1996 Fiat Brava Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1996 Fiat Brava S 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10

Faults:

I bought this car second hand (1 year old, 34,000 miles on clock). After 3 months the car was showing symptoms of a worn clutch. The dealer agreed to pay half the bill (£150) for replacement as I did not have the car for long, fine! When the gearbox had been taken out of the car they realised it was not the cluch but in fact it was the gearbox. I was given an estimate of £1,200 plus and they were, as before only prepared to pay £150. They suggested sending the Gearbox to an expert to see if it could be repaired. However if it could not be repaired then I would have to foot the bill for that on top of a new one.

General Comments:

I can't really coment on FIAT, but as for the garage that I bought the car from (Arnold Clark, Dunfermline, Fife) - What a really C@$P service. Whether or not I buy a Fiat again, it will not be from them!!!

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

Review Date: 21st December, 1998

26th Oct 2001, 19:21

Fiat Brava 1.4s, 40k miles.

New clutch fitted at 38k and now the gearbox is totally kaput.

Shocks are suspect and it has more squeaks than a mouse colony. Don't buy this car!!!

1996 Fiat Brava ELX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

There is minor fuse and electrical wiring problem, but can be solved by Fiat technician only.

General Comments:

The car is very good to my expectation. Spare parts are very expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 1998

1996 Fiat Brava S 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Car was 18 month's old and engine had siezed 1 week after having 24K mile service. Original bill was £1300, Fiat are now looking for £500+, not impressed!!

Minor eletrical problems.

General Comments:

Not impressed with Fiat's "goodwill gestures"!!!

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

Review Date: 2nd August, 1998

1996 Fiat Brava SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Rattle from dashboard (radio?)

General Comments:

Good turbo diesel engine gives lively mid-range acceleration. Well designed 5 door hatchback. Watch out for water leaks into vehicle from badly fitted sun roof. Also damaged door edge as rubber strip is not on most prominent part of the door.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 1998

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 17 reviews