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Author Topic: 1993 lancia thema 16v le tips and costs  (Read 2455 times)
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« on: 22 June, 2009, 01:24:15 PM »

Hi All,
Need help with a Thema 16V LE  that may be thinking of buying.

Anyone have any advise please on what to look for and or costs like cambelt etc.

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« Reply #1 on: 22 June, 2009, 02:54:17 PM »

Hi Carlos,

I bought my 1993 16vTurbo LS 8 months ago having owned a 8v Turbo some years ago. It was the very best I could find at the time and although some people though that it was a tad pricey I've not yet regretted it. They are excellent vehicles with acceleration which never fails to bring a smile to the face.

The cam belt tensioners got noisy and I had them replaced and a new cambelt at the same time. I also had a new water pump as that had developed a leak. Total bill was 430.

So, IMHO buy the very best you can find even if it is top money and above all make sure that the underneath is sound. Like any 15-20 year old car they can become a veritable money pit if you buy a dog.

Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: 22 June, 2009, 06:25:46 PM »

Hi All,
Need help with a Thema 16V LE  that may be thinking of buying.

Anyone have any advise please on what to look for and or costs like cambelt etc.


Hi Carlos,

Does it have the VIS engine? it  will say "16v VIS" on the cambox? is it a manual or auto? I take it it's not a turbo.

If it's a VIs  please let me know and I can let you know what to look for, I also have the series 3 workshop manual, so if you need anything anytime I can help;  I've had 2 16V LS Vis Auto's and know the weak spots.
There are a lot of differences mechanically with the series 3 Themas, could you let me have the chassis Number in a PM and I can check out exactly what model it is.
I'm 100% behind Robins comments on price to pay, it's very much a case of a good one is worth paying over the odds for as Robin did, whereas a mediocre one isn't even worth considering, unless they have been well looked after with a service history it could well cost you a small fortune to get it to a decent standard.

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« Reply #3 on: 30 June, 2009, 05:33:50 PM »

Hi Carlos,

If you are in the UK you should join the Lancia Thema & Dedra Consortium

Members of teh consortium can get a kit with Cam Belt, Balancer Belt and tensioner bearings for around 150. We also have dimantled more than a dozen Themas and still have some complete cars, so almost every part is obtainable.

The difficult parts to obtain these days are the rear cross members. Check under the car to see if this part looks excessively rusty.

As mentioned before, you need to listen for noisey tensioner bearings. If after revving the engine there is a rattle from the left of the engine bay (as you look in from the front) then that usually indicates excessive bearing wear.

The handbrake can often be a problem with these cars. Quite often the cable stretches with age and only one caliper is activated by the handbrake. If left unattended the handbrake lever on the caliper will get sticky and seize. Reconditioned calipers are still easy to get for 80-90 from most Motor Factors. Changing the belt is a 3 hour job.

The electrics on these cars are good and only trivial stuff tends to fail. Bodywork is usually good, but cars that have lived in coastal areas or salty road environments may have some structural rust at the rear jacking points so poke and prod with a screw driver in this area. In general these cars are much less rusty than their SAAB 9000 counterparts and they handle much better too.

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Current Cars: 1994 2.0 VIS Thema Station Wagon, 1967 Flavia 1.8 PF Coupe.

Previous cars:
1983 Prisma 1600
1991 Thema 16v i.e. SE
1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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