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2000 Fiat Brava 1.2


#1

Fiat Brava. What an odd name. And what a perfect example of 90’s Fiats.

MINI REVIEW

The Fiat Brava, and its twin, Bravo’s production started back in 1995. It was one of the cheapest 5-seater family hatchbacks (well, fastback to be precise) of its time available in European markets, and perhaps one of the most characterful.

Its design, is, well, different than the pack. It was very curvy and round, had a cheerful, cheeky front end and a very weird (and ugly, imho) rear end with three-piece tail lights. It looked very fresh and ahead of its time compared even to rivals that were more expensive. Same story regarding the interior.

Its motor is a very small 16-valve 1.2 that produces just 80hp. Mind you, it likes to rev, and matched to the brava’s short gear ratios and low weight, this gives it a 0-100km/h time identical to a 1.6 Opel Vectra and a 1.8 Peugeot 407. 13 seconds. It’s slow, I know, but for a 1.2 it actually is pretty good.

Its handing isn’t exactly going to light anyone’s pants on fire, however it’s pretty enjoyable and has a playful rear end, thanks to independent rear suspension and 90’s italiano suspension tuning.

Relatively comfortable, spacious, easy to park and move around.

And let’s not forget that it’s italian. It likes to go through head gaskets (2 in just 240,000km) , and some electrics can be a bit iffy at times. A/C turns on by itself if you hit a pothole and speedo may stop working if it doesn’t like you very much. Other than that, it’s been a very reliable car that has never left us stranded.

OUR BRAVA’S STORY

This car has been in our family since it was brand new, for 18 years, and it still is going strong. It’s traveled all over Greece, and it’s currently at approximately 240,000km.

It’s a car that I’ve lived with throughout my whole life. In fact it’s just a month older than I am. It’s the car I was transferred in as a newborn, the car I learnt to drive in, the car I did my first skids with. The first car I attempted to mod. Plus lots of many other pleasant and unpleasant parts of my life. It’s a big piece of my history.

Enough of the emotional stuff. Mods? Well, I got rid of the stock steelies for a set of Fiat Punto rims from a friend of mine, I’ve put on white indicators and smoked them along with the middle parts of the rear tali lights and I’ve painted some interior trim pieces glossy black.

Other mods include the head unit, all of the car’s speakers and a cone filter up front to get some Inline-4 bark.

It’s old, underpowered, and my mother wants us to get rid of it and get something newer, like an Alfa Romeo Mito. Well, I’ve put an ad up, but it costs so much more than other Bravas, that I doubt anyone would buy it, and that’s exactly why I priced it like that.

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#2

All of those sh*tboxes in Europe, and Mr. Regular decided to review yet another NC Miata during his UK trip… too bad.

also my god, 90s Fiats had the ugliest steering wheels xD


#3

Yeah I mean there are lots of quirky cars you may have never heard about

Quite ugly indeed. The interior is pretty funky as a whole, patterned seats and the lot. I was thinking of putting a Fiat Punto GT3 steering wheel on there as it’s a direct fit and looks a lot better


#4

What a lovely story! Also really digging the images of this car, I can tell it has become a part of you (or maybe vice versa).
Good luck with the selling, hopefully it goes to someone who understands what type of jewel he or she is getting there…


#5

Thank you :slight_smile: It certainly has, letting it go won’t be easy.

Well, it’s currently up for sale for about 1.5x of what it should’ve been. And then again people here rave about 90’s Jap & German cars, 90’s Italian & French cars are usually avoided like hell, so I doubt it’s getting sold anytime soon really. If someone actually wants to buy it for as much as it’s listed though… then that’s a deal I can’t say no to.

And I definitely wouldn’t wish to see it badly ruined some day by someone else…