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Old 20-08-2013   #16
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

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It's not a Fiat, it's a Vectra in a posh frock.
Ano, when I was looking to see if they could b dropped to the floor croma coilovers are about 800quid whereas vectra ones can be had from 2-300quid :-)
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Fuel economys not my top priority.I wouldnt expect good economy with 1500kg behind it,a roof box with two stunt scooters and a hold all bag in it.A mans mountain bike next to that.To top it all off two kids bikes on the rack between the car and caravan.Plus two adults and three kids.But it averaged 28 mpg and thats with me taking the michael out of every Audi and Bmw on the gradients of the A30 out of cornwall.Their cool mate.
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Ano, when I was looking to see if they could b dropped to the floor croma coilovers are about 800quid whereas vectra ones can be had from 2-300quid :-)
Did you fit them? There may be subtle differences between some Croma and Vectra parts concerning the suspension. The Croma's heavier so has bigger brake disks, not sure about the track width. I believe the front driveshaft is a bit longer, so perhaps it's wider to make up for the extra height? Perhaps the springs are stiffer to cope with the extra weight? I don't know, but my previous statement about it being a Vectra is only true some of the time.
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Did you fit them? There may be subtle differences between some Croma and Vectra parts concerning the suspension. The Croma's heavier so has bigger brake disks, not sure about the track width. I believe the front driveshaft is a bit longer, so perhaps it's wider to make up for the extra height? Perhaps the springs are stiffer to cope with the extra weight? I don't know, but my previous statement about it being a Vectra is only true some of the time.
No not bought one yet, might be going to see one on Friday if I have time. Just going by Halilsons thread about lowering his
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Fuel economys not my top priority.I wouldnt expect good economy with 1500kg behind it,a roof box with two stunt scooters and a hold all bag in it.A mans mountain bike next to that.To top it all off two kids bikes on the rack between the car and caravan.Plus two adults and three kids.But it averaged 28 mpg and thats with me taking the michael out of every Audi and Bmw on the gradients of the A30 out of cornwall.Their cool mate.
Cheers, ad be happy with that tbh for the times we'd have the caravan, bikes and roof box fitted. Another tick for the Croma :thumbup:
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Fuel economys not my top priority.I wouldnt expect good economy with 1500kg behind it,a roof box with two stunt scooters and a hold all bag in it.A mans mountain bike next to that.To top it all off two kids bikes on the rack between the car and caravan.Plus two adults and three kids.But it averaged 28 mpg and thats with me taking the michael out of every Audi and Bmw on the gradients of the A30 out of cornwall.Their cool mate.
You will have the Caravan Club after you towing ' 100% !!
Mine weighs 1300max all up so you can imagine how mine trots along!!
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

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Did you fit them? There may be subtle differences between some Croma and Vectra parts concerning the suspension. The Croma's heavier so has bigger brake disks, not sure about the track width. I believe the front driveshaft is a bit longer, so perhaps it's wider to make up for the extra height? Perhaps the springs are stiffer to cope with the extra weight? I don't know, but my previous statement about it being a Vectra is only true some of the time.
After reading your question Doofer, I have made an update to the "Coil spring compressor" thread, you'll see that Vectra/Signum coils are not the same with Croma ones, at least not regarding hardness and/or quality.
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Hello Tarquin,what engine you got?
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

Its a 150bhp 16v Prestigio only just done 40k so all the probs I have had are a surprise for such a low mileage engine.
Alternator at 25k was one of the more annoying and as you can see from the other threads I am deep into the Drive shaft issues
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

Alternators are common to failure on all fiats.I wounder whether the 2.4 has bigger shafts as its played on my mind a bit.
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

I'm giving this thread 3 pages in total before it becomes another "I hate my Croma" thread. Like all the others in fact.

Only page 2 so far, and we're already onto driveshafts and alternators. That's it, downhill from here...
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

Being a former Croma owner as you know, I can now talk objectively about them without all the pent up emotions caused by owning one clouding my judgement.
I had my 1.9 8v for four years and during that time I went from hating it...I even nearly did a John Cleese once with a tree branch.....to loving it, It had all of the usual faults happen to it, in fact a week after I sold it the alternator I fitted failed again, it only lasted 35k miles. Most of the faults point to a poor testing regime when developing the vehicle, many faults should have been picked up during the prototype stage, I can say this with some authority being in that field of work myself. In short the Croma is a good vehicle spoilt by poor design in some areas and rubbish quality parts such as road springs, EGR valves etc.......I dare say they will slowly disappear from our roads as more of them expire, pity but onwards and upwards!
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

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I'm giving this thread 3 pages in total before it becomes another "I hate my Croma" thread. Like all the others in fact.

Only page 2 so far, and we're already onto driveshafts and alternators. That's it, downhill from here...


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I'm happy being grumpy!
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Re: Anything nice to say about the croma?

It's nice to sit in with lots of room and headroom, beats other cars if you are 6'4 like me. Basically it's nice inside and has an interesting engine option the 2.4.
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