2001 Fiat Brava 80SX 1.2
Reliable, practical, cheap to run
Over a 16-year period ... lots :-)
Front suspension arms, bushes, dampers. Severely corroded subframe, corrosion on the suspension mounting points, leaking roof/sunroof, cooling fan motor burnt out three times, due to an electrical fault in the ECU(?) - needed a modification to bypass the ECU, just to make it work! Blown head gasket, oil leak caused by corroded sump. Much of the corrosion was caused by the UK's road salting/gritting over the winter. Cracked exhaust heat shield.
The exhaust system was apparently difficult to fix, or my local garages are crap? Probably the latter ... ;-)
I will never forget this car. It NEVER broke down! It was the most reliable, dependable car I have ever owned, but Fiat Bravas were not designed to last 144,000 miles - the majority of them were scrapped many years ago!
The steering was amazingly light, and the economy was good. The boot (trunk) space was great. The ride quality on Britain's shameful roads was reasonable - there's only so much a 1,000Kg car can absorb when the roads are littered with defects!
In the end, the car developed a misfire that would have cost hundreds of pounds to fix - I decided to scrap my Brava earlier this year :(
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th May, 2017