• Summary

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What does this car say about you?

    Nothing much - maybe that I can't afford a newer car. Or that I have Italian flair. I have no idea !

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    Friends who have been in it like it. Those who haven't been in it think it is too old and battered. But I love it.

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    yes most definitely. I might just be lucky with this one but 8 years + of completely hassle free motoring from a 2nd hand purchase cannot be dismissed.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Possibly another Bravo HGT or failing that a Focus 2 litre.

  • Buying experience

    4 out of 5 4.0

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    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    September 2001

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    I paid top dollar from Glyn Hopkin. At the time I could have bought it £1500 cheaper privately.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Our Renault Clio blew up. Never again will I buy a Renault

    What was the dealer like?

    The salesman was brilliant - took me for a drive then let me have the car on my own for a couple of hours. That pinched the sale. There was another dealer who kept trying to sell finance and insurance. He was an idiot (in my opinion)

  • Driving it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What's it like to drive?

    It is a lovely drive. I love it. Accurate. Grips well and has a great sound from the 5 cylinder engine.

    What's it like to park?

    It is the easiest car to park. Visibility is really good and gets into the tightest of spaces - unlike my x-trail which I find hard to park.

  • Living with it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Only the air con has stopped working. Everything else works and its over 11 years old. I've had it about 8 years now. It has been the most reliable car I have ever owned or known. And I haven't even bothered to have the cam belt changed in all those years. It refuses to die.

    What's most practical about your car?

    For a 3 door its quite easy to get in the back as the front seats slide a long way forwards and go back to their original positions. The boots a little bit small but adequate. We managed as a family of 4.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Sunroof and heated seats. CD player is quite good - though its old now so doesn't sound as good as it used to.