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#1 OFFLINE   pogweasel

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 06:55 PM

It's national obscure pseudo-lux-tat week this week. First the Tagora, now this has come out of the woodwork...

When was the last time you saw a Fiat Croma, today Ive found a really decent one for sale. Belongs to my best mate (I never even knew he owned it) Its a silver grey 4 door saloon, with 2 litre twin cam power. It has no MOT at the moment but the guy who owns it is a mechanic. Its recently had four brand new tyres which have done less than 3 miles but the best bit is..... Its running on LPG! Cheap to run, up and coming classic and very practical. Interested? He wants about £300 for it. From what I've seen today, it needs the front bumper valance repairing, and a damn good clean (I may do this prior to it being sold) Its a very honest car and looking for a good home. If you want it with an MOT / Vallet etc, Im sure this can be arranged.


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Smashing. A Croma on lpg must be magical.
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#2 OFFLINE   Sid

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 06:59 PM

I bet the ABS is on cracking form! Nice cars as I recall!

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:08 PM

Freakin 'ell man, every one of them you gets got a ruddy rod through the side.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:10 PM

See, told you so.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:15 PM

Croma shroma.

Heres is one on the bay, with another loitering in the background, only £500 LOL:

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:23 PM

Yeah, but they are the fugly pointy-witches-snout face ones which are ten-a-penny compared to the more satisfying bluff-front variety.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:50 PM

That "other one in the background" is a Turbo, sans interior, which is (or was) also for sale. I have to say I was almost tempted - presumably Saab 9000 seats could be made to fit, seeing as how they're the same floorpan?

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 10:30 PM

What a shocking turd they were. In the pecking order of Alfa 164, Saab 9000 and Lancia Thema, the Croma was at the very bottom of the pile. There's shite, and there's drab forgettable shite like that.A - void. :lol:

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 10:52 PM

Yeah, but they are the fugly pointy-witches-snout face ones which are ten-a-penny compared to the more satisfying bluff-front variety.

I've never seen a facelift one in the flesh, only on here. I wasn't even aware of their existence until Autoshite brought it to my attention!

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 10:56 PM

I love how it's i.e. :DOn the rear it's Croma i.e. autoshiteand on the side it's i.e. SX as if it's a point to note! :lol:

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:07 PM

On that TG episode where they created stretch limos, didn't James May join up the fronts of a Saab and an Alfa?

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:13 PM

Yes, destroying what looked like a really lovely 24v 164 Cloverleaf in the process. Seems to me they aren't really car people at all, not after destroying the three BL turds a couple of months back. There was just no need for that.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:23 PM

I've only been in a Croma once - a taxi in Spain. I thought it was OK, like a big Uno :). One thing I'll always remember about the Croma is how badly it did in an Auto Motor und Sport crash test circa 1990. 55 km/h offset test and the dashboard came right in on top of the driver. Footage here

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:01 PM

I've a 2 litre -taxed and ticketed and kept in a local road as an emergency spare. Always starts- even after a 3 month sit, drives well, never given any probs. Bit bland, and not quick ,but comfy, quiet and a bit different. Nil depreciation and not worth a bean so ideal A/shite. recommended
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Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:35 PM

I've a 2 litre -taxed and ticketed and kept in a local road as an emergency spare. Always starts- even after a 3 month sit, drives well, never given any probs. Bit bland, and not quick ,but comfy, quiet and a bit different. Nil depreciation and not worth a bean so ideal A/shite. recommended

Wow Nigel, where have you been??! :D Come to think of it Torsten's been away a while too, weren't together somewhere were you?! :lol: Anyway, I was going to ask, is your Croma the top of the range? It certainly looks quite purposeful! Was there a Croma Abarth?

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:57 AM

Here's mine, headless no less. That was last year, when the little direct injected diesel decided it had enough of it's old paper headgasket.
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Now that you've been warned... THERE!
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Of course the original wheel plates were already stunning
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But I decided to add to its already awesome appeal by adding Barchetta alloys
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Last APK (MOT) first thing the guy said when I rolled up is "Ouch, those things make your eyes hurt!". I took that as a compliment. To ensure he wouldn't have to look at it again for at least another year, he passed it with flying colors. Can't blame him.

