I have had three very good years with my Brava and very few problems with it. It's great to drive - the handling is excellent and although the ride could be better you get used to it. The interior is such a good place to be for someone whose 6'4". Excellent leg room and seats and the space and design is good too. The build still could be better on some of the trim, but overall this is a sound car that still leaves a smile on my face after a long drive!
I'm a huge Fiat fan (as well as Citroen) and when my firm sent me to work in Wales for two months, I was delighted to have had a 1.2 Brava as a hire vehicle.
This is one of the best cars I have ever had the pleasure of driving. I was pleasantly suprised to find out it was only a 1.2 - I thought the power was more like a bigger-engined car.
Driving this car from Bangor to Cardiff in one day gave me a real chance to drive it in all conditions - up hills, down valleys and on motorways. I got out at the end of the day as though I'd only been on a 10-mile drive.
It's a real joy, and is highly recommended, if only for being a true driver's car. Well done, Fiat.
I have recently bought a navy blue 51-plate Fiat Brava 80SX and I am very impressed. My car has original 15-inch Fiat alloy wheels and a boot spoiler and looks very smart. The car has only done 29,000 miles and has a full service history (HPI clear). It is immaculate and I got it for a ridiculously low £1450.
I sold my 2003 Vauxhall Corsa SXI to buy two cheaper cars, and I prefer the Brava over the Corsa by a long shot. It offers a smooth drive, good fuel economy, excellent comfort, and the engine is willing considering its small size.
With this car you get the best of both worlds - a larger family hatch with small car economy. I don't understand why they depreciate in value so much.
The car comes with a good level of kit as well, although the lack of air-conditioning lets it down. The car includes electric windows, central locking, twin airbags, power steering, height adjustable steering and seating, a six-speaker radio/cassette player (with changer controls) and more besides.
I love it. I just hope it continues to be reliable.
I bought this car for my wife last year, as the running costs of her last car were too high. As her job entails a lot of driving, I needed to buy a diesel car. When I bought this car, I gave it a thorough service (I worked in Fiat at the time, so it was cheap to do), and the only extras needed were front brake pads and discs. Since then we have owned the car for over a year, and it has only needed new front tyres.
In this time, we have covered over 15,000 miles and the car has not missed a beat. I change the oil every 3000 miles (very easy to do on these cars) to ensure engine longetivity.
These cars are very under-rated and I can't recommend them highly enough. They are thoroughly reliable (working in Fiat for four years taught me that) and would suggest anyone wanting a cheap family car to seriously consider one.
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