1998 Fiat Bravo Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1998 Fiat Bravo HLX 115 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles

Summary:

Love it to bits and can't sell her

Faults:

Hole in exhaust down pipe.

Rear wiper is faulty.

Electric fault, wires had shorted and melted each other.

Speedo stopped working.

General Comments:

Nippy car, good 0-60.

Good on motorways.

Nice interior if you have the leather (which I do) :-)

Power steering is very light.

Quite good handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2006

1998 Fiat Bravo SX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles

Summary:

Very good fun car worth having!!!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong very good car.

General Comments:

Very good car part from having to reset ecu unit when induction kit was taking off.

If you need to know how to do this just disconnect - on battery for 45 minutes reconnect start car, but don't rev for 5 minutes and factory settings will be restored.

I find that this model is better on fuel than the 1.4 model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2006

1998 Fiat Bravo SX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Excellent value, reliable for age

Faults:

Sunroof motor relay broke - £7 Ebay (with motor) Resold Motor without relay £5.

General Comments:

Car has been excellent to learn to drive. Can be a little thirsty. Satisfying to drive. Reliable. Parts easy to buy without going to main dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2006

1998 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20V from Serbia

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 20V Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Tipo

Faults:

The cooling system gave me lots of problems. Finally I renewed everything, but it cost over 300 euros. Still when driving long periods toward hills engine heats up close to the red zone.

Had to replace belts as soon as I bought it. close to 500 euros for this.

Exhaust problems. will have to replace everything.

General Comments:

The car is very lively, gives excellent performance. It's a big petrol spender in the city, but on highways it goes down to about 8.5l/100km which is very resonable considering the power it gives.

The engine makes a crazy sound like a race car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2005

1998 Fiat Bravo SX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Good looking, great ride, but not bulletproof

Faults:

Brake master cylinder is leaking and needs replacing soon.

Manifold-down pipe gasket on exhaust blowing.

Steering rack gaiters have split.

General Comments:

The car is reliable and runs very well, however the build quality is now starting to show through.

The interior has a few rattles and squeaks, but that is to be expected in a 6-year-old car.

The brake master cylinder has now started to leak which is very worrying as the brakes fade very fast on hills.

The brakes also squeak very often now, had solved the problem temporarily with copper grease, but its since returned.

The gaiters on the power steering rack have split, allowing some power steering fluid to leak.

On the whole though I am very pleased with the car, the ride is comfortable, the 1.4 engine is nippy with good rev range, not thirsty on petrol, and the handling is very satisfying.

The boot is also very useful, with seats folded flat I could easily fit two washing machines in the back!

Bodywork repairs were expensive when a cyclist hit me on the front end, but the car is Italian so the parts are pricey.

No serious faults so far though, with regular maintenance I'm sure the car will stay reliable until I change it.

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

Review Date: 12th October, 2004

17th Oct 2004, 13:40

Turned out that the master cylinder wasn't at fault, but it was the other brake pipe that split, but the split was being held together by the connecting ring to the brake union, so the brake fluid wasn't leaking, but pressure was draining away. Changed the exhaust gasket and I noticed the pipe started bleeding while I was under the car.

1998 Fiat Bravo SX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

I was totally in love with my car for the first year despite it not being as quick as my XR2

Faults:

After 3 years the car started to let rain water in. It's been to three different garages, 1 fiat dealership, 2 non fiat garages, its been stripped down, water poured over it and drains unblocked, but still the problem remains.

Also at the beginning of this year (2003) the sunroof packed up and refuses to open.

General Comments:

It's a pretty car and very roomy even with four people in it which is good for me as I'm 5ft 10 without heels.

I found the ability to adjust my seat height and the steering wheel height has eliminated the pain I used to suffer in my knees.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 20 reviews