Magneti Marelli filters - any good?

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I own a '95 Punto Cabrio 1.6L. I always used a genuine filter made by Fiat. I came accross this on ebay: Should be good quality or keep going with the genuine ones?
 
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If its anything like their electrics run as fast as you can away from this brand. The Limey's had Lucas and the Italians have Magneti Marelli, one is as bad as the other.
 
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Originally Posted By: Trav
If its anything like their electrics run as fast as you can away from this brand. The Limey's had Lucas and the Italians have Magneti Marelli, one is as bad as the other.
Sorry Trav, this simply isn't true. Yes, late 70s and 80s Fiat electric were terrible but this was not completely Marelli problem. Fiats ( and all other Italian cars ) were just build badly in that period. Pretty much everything except mechanics was [censored]. Since the Bravo and Punto era they produce quality cars. MM filters are probably outsourced, most probably from FIAMM and thay should be decent.
 
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Originally Posted By: Trav
If its anything like their electrics run as fast as you can away from this brand. The Limey's had Lucas and the Italians have Magneti Marelli, one is as bad as the other.
True, but their engine management systems seemed to work well enough in the Lancia factory World Rally Championship works cars, from the Group 4 Stratos/037s, to Group B Delta S4s, to Group A Delta Integrales. wink
 
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Original Mini Coopers did well on the rally circuits but that doesn’t mean their Lucas electrics were the same as in the store bought versions.
 
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Sorry it is true, these cars have lots of electrical and rust issues on terminals and sockets (the whole car does but that’s another subject) when subjected to winter salt conditions. The only injector (some Harley use it also) i have to keep in stock in large quantities is the Magneti Marelli. They have a very high failure rate from internal plug and coil wiring failure. The last ones of these i worked on was a cinquecento and a croma, never again. Fiat cars are not the most desirable. Electrical troubles are very common. Google it.
 
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In either case, comparing a race car's electrical system isn't very fair. How long would those electrical systems hold up if someone was driving a car every day for many years? Suddenly a Ford RS200 or even a Celica All-Trac would be more attractive.
 
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In either case, comparing a race car's electrical system isn't very fair. How long would those electrical systems hold up if someone was driving a car every day for many years? Suddenly a Ford RS200 or even a Celica All-Trac would be more attractive.
Yes, I would take the RS200 as well (an Evo 2.2 rallycross version, thank you), but, it may have used that same MM box as the Lancias. shrug frown
 
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