1996 Fiat Brava 1.8L petrol EFI


Good town car, with looks only a mother could love


Suspension was shot when I bought it, but didn't realise it. The shocks were basically pointless and it would hit the stops on large bumps. I test drove it on good roads, and it didn't show through.

Sunroof was a bit temperamental (probably from the light rusting of the guide rails), so I just kept it shut.

Nothing else apart from that. So all in all, a pretty good buy.

General Comments:

I bought it because I saw it cheap and knew it would hold re-sale value when I sold it on. It served its purpose in that sense.

Good car, had it for a while. I found it quite alright in the wet, as I traveled across Arthur's Pass during a torrential rainstorm more than once.

The manual transmission was geared well for around town use and top gear was okay for highway cruising, but it did leave you wanting another gear in there.

Nice town runabout I would say; pretty frugal on the dino juice too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2015

1996 Fiat Brava SX 1.6 litre


A sporty hatchback


1) Fuel injection problems at 90,000 km

2) Front electric windows broke at 95,000 kms

General Comments:

The car is a very good handler and is very comfortable around town.

I have added an after market muffler, which has created impressive gains in performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2002

22nd Oct 2002, 17:59

This is a great review. I found it very relative to my own experiances with my own Brava. I live in Liverpool, but I see that the Brava still has problems down under. I agree because it is a sporty hatchback, that is let down only by its electrics.