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Here it is, working a bit harder....

 

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Picked up in Bristol, and pulled back to Sussex, where the kids will prepp it for a life on the continent.

 

And your gratuitous fuel station stop

 

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"Say Marea, Marea. Whatever will be will be......"

If the plod actually existed anymore on our streets, and they had a spare half hour and saw the car, would they be unhappy with it being an unbraked train or would they assume it's being "recovered" to a place of safety?

Is your signature all current cars?

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I’d 100% have a 2.0, 5 pot estate again in a heart beat, 

i should have have jumped at his Brava he was selling, I just did t have the cash at the time. 

Give it a couple of years and there’ll be none of these around, 

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Yup, legalities of that tow setup? Unknown.  Everyone seems to have a differing view. Two separate Police cars and a Motorway Traffic car all ignored me though. 

Huw, that house is a gutted shell, about to be doubled in size. A true bombsite purchase!

Yup, it’s a 20v.  I’m lucky enough to own three others ( coop, bag & turbo) & Bravo - this is the smoothest - but by no means the quickest. Power seems well adapted to towing, as opposed to outright speed, as the Coupes & Bravo.  Ideal for this job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I borrowed a Marea estate off a colleague years ago and was impressed by it. I think it was always a bit of a left field choice of car, but very good at what it did. Did I go out and buy one though, of course not, I bought yet another Volvo 240 estate instead. I'm just too predictable and generally go back to what I know.

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Glad to see this Marea went to a good home. I was watching it on ebay a few weeks ago but a lack of space stopped me bidding. 

I've only driven a Bravo 1.6 100 16v that my sister had. Was great fun to drive but the mpg wasn't great thanks to me enjoying it too much! 

 

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2002 seems really late for a Marea but Wikipedia says they were made that late and that's never wrong. I guess they just sold so few that most of them that I've seen were probably ex dealer demos or the first influx.

 

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I prefer Santana's earlier work but...

Back in 2002 I nearly bought a 2000 W reg Marea 1.6 100 bhp. As my insurance NCB situation was pants, I chickened out and bought a SEAT with a less exciting 60 bhp at the same dealer instead.

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Great to see my old Marea getting proper use. I did see that 02 plated one a few times for sale and think about it, but that goes for most Fiats on the web.

 

I did spot a 150 20v Weekend the other day, must get my pen and paper out for that!

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It’s a strong towcar, the same engine as my hot Bravo but a completely different power output- torquey yet not fast!

i have a diesel weekend too, the big one, but rarely used right now ( although it is legal). 

 

This is diesel has covered2-3k now with family, seems to be a frugal,sipper @60 mpg, but a little underpowered. Does feel as if the filters need attention, and the injector light is on now, apparently, so it’s probanly a bit down on power.

mModern 17’s bring it more up to date, and a de badge has the majority head scratching - which is fine by me.

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