Trouble With Your Fiat? 1979 Fiat 131 Brava
I think the mystery that we need to answer about this one-owner Fiat Brava isn’t how the car managed to survive the years without being recycled into Pepsi cans…no…the question is how did one person manage to own a ’79 Fiat for 44 years. This is the car that Popular Mechanics rated in the “Overall Worst” category and described it as the most trouble prone car ever recorded in the history of their owner report database. Find this 1979 Fiat 131 Brava offered for $7,000 in Oceanside, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
1979 Fiat Brava
paint color: green
title status: clean
1979 Fiat Brava for sale. Only had one owner. 4 Door, has a trunk, is rear wheel drive, has a 5 speed stick shift, and has a trunk. Car is not running at the moment. I am going to have a mechanic take a look at it again, but one took a look already and thinks it’s the carburetor or fuel pump but wanted someone else who knew more about these older foreign cars to take a look. I’m not a mechanic but when I was watching, the mechanic he sprayed something into the carburetor and when he did, it started up. It would die as soon as he stopped spraying.
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Cars run fine without a headliner. When they droop either fit it or remove it. The duct tape fail on this one bothers me deeply. I do appreciate the seller being honest about not understanding fueling 🙂
I don’t understand why so many Italian cars have a mass of wires hanging from the dash like a prolapsed- sorry, cancel that thought.
Poor guy doesn’t realize COVID is over and there are many used cars for sale now, some that even run for less than $7000.
I especially love how the seller mentions in the ad that they’re going to have Tony fix it again…
So I hear this car has a trunk.
My folks had one just like this when I was a lad, same year and color but a wagon. I don’t recall that it was particularly troublesome, so maybe we got one of the good mid-week factory builds?
Dad haggled a great deal on it too, as it was languishing on the dealer’s lot far too long, so he knew they wanted it Gone and stuck to his guns declining every counter-offer, even started walking out the door until they relented and called him back to accept his rock-bottom offer.
Have Tony take a look at the carb
Seven grand? Hahahah…………..500 bucks….and only because I am kind.