I have for sale here a pretty rare beast…
As you'll be aware, Fiat Cromas never sold well in the first place on these shores. Between 2005 and 2007 fewer than 1,400 of these found homes in the UK, and this particular model – the range-topping 2.4 M-JET Prestigio – only sold 36 units in total, of which just 18 remain taxed and on the road currently, some future classic potential perhaps? The proverbial hen’s teeth. And yet it’s a really great and frankly under-appreciated car.
Part of its issue was that UK consumers couldn’t quite work out what it was supposed to be and therefore who it was aimed it. Is it a large hatchback, a curvy estate or a 5-seat MPV? Yes to all of those I guess – I bought it personally because it was a bit different and has loads of rear space for my long-legged teenage children. They’ve mostly got their own vehicles now, so I don’t really need a car this size any more, hence the time has come to find a new home for WN55 PBY.
Key things you should know about…
* It has been maintained to a meticulously high standard throughout its life with documented Fiat dealership servicing (despite a very low annual mileage) up until 2016, then an Italian vehicle specialist (L&M near Henley) for servicing and major repairs since then. I have receipts totaling over £9k in my 4.5 year ownership, so it has lacked for absolutely nothing – the cambelt was changed earlier this year as part of a big service (3k miles ago) as were 4 new tyres plus new discs and pads all round. I've never spent so much in one go at a garage! MOT until 15/1/21.
* A very reliable (and safe) vehicle – the only time it has ever let me down was when the alternator packed up shortly after I bought it (common issue). Otherwise, it starts on the button. No DPF issues now (it had some earlier in its life when it was doing a lower mileage). 5* NCAP crash-test rating with 7 airbags.
* Powerful 2.4 diesel engine (the same that appears in the Alfa 159 with a manual box), this one has been remapped to 235BHP (from the standard 200BHP) – a formidable surge of pace for overtaking and a top speed of who knows what! 36MPG economy in mixed driving, 42MPG possible on lengthier runs – it’s a really great cruiser, the auto box and cruise-control make it a delight on longer journeys, with really comfortable and supportive alcantara seats as well.
* No leaks. All liquids stay exactly where they should – oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, washer fluid.
* Very good all-round condition – I’m not selling this as concours, but it’s certainly very decent with just a few minor marks visible, photos available of these (I can only put 6 on this ad in total).
* (Virtually) everything electrical works, which is saying something for a Fiat - I've owned plenty over the years. That said, the full-length glass sunroof has a mind of its own once you go past the first two stages – it still opens fine, but needs two people to heave it shut, demo possible. Unlike some other Cromas I've read about, this one doesn’t let rain in – absolutely seals water-tight. 2 keys, both working.
* Spacious & flexible – loads of room inside, ISOFIX compatible, clever two stage boot. The rear seat squab (the bit you sit on) can be removed completely and the backs can fold down to create a huge flat space for transporting anything large or long.
Not much more I can say on this – it has got to be one of the very best left, with a low mileage and impeccable service record. A delight to drive – it feels tight and capable, with no irritating squeaks or knocks. Loads more photos available on request.
Any test welcomed (in fact here’s a useful checklist for this model on the forum: https://www.fiatforum.com/croma-ii/2...ice-croma.html - bring it with you!).