Written on: 31/03/2013
great all rounder. paid £600 for a 98 plate with new mot, full service and 6 months tax 4 years ago. had 48k on clock. done 90 now and just starting to have issues, injector warning light stays on when its cold and most of the stupid rubber on handles gone, but just had another mot, most spent as it cost £280. still, cant get a great looking car for that. fuel not too bad as it dose 200 mile round trips to london (about 30 in london traffic) for £35. 1 regret is no split rear seat so... (read more)
Written on: 15/06/2010
i love my brava this is the second brava i have had,recentley i had an accident in one in which a taxi driver ran in to me, unfortunately mine was written off ,but i was really suprised that the speed he hit us at we were not hurt due to the strenght of the car.i would have another if need be but hopefully that wont be a long time because as i say i love mine and i look after it really well.i would recomend them to my mates. (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2009 by samgraham (1 review written)
The Fiat Brava 1.4SX looks and feels Italian. I'm doing about 1000 miles per week with total reliability. I'm getting 57mpg from the 1.9 diesel and I love it to bits! (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2009 by alan birch (1 review written)
i have had a brava 1.6 sx for 10 years now with now problems at all, allways had yearly sevice and except for once it whent wrong i have had good service from this car, it is good on fuel could be better in town but on long trips its a dream to drive (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2008
Problems with starting and idling have never been resolved. As I type the car is waiting to go to the garage for the 6th time in as many months its a 1998 fiat bravo. (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2008
The Fiat Brava is a nice car, happy with it generally, no real problems, good to run, but high fuel consumption when driving in town. (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2008
Looks nice, spacious and comfortable but mechanics and clutch with gear box are very unreliable. Not reliable in terms of parts. Electric faults come up every week. I was on the road and went into a side road to reverse it. Pressed on the clutch to change to reverse gear and it gave grinding noise. Not sure what it was but I am not able to change any gear as whenever I press clutch it gives me grinding noise like something is breaking or being ground up inside it. Will take it to garage and... (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2007 by Peter Gunn (1 review written)
It's a family car alright. Large baggage, plenty of sitting space, comfort to the driver and it is still running neatly even after many kms ran. But Fiat maintenance, although cheap, is constantly required and with mileage comes increase of gas consumption and revisions. If you have knowledge in mechanics, you can do most of the necessary repairs yourself. If you just drive it, it will come as an odd fact the time it spends in the garage. Thus being, I wouldn't recommend it. (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2006 by lowkey (1 review written)
Well, I've had my Fiat Brava 1.4SX for 2 years. It had 92,000 on the clock, now has 144. I've done over 50,000 miles and all that's been needed is brake pads, services, and last night my clutch went. Not bad at all, always gets me where I need to go without problem. (read more)
Written on: 11/10/2006 by audiocodes (1 review written)
Overall, I quite like this Fiat Brava 1.4SX car. The developing rust spots on one of the panels and bonnet are annoying. I assumed the galvanised body wouldn't give me such problems? I also had a slight problem with the horn (wear and tear on contacts). This was supposed to have been sorted by a service centre in Leeds under a three month warranty, but it turned out when they said they'd fixed it, they hadn't! (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2006 by Mechanical girlly (1 review written)
My dad bought me a Fiat Brava 1.4SX for my 18th in January. Due to problems I didn't get it on the road until the start of May. Less than 2 months later, it was back sitting on my driveway. I'd blown a hole in the engine, which was leaking oil and had covered the whole of under the bonnet in it. It had just had a new head gasket when I got it and within the first 2 weeks I'd had it in the garage, as a cable had come off leaving me with no power.
The back windscreen heater lights comes... (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2005 by britbabe (1 review written)
I have a Fiat Brava 97 (p) 1.4s, bought second hand in August 2004. For the first 6 months I had absolutely no real problems at all, lovely to drive, suited my needs (mum of 2 so school runs, shopping etc...) enough room in the rear for 2 kids car seats and another passenger (a thin one admittedly).
