I live in Denmark, and I haven't got a clue as to what "R reg" means :-(
My guess would be that it's some UK (?) code for production year...?
Exhaust tends to corrode at the rear silencer, check that.
The alloy mirror-plates, and the alloy plates at the backdoor corrodes
slightly and the paint falls off.
The lifetime of the rear windscreen wiper is not impressive.
The doorhandles are some sort of rubber that absolutely does not like to be
outdoors, and will disintegrate after 3-5 years.
Front suspension bushes wear out a bit faster than on other cars.
Besides that it's a good car.
I'm happy with my Brava 100 HSX 1998/99.
Mvh. Sψren C. Fischer
Make sure timing belt has been changed as it is more than five years old.
Other than that make sure everything works and that service history can be
DONT!!! pay more than £2500 for it.
I had two happy years with a Barvo TD100 (depsite needing a new engine due
to overheating which the temp gauge didn't show until it was too late - but
don't let that put you off it was just one of those unlucky instances and
not indicative of all Fiat cars). Make sure you get the red key with it; it
knocks about £700 of the resale price if you don't. Also try and find a
good independant Fiat garage for servicing etc; most of the dealerships can
not see anything wrong with the car if it doesn't show up on the computer.
e.g. Took my TD100 to have a faulty EGR valve replaced, when I collected it
the following day it wouldn't start, mechanic pushed it into the workshop
and connected the computer up and said nothing wrong with it mate it all
checkes out on the computer - OK so tell me why it won't start then!
Fotunately there was a better mechanic on hand who immediately said air in
fuel system and a quick squeeze of the pump and it was good to go. But
imagine if the decent mechanic wasn't around.
When new, Fiats come with three keys - two blue (which you use for
day-to-day driving) and a burgundy-coloured one - usually referred to
as the red key.
You must have this key if ever you need a replacement key cutting. With
the key - £20 for a new key. Without the red key the engine management
system has to be replaced - upwards of £700.
It's all to do with an electronic signal sent by the key to the engine
immobiliser. If it were easy to reproduce it wouldn't be any use.
Found this for you :
"For anyone else who is having trouble finding out whether their Fiat is red
key or not, you can call Fiat on freephone 0800717000. All you need is the
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which you can find on your V5 log book"
On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 19:46:39 +0000 (UTC), "Alan Finch"
My grandmother's Punto Selecta is a 96-98 or so, and I remember it came
with one new. I suppose there's a possibility that it doesn't just vary by
year, but also by model, the Selecta IIRC comes with a bunch of options
(besides the auto gearbox) as standard that a basic Punto might not have.
Same 1.2 engine, though.
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