. It's a tough engine & I wouldn't be put off at all by that mileage so long as it had been regularly serviced, especially regular oil changes.

Last edited by wink; 27/04/2022 14:27.
Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657223
27/04/2022 14:56
27/04/2022 14:56
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 778
Dorchester
R
respace Offline
Enjoying the ride
respace  Offline
Enjoying the ride
R

Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 778
Dorchester
My 16vt lasted until 157k with an engine rebuild at about 70k and new head, but at the end it wasn't really worth salvaging; clutch possible gearbox worn cams etc. However I think we'd see it rather differently nowadays as they are very rare and we're all waiting for the price to go up! I think a n/a or VIS may make a better daily driver and likely to be cheaper to buy and maintain, there's one on Ebay with over 200k at the moment. There are plenty of examples of turbos witn similar mileage, provided it's been cared for and has history. You need to be realistic if it's your only car, with the best will in the world a 20+ yr old car with those sort of miles isn't going to be the most reliable car and the cost of maintaining them is very high, parts are becoming a problem also.

Re: Six figure mileages [Re: respace] #1657233
27/04/2022 19:08
27/04/2022 19:08
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,750
ation
szkom Offline
Forum is my job
szkom  Offline
Forum is my job

Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,750
ation
Originally Posted by respace
You need to be realistic if it's your only car, with the best will in the world a 20+ yr old car with those sort of miles isn't going to be the most reliable car and the cost of maintaining them is very high, parts are becoming a problem also.


Best advice you'll get. No problem as a daily IMO, but you do need to have a plan B if you're dependant on a car.

Re: Six figure mileages [Re: szkom] #1657235
27/04/2022 19:42
27/04/2022 19:42
Joined: Apr 2022
Posts: 10
Hampshire
J
Jeremy Offline OP
Newbie
Jeremy  Offline OP
Newbie
J

Joined: Apr 2022
Posts: 10
Hampshire
Thanks folks, we have the family hack (Saab 9-5 Estate, lovely car) and I can always fall back on my '63 AH Sprite. One day maybe my Dino Coupe will be contingency too but that's way off.

Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657239
27/04/2022 21:02
27/04/2022 21:02
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,750
ation
szkom Offline
Forum is my job
szkom  Offline
Forum is my job

Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,750
ation
Plan B, C, D all covered smile

Get buying!

Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657286
28/04/2022 16:49
28/04/2022 16:49
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 33,037
Berlin
barnacle Offline
Club Member 18 - ex-Minister without Portfolio
barnacle  Offline
Club Member 18 - ex-Minister without Portfolio
Forum Demigod

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 33,037
Berlin
You do have to remember that Fiats are, of course, well known for their unreliability. Obviously my three most recent with a total of 620+k miles between them (with 260k on the one that got written off after being pushed into a ditch) are statistical outliers...


[Linked Image]
Don't get no respect! Coupe Fiat 1994-2000 - an owner's guide <-- clicky!
Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657294
28/04/2022 18:08
28/04/2022 18:08
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 16,088
FCSS 01684 593187
Countrycruising Offline
Club Rep Europe, member 914
Countrycruising  Offline
Club Rep Europe, member 914
Forum veteran

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 16,088
FCSS 01684 593187
McMike's coupe is still on its original engine at 270k miles the last count.

Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657298
28/04/2022 19:52
28/04/2022 19:52
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,282
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
andyps Offline
Club member 1482
andyps  Offline
Club member 1482
My job on the forum

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,282
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Mine got to 198600 miles on its first engine. It failed on a competitive hillclimb run so I think they are pretty good, it was working hard at the time!


Andy

[Linked Image]
Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657337
01/05/2022 09:45
01/05/2022 09:45
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 399
uk
OnlyItalian Offline
Making a profit
OnlyItalian  Offline
Making a profit

Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 399
uk
Originally Posted by Jeremy
Thanks folks, we have the family hack (Saab 9-5 Estate, lovely car) and I can always fall back on my '63 AH Sprite. One day maybe my Dino Coupe will be contingency too but that's way off.


Dino Coupe - my dream car. So jealous.


"Proud owner of LE141 and a 99 VIS broomie "
Re: Six figure mileages [Re: Jeremy] #1657457
06/05/2022 21:16
06/05/2022 21:16
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 186
Godmanchester, Cambs
danb052k Offline
Club member 1352
danb052k  Offline
Club member 1352
On a journey

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 186
Godmanchester, Cambs
I have 172k miles on my 99 20vt, and the car has had a full service every January, and a interim service every July for the last 17 years now. I am on the 2nd clutch, the first one did 114k, and i am on the 4th turbo now!

I had the engine compression tested in January this year and it scored 160psi across 4 cylinders, and 150psi on the 5th cylinder, so i firmly believe that as long as you service them, and maintain them properly, then you are not too much trouble. Mine has only left me at the side of the road twice...one for the oil cooler pipes bursting, and the other was the CHOD leaving me in a cloud of steam! Other than that, it's the rust that has caused me the most issues!

However, i only have had rust issues since i stopped using it as a daily driver!!


Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1
(Release build 20190129)
PHP: 7.3.33 Page Time: 0.014s Queries: 14 (0.007s) Memory: 0.7909 MB (Peak: 0.8945 MB) Data Comp: Off Server Time: 2022-05-27 03:33:24 UTC