Actually this is a dealer kept car that I bought from 1st owner a little over a year ago - just a tad over 100k miles on it, which is insanely little for a diesel and probably explains the dried out paper headgasket. There's a multilayer metal one in there now. First owner had it as a company car at first, then when he retired he bought it and probably drove it to church and back for another 10 years before finally trading it in for a Kappa at said dealership - same that also delivered it as a new car. I bought it there for a song. Garage kept all its life, it's completely rust free and everything shiny even inside the wheel arches. An amazing example.

The DI diesel is a bit noisy, but other than that it's comfy spacious daily shite. Not too quick but decent for a diesel, and besides the headgasket incident quite reliable too. Surprisingly economical as well.

I was actually happy to get back into my Croma after driving father's Golf 5 for about 500km through Germany. Crap seats that car had, and suspension that could tell you heads or tails if you happened to drive over a coin. Horrible. Now of course my Croma shocks may be a bit tired but I think I like it that way :)
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:07 AM

That Croma is delicious web, & I have to agree those alloys really look the part on it.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:07 PM

The Croma was the first direct-injection diesel passenger car on sale - it beat the Montego by a couple of months and the Audi TDI by a bit more. Of course if you count the Metrocab as being a passenger car then that was first.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:29 PM

I'm going to be a pedant and suggest that the Rayton Fissore Magnum had a DI before the lot of 'em :lol:

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 10:13 PM

True, although I'm not sure the Magnum beat the Metrocab - the Magnum only got the SOFIM engine in '86 IIRC, which is when the Metrocab came out - earlier Raytons had the VM engine. I s'pose the Rayton has a better claim to being a passenger car than the 'cab though.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:58 AM

Hi Reg -sorry ,been overseas unexpectedly. 3 day trip turned into a 4weeker- only curtailed cos the wife rolled the Saab onthe A27 just outside Chichester.Anyway -I'm here now -and will be posting again -shortly.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:30 AM

only curtailed cos the wife rolled the Saab on the A27 just outside Chichester.

Oh shit! She ok? Sad about the Saab but it's people that matter at the end of the day! Was that the one you bought not so long ago?Look forward to hearing about your adventures, good or bad :)

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:55 PM

The green GM one. Sitting looking rather sad on the drive. Yep -shes ok- walked away from it unscathed -only cut herself clambering to get back in to retrieve her laptop! And once righted it ran fine -a small leak from the oil cooler but thats it. Cost her £160 to get it lowloaded 8 miles home -robbers.Motoring wise -not many stories -office bound in southern Italy for the past few weeks -but I'm a bit backed up here.Minor problem with the Council seems to have occurred whilst i've been away -but I've instructed the heavies....Several cars to collect, the 124 estate is on the ship from Oz, due here early May but the dunderhead withthe bellett has missed 2 boats. Its now booked on 7th April and I've organised an independant to move it so that should be here June.Cheers
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:20 PM

Good good. I'm afraid I have to ask, mainly to quell the rumours.....you didn't take Torsten with you to Italy did you? It's just you both disappeared off the radar at about the same time! Only, he still hasn't returned. Good to have you back. :)

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:26 PM

Nowt to do with me. He gave me tanFSO 125 that he couldnt collect-which I've been sorting slowly. Its an ex Practical Classics -Simon Goldsworthy car thats not been on the road since 87, and has only covered 19,000.Mint -inside and out. But EVERYTHING had seized -right down to the throttle cable and linkage. Its running now -has brakes and has moved a few feet under its own power. A new exhaust was delivered whilst i was away so thats to be fitted -then its on the road and snagging. Once reliable I've a nice twin cam to go in -cant decide whether to fit a 125tc or a 130tc....Apart from a coupe of brief updates I've not heard from him -but then I havent been here either.....
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:34 PM

Did you see these two?.....http://cgi.ebay.co.u...:MEWA:IT&ih=008http://cgi.ebay.co.u...emZ270223271071

I've a 2 litre -taxed and ticketed and kept in a local road as an emergency spare. Always starts- even after a 3 month sit, drives well, never given any probs. Bit bland, and not quick ,but comfy, quiet and a bit different. Nil depreciation and not worth a bean so ideal A/shite. recommended

is your Croma the top of the range? It certainly looks quite purposeful! Was there a Croma Abarth?

Any advance on this Nige? :)




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