1998 Fiat Bravo Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1998 Fiat Bravo SX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

A great car at a great price, am currently selling mine to upgrade to buy a newer model. A super car

Faults:

Mechanically.

Electrics.

General Comments:

Nothing at all has faulted with this car! After doing 20,000 in just under a year I took it in for a service (Cam Belt etc) but apart from this normality the car has been great!

Could be a little better, the windows are a little slow and the locking gives me the odd twinge, but apart from that it's a gem!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2003

1998 Fiat Bravo 100 HLX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Fix it again Tomorrow!

Faults:

New Turbo (just before I bought it)

Running problems which the dealer diagnosed as a faulty injection pump at a cost of £1500 to replace, however a local diesel specialist disagreed and replaced the solenoid -£120!

The wheel trims keep flying off.

The windscreen washers squirt anywhere except the windscreen.

Last, but not least...

Today the clutch went!

General Comments:

When the car has run well, which has been rarely, it is surprisingly quick and a pleasure to drive.

I do a round journey of 140 miles a day, maybe it's just too much for the poor car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2003

1998 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20V from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 20V Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Stylish performance hot hatch that beats the golf gti

Faults:

The rear exhaust box fell off the car. This was a common problem with the HGTs apparently.

The heater let in water from the seal at the bottom of the windscreen although this was fixed under the warranty.

Very little considering Iv had the car almost two years.

General Comments:

Lovely engine, it sounds fantastic. Fuels a bit heavy though, but I don't care... it gets you from A to B in style, and drives a lot better than a mk111 golf gti 16v.

The car looks v good, has lasted well and dismissed all my fears of buying a fiat.

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

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

1998 Fiat Bravo HLX 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A great motorway cruiser and about town thrasher!

Faults:

Bonnet release sticky. But probably just needs a greasing.

Rear wiper gets stuck half way round.

Rear window washer pipe blows off if you use it after a cold night.

Driver's airbag warning light comes on a few weeks after being reset.

Thermal cut-out in stereo kills rear speakers if you turn the stereo up too loud with all the windows open (OK if switched off for a while).

Electric windows have gone slow and screech when wound down. (Very embarrassing at traffic lights!)

Seems to get through power steering fluid quickly, probably a leak somewhere.

General Comments:

Sounds great, especially when thrashed.

Performance variable but always good.

Very comfortable to drive and makes for a perfect M25 cruiser, the air con making those long waits more bearable.

Have had no bills other than routine servicing in the 2 years I have owned it, a total cost of 350 pounds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2001

25th Jul 2003, 06:15

Power steering fluid is probably leaking into the rack as it did with mine. Start saving now for the new rack if you get Fiat to replace it -very expensive and watch that the airbag warning light is re-set properly (and not just disconnected) as removing the steering wheel to fit the rack will neccesitate this.

1998 Fiat Bravo HGT 2.0 20v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 20v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carFiat Bravo

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

1. Leather seats were very slippery.

2. Drivers seat movement stopped working. Replaced under warranty.

3. Paintwork on the side skirts peeled approximately 3 times - resprayed under warranty 3 times.

General Comments:

Lovely sounding engine.

Not as many of them about as there Golf GTI's and Escorts etc.

Plenty of character.

Great entry into the world of Hot Hatches.

Looks great.

Quite sad to sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2001

1998 Fiat Bravo HLX 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance18800 miles
Previous carFiat Brava

Summary:

Ane excellent car, let down by dodgy build quality

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Excellent looking motor, and the 1800 engine is useful on the motorway. Fuel consumption is "average".

Main complaint is the quality of the stereo - it's pants.

If you're thinking of buying one, PLEASE make sure you check the tape eject button. The front flap is VERY delicate!

Also, make sure you use reverse on the test drive, it's quite tricky sometimes, you might need to come off the clutch a bit!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2000

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