Just love these cars, my first was an Elx version alittle older than the one i have now but i am happy with the newer one as its the sx with a 1600 engine in and it does shift, its excellent for myself and my kids and does its job marvellously on school runs and long runs out !! True it does have a huge boot which is great if your a woman like me that likes to shop !! I would say the overall stars i'm giving the Marea is a must 4 out of 5 as i have driven lots of different cars and i just love the Marea. I don't care if it depreciates in value as i'm not looking for an expensive car to drive around in anyway it serves its purpose and thats enough for me i like the suspension and the drive the power steering is smooth and easy on the woman drivers !! and the gear change is smooth, i particularly like the horn its loud and demanding. I have now had two of these cars and i when i do eventually need a new car am going to find it hard to ween myself off from the Marea.
I've owned my 4-door Fiat Marea 100SX saloon for just over eighteen months now, and whilst I've not got any real reason to complain about it, I still find it hard to get too excited over it. I've done around 24000 miles in it since I bought it nearly new in October 00. It's just had it's first MOT which it sailed through without problems, and currently (touching wood), I've not had to spend too much on maintaining and servicing it. The inside of the car is practical and well laid out if not inspiring. Dull fabric colours do nothing to liven it up. Seats are difficult to get comfortable in initially, but when there, are supportive. Performance can't be said to be dull, but it's not fantastic. This model gets to 60 in around 11 secs and max's out at approx 115, but it is a mid-sized family car at the end of the day so I guess performance wasn't first on Fiat's priorities when developing it. The ride is firm but not crashy and you can throw the car around corners and roundabouts without too many G's feeling to go through your body! Consumption is average I guess for the size of car attaining figures of around 34 - 37 mpg. Good comfortable room in the front of the car, less in the back, but not cramped. The car is well equipped. Elec windows, central locking, HUGE boot, ABS with Electronic Brake Assist, temperature guage, climate-control air-con and rev counter are all standard on the SX, as are colour keyed bumpers. One item I am a little disappointed with is the stereo. Seems Fiat ran out of money when adding it in - it is RDS/EON, plenty of presets etc but sound is tinny at louder volumes and all four speakers are in the front! Cassette player and not CD player is standard. Beware the car does depreciate quickly in it's early years - I bought my eighteen month old car at half it's initial retail price! But in that way at least, it does make it a great used buy. So defini
tely consider this model - it has a little of the Italian blood in it, just not that much! Hugely practical, but just not as exciting as some similar sized models from other manufacturers.