I like Fiats and have owned many down the years, but my 2000 model Brava was only the second diesel Fiat I had owned, the other being a 1997 Marea 100 SX.
The awsome turn of speed from the 105bhp engine beggars belief, yet it still returns between 38-41mpg urban with acceleration being both smooth and responsive. Reliability has been spot on and the only gripe I have is the overly firm ride around town, which accentuates potholes and speed humps. But the motorway drive is a totally different experience altogether.
Cruising at high speeds is effortless, with no evidence whatsoever that you are driving a diesel car and extra acceleration beyond 80mph is available, which is really quite something for a diesel car and a very handy feature in todays hurry and rush times.
All in all a good car with five-door practicality, superb reliability and excellent economy and running costs.
I've owned this model for two years, and cannot wait to get rid of it!
I bought it because it seemed the best value of all the cars I saw at the time: it was used but had a very low mileage and one owner so it was the best option. In the first three months, it was problem free.
Soon after, the back windscreen washer/wiper/heater failed, the sunroof cover disappeared into the roofspace, and couldn't be retrieved. Unfortunately the garage I bought it from "disappeared" as well, so I was stuck!!
Other faults have developed. In heavy rain, drips land on my lap via the front cabin light! Not nice! My cassette ejector button failed, so I cannot use the cassette, and to get it replaced will cost, as the dashboard has to be dismantled to remove the unit - you can only take it to a Fiat dealer.
Fuel economy is poor. When you need acceleration, the gears drop down too much, so the revs shoot through the roof and the engine screams, sounding like a boy racer at traffic lights.
Some positives: space inside is very good, I'm tall and have plenty of room in the front and the back too.
Mechanically, I must admit I've had no problems at all, so that's something.
No one will look twice at this to steal it, a plus as there's no alarm. Depreciation is a big problem.
I'm collecting my new car next week, and will definitely be leaving this on the garage forecourt without a backward glance.
I find it reliable to run, of above-average fittings, and all in all a pleasant, comfortable workhorse. I would not change if for the world. It represents good value and a good-sized family car.
In my own opinion the Fiat Brava is not a bad not at all. However, the costs are really high and here in Malta we have a lot of bumps and so the car sometimes did not cope well with bumps in the road.
It consumes a lot petrol! However it is a real performer (at least here in Malta, the acceleration is excellent - here we don't have motorways). I would rate the Brava as not a bad car, however be ready to pump out money!
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