That said, even though there have always been some difficult design periods for the marque, a Thema 8.32 would certainly be amusing and I’ve always wanted the dashboard of a Lancia Trevi as an object d’art. But that was a Lancia, wasn’t it?
No, I’ve never got on with Fiats. In fact, everyone I’ve ever known who had one has encountered problems.
I thought I loved the new Panda, until a friend got one and the head gasket blew. What’s more, the dealer could not have been less interested.
Then there is the Fiat Coupe that a close relative bought. It failed so spectacularly that they were obliged to replace it with another new one. It then depreciated at a spectacular rate – he paid £25k and was lucky to get £2995 for it with only 30,000 miles on the clock.
The new Punto is pretty, but I worry. Thinking back to 1978 I remember someone I worked with got a Supermiafiori - and he quickly renamed it a Crappymiafiori.
A man of my advanced years may well fancy a toned ex-supermodel, but I still need a lot of convincing to invest any of my hard earned into any Fiat shaped car.
How about you?
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