1999 Fiat Brava 100 HSX from Netherlands


Good looking, but extremely unreliable


Car owned for I think three years or so.

Engine broke down and needed to be replaced.

Start motor broke. Twice.

Temperature sensor broke. Twice.

Exhaust needed replacing. Again, twice.

Rear wiper worked inconsistently: sometimes it did, sometimes it didn't.

Headlights (particularly the right one) needed replacing every few months on average, but sometimes even every few weeks.

The ceiling fabric developed ugly stains, small brownish dots.

Had trouble getting in second gear at times (produced ugly rattling noise). Also had trouble getting in reverse (pump the clutch twice as a workaround).

Door handle covers (all of them) deteriorated very badly and needed replacing.

Randomly had trouble starting (even with replaced starter engine and battery).

Two of the heating wires on the rear window were broken.

General Comments:

I found the car comfortable and good looking.

However, it is marred by some very nasty reliability issues, making it a very expensive and annoying car to own if you're not very lucky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2007

1999 Fiat Brava 100 SX 1.6 from UK and Ireland


I am able to wash my feet on the way to work, following a rainy night, the water collects on the drivers foot-well, has anyone else experienced this problems, if so can you advise the problems and the fix, other than this the car is so nice and under rated. but the MPH could. should be higher.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th November, 2005

1999 Fiat Brava jtd SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland




Nothing has been replaced on this car from new. Best car I've ever had! Brilliant - reliable and cheap to run. Why did Fiat replace this good looking car with a Stilo?

General Comments:

Quick for a diesel, reliable and cheap to run. I get up 60 mpg. The ride is a little hard and the drivers seat could have done with a lumbar support adjuster.

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

Review Date: 16th August, 2005

1999 Fiat Brava SX 80 16V 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Got one? Best thing to do: Leave it unlocked and pray that someone is stupid enough to steal it.


I got this car after the original Brava that I purchased from the dealer was sent in 5 times for clunking out at idle. This one has been no better and has been back to the dealer 3 times for the same problem and it has eaten through several ECUs in the process. This seems to have fixed the problem for the moment though.

The Frame of the Driver's seat has collapsed. Fiat want £400+ for a new one.

Driver-side switchgear for the electric windows has broken.

Rear-view mirror has fallen off. Apparently a design fault on Fiat's behalf. The unit is too heavy to be glued to the windscreen.

The aerial has broken, so that it no longer stays up and instead lays flat against the roof of the car resulting in poor radio reception.

General Comments:

This car is appalling, an affront to drivers everywhere. Fiat should be ashamed of themselves.

Even if the faults above had not occurred, this car would still be dire.

The interior plastics are low quality and nasty to the feel and the switchgear is decidedly flimsy. This is not a nice car in which to spend any amount of time.

There is no performance of which to speak. This car struggles to over-take milk floats and Motorway cruising with more than 1 other passenger is a very painful affair. If you decide to load up and take a trip, turn back as soon as you see the first incline. Any attempts to climb it at speed will only prove infuriating and futile.

The ride is unnecessarily over-firm. It's a 1.2 Family Hatchback, if you buy this car because you think it makes a suitable Nurburgring candidate, you need help, not harder suspension. The car fidgets at all speeds, particularly town speeds where poor road surfaces will send vibrations and booms into the cabin. This restlessness is all the more annoying at motorway speeds when coupled to the dead, over assisted and stupidly light power steering which makes if hard to keep going in a straight line without constant, tiring readjustment.

On the - albeit very dim - bright side, This car is cheap to run, Fuel efficiency is average and the insurance premiums are low.

But if you can see past all the negatives and this still looks like a promising purchase (no matter what the asking price) then don't buy the car, instead spend the money on a psychiatrist, you need it.

Would I buy another Brava? Would I even buy another Fiat? This car is so bad it makes Ken Livingstone's Integrated Public Transport Plan seem like an idyllic Utopia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th March, 2005

27th Feb 2009, 11:45

Agree, mine had problems from 30k on the clutch, discs, and then the icing on the cake was when it dropped a valve and was scrapped. Would rather own a Lada as they're probably more reliable. 40000 miles is not that far in modern terms, it's not too much to ask.