1998 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20V from UK and Ireland


A so-so sort of car!


Cambelt replaced straight away.

Wishbone had to be replaced because of the worn joints.

Backbox and downpipe replaced.

Fuel injector light came on a lot.

Knocking noise from near side front suspension.

Brake pipe broke resulting in no brakes.

Faulty transmission when sold, not sure what it was. Most likely the clutch or mater/slave cylinder.

Discs and pads all round.

General Comments:

Was told by my local mechanic that this is a hideous car to work on, as Fiat kindly managed to fit everything in un-accessible places. Unfortunately mine was a rust bucket, which also didn't help when coming to replace parts, many tools got broke.

Cambelt replacement is exceptionally expensive, but don't be fooled into thinking it's an engine out job. Even so, expect to pay £400+ from a specialist or £1000+ if taken to Fiat.

On the positive side, the HGT was lovely and comfortable with an effortless drive. Interior is an acquired taste with very flowing lines, but I loved it.

Handling is adequate, but steering is quite light and a little lifeless.

From a car with a 2 litre 5 cylinder engine, I would expect more than the 147BHP it knocks out, but even so it wasn't slow, although you do have to rev it to get the most out of it. The 5 cylinder engine sounds sweet.

They have depreciated loads, so it's very easy to find a bargain out there that still looks great today.

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

Review Date: 20th May, 2007

1998 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20v from Lebanon


Fast beating car


A tube was cut off which caused the motor gasket to break. I tried to fix it, but after two days something had gone wrong with the engine, and it needed replacement. Dealer's fault. That's the only problem that made me sell the car.

General Comments:

This was the best car I ever had. I now own a new Grand Cherokee.

The Bravo I had was well performing. It beat all other HGTs. It also beat the new 155 20v Bravo2.

I think this car is the best in its class. I beat the Golf3 VR6, but it was very close. I beat the Saxo VTS very easily. I beat a Xsara VTS, BMW 325, Punto HGT, all Golf GTIs, and the most difficult race was with the Clio RS phase 2 that took off in first and second gear like a bomb, but the Bravo managed to reach it by the end of fourth gear.

I only raced on highways, but never on urban roads, because the Bravo sucks and costs thousands just to change the timing belt.

I wanted to race the best car in the class; the Honda Type R, but I never met one before I sold my Bravo. I miss my Bravo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2007

2nd Apr 2007, 16:50

I had my Bravo HGT since February 2000.

Like first comments posted this car is not the one to use as in town racer given it has a very long legged 3th gear.

Driving very winded alpine roads you need to ease down abit entering curves because the HGT is heavy in front balance, this because of the very large engine, it makes it more under steering versa lighter Bravo models.

This is the very best car I ever have had, I drive it on Norwegian alpine roads as much as highways and autobahn.

The only place the Bravo HGT misfit is in town traffic, still it is fast enough in town to keep the pace between the light crossing intersections ;-).

The best thing is the HGT Bravo rear wagon (suspension and springs)

If you ever have any routine to make you stay calm when setting a car into "edge" of grip, the Bravo rear wagon is a very nice balanced setup.

Or better said PERFECT! :-O.

And this is maybe the reason why it feels so under steering when driving it "below" it's real limits.

I use default rims 15" 55/195 rubber

Green sports air-filter

Super-sprint exhaust all parts with street legal Cat replacer.

And I cannot sell it away because I like it so much.

There is 1 major drawback with it tho;

The belt needs replacement after only 36000 Km or maximum 3 years, and it includes a full engine out job.

Else, it's steady as mountains!

14th Apr 2007, 06:25

Hi, I'm getting on of these Bravo HGTs. I've always loved that engine sound and style of the car, but a lot of them have high miles on them. Does anyone know how strong the engine is? And does anybody know which is the best? The 155 HGT or the 147 HGT?

Thanks lads.