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Old 04-06-2005   #1
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Question New Bloke Needs Advice Please!!!

Hi i just joined a minute ago, i have been offered a fiat marea 2.0 auto, its an r-reg. it has no tax or MOT & apparently it overheats quite a lot, i have seen evidence on the filler bottle! he says i can have it as it is for 150, just wondered if anyone thinks i should not bother, & what sort of jobs are involved to get it road worthy etc, this will be my first fiat if i buy it so am an absolute begginer!
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Re: New Bloke Needs Advice Please!!!

anyone on here????????????????????
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Re: New Bloke Needs Advice Please!!!

It will need a cambelt between 50k and 70k. This is about 700+ on a 2.0. Get the water pump changed at the same time.
Otherwise just the usual checks. Should be no rust on an R reg.
Des he know why it overheats? Do the internal heaters work?
The 2.0 is a great car and the fastest/most powerful in its class.
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Re: New Bloke Needs Advice Please!!!

hi welcome, marea guys all down the pub, tis ok for 150 worst it could be is head gasket

edit: ah ok their not all down the pub
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yeah theres no rust on it at all, dunno why it overheats, wish i did then i could sort it! lol anyway the internal heaters dont work according to my mate, just dont wanna buy a bottomless pit full of probs!
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Re: New Bloke Needs Advice Please!!!

sounds like a head gasket is the most likely suspect then
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Re: New Bloke Needs Advice Please!!!

So does it actually overheat, or just spit the water out of the header tank?

Had a problem with my wife's when it spat a few litres of water out of the header tank after a long trip. Turned out to be only a cracked filler cap on the header tank, my guess is that it was slowly loosing water, got air into the system, when when stopped the air expanded and pushed water out.

Has been fine since replaced the cap.

At that price it's worth a punt.
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At that price it's worth a punt.
Agreed. Worst case scenario is that you break it to get your money back (probably and some). Alternatively stick it on eBay where I saw one up for 150 with blown head gasket about a week ago.

If you do go the breaking route then you can put me down for the front under-tray as mine is missing... :-)
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