1999 Fiat Bravo JTD105 SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Superb engine, shame about the rest of the car...
Whines from the transmission.
Rattles from the fascia.
Oil leak from the gearbox.
Loss of hydraulic fluid from the steering.
My previous car was a Bravo TD100 and I thought it was very good, so when Fiat brought out this new engine I thought it would be even better....
The engine is, it's superb, pulls from nowhere, leaves no smoke behind it, uses a bit of fuel though, but hey, it's great... trouble is, the rest of the car's crap.
I've been a Fiat owner for at least 15 years, and always thought they were a good car for a good price, easily worked on, fairly reliable, but I'm sorry to say quality is flagging now. I might get another but I would definitely think twice now..
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th September, 2000
10th Oct 2004, 13:55
I agree with this review, the engine really is very good, great low range torque and effortless motorway cruising, I get 60mpg on a run (600 mile tank range) and 52mpg everywhere else (500 mile tank range)...however, the following items rattle..doors, dash, radio buttons, rear seats.. and something in the engine bay which I've never found as it only happens when the car is moving, most things electrical have failed and cost lots, ie rear fog light relay is built into switchgear £100, wiper relay is built into the motor £400...the list goes on. Great to look at, nice to drive, but definitely my first and last Fiat (Bravo JTD100 HLX 2001-Y) Stick with Japanese or German cars.