There is plenty of room for passengers in the front, unfortunately no passenger air bag on my model. Easy to do basic maintenance, fluid levels can be checked and filled easily and front and... (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2005 by gomez1973 (1 review written)
I bought my Fiat Brava 1.4 SX secondhand for £600 with 62,000 on the clock. It ran badly so I got it serviced. It is still not running properly. Going through shed loads of fuel. Rear wiper does not work. When switched on, the light for the rear de-mister (which also doesn't work) comes on. Engine leaking oil from rocker cover - constant smell of burning oil. Also quite noisy, especially when cold - reminds of a tractor. Replaced the rubbish Fiat stereo with a CD player. To top it all, I... (read more)
Written on: 23/10/2005 by jaybravo (1 review written)
I need to find out why my diff and gear box has gone. Help, help. Please give me some feedback. (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2005 by Obi One (1 review written)
I would really like the car and wouldn't be selling it, but the petrol costs are enough, and I would need to take out a mortgage to keep on affording the repairs. (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2005 by kingdanny1st (1 review written)
The Fiat Brava 1.4SX is so bad but looks so good. As they say, beauty cost. (See bad points.) (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2005 by ikearns (1 review written)
I bought my Fiat Brava 1.4SX off eBay for 700GBP. It has all round electrics, metalic paint and is the 1.8 ELX model so comes with a number of whistles and bells. When I bought the car it had a towbar fitted so I guess my car had never been raced! Whoever came up with the idea of putting the rubber coating on the door handles needs shooting but they are replaceable for a fee. Plenty of room for 4 or 5 people with luggage. Bought it as a second car and tend to use it more for weekend driving... (read more)
Written on: 06/02/2005 by fergie (1 review written)
Having put a new gearbox and clutch and then fitting an induction kit with a compliment of 15" rim alloys. this Fiat Brava 1.4SX family car now gets thrown about town harder, driven faster and keeps up with the 2.5ltr diesel 5 series bmw, and beats it on cornering speeds, with a driver of the same ability.
and this is a 1.4 petrol. (read more)
Written on: 27/01/2005 by ragovula (1 review written)
I have owned this Fiat Brava 1.4SX family car for 4 years from new and it was my very first car after passing my test (Lucky me!) Although the dealership was as much use as a chocolate teapot I was determined to make sure this would be a pleasure to own. Let's just say it hasn't been. It was worth nearly £11,000 when new and I will be lucky to get £2500 when I finally sell it in March. It has had two gearboxes, three clutches and many electrical problems fixed. Coupled to hugely expensive... (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2004 by wsmbm (1 review written)
Judge for yourself - I paid £1700 for this Fiat Brava 1.4SX family car 18 months ago. Since then I have needed - a new gearbox(£600), a new timing belt (£120), new radiator(£200), new thermostat(£30), new clutch(£180), aeriel snapped in two in carwash, fuel injector light constantly on, airbag warning light constantly on, interference to radio when you operate the screen-washers, sun-roof blind sticks, speedo failed, dash lights failed, rear wash-wipe failed, ignition barrel sometimes... (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2004 by Spanners (1 review written)
This Fiat Brava 1.4SX family car has been a great investment. It does everything I need in a daily drive and more.
The 1.4 engine is based on the old Aurelio Lampredi single cam motor. He was Ferrari's chief engine designer and it shows.
Like all modern engines it needs to be run on good quality oil and you can't afford to skip the oil changes but the engine has been bulletproof.
It's needed wear and tear items like any other car, exhaust, brake pads, tyres. All reasonably priced.
It... (read more)
Written on: 14/06/2004 by twiggy001 (1 review written)
Bought my Fiat Brava 1.4SX second hand from dealer, ive had the car for four years. Started going wrong after first year from buying. Spent over £2,000 now almost half what I first paid for the car just on repairs. They are a nice car when running fine, god help you if it breaks down, you will never be out your wallet or purse. Totally fed up! A comman fault with Fiat is camshaft and oilfeeder. Totally messes up everything else. (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2004 by Blegpaps (1 review written)
We have a Fiat Brava 1.6 SX 16v and we bought it used. One owner. It is a good car and the engine does gladly go 160 km/hour in no time. We have gone past 200 km/hour in Germany. Great car.
BUT, we have the same problems with moisure and water. Leave it outside for a to day with rain and the engine misfire on one valve. You can drive like that (really rubbish) for 2-3 days and all of a sudden the performs normal again.
