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 Post subject: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:54 am 
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Pick up the Bravo tomorrow and just a little bit excited so starting a thread

I first saw a Bravo 'in the metal' on the same day that Pete went to see his Panda 100HP at the dealership, they had a Bravo in the showroom as well and I remember being impressed by the funky interior and Alfa-esque lines

Fast forward 3 years and the replacement of my company car is on the horizon so go thinking about possible contenders. The Bravo sprang to mind.

'Launched' at the same time as the 500 it never really got any publicity which is a shame as it really is a quality product!

This isn't my first Bravo/a, it will be my 4th!
I had a Bravo Abarth for a few months (damaged repairable project) and some of you will remember the green Brava 1242 16v SX i had from 2001 to 2004. I also had another Brava damaged repairable project that never got finished so that one doesent really count.

First impressions of the car from a 45 minute test drive last weekend are very positive

Anyway a few pics from the Fiat site for now, full report and pics to follow asas

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:17 am 
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They're a smart looking car, good luck 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:22 am 
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fixitagaintomorrow wrote:
They're a smart looking car, good luck 8)


It looks and feels like a good all rounder, stylish and good performance
The 500 was a great car and the Bravo has a hard act to follow!

Having the Bravo also allows me to opt out of the company car scheme in May 2011 when the bus goes back

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:41 pm 
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hope you enjoy it Rob, when we going to get a chance to see it perhaps ?

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:01 pm 
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hope you enjoy it Rob, when we going to get a chance to see it perhaps ?


not sure if am am bringing it to the Karting, might bring the bus with an airbed in the back :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:59 am 
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already done a tank of fuel in her from Essex to Glos to Surrey

great mix of roads and traffic situations

its as if the 500 mated with my old Alfa Sportwagon

Stealthwagon 2 is here 8)

what a pukka motor :D

a few times Ruth questoined what speed i was doing (as with the Alfa it has a 'cockpit' so that the passenger cannot read the gauges)

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it's not that i am going fast, everyone else is going slower :twisted:

proper review and pics to follow

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:46 am 
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...as with the Alfa it has a 'cockpit' so that the passenger cannot read the gauges....


That is without doubt one of the best inventions if you have nervy or opinionated passengers :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
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It's funny being back in stealth mode, it gets noticed but only by people that are curious, and reminds me of the looks i used to get in the Alfa

Subtle details like the big wheels, red calipers and people trying to work out what it is

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
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It's funny being back in stealth mode, it gets noticed but only by people that are curious, and reminds me of the looks i used to get in the Alfa

Subtle details like the big wheels, red calipers and people trying to work out what it is



subtle and understated - me like 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
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Il Presidente wrote:
It's funny being back in stealth mode, it gets noticed but only by people that are curious, and reminds me of the looks i used to get in the Alfa

Subtle details like the big wheels, red calipers and people trying to work out what it is



subtle and understated - me like 8)



also allows you to blend into the background and look innocent when the rozzers are on alert

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:36 pm 
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Would be handy to have a button for that in the Mazda. I've already been stopped once for no apparent reason!

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
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I had one of the then-new Bravos as a hire car a couple of years ago when my company Passat broke down in the middle of nowhere.

Was the 120bhp diesel, in, I think, 'Active Sport' trim.

I'd definitely have one as a company hack if they were offered, thought it was much better than the equivalent Focus or Astra.

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
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I had one of the then-new Bravos as a hire car a couple of years ago when my company Passat broke down in the middle of nowhere.

Was the 120bhp diesel, in, I think, 'Active Sport' trim.

I'd definitely have one as a company hack if they were offered, thought it was much better than the equivalent Focus or Astra.


drove for the first time at night yesterday and it so reminded me of my old 156, same orange glow instruments and wafty torque

honestly if you covered the Fiat logo you would swear it was an Alfa


just had windscreen peeps out to repair a small chip that had started to spider

and have smart repair guy coming out to sort out some wear on the steering wheel

and i am off to the post office at lunch time to collect my new mats

it's the details that matter 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
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and i am off to the post office at lunch time to collect my new mats

Wow, they sell everything at your Post Office :D

As you say its very Alfa-ish, is there any platform sharing between this and any of the current Alfa line up?

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 Post subject: Re: Fiat Bravo
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and i am off to the post office at lunch time to collect my new mats

Wow, they sell everything at your Post Office :D

As you say its very Alfa-ish, is there any platform sharing between this and any of the current Alfa line up?


i love the Post Office, so delightfully British 8)

i understand the new Giulietta is based on the Bravo platform

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