Used Fiat Brava Hatchback 1995 - 2002 review

Advice for buyers

(1995 - 2002)
Used Fiat Brava Hatchback 1995 - 2002
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What should I look for in a used Fiat Brava hatchback?

According to data compiled by warranty company Warranty Direct, most claims for Bravas are to repair wonky suspensions, so watch for clonking sounds and check that the tyres are evenly worn across the tread when you take a test drive.

Otherwise, make sure that the timing belt on the engine has been changed within the last three years or 36,000 miles. If not, you should get it changed or else you risk damaging the engine should it slip or snap.

It's also worth having an emissions test done to check for a faulty catalytic converter, because faults in the plug leads can cause damage here.

Watch also for signs of overheating due to the radiator being clogged - thick milky-coloured gunk under the engine oil filler cap is a danger sign.

Finally, check that all electrical gadgets work, because fixing even minor items such as a window motor can cost more than you'd expect.

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