1997 Fiat Bravo Reviews

1997 Fiat Bravo 100 SX klima 1.6 16v / 73kW from Czech Republic

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v / 73kW Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda Rapid

Summary:

Very nice and cheap car

Faults:

I have to change exhaust immediate after buying this car. After few kilometers I have to change thermostat (often defect in this car) No any other defects, I was very satisfied with this car.

General Comments:

It was really car for fun (air condition, el. sunroof, 6x re-pro) Very fast with 100 power horses under the hood. It takes also a lot of cargo if you need with comparison with another 3 door cars. Interior is very nice, and you feel in the car as at home.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2006

1997 Fiat Bravo SX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Better than most people think

Faults:

Injector failed at 35K.

Ignition fuse sometimes blows.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable. Only once did it not start and that was due to the ignition fuse blowing. This has happened twice in the last year, not sure of the reason, but I just keep a spare fuse in-case.

The injector failing was covered under the warranty, but it appears to affect the 1.6 more than the other Bravos/Bravas.

I have had the car nearly 5 years and I love it. It still looks good.

Other than the minor faults the car has been faultless. The fuel economy is good. It is nice to drive and is fast once you get the rev's over 4000rpm. The interior is actually better than a lot of much newer, more expensive cars. It is a bit gray, but is durable and everything is very easy to hand.

The Fiat Bravo/a is definitely worth a look - leave the stereo-typing behind, this is a very good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2004

1997 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 20v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 100

Summary:

A mountain of fun at a molehill price

Faults:

Heater switch failed.

Dealer rectified without question.

General Comments:

Arbarth body kit really makes the car look so much better than the standard Bravo's.

The car handles beautifully.

Watch your speed as the acceleration can sometimes shock! But don't worry the lights did turn green it's just no-one else has moved yet!!

The interior is a little bland, although the leather gear knob and steering wheel, along with the heated seats make that little nit of difference.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2003

1997 Fiat Bravo HLX 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 155

Summary:

An absolute bargain - don't hesitate, buy one!!

Faults:

Throttle cable snapped at 60,000 miles.

Broken seat catch on passenger side, works, but comes off in your hand, broken when I bought it.

Passenger seat has recently stopped sliding back and forth unless seat is tilted.

Passenger side electric window is very slow. My passengers don't have much luck!! ha-ha.

That's it!

General Comments:

This has been the best car I have ever owned, and I've owned several.

The car is adequately quick and will top 120mph if pushed. (ahem!)

Fuel consumption is good - 34mpg average, much better than my previous Alfa Romeo 155 1.8TS and the car feels faster too.

Nice engine note.

Comfortable inside with all everything working and falling nicely to hand, I love the design details like the courtesy lamp.

Exterior design is beautiful especially in Sassi Grey (ice blue metallic).

Inner sunroof cover needs closing otherwise wind noise from when the sunroof is closed is a bit annoying.

Handling is good and pliable, but can bit a touch too soft on roundabouts where roll becomes apparent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2003

1997 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 20v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired47900 miles
Most recent distance51300 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

A high performance bargain!

Faults:

Faulty electric window switch needed replacing.

Timing belt needs replacing at 51000 miles.

General Comments:

Not a great deal to complain about with this car. I had done a thorough review of this model before I bought it and I knew all about the expensive cost of replacing the timing belt. However since the recommended mileage was 72,000 to renew it, I thought I had a good few years left as the car only had 48,000 on the clock when I bought it. But here I am less than 4,000 miles later and the belt is producing a horrendous noise, so I have no other choice, but to change it.

Other than this gripe, I think the car drives really well. It is comfortable and performance is very good, although it does eat the petrol!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2002

4th Apr 2008, 05:49

They only need a cam belt change at 70000 miles not 51000 and it can be done without taking the engine out.lol.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 14 reviews