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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It’s cheap to run and has lively engines

Against The ride is harsh and handling average

Verdict Take the plunge only if it's sound inside and out

Go for… Brava 1.2 SX

Avoid… Bravo 2.0 HGT

Fiat Brava Hatchback
  • 1. Equipment levels are high and prices are rock-bottom
  • 2. Listen out for clonking sounds from the suspension and check that the tyres are evenly worn across the tread
  • 3. Consider an emissions test to check for a faulty catalytic converter that could cause an MoT test failure
  • 4. Make sure that the timing belt on the engine has been changed within the last three years or 36,000 miles. If not, a big bill could be just around the corner
  • 5. Watch for signs of overheating due to the radiator being clogged - a milky gunk under the oil filler cap is a giveaway
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