I have gone from really liking my Fiat Brava to absolutely detesting it, in 5 very short weeks.
When we first got it, the radio wouldn't turn off, then it decided to go to VOLUME 40 as it sat on the driveway and not switching off. My partner had to get a neighbour to disconnect the battery. Radio hasn't worked since, paranoid to turn it on.
The door handles are of poor quality, and are perished to bits. Similarly the cigarette lighter compartment is hanging open and will not shut.
The starter motor decided to die on the school run, resulting in a call-out for the AA and garage bill for replacement.
The bonnet flew up in high winds as we overtook a truck at 70mph in the A1 fast lane. A horrible experience with 3 kids in the car and no hard shoulder in sight.
Bonnet completely obliterated by above incident and replacement bought, in a totally different colour from scrapyard.
The car has now developed a judder when driving between 10-35mph, and sounds very tractor-like. Been told by Kwik Fit that this isn't the exhaust, and is in the engine.
The battery drained, when the radio light decided to come on randomly, despite me taking the fuse out so it wouldn't do this.
The car can be hard to maintain for a 'home-mechanic', with difficult access to the spark plugs (very deeply inset) and other components.
Sadly went from being a great, economical family car to a big, money-wasting heap of junk in a very short space of time.
Other than that, a nice looking car, smooth to drive, comfortable interior and very cheap to run - when everything is OK!
They say FIAT stands 'Fix It Again Tomorrow' - they'd be right!