1997 Fiat Brava SX 1.4 12v from UK and Ireland
It will be going to the scrap yard soon
First big mistake was I brought it without the red key (i didn't know this at the time) would cost £500 to reset the cars computers and I still wouldn't have a red key. (this makes it very hard to sell)
The engine cuts out and seems it's not getting enough power. I've had it put on a Fiat machine, but nothing was found to be wrong. A friend said I need a coil pack! once I had to keep my foot on the gas all the way home to stop it from cutting out.
The drivers seat goes forward, but not enough for me to put the clutch all the way down.
Back wiper works, but the washer does not.
I get a tapping noise from the inside of the back of the car no idea where its from.
If I indicate then turn into a sharp corner the indicator makes a loud clicking noise then goes off.
Apparently it's got an alarm, but it's never worked form me.
The petrol cap has broke off again.
Handbrake does not work very good has to be pulled up very high.
The engine problem makes it drink petrol sometimes you can watch the petrol going down.
The passenger window takes ages to go up and down.
However it still has not rust not one spot.
Big spacious car I fitted a bath in with the seats down.
I'm only 18 and considering it's a family car it still a nice design (despite most people my age going for the Bravo I love the Brava)
Power steering is light.
The car does drive good when it's no playing up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2005
As owner of a '97 Brava, I have to agree they are problematic. However doing a little background research can save you a fortune. When I bought mine it had a horrendous misfire and ran very badly. Older Bravas have a habit of needing replacement injectors (and sometimes coil packs or HT leads). I replaced the lot on mine and it now works fine at a total cost of around £300. The car only cost me £350 in March '09 so for £650 I have a working family saloon.
You are dead right about the passenger seat window, however this is more a 'niggle' than an actual fault.
If you assess the age and value of the car, it's really not that bad.