1997 Fiat Bravo Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1997 Fiat Bravo S 1.4 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired103500 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres

Summary:

Nice looking chick with no brains

Faults:

My front shockers ran dead, after 4 weeks after I got it. My car was jumping on the highway.

The exhaust pipe broke after driving 500 kilometres. I have to change it, but I seem to have run out of money.

The car makes a lot of inconvenient sounds, especially in the back of the car, when I am driving on a pavy road.

The clutch is not working all right, hard to get it in the right gear sometimes.

My airbag is defective since the a car-thief has broken my car-window and stolen my radio.

General Comments:

The car used to be quick, but since my exhaust pipe has gone down it is really slow.

Extremely nice design (the reason I bought the car), good controls on the road, and... hmm nice design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th August, 2001

20th Jun 2002, 08:10

My airbag is defective since a theif broke into my car and stole the radio? Doesn't make sense.

1997 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 20v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carFord Orion 1.6i Ghia

Summary:

A chic sporty alternative with plenty of appeal

Faults:

- Broken driver's seat frame.

- Driver's window stopped working.

- Rear section of the exhaust fell off.

- Heated seat stopped working.

- Alarm plipper on the key broke.

- Needed a new clutch master cylinder.

- Noisy brakes.

- Broken air vent control.

General Comments:

Despite some problems, I've thoroughly enjoyed the last 3.5 years with this car. It looks great, really standing out from the crowd, and the 5 cylinder engine is a real gem and sounds great!

The car's never failed to start and I've always found it to be comfortable on long journeys. Overall, everything feels well screwed together, although some of the components themselves seem a bit fragile.

The design of the interior is still quite fresh, although the quality of some of the plastics now seems poor when compared with more modern rivals.

I would normally be looking forward to changing cars well before the 3 year mark, and the fact that I'm still thoroughly enjoying the Bravo highlights its appeal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2000

1997 Fiat Bravo TD100 SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto 55S

Summary:

Underrated high-speed cruiser

Faults:

Fuel pipe began leaking, leading to 20mpg fuel consumption. Pipe split one week later, 3 gallons of diesel over the back of the engine (lucky it didn't catch fire!)

Exploding washer nozzles.

Slow electric windows.

Turbo non-functioning (just after fuel leak, may have been caused by airlock).

General Comments:

I should have known better after my previous Fiat (the Punto gearbox shredded syncro on 2nd after 17,000 miles), so I wasn't surprised by the fuel leak after just two weeks of ownership. That said, as with the last one, the teething faults have disappeared, and it is fine.

It is really quick (as several hot hatches have found out), yet still cheap on insurance (important at 19), only grumble is the lack of grunt at the top and bottom end (midrange is still breathtaking though!).

I did 80 miles a day to work and back for 3 months, and it always felt good, even when travelling 4 up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2000

20th Jul 2004, 10:06

I have a Fiat Bravo SX TD100 of 1997, and the only thing that I don't like is the fact of the fuel economy is so high... that I have to drive so, but so slow, that even trucks have to pass by me. Not evrytime... but sometimes, it does happens. But it's a nice car... the Comfort is quite impressive and the performance is amazing.

1997 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf Driver

Summary:

Not the best for your money

Faults:

Received this "thing" with the alarm turned off.. noticed after getting it home.. I assume the garage did this because they knew it was broken =(

Fuel gauge packed in and the dealer's manager said some cars give the reading of the petrol in the car when turned off .. of course the Bravo HGT doesn't *ack*

Alarm broke again .. dealer hasn't fixed it yet in 3 years.. 3rd unit in car at the moment (not getting another under warranty). I keep telling them water is messing with it as the open door light comes on after a nights rain, do they listen.. nope!

General Comments:

So some electrical probs and a leak somewhere... not too bad but boy does it grate on your nerves having paid the extra for the HGT and getting a dodgy car.

Performance is nothing to shout about, it's perky but you have to rev like crazy to get the thing moving.

Had the rear tailgate re-sprayed because of rust forming under the paint (dealers answer - it's a stone chip) Ummm, yeh, OK, the stone squeezed under the paint then??

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th September, 2000

20th Aug 2001, 07:49

You are not alone with the alarm problems, 5 new roof controllers in 2 years, 2 new transponder keys, 4 water leak repairs - still not right.

The passenger air bag has never worked, the dealer could only reset the system!

Nice sound, shame about the electrics!

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