Fiat Brava Review from Israel

1996 Fiat Brava SX 1.6

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance148000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer


When she is good, she is very very good, but when she is bad she is murder!!


Driver's seat collapsed, had to be replaced.

I am currently on my third battery, as the battery tends to discharge suddenly.

Car overheated and I had to replace the head gasket at 140,000. The fan connects burn out repeatedly.

Alternator failure at 80,000 Km.

Coil (!!) expired at 120,000 Km. I am told this is extremely rare.

Clogged radiator at 145,000 Km.

General Comments:

This car drove like a dream (apart from the suddenly dead batteries) until 120,000 Km, when the troubles started. After more than 20,000 Km. of continuous repairs, I think that the troubles can be traced to the cooling system. The combination of a faulty fan connection and a clogged radiator have caused havoc.

My advice to all owners: Have the radiator cleaned and electrical system and connections checked regularly and you should be OK.

Despite all the problems, this car is excellent value for money, and drives well. I think the biggest problem is the poor dealer service in Israel, who seem to be completely incompetent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th May, 2001

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review