1997 Fiat Brava Reviews

1997 Fiat Brava SX 1.4 12v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 12v Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Summary:

It will be going to the scrap yard soon

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

14th Jun 2009, 06:15

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.

1997 Fiat Brava SX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles

Summary:

On the outside it looks great, but looks mean nothing if you are having problems with it

Faults:

High fuel costs.

Engine cutting out at low revs.

General Comments:

Very smart looking car for its year.

However this is compensated for by the high fuel consumption.

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

Review Date: 26th February, 2005

1997 Fiat Brava SX 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carRover 800

Summary:

A nice looking problem bank

Faults:

Alternator broke.

Gearbox faulty and still broken, cost £75 to just see the gearbox.

Steering faulty.

Radio faulty.

Exhaust faulty, costs £500 pounds to repair.

Speedometer does not work.

Faulty back lights.

Rear windscreen wiper is stuck.

Shock absorbers damaged.

General Comments:

Despite the poor reliability, it is a stunning looking car, and is a very quick car.

Do not mind the problems except for the faulty gearbox.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2003

1997 Fiat Brava S 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carFord fiesta

Summary:

More trouble than its worth

Faults:

Battery was Faulty,

Starter Motor broke.

Clutch and Preasure Plate broke

Coil went faulty

Lambda Sensor broke

Clutch fluid pump

Central Locking went faulty.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute joke. I have had nothing, but hassle with this excuse for a car.

If it wasnt for me taking out a £200 warranty I worked out I would have had to spend about £2000 in repairs on this car.

If you are purchasing this car remember even though its cheap to buy the reliability is a bit questionable and never ever buy this car without taking out the warranty.

I will never ever buy a Fiat ever again.

The breakdown guy summed the Fiat Brava up when I got towed into the garage again one morning FIAT... stands for Fix It Again Tommorow...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 14 reviews