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Old 10-01-2004   #1
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selling the Brava!

[^] having just shelled out for a new transmission, clutch, coil pack, brake pads, and countless other bits n bobs for my brava since november, i'm understandably falling out of love with my Brava, fair enough the mileage's high, but it seems likely that there's more heartache on the way!

So the decision has been made, Elmo has to go!

this week has mostly been devoted to getting the car into a slightly more saleable shape, 2 new tyres, and various autoglym products, and bits from Fiat and scraqpyards.

The plastic bit on the boot interior was first on my list. this was cracked and broken in many places, due to an admittedly hard life of being whacked by rip saws and big heavy boxes. went to scrapyard to get a replacement one and a new contact for the rear wiper and brake light as this had melted for some reason... there were about 30 possible donors in the yard, 25 of which had the part i wanted. 23 of the plastic cill plates weren't still intact, and only one was presentable, seems the boot interior turns blue when scratched! I was also looking for the plastic boot trim for behind the rear lights as these were badly scratched, couldn't get any better than mine!
Anyway, for anyone out there with this problem, you can get special paint for bumpers and plastic trim, and this really transforms the plastic, you might want to sand off major scrapes. I didn't prime mine, maybe i should have.

next on the list was badges, mine were looking pretty tired so i got new ones all round, and swapped the front badge for the new circular type, looks original too. swapped the rear Fiat badge for punto type with four seperate segments. looks better, but you'd have to be a real nerd to notice!

Had to get those plastic bits to the front of the rear wheels replaced, they're little plastic trim bits that don't seem to do anything, these can easily get damaged if a garage incorrectly jacks your car up. gonna get these sprayed to match the body colour.

blew 5 years of dust from the interior with compressor, under the seats and carpet, and "son of a gun"ned the interior. car looks so much better now, kinda don't wanna sell it anymore.

Should i tell prospective buyers about the new transmission, or should i say nothing, i think it's a selling point, one less thing to worry about.
would anyone be wary of buying a car that just had a new clutch and box? the car will be 100% in about a week or two, is it worth the hassle of getting everything perfect or am i just wasting my time trying to get decent money for a Fiat? [V]

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Old 10-01-2004   #2
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With the sort of mileage thats on your car I can't see you getting decent money for it anyway, but I guess the more presentable it is the better.

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er 100,000, are they easy to clock? looks perfect.

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Easy to clock? We can't encourage that! [:0]:)

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no, just in theory..........

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now you have done all that,you could be selling some 1 a good car with all its faults fixed.if i see a car for sale with lots of new bits,i think trouble,say nowt let em look for them selves,give em your bills etc when they buy it.

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You must have got a Duffer there Colm, I had a Brava and in four years it cost me, four new tyres, an exhaust and a new coil unit!

Very cheap motoring, try sticking with it now you've sorted it.

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hmmmmm don't know bout keeping it, fancy a change. I'm thinking mk4 golf for a while, at least if i sell it in a year it'll still be worth most of what i paid. are residuals on the Stilo as bad as the Brava? dealers here are over pricing them, just afraid if i get one it'll depreciate really badly

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They make more sense as a used buy at the minute.

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yeah, I'd keep the car if i thought that everything would hold together for another few years. sadly I can't trust the car anymore and owning it isn't as fun as it was!

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Once you lose confidence in a car all you want is to sell up.

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So has it gone?

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nope.changing job and getting company car. will keep brava in garage and modify it on weekends (well, that's the plan!) actually getting on great with it now, every time someone comments on the colour or wants to drive it, it gets harder to want to get rid of it.

want to fit 147 front handles and have solenoids on the rear handles, also want Alfa badge (the flip one for the boot release) with the Alfa bit taken off and replaced with new type Fiat round one for the boot release. all the benefits of debadging without the hassle of trying to get in when the battery dies!
I'll keep you all posted as to how this is progressing.

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well having got a new gearbox and clutch, engine's perfect, smooth and no rattles. bodyworks perfect and so is interior now. be a shame to get rid of it. I know i won't get as much as I'd want for it!
Might take it off the road for a year and use the money I'd have spent on maintainance and insurance to turn it into a bad-ass-mutha-brava. only thing is i want the car to look like it could have come from the factory. nothing too mad!

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