We tried that 3 times now. (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2004 by Jason Ritchie (1 review written)
Not much to say really but if you're thinking of buying a Fiat Brava 1.4SX...... DON'T they're nothing but trouble. I've had to pay over £1,600 just on having the camshft renewed in two years. Apparently, it's a common fault because the filter in the sump gets blocked while you are totally unaware, meanwhile there's no oil getting to the camshaft and so it wears out. Good eh?? Electrics are another problem, if you fancy having CONSTANT PROBLEMS WITH YOUR IGNITION then buy this car if not... (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2004 by Mike Derm (1 review written)
My Fiat Brava 1.4SX has had a new dive shaft, new throtle housing & Gear box rebiuld over the last 6 Months and it's still not right if anything its worse. The support from Simpsons of Radcliffe who sold me the car and Richard Court, The main Fiat Dealer in Bury (who did the fitting of the drive shaft and managed to over fill on the oil& caused a leak on the sump). I will never buy another Fiat Again (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2003 by spikem (1 review written)
Had to have a complete engine rebuild on my Fiat Brava 1.4SX(£850)at 45000mls due to oil spray failure.Apparantly fairly common along with camshaft problems on this car Rear fog lamp/indicator problems due to capillary action of water entering light cluster.Rear wiper ticking. Nothing but trouble and expence since I got it and finally glad to see the back of it. Dealer service expensive. You would be well advised to look for something more reliable. (read more)
Written on: 10/11/2002 by jon. (1 review written)
I bought this car as I liked the modern styling. The car handels well but the 1.4 is underpowered. I had to change the indicater unit plus the rear wiper works only when it feels like it. (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2002 by ngc. (1 review written)
1996 N-reg Fiat Brava 1.4SX 12valve :-
Having probs with electrics - whenever it encounters heavy rain or goes through big puddles/surface water, for the next day or so it's misfiring on one cylinder (imagine only 1 or it wouldn't move) leading to loss of power/conking etc. This is a BIG problem for us. Maybe designed for warmer/drier Italian climes? Anyone else experienced this?
Also because it's a bit "niche"-y in the UK, the local garage isn't too proficient servicing it, & the... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2002 by Scoular. (1 review written)
The Fiat Brava 1.4SX is a wonderful little car - would recommend it to anybody.
Good on Petrol, good to steer, all round good to drive. (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2002 by MIKE. (1 review written)
WE LOOKED AT THE 1.4, BUT WENT FOR THE 1.6 IN THE END, IT'S MORE FLEXIBLE AROUND TOWN AND ON THE MOTORWAY, FIATS ARE FIATS, THEY TEND TO BE TECHNOLOGICALLY AND ERGOMICALLY WAY AHEAD OF THEIR COMPETITORS TOO SOON. THEY NEVER FULLY TRIAL ALL THE GOODYS ON BOARD AND SO SOMETIMES THINGS JUST DONT APPEAR TO WORK RIGHT (ANYONE WHOSE READ THEIR MANUAL FRONT-BACK WILL KNOW). AESTHETICALLY, YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM, NOT JUST BRAVAS BUT THE WHOLE RANGE, WELL ALMOST. (MAREA?) ABOVE ALL THEY'RE JUST GOOD FUN. (read more)
Written on: 18/02/2002 by David Bolger. (1 review written)
Generally, I find the Fiat Brava 1.4 SX OK. I think it has a nice shape and sleek look from the back (read more)
Written on: 07/02/2002 by Jonny. (1 review written)
This Fiat Brava 1.4 SX car has been the best thing ever to happen to me as a new driver. It is totally reliable and perfect for new drivers. It has looks to die for and more importantly is better than all my friends cars. The fact that it is quite nippy also adds to the attraction to this amazing car. (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2001 by Anabela Ventura. (1 review written)
Well, we just bought our Fiat Brava recently and we'll sell it right away!!! The car gave us lots of problems with the electrics.
We love the car lines and its beautifull. But personally i dont think i'll ever buy Fiat again!! (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2001 by Lulubell. (1 review written)
I love my Fiat Brava. I have just changed from a Nissan Micra because it was too small. I used to work in the hire car industry and Brava's were very popular, so it was my 1st choice when upgrading. The Fiat Brava is pretty cheap to run, tax and insure, and doesn't look like all those other "boring boxy looking cars"! (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2001 by G Holt. (1 review written)
We are very happy with our Fiat Brava. Peter Smith of Smith Knight Fay, Denton (where we bought the car) has given us outstanding after sales service too ! (read more)
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