Not suitably impressed by the recent 446,000 mile Neon? How about a 1980 Fiat Brava with a half-million miles, on its original engine no less! It just goes to show that anything can be kept going forever, with the right attitude, perseverance and a (full time?) dedicated mechanic. 818now.com has the full story on Gil Cormaci (is chauvinism at work here?) and his stereotype defying Fiat that recently rolled over its odometer for the fifth time.
Yes, his mechanic Tony Jamie Morar of three decades has the paperwork (and yacht) to prove the Fiat’s exploits in longevity. Cormaci drives it 150 miles daily on his commute. He even claims that the air conditioner and sliding steel roof are both functional, and it gets thirty miles to the gallon, since he (Jamie, presumably) converted it to a manual transmission in the early nineties. Now that’s commitment.
In his own words: “Fiats are great cars, but were misunderstood and abused by drivers who didn’t properly care for them, Cormaci argues. He is in the process of restoring a 1969 Fiat Coupe.
“We actually had three Fiats,” Cormaci lamented. “We had a 128, but that isn’t with me anymore.”
The secret to Fiat immortality: “He attributed the longevity of his Fiat Brava to regular oil changes, routine mechanics visits and smooth, moderately-paced driving.”