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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 01 Jun 2008 :  11:42:22  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
So far it's just been a short affair, a few days, lust my car?

Hopefully the long term relationship will not sour

A few fave's from this Flickr Set, shot today on the West Coast about 40 minutes drive north of Auckland City

2001 Bravo HGT
http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinzblog/sets/72157605366233238/








Regards,
Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe

Edited by - robincapper on 01 Jun 2008 21:42:35

Roasty
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United Kingdom
261 Posts

Posted - 01 Jun 2008 :  22:18:13  Show Profile  Visit Roasty's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Loving the interior!!!!
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randomspeedfreak
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 01 Jun 2008 :  23:25:57  Show Profile  Click to see randomspeedfreak's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
yeah im liking the interior too

'If its fast and has 4 wheels I like it'

'85 Uno Challenge Racer
'86 Uno Turbo Sprint/Track Special
'07 JKH/Intrepid TKM V4
'90 E30 316 BMW
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Posted - 02 Jun 2008 :  00:36:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This car would look better with the sideskirts painted and a clear side repeater replacing the orange lenses.. looks like a good example.. looks good as is but could look better with some paint and change of side repeater.
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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 02 Jun 2008 :  01:50:07  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Painted skirts would look better but not for long. Too likely to get stone chipped I think as our roads still use a course chip tarmac (cheap and nasty). I honestly wouldn't have picked the leather colour, tan for a silver car, but the first owner did and it looks surprisingly good. Better than all black n grey I think!

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Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe
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julian
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 02 Jun 2008 :  08:31:27  Show Profile  Visit julian's Homepage  Click to see julian's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
My only criticism is the strip down the side, it breaks the flow up a bit and the Bravo has great lines to start with, especially the rear haunches...

Otherwise that is a cracking little car

2009 Abarth 500
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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 02 Jun 2008 :  12:32:00  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Agree but not going to try & remove it. Weird thing is the strip seems much more noticeable in the photos than in the metal.

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Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe
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anonymous1
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Posted - 02 Jun 2008 :  16:35:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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coupegb
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 02 Jun 2008 :  19:17:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lovely car, well done Robin

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1969 124 Coupe AC 4link
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1976 124 Spider CS1
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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 07 Jun 2008 :  01:28:52  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I like it better now with new front discs & pads, rear pads, alignment check and wheel balance. Now stops, without horrible noises, as well as it goes.

Top engine "mount" is on order, slow boat from Italy. Even Ernst, my BMW fanatic mechanic, admitted it drives "quite well".

* Pause for thought that Oil just went up $13/barrel.... Perhaps I should keep the Uno 45 :-)

Regards,
Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe

Edited by - robincapper on 07 Jun 2008 01:36:25
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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2008 :  12:37:44  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
6,000 km down the road some significant events in the life of the Bravo HGT;
1) The top engine mount finally arrived & has been fitted. Did it make a difference or am I just imagining it?
2) I have yet to figure out the logic, if there is any, of the sunroof. Most the time (like 99%) it works perfectly but occasionally not at all. Fortunately the "not at all" bit is always when closed and followed, maybe minutes later, with perfect operation.
3) I finally saw another. You know how when you get a car you see them everywhere. Not this one, not another in 6,000km, not one. Then the other day I was going to work and less than 1km from home: a bright red Bravo HGT appears from a side street!
4) The old Uno, still have it and would keep but for the lack of parking, sails through it's WOF (road worthiness) without fault. It's currently doing duty as a temp car for the family while their cars are off the road for various reasons. Eventually will sell it but it now has another 6 months rego & WOF so no panic.

Regards,
Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe

Edited by - robincapper on 14 Oct 2008 12:45:25
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Martin
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Posted - 15 Oct 2008 :  04:01:42  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes the top mount does make a difference... as the highest point of engine 'head' stablility it will hold down engine movement. Once into their mid life they are usually very reliable indeed.

Sunroof may be a parking position issue at the motor or roof contacts - usually dirt or damp. Does its first reaction just 'twitch' the system then stop, or not work at all? Interesting to note from 2004 such electrical hassles should be no different to Audi/ BMW/ VW as Fiat Group adopted world best practice suppliers and switchgear. S'pose you can pity the Stilo owners with double the loom/ electrics complexities.

Martin
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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2008 :  01:44:55  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Both I & my mechanic have had a look at the roof, seems ok since. If it doesn't work it's completely dead, no sign of life. If it does it's perfect! No big deal as I'm used to Italian cars and it's never stopped while open!

When I got the car the tow eye bolt was missing from the toolkit (and the previous owner didn't have it). Got one yesterday from the specialist Fiat wrecker & got a bit of history. He has a Mk1 HGT (so now I've seen 2!) and said there are only about a dozen of each generation in NZ. Mine is from a cancelled order originally heading for Hong Kong or Singapore (like us RHD) that was picked up by the Fiat NZ agent. Explains why you don't see many!

Regards,
Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe
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Martin
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United Kingdom
7829 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2008 :  16:23:19  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looking at your lovely Bravo piks again - I've noticed for the first time its naked.... there's no SFC sticker in its windows....!!

Martin
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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 21 Oct 2008 :  13:31:11  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I must do something about that! All those locations are close to home. I'm thinking about a road trip holiday to get some new locations. There are only a few parts of New Zealand I haven't been but one, East Cape, has awesome empty roads...

Regards,
Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe
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robincapper
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New Zealand
266 Posts

Posted - 05 Dec 2008 :  10:56:40  Show Profile  Visit robincapper's Homepage  Click to see robincapper's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Love, turned to mild panic when I saw the water temp needle pinned to hard up against the red mark the other day. Had been motorway running, on to the off-ramp then into suburban traffic but nothing extreme. The heater was hot, jammed it on full till I got off the main road, so no air lock. Turned off the engine then flicked on the ignition to find the temp was indicating normal (about halfway). No sign of coolent loss, or boiling up and the fan seemed to be working fine.

Read up about the vaugeness and sometimes strange behavior of Bravo Temp gauges and mention of a "hit the dash" fix, and a proper clean/reset gauge pins fix over at FBOO. The gauge acted up several times since (jumpy movements towards hot) and sure enough tapping the dash seemed to fix it. Have had the cooling system components checked just to be sure it was working, all fine, and the pin connections on the instruments checked & cleaned.

Appears all is well again but keeping a wary eye on that needle!

Regards,
Robin Capper
Now: Bravo HGT, Punto 75ELX ~ Previous 127 (903), 128 (1300), Uno 45s ~ Driven not owned 132 (1600), 850 Coupe
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