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Old 30-07-2013   #16
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Re: Croma - Most unreliable car ever?

Wear and tear springs to mind with that one.Also the state of the roads.
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Re: Croma - Most unreliable car ever?

Oh, my Croma has certainly been the least reliable car I've ever owned - see below for what I posted on the "goodbye Croma" thread. Sadly, it wasn't a good buy, my Croma...

I, too, have a 2006 1.9 multijet 16v diesel auto...and it's far and away the worst car I've EVER owned. Loads of things gone wrong with it (eg the driveshaft issue that I've noticed being discussed here, all sorts of electrical problems, all the time, parking sensor needed replaced etc etc).
In all, I've spent about 2500 extra on it since I got it, 2nd hand - and it's still not quite at 55000 miles!
Driveshaft replaced; suspension struts replaced (mind you, I do drive on Edinburgh's "roads"); parking sensor replaced; three brake bulbs replaced; front side-light bulb replaced (but warning light stays on - go figure!); battery light only goes off if I start the car twice...I could go on.
I live in fear of it breaking down in a really inconvenient place at a really bad time.

MOT and tax due in April; it'll be getting traded in then, against whatever I can research to be the most reliable car I can afford!

Loathsome car - but thanks to this site I at least managed to sort out the window safety warnings/lights (which is how I came to find the site), so that's something. Thanks, whoever posted the tip about holding the buttons down.

Anyway, a charming way to say hello, I know, but I've just had to replace yet another brake light bulb only to have the side-light blow the next day, so not feeling well disposed towards my so-called car.
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Re: Croma - Most unreliable car ever?

Hi Telegraph,

Do you still have that procedure to get to the blower fan? Ours is screeching and needs to be fixed or replaced. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Croma - Most unreliable car ever?

Had my 2006 Croma 1.9JTD 8v for 3 years now. Has been relatively reliable for a > 10 year old car the 30k miles since purchase.
  • Anti-roll bars
  • Battery
  • Brake pads and discs all round
  • Both rear springs
  • Cambelt, tensioners and water pump
  • MAF sensor
  • Stereo kept scratching CDs. Replaced with a Sony unit.
  • Brake bulbs x 3
  • Speakers blown drivers side
  • Front side lights x 1
  • Tyres wear heavy, although to be fair the fronts were under-inflated for a while
  • Glovebox replaced after I couldn't open it
  • Drivers interior door handle broke
  • Poor FM reception - bought a 3.99 amplified replacement from Halfords

Bought for 1200 in Feb 2015 with 55k miles. Good value I think.

Great load carrier and tows a caravan brilliantly. Comfortable on long journeys. Most of the issues listed could happen i any car, or were routine service and/or wear and tear.

Will probably keep her running until something expensive breaks.

Mazda 6 SkyActive diesel when the time comes.
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Re: Croma - Most unreliable car ever?

Hi mrw99,
I've had a similar experience over the last few years.
When I look back through my posts from many years ago it's hard to believe it's the same car.
A lot of the issues are niggly details that Fiat could have fixed early on in the manufacturing process - door handles and the rear wiper motors for instance.
I agree completely about towing. Mine gets the caravan on the back, kayak on the roof, dog in the boot and 4 adults inside and can still manage 30mpg according to the computer anyway ��
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I must be lucky because mine has been pretty good.Replaced the gearbox about 4 months ago for a second hand Alfa 159 item which has lowered the gearing by about 250rpm in every gear which I'm happy about and ive just replaced the starter as it turned into a pig to start.Which the 2.4 is noted for.Again tows the caravan like a dream.
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Re: Croma - Most unreliable car ever?

Quote Originally Posted by BrianMcL View Post
Hi mrw99,
I've had a similar experience over the last few years.
When I look back through my posts from many years ago it's hard to believe it's the same car.
A lot of the issues are niggly details that Fiat could have fixed early on in the manufacturing process - door handles and the rear wiper motors for instance.
I agree completely about towing. Mine gets the caravan on the back, kayak on the roof, dog in the boot and 4 adults inside and can still manage 30mpg according to the computer anyway ��
rear wiper motor is good, they failed with rubber just below wiper arm, water leaks through and ****s up motor
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