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lol yeah exactly... but I wasn't expecting it to fail on anything bad if it did fail, but it is kinda chilly out this time of year, don't really fancy rolling about under a car this time of the year!!
is why i try and buy my cars in the summer.

French mot can be retaken at any time, meaning from then on, it will 2 years from that date, until the next test.
Can the UK MOT be re-taken again during the summer hence delaying the date it needs to be taken the following year, or is the date set in stone from the date of the registration to the end of it's life?
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Re: Fiat Bravo 155 HGT

yeah, you can take a car for a MOT whenever you want...

you can go a bit before the expiry of the current certificate and retain the expiry date, 15 days in advance i think it is from memory

to be totally honest i prob won't even drive the bravo now, its back in the garage. I Just don't want to leave it off the road with no tax and mot cause i can't take it for a spin every so often - and it looks better in its history for it to has contiguous MOT's.
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Re: Fiat Bravo 155 HGT

Well its been fun, but the bravo is officially gone. Its So weird watching your car be driven away knowing its not coming back....

Still I know Carlos will take good care of her, very happy its gone to a proper enthusiast and forum member.

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Re: Fiat Bravo 155 HGT

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i got a serious question to discuss

i know you have driven many cars, few of them are bravo mk1 hgt, punto gt and punto hgt

how is the acceleration, power, serviceability with this i mean how hard and how long it takes for parts to be replaced with the price of parts, compared between the three by your opinion and experience
which part breaks down faster/more frequently in which car, which car drinks more fuel, oil... service intervals...
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Never really owned the GT or the Bravo long enough to give you a proper answer to that really....

Parts for the GT and Bravo are about the same, they aren't really dirt cheap but not hugely expensive. Most parts are easily obtainable for both cars.

To work on, as with all cars, they all have there hard bits.. The bravo timing belt end of engine is really close to the frame horns so doing belts/waterpump etc is seriously tricky due to access.... The GT, well you have been rebuilding a GT, you know what access is like - alot of stuff is tedious to get at and things need to come out first to get other bits out but nothing is hard as such, just time consuming.

To drive, well the bravo feels really grown up, plush cruiser of a car. Its not really fast but pretty rapid. 5 pot engine is epicly smooth and makes ace sound when pushed. Whereas the GT is more of a traditional hot hatch to drive, light on its feet, a big wave of turbo style torque - more lag than a modern car but not enough to be annoying. Really liked my GT, just had too many cars at the time. Downsides to a GT would be rot, they are a bit wallow-y on stock suspension and really could do with some lowered springs and slightly firmer shocks but the are really comfy on a long journey despite being more at home around town and down a twisty lane. Not bad on fuel either if you don't boost around like a mad head all the time.

All in all very different cars, but both very capable in most respects. Both are mostly dismissed by other road users, and can shock some pretty quick cars.

Reliability is a hard one... Both a good reliable cars when they have been looked after, I didn't have much issue with either of mine - I did stuff like belts and oil changes and general serving on both but I do stuff way before the book intervals. All my cars get oil changes twice a year, same for air filters and coolant every year. And i know thats more than it says in the book so i tend to not really look at that stuff tbh.

Fuel wise - neither are great but neither is really bad. Of course if you thrash them they are both thirsty But let me think.... Bravo was about 50-60 to fill from empty and did between 400-500 miles. GT is about 50 to fill and does from memory about 400 miles, prob a bit further on motorway and not acceleratiing alot like on a-roads and the like.

Punto mk2 HGT. Never been in one, i like my mums mk2a sporting but the hgt will be very different, more powerful but more weight up front will make it feel very different to drive. Most people I know who have had one really liked them is all i can offer on that one.
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Damn! Lovely car! I really really want a bravo! Been looking about!
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was (still is) a really nice bravo - you'll be hard pushed to find one in as good condition i fear. But keep looking they do exist. few decent groups on facebook might be a good start and keep a keen eye on ebay, they seem to come up every so often and not many people are after them so sometimes go really cheap too. I sold mine for a pitiful small amount but i knew it was going to a good home so that made me feel a bit better about it lol.
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